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Walmart's Holiday Top Toys for 2013

Retail giant Walmart has released its 2013 Holiday top toy list and called it ‘Chosen By Kids.’ It features toys that are both new and classic, and all toys on the list have been chosen by kids for this season.

The newcomers this year include V-Tech’s Go! Go! Smart Wheels Train Play set, Sofia the Talking Doll, and the Flutterbye Flying Fairy Doll. Not all of the toys are new, however. The perennial classic, the Barbie Dream House, is a predicted girl favourite; this makes five years straight that Barbie has been on the top of the toy list for Wal-Mart. Last year’s hit Furby, a reinvented favourite from the 1990s, has made another comeback for the second straight year, joining Elmo’s Big Hugs toy.

Wal-Mart claims to be taking the guesswork out of holiday toy shopping by going straight to the kids to find out what the current child favourites are, as described by Scott McCall, the senior vice president of toys and season lists for Wal-Mart in the United States. He says that kids have made it clear that they want interactive, fun toys, as well as old time classics. This feedback from children gave Wal-mart the chance to adjust prices for parents to offer savings on the most popular toys.

Wal-Mart’s Top Twenty Chosen by Kids Toys

For ages 18 months to 2 years:

These toys are highly interactive and based on imagination. A favourite, the new Elmo Big Hugs toy features a long body shape and long arms to give hugs. He is highly interactive, talks, and responds to children. This list includes:

For ages 3 to 5 years:

These toys represent the next developmental stage for kids. They rely on the child’s imagination, showing how fast they are growing. The Doc McStuffins Get Better Check Up Center helps kids explore what a doctor does by making a diagnosis, coming up with a treatment, and even looking at slides. The toys include:

For ages 6 to 7 years:

Many kids six and seven years old are into manipulative items that can be brought into playtime. The Hot Wheels Triple Track Twister features three different tracks that create the ultimate crash zone for speed and death-defying moves. There are trap doors and secret turns to challenge the cars. Toys for this age are as follows:

For ages 8 to 10 Years:

When it comes to eight- to ten-year-olds, toys are much more electronic. The Air Hogs Quad X4 Stunt RC is a high performance stunt copter that features four-ducted fans. It is manoeuvrable and quick, allowing kids to perform stunts and manipulate the Air Hogs Elite helix X4 Stunt quad-copter to their heart’s content. Toys for this age range include:

All of the toys on Wal-Mart’s ‘Chosen By Kids’ list are eligible for the layaway program starting Friday, September 13th, 2013 which is free with no fees to open. Customers also have the retailer’s ‘Ad Match Guarantee,’ which entails Wal-Mart matching the price of any local ad for the same product.