Toy Wishes magazine reviews hundreds of toys and each year publishes a list of the dozen hottest -- those toys expected to be the best sellers during the 2007 holiday season. The list published here includes only 11 toys. That's because one of the toys on the origial list, Spin Master's Aqua Dots Super Studio, was recalled this month when it was found that the coating on the beads contains a chemical that can turn toxic if ingested. Toys are listed in alphabetical order:

The toys most likely to show up on kids' wish lists this Christmas have taken technology to a new level -- incorporating Internet connections and other interactive elements.

The Barbie Girls unit is an MP3 player that connects to the Internet, where it unlocks a virtual world. Eye-Clops is an electronic magnifier that plugs into the television, while Rubik's Revolution has gone high-tech with the classic puzzle.

"It's about what the children want," said Jim Silver, editor of Toy Wishes magazine, who notes that toy manufacturers are catering to what children demand.

"We're in the business of supply and demand," said Silver, who noted that children today are exposed to technology at younger and younger ages. "If some toys aren't around anymore, it's because children won't play with them."

The magazine reviews hundreds of toys, and each year releases a list of the expected hot dozen -- those toys most likely to be on kids' Christmas lists.

But it also compiles lists of toys that have no bells, whistles or batteries, "still sizzling'" toys that have demonstrated enduring power and those considered most innovative.

A number of toy recalls this year, including Chinese-made toys that violated federal standards for lead paint levels, have made toy shoppers leery.

But Silver believes a more serious safety problem is parents who fail to follow age-appropriate guidelines for toys. Some of those guidelines have to do with choking hazards.

"This is where the injuries have occurred," Silver said, referring to choking hazards. "Parents have to do a better job. They have to take the ages on products seriously."

And when choosing toys, Silver said parents need to above all consider their child's interests and what he or she likes to play with. "The hot toy is only hot," he said, "if it's right for your child."

American Idol Talent Challenge


Ages 8 and up

Approximate retail price: $49.99

Give "American Idol" a try at home. Connect the unit to your TV and pop in the DVD; the unit includes a microphone and mixer and 12 songs. Includes a Karaoke mode and echo effects. Friends can rate performers using the DVD remote. You can hear reactions from Randy, Paula and Simon, too.

Barbie Girls


Ages 6 and up

Approximate retail price: device: $59.99, fashion pack: $9.99, deco pack: $9.99

The Barbie Girls unit is an MP3 player. Connect it to your computer and unlock a virtual world with your own avatar, including online chat. Add-on packs are available.


JAKKS Pacific

Ages 6 and up

Approximate retail price: $49.99

Eye-Clops is an electronic magnifier that plugs into your TV and gives you a new perspective on virtually anything that you want to explore.

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

Red Octane

Approximate retail price: $99.99

The latest in a series of hard-rocking video games. Hook up the guitar peripheral to your PlayStation, Xbox or Wii and get rocking. The new version includes tracks from Alice Cooper, Beastie Boys, Kiss, Smashing Pumpkins, Heart and more.

Hannah Montana Singing Dolls and Pop Star Stage

Play Along

Ages 6 and up

Approximate retail price: Doll: $19.99, Pop Star Stage: $59.99

This Hannah Montana doll sings actual songs from the teen sensation, and there's a fold-out Pop Star Stage.

Nerf-n-Strike Disc Shot


Ages 8 and up

Approximate retail price: $49.99

Load the foam discs into the disc launcher and load your blaster foam darts. A wireless remote lets you control when to send foam discs sailing at different heights and angles. Test your speed, distance and accuracy.

Rubik's Revolution

Techno Source

Ages 5 and up

Approximate retail price: $19.99

One of the first puzzles to earn the endorsement of Professor Erno Rubik brings new challenges, with six electronic games. Each level you complete unlocks a new one.

Smart Cycle


Ages 3 to 6

Approximate retail price: Unit: $99.99, additional programs: $19.99

Plug this new system into the TV and start pedaling. There are different levels to help preschoolers reinforce learning. One software package is included; others are sold separately.



Ages 6 and up

Approximate retail price: $29.99

Pick a picture, put it in the Spotz Maker and get a collectible to show and share. This toy also leverages the Internet as a source of creativity; see Spotz at online destinations. Refills and accessory kits are available too.

Swypeout Online Battle Racing

Spin Master

Ages 8 and up

Approximate retail price: $19.99

Connect the USB scanner, go to the secure Web site and swipe your collectible trading cards to power up for all kinds of races. Play with friends online.

Transformers Arm Blasters and Transformers Movie Ultimate Bumblebee


Ages 5 and up

Approximate retail price: Bumblebee: $89.99, Blasters: $29.99

The Transformers Movie Ultimate Bumblebee is half Camaro, half robot. Electronic wizardry makes it work. The Transformers Arm Blasters convert right on your arm from Autobot or Decepticon into full-force, soft-dart blaster.

• Make an effort to buy American-made toys, says Keri Brown Kirschman, assistant professor of psychology at University of Dayton. "Although a caveat is not all American made toys are safe either, so it's not a guarantee that the toy is going to be safe if it were made in America. But it might decrease the likelihood that it has lead-based paint, for example."

• Be careful about purchasing cheap earrings, bracelets and necklaces, popular among preteen and teenage girls, says Dr. John Rosen, head of the lead program at Children's Hospital at Montefiore in New York. Those accessories -- cheap and attractive -- have been shown to contain lead.

• Purchase wooden, unpainted toys or toys that use lead-free paint, says Alanna Stang, executive editor of Cookie magazine.

• For small children, choose toys that don't have small pieces.

• Make sure toys are age-appropriate, says Sheliah Gilliland, spokeswoman for eToys. Toys are rated by age based on safety -- not a child's ability.

• Supervise children. If there is more than one child, make sure their toys don't get mixed up.

• Check toys often to make sure they are not broken or cracked, said Patricia Mikelson, vice president of corporate communications for Highlights for Children.

• Be informed. Check the Consumer Product Safety Commission Web site ( for toy recalls.

• Don't focus solely on lead paint, says toy store owner Sheri Gurock. "Avoid toys that have sharp points or corners. Make sure that strings and cords are not long enough to wrap around a child's neck. If a toy requires batteries, make sure that the battery compartment is securely closed at all times."