TimetoPlayMag.com’s Most Wanted: Holiday 2012

Here it is — the most-anticipated hot toy list of the year! TimetoPlayMag.com’s Holiday 2012 Most Wanted List represents the toys our editorial team thinks will be the most popular most fun — and Most Wanted this season. Over the past year, we’ve looked at and reviewed literally thousands of toys, and the ones you see here are the best of the best — the ones everyone will be talking about in the following weeks.

The Most Wanted List is presented alphabetically.

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  1. Air Hogs R/C Heli Replay

    from Spin Master

    This product is part of the Air Hogs brand

    • Recommended Age12+
    • MSRP44.99
    • Batteries Required Yes

    What It Is: There have been a lot of amazing indoor R/C helicopters in the past two years, and you've heard us say it before, but they just keep getting better. Spin Master's Air Hogs R/C Heli Replay is the best…

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    Air Hogs R/C Heli Replay
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  2. Appfinity AppDrive

    from Spin Master

    • Recommended Age7+
    • MSRP19.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: Appfinity AppDrive is a model of a steering wheel that holds an iPhone, iPod Touch, or Android device and functions as a driving game controller. Once you purchase the AppDrive product, download the…

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    Appfinity AppDrive
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  3. Avengers: Battle for Earth

    from Ubisoft

    • Recommended Age13+
    • MSRP49.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth from Ubisoft is a Super Hero Brawler where players battle each other or the computer as any one of 20 different Marvel characters, including The Avengers. Players…

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    Avengers: Battle for Earth
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Learning Curve

  4. Barbie Photo Fashion Doll

    from Mattel

    This product is part of the Barbie brand

    • Recommended Age6+
    • MSRP49.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: The Barbie Photo Fashion Doll is a standard 11.75-inch Barbie doll which is also a great digital camera. Charge up the internal battery with the included USB cable. Switch on the doll and make sure…

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    Barbie Photo Fashion Doll
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Value

  5. Doc McStuffins Time For Your Checkup Doll

    from Just Play

    This product is part of the Doc McStuffins brand

    • Recommended Age3+
    • MSRP39.99
    • Batteries Required Yes

    What It Is: The Doc McStuffins Time for Your Checkup Doll is based on the new Disney Junior animated series Doc McStuffins. The show is about a girl who heals toys out of her backyard clinic. The Time for Your…

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    Doc McStuffins Time For Your Checkup Doll
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  6. Furby

    from Hasbro

    • Recommended Age6+
    • MSRP59.99
    • Batteries Required Yes

    What It Is: Furby is the "animatronic friend" that created a sensation in 1998—and the original sold more than 40 million units when it first came on the scene. Hasbro has brought it back, and while we…

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    Furby
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  7. Kinect Sesame Street TV

    from Microsoft

    • Recommended Age0+
    • MSRP29.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: Kinect Sesame Street TV has the potential to change the way kids watch Sesame Street because it isn’t a game based on the TV show, it is a collection of Sesame Street episodes that kids can…

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    Kinect Sesame Street TV
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Learning Curve

  8. Lalaloopsy Soft Dolls

    from MGA Entertainment

    This product is part of the Lalaloopsy brand

    • Recommended Age4+
    • MSRP14.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: The story behind the Lalaloopsy characters is that these ragdolls came to life when their last stitch was sewn. Now the "sew cute" Lalaloopsy dolls are appearing as soft ragdolls. Lalaloopsy Soft…

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    Lalaloopsy Soft Dolls
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  9. LeapPad2 Explorer

    from LeapFrog

    • Recommended Age3+
    • MSRP99.99
    • Batteries Required Yes

    What It Is: The LeapPad Explorer was a huge hit when it came out last year. But this year, LeapFrog has revamped the LeapPad Explorer to give it more memory, better battery life, and more features. The…

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    LeapPad2 Explorer
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Value

  10. LeapsterGS Explorer

    from LeapFrog

    • Recommended Age4+
    • MSRP69.99
    • Batteries Required Yes

    What It Is: The LeapsterGS Explorer is a major update to the very popular Leapster Explorer handheld learning game system. (As you might guess, the GS stands for "gaming system.") The LeapsterGS has a bold and…

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    LeapsterGS Explorer
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  11. LEGO Friends

    from LEGO

    This product is part of the LEGO Friends brand

    • Recommended Age6+
    • MSRP49.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: This is a product line featuring the following toys which you can search through here: LEGO Friends.

    LEGO Friends
  12. LEGO Friends Advent Calendar

    from LEGO

    This product is part of the LEGO Friends brand

    • Recommended Age5+
    • MSRP34.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: Surprise LEGO fans this holiday season with the LEGO Friends Advent Calendar, part of the LEGO Friends line. Each day for the 24 days leading up to Christmas, kids can get one surprise component to…

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    LEGO Friends Advent Calendar
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  13. LEGO Friends Adventure Camper

    from LEGO

    This product is part of the LEGO Friends brand

    • Recommended Age6+
    • MSRP29.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: Join LEGO Friends Olivia and Nicole as they jet out to explore the wilderness in the Adventure Camper. The 309-piece set comes complete with two bikes, a surfboard, picnic table, chicken, juice,…

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    LEGO Friends Adventure Camper
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  14. LEGO Friends Butterfly Beauty Shop

    from LEGO

    This product is part of the LEGO Friends brand

    • Recommended Age6+
    • MSRP24.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: The Butterfly Beauty Shop is part of LEGO's new LEGO Friends line of construction sets geared toward girls. LEGO did extensive research over several years to develop this line. Construction play…

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    LEGO Friends Butterfly Beauty Shop
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  15. LEGO Friends City Park Cafe

    from LEGO

    This product is part of the LEGO Friends brand

    • Recommended Age6+
    • MSRP29.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: The City Park Café is part of LEGO's new LEGO Friends line of construction sets geared toward girls. LEGO did extensive research over several years to develop this line. Construction play…

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    LEGO Friends City Park Cafe
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  16. LEGO Friends Heartlake Stables

    from LEGO

    This product is part of the LEGO Friends brand

    • Recommended Age6+
    • MSRP49.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: Last year LEGO introduced LEGO Friends, a line of construction sets geared primarily toward traditional girls' play patterns. The line expands this year with brand new construction sets, including…

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    LEGO Friends Heartlake Stables
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  17. LEGO Lord of the Rings

    from Warner Bros.

    • Recommended Age0+
    • MSRP49.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: Review coming soon!

    LEGO Lord of the Rings
  18. Little Tikes iTikes Canvas

    from MGA Entertainment

    This product is part of the Little Tikes brand

    • Recommended Age3+
    • MSRP39.99
    • Batteries Required Yes

    What It Is: The Little Tikes iTikes Canvas is the first time that Little Tikes, who you probably know from big outdoor equipment and the Cozy Coupe, has entered the app toy category. This may look like a typical…

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    Little Tikes iTikes Canvas
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  19. Monster High Ghouls Rule

    from Mattel

    This product is part of the Monster High brand

    • Recommended Age6+
    • MSRP29.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: The characters from Monster High are starring in their first DVD movie, Monster High Ghouls Rule. The premise of the movie is that for Halloween, the characters have gone into their parents' closets…

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    Monster High Ghouls Rule
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  20. Monster High Ghouls Rule Clawdeen Wolf

    from Mattel

    This product is part of the Monster High brand

    • Recommended Age6+
    • MSRP29.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: The characters from Monster High are starring in their first DVD movie, Monster High Ghouls Rule. Instead of staying home on Halloween, the Monster High gang is taking back the holiday and dressing…

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    Monster High Ghouls Rule Clawdeen Wolf
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  21. Monster High Ghouls Rule Cleo de Nile

    from Mattel

    This product is part of the Monster High brand

    • Recommended Age6+
    • MSRP29.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: The characters from Monster High are starring in their first DVD movie, Monster High Ghouls Rule. Instead of staying home on Halloween, the Monster High gang is taking back the holiday and dressing…

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    Monster High Ghouls Rule Cleo de Nile
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  22. Monster High Ghouls Rule Draculaura

    from Mattel

    This product is part of the Monster High brand

    • Recommended Age6+
    • MSRP29.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: The characters from Monster High are starring in their first DVD movie, Monster High Ghouls Rule. Instead of staying home on Halloween, the Monster High gang is taking back the holiday and dressing…

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    Monster High Ghouls Rule Draculaura
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  23. Monster High Ghouls Rule Frankie Stein

    from Mattel

    This product is part of the Monster High brand

    • Recommended Age6+
    • MSRP29.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: The characters from Monster High are starring in their first DVD movie, Monster High Ghouls Rule. The story goes that the ghouls are getting ready for Halloween and reaching back into fashion and…

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    Monster High Ghouls Rule Frankie Stein
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  24. Monster High High School

    from Mattel

    This product is part of the Monster High brand

    • Recommended Age6+
    • MSRP94.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: Just like regular kids, it's time for the Monster High students to go back to school. The academy where ghouls rule comes to life in an incredibly ingenious new building, the Monster High High…

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    Monster High High School
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  25. My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Pony Princess Wedding Castle

    from Hasbro

    This product is part of the My Little Pony brand

    • Recommended Age3+
    • MSRP34.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: With the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Pony Princess Wedding Castle, kids can help celebrate the royal pony wedding of Princess Cadance and Shining Armor in Equestria. The playset features a…

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    My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Pony Princess Wedding Castle
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  26. Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire

    from Hasbro

    This product is part of the Nerf brand

    • Recommended Age8+
    • MSRP39.99
    • Batteries Required Yes

    What It Is: The Nerf N-Strike Elite blasters take the technology from the N-Strike line to the next level. The N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire boasts a revolving clip carousel and the highest dart capacity of any Nerf…

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    Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  27. Skylanders Giants

    from MEGA Bloks

    • Recommended Age5+
    • MSRP29.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: This is a product line featuring the following toys which you can search through here: Skylanders Giants.

    Skylanders Giants
  28. Skylanders Giants

    from Activision

    • Recommended Age5+
    • MSRP74.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: Skylanders Giants is the sequel to the best-selling kid’s video game of 2011, Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure. Giants is an all new game with a new story line that introduces a new group of…

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    Skylanders Giants
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Learning Curve

  29. Skylanders Giants Arkeyan Copter Attack

    from MEGA Bloks

    • Recommended Age5+
    • MSRP29.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: Skylanders is the hit video game from Activision where toys come to life. MEGA Brands' has taken some of the iconic figures and vehicles from the new Skylanders Giants game and turned them into MEGA…

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    Skylanders Giants Arkeyan Copter Attack
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  30. Skylanders Giants Sky Turret Defense

    from MEGA Bloks

    • Recommended Age5+
    • MSRP11.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: Skylanders is the hit video game from Activision where toys come to life. MEGA Brands has taken some of the iconic figures and vehicles from the new Skylanders Giants game and turned them into MEGA…

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    Skylanders Giants Sky Turret Defense
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  31. Skylanders Giants Troll Mech Ambush

    from MEGA Bloks

    • Recommended Age5+
    • MSRP19.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: Skylanders is the hit video game from Activision where toys come to life. MEGA Brands' has taken some of the iconic figures and vehicles from the new Skylanders Giants game and turned them into MEGA…

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    Skylanders Giants Troll Mech Ambush
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  32. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Deluxe Power Sound FX Figures

    from Playmates Toys

    This product is part of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brand

    • Recommended Age4+
    • MSRP12.99
    • Batteries Required Yes

    What It Is: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is back on Nickelodeon, and there is a new line of Turtles action figures from Playmates. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Deluxe Power Sound FX Figures say battle…

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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Deluxe Power Sound FX Figures
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  33. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Figures

    from Playmates Toys

    This product is part of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brand

    • Recommended Age4+
    • MSRP7.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back with an all-new CG-animated series on Nickelodeon and a new line of toys from Playmates, including the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Action Figures…

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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Figures
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  34. Thomas & Friends Steam n Speed R/C Thomas

    from Fisher-Price

    This product is part of the Thomas & Friends brand

    • Recommended Age2+
    • MSRP45.00
    • Batteries Required Yes

    What It Is: With the Thomas & Friends Steam 'n Speed R/C Thomas, kids can control Thomas with real cool-to-the-touch steam. To produce the cool steam, fill the special container with distilled water. Place…

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    Thomas & Friends Steam n Speed R/C Thomas
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  35. Winx Club Believix Dolls

    from Jakks Pacific

    This product is part of the Winx Club brand

    • Recommended Age4+
    • MSRP19.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: Winx Club is a new show on Nickelodeon that follows six best friends—Bloom, Stella, Flora, Musa, Tecna, and Aisha—as they navigate their way through Alfea College, the finest fairy…

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    Winx Club Believix Dolls
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  36. Winx Club Concert Collection

    from Jakks Pacific

    This product is part of the Winx Club brand

    • Recommended Age4+
    • MSRP12.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: Winx Club is a new show on Nickelodeon that follows six best friends—Bloom, Stella, Flora, Musa, Tecna, and Aisha—as they navigate their way through Alfea College, the finest fairy…

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    Winx Club Concert Collection
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  37. Winx Club Everyday Collection

    from Jakks Pacific

    This product is part of the Winx Club brand

    • Recommended Age4+
    • MSRP12.99
    • Batteries Required No

    What It Is: Winx Club Everyday Collection of fashion dolls features the six main characters of Winx Club, a new animated series on Nickelodeon. The show follows six friends—Bloom, Stella, Flora, Musa,…

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    Winx Club Everyday Collection
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  38. WWE Brawlin’ Buddies John Cena

    from Mattel

    This product is part of the WWE brand

    • Recommended Age3+
    • MSRP29.99
    • Batteries Required Yes

    What It Is: WWE Brawlin' Buddies John Cena is a 16-inch stuffed figure in the likeness of wrestler John Cena. This toy is soft enough to hold but tough enough to throw down. Kids can put the figure in a…

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    WWE Brawlin’ Buddies John Cena
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  39. WWE Brawlin’ Buddies Rey Mysterio

    from Mattel

    This product is part of the WWE brand

    • Recommended Age3+
    • MSRP29.99
    • Batteries Required Yes

    What It Is: WWE Brawlin' Buddies Rey Mysterio is a 16-inch stuffed figure in the likeness of wrestler Rey Mysterio. This toy is soft enough to hold but tough enough to throw down. Kids can put the figure in a…

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    WWE Brawlin’ Buddies Rey Mysterio
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

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