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Hot Toys for 2004

Tech Toys Popular It appears that 2004 may well be the year of the tech toy. Whether they are for your game console, your computer or even for your television, there are hundreds of different new games available for the tech savvy child. Just about every toy company or popular character has some kind of electronic toy.

The release of two popular movies this past summer, Spider-man 2 and Shrek 2 will also bring out related character figures and games for dedicated fans.

YMCA Elmo Our favorite fuzzy red guy, Elmo, is back this year dancing away to Y.M.C.A. Sure to be a hit with the young set.

Two toys caught my eye this year that might just be a hit with kids. Aquapets, from Wild Planet is an interactive "pet" that you can talk to, feed, and of course play with.

Shrek Then there are Stink Blasters from Spin Master. These strange action figures have a a strange twist. Just squeeze each figure's soft head, and they blast a funky odor. Kids might love, not sure if all parents will agree.

If that is just too much for you classic toys like Barbie, Lego, Cabbage Patch Dolls and G.I.Joe will be filling store shelves this holiday season as well.

Worst Toy ever Received

  • Girly Girl toys
  • Cheap Nintendo controller
  • Skeleton
  • A castle game
  • Sega (already had one) - beside everybody has a Sony!
  • Cupholder
  • Batman
  • Underwear and socks
  • Stuffed Bear
  • Topspin
  • Art Supplies
  • Barbie (I am a boy)
  • Barbie
  • Batteries
  • Skating Teddy Bear
  • Fake guitar - this takes up space!
  • Football
  • Dummies
  • Baby doll that did nothing
  • Nylons that didn't fit
  • Bead Set
  • Cabbage Patch Doll
  • Pooper Scooper
  • Skates
  • Easy Bake Oven
  • Tea Set
  • Gooey Looey
  • Puzzle
  • Clothes - that's right it is NOT a toy!