The hottest holiday toys of 2011

The most expensive toy on Toys R Us' new list is $270. The cheapest is just 6 bucks.

By MSN Money Partner Sep 21, 2011 10:51AM

This post comes from Seth Fiegerman of partner site MainStreet.


The holiday season may still be a few months away, but Toys R Us has already put together its Hot Holiday Toy List, giving parents a look at the 15 products their kids will likely be begging for between now and the end of the year. Post continues after video.

The 2011 hot toy list features dancing robots (the My Keepon), tablets made for kids (the LeapPad Explorer) and several dolls and figurines including the Lalaloopsy Silly Hair dolls and the Moshi Monsters mini figures. What you won't find on this list are items like Zhu Zhu Pets and Tickle Me Elmos, which were very much in demand in previous years, though Elmo does make an appearance on this year's list with a little bit of a makeover as part of Sesame Street's Let's Rock set.


Don't try to buy your kids all of these toys, though. MainStreet did some price hunting and found that the total price tag for the 15 toys on the list would be more than $900, though nearly a third of that can be pinned to one toy in particular: the Power Wheels Dune Racer, which retails for $270. The next most expensive toy after that is the LeapPad tablet, which sells for $100.


The average price of the toys on this list is a bit more modest at roughly $62. If money is a concern this year, we might suggest buying either the Nerf Vortex Vigilon, a disc shooter, or the Trash Pack Garbage Truck, both of which retail for $20, and throw in the Moshi Monsters Moshling 3-Pack of figurines, which sells for just $6 -- the cheapest item by far on the list.


Here is the full list of toys on the Hot Holiday Toy List:

  • Air Hogs Hyper Actives from Spin Master.
  • Air Swimmers eXtreme from Animal Planet.
  • Lalaloopsy Silly Hair dolls from MGA Entertainment.
  • LeapPad Explorer from LeapFrog.
  • Monster High Fearleading 3-Pack from Mattel.
  • Moshi Monsters Moshling 3-Pack Mini-Figures from Spin Master.
  • My Keepon from Wow Stuff.
  • Nerf Vortex Vigilon from Hasbro.
  • Ninjago Lightning Dragon Battle from LEGO Systems Inc.
  • Poppin' Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper from Playskool.
  • Power Wheels Dune Racer from Fisher-Price.
  • Radica Fijit Friends from Mattel.
  • Sesame Street Let's Rock Elmo from Hasbro.
  • Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure from Activision.
  • Trash Pack Garbage Truck from Moose Toys.

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Sep 22, 2011 9:16AM

Some people start shopping during the summer. It's all about what you can afford and when sales are. Not everyone can afford the last minute shopping for Christmas. I know people who start shopping as early as June- if not before. In this day with the economy, I think it is very logical to start shopping early (or putting money aside as your budget allows) so that your bank account doesn't feel the strain all at once. Even if it is about "consumerism", at least you know what to plan and budget for in the coming months. 

Sep 22, 2011 11:47AM

Several months ago my daughter  called Babies-R-Us to ask what the return policy is on some Baby Shower gifts she received and obviously will not be using.  The gifts still had tags on them.


The manager of the store in our city, informed my daughter that she could return the items if she brought in the babies’ Death Certificates and Babies-R-Us would give her a gift card.  That’s right…a gift card for $ that she cannot use because there are no babies to use it on.


I called and talked to the same woman and told her that if we come in, we would bring the Death Certificates as well as the urn with the babies’ ashes so she could see my daughter is telling the truth.  I also asked her what kind of sick person would make up a story about losing her child or children just to get cash for a returned item.  I did not get a response from her except that it is company policy to request the Death Certificate.


I called their Corporate customer service number  and sent an e-mail to Corporate and Media Relations.  I received a call around lunch time to let me know my daughter could bring the items in and receive a full refund.  That’s great, except for the issue of what they told her Sunday.  Please note that Babies R Us and Toys R Us are owned by the same corporation.


We are all appalled at the fact that in order to get a gift card she may never use, she has to bring her babies’ Death Certificates to prove they had died and she had not used the merchandise.  It is cruel, a poor business policy and just plain disgusting that any company would  require something like that and then give the mother of lost children a gift card she cannot and may never use. I, for one cannot believe this policy and I am sending this to everyone I know and asking that it be forwarded to others as you never know when the same tragedy that befell my daughter could happen to someone you know. I ask all of you to put yourself in her place.  How would you feel?


I will NEVER step foot in this store or Toys-R-Us again.

Sep 22, 2011 12:53PM

How about what adults want for Christmas?

How about what expecting parents want?

There's a book called WHAT YO NAYME IZ?

All expecting parents should get this book for Christmas.

My kids enjoy playing with the large boxes way before they even play with the toys.

Want to give your kids a great "play-toy" from Toys-r-Us: go to T-r-U and ask for the shipping box.

I promise you your kids will love their new, cave, fort, house, reading room, hideout, etc...

I take home large empty boxes from work a few times a year and my kids love it.

Sep 26, 2011 7:20PM
OMG My daughter is showing that pet TickleMe Plant that she grew in her classroom.
This is no joke. The leaves fold together one by one and the branches fall down when you Tickled It! .  Minutes later it reopens
 See video . This is a winner !

Sep 22, 2011 12:45PM
I start my shopping around Oct. Have to or you cant find what you need sometimes. And its easier to budget. You may miss a "hot" item at the last minute but its worth it.
Sep 22, 2011 10:22AM
my sister doesn't even like any of these, neither do i, im too old. hahaGift with a bow 
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