NEW YORK Most children love to collect things, and this year toy makers are banking on it.
Taking a cue from last years toy hits, many of this years holiday offerings are toy sets or figures that kids can collect. But unlike last year, when Squinkies figures or Cepias toy hamster Zhu Zhu pets mostly were collect by girls, this years collectible toys are targeting boys.
Among this years collectibles are Hasbros Beyblade Metal Fusion, a battling spinning top game for $5.99 to $39.99; Spin Masters Redakai, a trading card game, for $5.99 to $19.99; Cepias DaGeDar collectible rolling balls for $4.99 to $19.99; and Legos Ninjago construction sets for $3.49 to $119.99.
Jim Silver, an analyst at Time to Play Magazine, which offers an influential list of hot toys each year, says the wide price range of the collectible toys is important because many families are remaining cautious in their spending because of worries about the global economy.
At the same time, he says, toy makers want to be able to offer more expensive toys to parents who can afford it.
Take Ninjago, they have $100 sets, but basic sets start at under $10, Silver said. Its important to be affordable for all families.
Heres a look at the toys that made Time to Play Magazines 2011 Most Wanted toy list, out Tuesday.
Cepias DaGeDar, $4.99 to $19.99: Collectible decorated balls that come with track sets.
Hasbros Beyblade Metal Fusion, $5.99 to $39.99: A battling spinning top game.
Hasbros Nerf Vortex Line, $12.99 to $49.99: Foam dart guns.
iStar Entertainments FyrFlyz, $10: A yo-yo like toy that glows in the dark.
Jakks Pacifics Spy Net Stealth Video Glasses, $39.99: Sunglasses that record video.
LeapFrogs LeapPad Explorer, $99.99: A tablet for tots, with games, e-books and a camera.
LEGOs Alien Conquest and Ninjago Lines, $3.49 to $119.99: Popular construction sets with alien and ninja themes.
Mattels Angry Birds Knock on Wood Game, $16: A block game based on the popular smartphone app.
Mattels Fisher-Price Big Action Construction Site, $59.99: A construction site play set.
Mattels Hot Wheels Wall Tracks, $29.99: A car track set that can attach to walls.
Mattels Monster High Dead Tired Line, $14.49: Dolls that are the offspring of different monsters.
Mega Brands 3D Breakthrough Puzzle, $19.99: 3D Jigsaw puzzles.
MGAs Lalaloopsy Silly Hair Doll, $34.99: A rag-like doll with bendable hair.
Spin Masters Logo Board Game, $24.99: A board game that tests players knowledge of popular brands.
Spin Masters Redakai, $5.99 to $19.99: A collectible trading-card game.
Thinkway Toys Lazer Stunt Chaser, $39.99: A remote-control car that follows a laser
Vtechs Innotab, $79.99: Another tablet device for kids that lets them, play games, color and read books.
WowWees Lite Sprites, $19.99: Dolls that light up different colors with the touch of a wand.