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Follow our Toy Tour this December!

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This December, ParentsCanada editor Janice Biehn will be on morning shows near you to talk toys like the ones below.

Watch Janice talk toys with Global Edmonton’s Mike Sobel.


HEXBUG Nano V2 Black Hole: This mini robot critter is in his own little world. This new gravity
defying HEXBUG Nano bug has unique multi-level climbing abilities,
moving around corners and through the loops and tubes of any of its
habitat sets. 3+ – $50
Mastermind, Target, Walmart and Toys“R”Us
Collector’s Edition Minion Dave: Everyone needs a minion! Minion Dave will respond to your voice by
saying over 30 phrases, or moving his eyes or mouth. With the touch of a
button, this detailed Despicable Me replica will break into a minion
song. 4 to 12 – $70
Toys R Us
Disney Infinity: In this all-new video game franchise
from Walt Disney and Pixar Studios, players can place real-world
versions of their favourite Disney characters into the Infinity Base and
transport them into the virtual game worlds of Monsters University, the
Incredibles, Cars, Pirates of the Caribbean or Toy Story in Space. Once
connected, players can build their own adventure in Toy Box mode or
play true-to-story adventures. Starter pack – $75, Play sets – $35, Individual character figures – $13
Vtech Switch & Go Dinos – Jagger the T-Rex: This
two-in-one toy is the perfect fusion of kids’ favourite things –
dinosaurs and vehicles! Jagger the T-Rex is voice activated and easily
transforms from a monster rig into a giant T-Rex in just a few simple
steps. $80
Mattel Hot Wheels Car Maker: Mini car aficionados can now
create their own vehicles! With the Hot Wheels Car Maker, a stick of
wax is easily molded into a fully functioning Hot Wheels car in a matter
of minutes. Cars can be customized with sticker decals and can be raced
on Hot Wheels tracks for even more fun. $60
Fisher-Price Chatter Phone Talking Game: A new spin on a
classic favourite, the Chatter Phone Talking Game adds to the fun of
this iconic toy. Memory and matching games encourage children to think
and problem solve as they play. Multiple difficulty levels mean children
are challenged and can continue to play as they grow. $25
Maplelea Girl Doll: This Canadian Girl doll from Maplelea
comes with a 64 page story journal and everything about her is
Canadian-themed. With Maplelea dolls and journals, your daughter can
learn all about Canada’s heritage, culture and geography.  $100
Mattel 2013 Holiday Barbie: Celebrating its 25th
anniversary this season, the 2013 Holiday Barbie shines in a silver gown
with wintry accents inspired by moonlit snow fields. $50
Mega Bloks First Builders – Billy Beats Dancing Piano:
Dance, build and play with Billy Beats Dancing Piano. With three
different musical play modes, eight light up keys, eight builders blocks
and sheet music, your mini architect build and stack along to their
favourite song. $45
Razor Crazy Cart Electric Drifting Go-Cart
your kiddo’s inner speed demon loose with this new electric drifting
Go-Cart. With two driving modes – go–cart or Crazy Cart – drivers can
turn 360 degrees, drift around corners or go up to 19 kilometres per
hour. $500

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HEXBUG Aquabot with Fish Bowl: The first water-born
HEXBUG, the Aquabot is all the fun of having a pet fish without the
mess. It even swims just like a real fish! Aquabot is propelled by
electromagnetic propulsion and equipped with a water-activated on/off so
switch, making your bot come to live as soon as it hits the water. $15

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