When I was a child, one of the most anticipated deliveries of the year was the BEST catalog. While this is a method of advertising nearly extinct and a store that has long since gone out of business, I still have fond memories of sitting next to my brother, paging through this colossal publication, and circling all of my holiday wishes. I remember the transition from the “dolls” section to the “electronics” and the day I figured out that I was getting a small, color t.v. for in my bedroom…with a remote!
Barbie Fashionistas: Mattel; ages 3 years and up; approximate retail price – $11.99 and up
With twelve points of articulation – toy talk for twelve points where the doll moves – this Barbie is unlike any your child has ever seen.
Dora is all grown up! Well, she’s a tween, anyway. I was very impressed with how beautifully Dora was transformed from a little girl to a young lady.
Transformers Movie Constructicon Devastator: Hasbro; ages 5 years and up; approximate retail price: $99.99
I used to play with the original Transformers, so to me, this guy was great!
Battle Strikers: MEGA brand; ages 6 years and up; approximate retail price – $9.99 to $34.99
This game takes the basic idea of battling tops and moves it into the 21st century. If it appears under your child’s tree Christmas morning, be prepared for the husbands to disappear and battle for hours!