Wal-Mart lets kids pick ‘hot toys’ for holidays

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s still too soon to tell which toys will actually become the must-haves of the upcoming holiday season, but Wal-Mart is making kids’ choice a big part of the decision this year.

In a first, about 1,000 boys and girls aged 18 months to 10 years spent a weekend in August in Dallas playing with 50 toys and choosing their favorites. The result is a top 20 list that includes a new robotic pet Furby, a hugging Elmo and a Barbie dream house.

TV show-related toys were also popular, along with cuddly interactive characters.

Retailers place their bets early on which toys they think will be hits and then spend heavily to market them.

Wal-Mart plans to promote the top 20 toys with dedicated shelf space and with prominent positions on its website and in circulars.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s