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 June 14, 2005
Toy Test
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Our three year-olds seeemed uninterested in the "Chicken Dance Elmo" and "Cabbage Patch Kids" we had for them to play with. These two boys went right for the "Bionicles," buildable action figures. These are marketed for 7-10 year-olds, but these young boys couldn't be torn away. As for the five to seven year-olds in our group...all the toys were a hit for them. "Pop Sensation Barbie Doll," and "What's her Face" activity doll were tops with the girls. Both boys and girls (of all ages) really liked the teachable "Micro Pets." The "Spider-Man Deluxe Web Blaster" is a messy toy that shoots silly string. It was also a hit that broke the gender and age barriers in our group. A tip for parents: keep this one outside. There were other toys on our list we didn't have time to test, but here it is for your shopping pleasure!

12 to 24 MONTHS:
Chicken Dance Elmo Fisher-Price
Crawl 'n' Cruise Playground Fisher-Price
Learning Drum LeapFrog

2 to 4 YEARS:
Animal Alley Purebread Dogs Animal Alley
Barbie as Rapunzel Doll Mattel
Cabbage Patch Kids Pacific Playthings
Dancing Dora - We Did It!! Fisher-Price
Laura Ashley Doll House Toy "R" Us
Musini Neurosmith
Pop Sensation Barbie Doll Mattel

5 to 7 YEARS:
Barbie B-Book Learning Laptop Oregon Scientific
Fall Fashion 2002 Bratz MGA Entertainment
Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets LEGO
Hot Wheels Octoblast Track Set Mattel
Micro Pets TOMY
Motor-Scooter Samantha MGA Entertainment
Nu Jam Guitar Milton Bradley
Pixter Plus Fisher-Price
Spider-Man Deluxe Web Blaster Toy Biz
What's Her Face! Activity Doll Mattel
Yu-Gi-Oh Upper Deck

8 to 10 YEARS:
Bionicles LEGO
Electronic Explorer Globe LeapFrog
Singing Starz Karaoke Studio Toymax
Star Wars R2D2 Droid Hasbro
Quantum Pad LeapFrog

11 YEARS and UP:
20th Anniversary Trivial Pursuit Hasbro
NBA Live 2002 - PS2 Electronic Arts
Screaming Serpent Roller Coaster K'NEX
Super Mario Sunshine Nintendo

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