Numbers are coming in for the 2010 holiday shopping season, and the toy industry is doing very well. Alongside toys like trains, monster dolls and Nerf dart guns, several of the hottest kids' toys were based around cool tech.
Several toy makers are showing strong growth in the coming year, evidenced by the properties that succeeded during the holiday shopping season. Many products were sold out or difficult to track down, although demand levels never reached the fever pitch of the Furby in 1998.
Barbie Video Girl
The Barbie Video Girl "lets you view life like Barbie", with a built-in camera and LCD screen which children can use to record up to 30 minutes of videos. With the popularity of YouTube amongst the tween set, this one's a no-brainer, but an FBI warning earlier in the year gave the doll a touch of notoriety.
Sing-A-Ma-Jig singing dolls
Fischer-Price's squishy little figures are meant for kids from 3 to 6, but that doesn't stop adults from loving them just as much. Each character has a unique color, ear shape and singing pitch. They have three modes: chatter, sing and harmonize. Their mouths open and move, and when more than one doll is put together, they sing in harmony. Hypnotic. (They also have their own YouTube channel.)
Loopz electronic game
Loopz is kind of like the Tron version of Simon or Bop It. It has four glowing semi-circular rings, each with a motion sensor. Players mimic the game's light and music patterns by waving their hands in and out of the loops, trying to not miss a beat. For 7 years and up.
Like Sillybands and Squinkies, Hexbugs have been popular in 2010 for kids to collect and trade. These things are tiny robots that walk around and change direction if they hit an obstacle with their antennae. Originally they came in only a few colors and shapes, but in 2010 they introduced remote-controlled versions (inchworm, spider), a crab with light sensors, and a "nano" which can vibrate and right itself when flipped over.
Kidizoom Digital Camera
Encourage that budding Strobist with the best digital camera for kids, the 2.0 megapixel Kidizoom. It has 16mb of built-in memory, a built-in digital photo editor and interchangeable face plates. A fantastic way to encourage their own self-expression through photography, and for parents, offers an intriguing glimpse into their childrens' world as shown through their own eyes.
Did you give any of these products as gifts last year? Would you? Let us know in the comments.