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Get Ready to Buy Your Kids a Toy That Farts and Burps This Christmas

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Every year around this time, Toys "R" Us steps up to the internet podium and announces its "Fabulous 15," a list of the 15 toys that the store thinks are going to be the hottest buys of the season.

Some folks say that the Fab 15 is just a gimmick to create buzz and push toys. But if that's so, why are only half of them Toys "R" Us exclusives? Isn't it clear that this list comes from an altruistic (and not at all selfish profit-gain) place?! Toys "R" Us wants every parent's holiday shopping to be informed! We haven't seen this level of kind-heartedness since that crazy guy who thought he was Santa started sending Macy's patrons to Gimbals in Miracle on 34th Street.

Others herald the Fab 15 list as the formal start of the holiday season. For children, it means they're now officially allowed to daydream about what toys they want, make a list, and constantly badger their folks about presents. For parents, it means that they're now allowed to have nightmares about elbowing other parents out of the way to get to the last remaining thingamabob on store shelves while simultaneously last-minute eBaying that other gotta-have-toy and paying an outlandishly gouged price just to avoid an under-the-tree "scene" come Christmas morning. (Of course, smart parents and gift-givers will simply set up an email alert and let the toys deals come to them. Just sayin'!)

No matter what you think of it, in the past, this list hasn't been far off the mark in predicting the hottest toys. You might as well keep your eye on these 15 toys, and in particular, our picks for the five best items on the list.

Ugglys Pug
Toys "R" Us

The Ugglys Pug Electronic Pet

$29.99 with $6.83 s&h; a Toys "R" Us exclusive

Children have always been fascinated with gross things. In our day we had Bogglins, Mad Balls, Gak, Slime, and Morton Downey, Jr., so that's why we'd like appreciate this electronic puppet. It farts and burps in 30 different ways that are described as "repulsive and hilarious." So many kids will put this on their lists and so many kids' parents will line-item veto it right off again, but there's always that one kid who's gonna luck out. Maybe his parents have no idea what it is, or an aunt buys it, sight-unseen, not knowing exactly what an ugly pug is. That one lucky kid! Therefore, we include this toy because it's aspirational; a holy grail, if you will. Many will enter, few will win.

FurReal Friends Monkey
Toys "R" Us

FurReal Friends Cuddles My Giggly Monkey Pet

$59 with in-store pickup at Walmart; a low by $1

Real pet monkeys are wild creatures just waiting for a moment to tear off your arms. "Cuddles" is an animatronic robot monkey doll that reacts only in pleasant ways to your child's attentions. (Read: No arm-ripping.) Although it's not teaching your kid anything about real life (FURreal life), it's much safer than the real thing. Until the robots revolt and turn on us, their creators. Then it's game over.

Cra-Z-Loom Bracelet Maker
Toys "R" Us

Shimmer 'n Sparkle Cra-Z-Loom Rubber Band Bracelet Maker

$14.99 with $4 s&h; a Toys "R" Us exclusive

We chose this item not because we like it or anything, but because it was one of the two cheapest items on the list; and with an MSRP of $14.99, it's not that cheap, either. (The other toy at this price point was a carrying case for Skylanders — and you just know how much kids like getting carrying cases for toys instead of actual toys.) I guess what Toys "R" Us is saying is that kids these days can't be "wowed" for under $15.

Tabeo e2 Tablet
Toys "R" Us

Tabeo e2

$149.99 with free shipping; a Toys "R" Us exclusive

Remember what I said about altruism vs. greed earlier in the feature? Well, this is the Fabulous 15's worst attempt at a greedy money-grab; its inclusion soils the entire list. For those that don't know, the Tabeo line is Toys "R" Us' branded tablet. It's supposed to be kid-friendly, but at $150 it's $11 more expensive than the cheapest Kindle Fire — which can also be set up to be very kid-friendly. So which should you get? The tablet that's for kids and kids only, or the tablet that the kid and you can both use? Exactly.

Big Hugs Elmo
Toys "R" Us

Playskool Sesame Street Big Hugs Elmo

$49 with in-store pickup at Walmart (Toys "R" Us and Kmart charge the same); a low by $9

Last year there was no Elmo toy on the Fabulous 15 list, and it nearly destroyed the fabric of the universe. This year he's back to right those wrongs... and give moms something to elbow each other in the face over, for the sake of giving their kid a doll that teaches love and kindness. Ah, it just feels like the holidays again. Anyway! We guess this one hugs your kids when you can't be bothered to? We dunno. Buy it. It's Elmo. They'll love it.


Regardless of whether it's altruistic or a corporate ploy, let's try to celebrate the Fabulous 15 for what it is: the appetoyser to the entire feast that is the holiday season! Check out the entire Toys "R" Us Fabulous 15 and tell us which toys you like in the comments section below. And if any of those price tags are making you lightheaded at being light-walleted, set up an email alert for your favorites to see when they receive substantial discounts.


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Jeff Somogyi is the DealNews Media Editor. Since working here he's written deals, features, promotional and newsletter copy, blog posts, as well as scripts for our videos. Follow him on Google+, Twitter at @sommerjam or his blog.
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2 comments
davelevy
Shimmer and sparkle may be too late to the party. My daughter "made" me go to the craft store to pick up a rainbow loom, which is essentially the same thing. They could not keep these things in stock in CT but I can see the demand for rubber band bracelets you have to make yourself going down by Xmas
oreotookie
My kid I know is going to want the flying fairy. Had a friend call me up when she first saw it on tv and rewinded it on her dvr while I listened on the other side of the phone (I'd already seen the commercial btw).
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