What's hot and what's not in kids' toys

Nov. 8, 2004 at 2:53 PM
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NEW YORK, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Independent consumer group Toyportfolio.com, of New York, Monday released its 2005 list of what's hot and what's not for children's toys, books and videos.

"We are certainly not recommending all of the 'in' products, but want to let consumers know the landscape of children's media this year," said Joanne Oppenheim, child development expert and president of toyportfolio.com.

Toys that are "out" include puzzles, dolls that talk, decoupage, gender-free games, Orange-Alert toys, candle making, futuristic cities, pink poodles, Barney, and Uno.

Toys that are "in" include: puzzles that talk, dolls that go potty, knitting, mall shopping games, castles, scrapbooking, treehouses, teddy bears, Bob the Builder and poker.

The Oppenheims' reviews of the best (and worst) are included in the organization's annual guide, "Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2005 Edition: The Best Toys, Books, Videos, Music and Software."

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