Hot toys for 2014 holiday season

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- If you're still scratching your head, wondering what to get the kids for Christmas this year, we have some ideas for you.

Kate Tanner from Kids Stop Toys showed us some of the toys that are expected to be among the hottest sellers this season.

Top Tech Toy
If your kid ever wanted to build a robot from scratch, this must might be his chance. Considered by some in the toy industry as the biggest challenger to Lego ever, these cubes teach kids robotics and coding. With just a few blocks they can make tons of different designs. For Mom and Dad, that means hours of play time.  Plus they're expandable and the skies the limit. A top seller, don't expect them to last on the shelf much longer. $479

Top Girl's Toy
Marie Kruse Stylista - design your own clothes. We call this collection "girls with styling possibilities." Beautiful dolls with stylista fashions that you create. After age 5, girls love to choose their own look and experiment. The outfits are stitched - all they have to do is cut out the outfits and fit them to the girls and accessorize.)  $89.00

Top Boy's Toy
If you find yourself "doodling" with Magformers when the kids are asleep, we won't tell. These classic, award-winning magnetic construction pieces promote creativity, brain development and out-of-the-box thinking. One of our favorite sets is the 62 pc Set. The bright rainbow colors add a magical dimension to flowers, houses and rockets. Compact storage, and travel friendly, too. Includes 30 squares, 20 triangles, and 12 pentagons. For ages 6-10 yrs. Starting at $59.99

Top Educational Toys
Scope Constructor
With the Scope Constructor you can build your own microscopes, telescopes and binoculars with this unique optical construction kit. This kit teaches young scientists how microscopes and telescopes work by letting them build these scopes from simple, re-configurable parts. Discover firsthand how lenses bend light and learn how they can be combined together to make images larger and clearer for different applications. Build many types of scopes and learn how their various components function. Construct binoculars and a spotting scope! Suggested age is 8 and up. $59.99

Solar Robot Kit
Delve into cutting-edge solar and alternative energy concepts with our 14 in 1 Educational Solar Robot Kit. There's nothing better under the sun to challenge kids to learn about solar energy, science and robotics while having tons of fun! Beginners jump right in to make seven different "bots". Construct 14 different robot models that stride land or water powered by the sun. The transparent hear housing is endlessly fascinating and the solar panel features adjustable polarity for changes in direction. This clever kit helps you figure it out and put it all together.  For ages 10 yrs-adult. $39.99

Smart-phone Science (Turn your cellphone into a magnifying lens)
Thankfully, just about every kid's got one these days - an imagination, that is! If they happen to also have a smart phone, then check out this terrific idea. The Smart Phone Science Kit, a high-powered microscope clips on, turning the screen into a full-color display. Kids can perform over 20 experiments on any smart phone or tablet, with nothing to download. A tech-tastic book helps kids discover other reasons to love their phone!  $19.99

All Around Favorites
Toy Tester #1 Toy 3 years in a row.It's not a bike or a scooter- it's even better! Get moving on EzyRoller from New Zealand. What makes EzyRoller such a blast? It is an addiction to the motion! There are no chains, pedals or batteries-it moves like a curvy snake, using the alternating right/left leg movements of energetic riders. The seat is comfy, the wheels are heavy duty and the handgrips are kid friendly. Award winning for so many reasons. Adjusts to accommodate taller riders. Suggested ages 4-10 yrs. We now have the drifter AND an EZyRoller for 10 and up! $99.00

Top Kid and Adult Favorite
Take a flawless selfie every time with this wireless shutter control for smart phones that allows you to take a selfie in most inconspicuous way possible. Download the app, use the band as a phone stand, then use to remote to trigger the photo from your phone. Comes in assorted colors (pink, green, black) - color will vary by order. $19.99

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