Kid tablets, retro brands are Toys R Us 'hot toys'

Kid tablets, retro brands are Toys R Us 'hot toys'

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A woman displays a new electronic robot toy called "Furby" (L), produced by US toy giant Hasbro and distributed by Japanese toy maker Tomy, at a press preview in Tokyo on September 4, 2012. Furby, who debuted in 1981 and sold over 40 million units in the world, has been renewed and will begin to be sold in Japan from next month. The user can use an iPhone or iPad to take care of the new Furby, such as feeding and communication with the robot pet. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/GettyImages)

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Associated Press

Posted on September 19, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 19 at 3:08 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — It's still technically summer, but for some it's not too soon to think about what the kiddies will want for the holidays.

Toys R Us has come out with its annual "hot toy" list that includes tablets for kids, fashion dolls in the likeness of boy-band sensation One Direction, and even retro hits like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Furby.

Knowing early what will be popular during the holiday shopping season is crucial to retailers seeking to have the right mix of toys at the right prices. The holiday season can account for about 40 percent of a toy seller's annual profit.

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