Listen up, Santa.
Christmas is just a month away, and the wish lists are coming.
If industry experts' predictions are correct, the elves have their work cut out for them this year.
Instead of toy soldiers, boys are asking for "Call of Duty: Ghosts." Young girls are putting away their dolls and picking up Nerf bows and Legos.
Tots aren't interested in alphabet blocks anymore. They want the high-tech kiddie tablets. And forget the teddy bears. Children are opening their arms wide for Big Hugs Elmo.
It's time for a game plan, but not to worry, Santa. We have your back.
Here's a list of cute, fun and creative toys that are expected to be the hottest hits this holiday season.
Big Hugs Elmo, Playskool
Elmo is back and he's ready to give out hugs. The beloved "Sesame Street" character talks, sings, moves its arms and more.
Approximate retail: $50
Flutterbye Flying Flower Fairy, Spin Master
Let these fairies fly with the help of a charger base and guide them through the air with the palm of your hand. The fairies come in purple, pink and gold.
Approximate retail: $28
Zoomer Robot Dog, Spin Master
Zoomer, the robot Dalmatian, learns tricks, responds to commands and will even urinate on the carpet (not really) if you ignore it (seriously).
Approximate retail: $80
Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow, Nerf
Most likely inspired by the fierce huntress Katniss Everdeen and the "Hunger Games" series, these girl-friendly bows are nontraditional toys that are fun and sporty.
Approximate retail: $16-$18
Xbox One and PlayStation 4
The next generation of video game consoles are here (well, almost) with faster processors, highly detailed graphics and popular titles like "Call of Duty: Ghosts" and "Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag."
Approximate retail: $400, PlayStation 4; $500, Xbox One
LeapPad Ultra, LeapFrog
Tired of sharing the iPad with the kids? LeapFrog, known for its award-winning educational toys, has a new 7-inch touch tablet with built-in Wi-Fi, apps, camera, e-books, videos and more. Comes in different colors, too.
Approximate retail: $150
This girl-friendly Lego line took the top honors for the 2013 Toy of the Year Awards -- the Oscars of toys. Like other Lego series, there are plenty of sets to keep building a whole town of friends.
Approximate retail: $4-$90.
Cuddles My Giggly Monkey Pet, FurReal Friends
Kind of like a Furby, which is also high on the hottest holiday toys list, these cuddly and interactive toys will feel like a pet, too. There are other animals, too, including Daisy Plays with Me Kitty and Bouncy My Happy-to-See-Me Pup (prices for other toys vary).
Approximate retail: $60
LINDSEY POISSON can be reached at 870-1871 or by e-mail. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/ETNpoisson.
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Original headline: Hot toys for the 2013 holiday season
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