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Disney Announces 2009 “Most Wanted Holiday Toys”
Disney Consumer Products released its “Most Wanted Holiday Toys List,” featuring its Disney Dozen Deals – toys that bring Disney's rich storytelling heritage home for the holidays for less than $25, plus six standouts for the most discerning gift-givers. Already garnering top honors and awards from media and organizations including FunFare, FamilyFun, iParenting and the National Association of Parenting Publications, Disney toys will delight boys and girls of all ages and bring to life the magic of its beloved characters and storylines for a cheerful holiday season.
The Most Wanted Holiday Toys list is inspired by the latest entertainment content including the upcoming theatrical release of The Princess and the Frog, Disney's enchanting 2D animated film which introduces the newest Disney Princess character, Tiana; Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, the second installment in the popular Disney Fairies series now available on Disney Blu-ray and DVD; the Disney-Pixar Toy Story Definitive collection which replicates Andy's favorites friends featured in the film, all the way down to the scale size and packaging; the Cars and Cars Toons die-cast line, which has sold more than 140 million cars to date gets a new twist with lenticular eyes and a neon light up feature; plus the popular Playhouse Disney preschool series on Disney Channel Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Handy Manny.
Disney's Most Wanted Holiday Toys are now available at national retailers, Disney Store and www.disneystore.com.
THE DISNEY DOZEN DEALS UNDER $25 (in alphabetical order):
• Disney Fairies Tink's Balloon Playset
• Disney Fairies Secret Jewelry Box
• Handy Manny Flicker The Flashlight
• Mickey's Mouse-Ke-Tag Game
• Minnie Mouse Cupcake Set (Disney Store exclusive)
• Disney Princess: The Princess and the Frog Princess Tiana Cooking Set (Disney Store exclusive)
• Disney Princess Tiana Classic Doll (Disney Store exclusive)
• Disney Princess Tiana Just One Kiss Doll
• Disney-Pixar's Cars Die-Cast: Neon Light up and Lenticular collections
• Disney-Pixar's Cars Toons assortment
• Disney-Pixar's Toy Story Buddy Packs
• Disney-Pixar's Toy Story Basic Action Figures
Here are more details, divided by category:
Handy Manny Flicker The Flashlight, SRP $14.99 at national retailers. Introducing Manny's 8th tool, the newest member of his toolbox, Flicker the flashlight! This is a real working flashlight. Pull the blue cap to extend him or snake the light into hard to get to places. Press the side button to turn on and off the light and press his mouth button to hear phrases! You can also project an image on the wall of a wrench to use it as a call to action for Manny to come save the day.
Mickey's Mouse-ke-TAG, SRP: $24.99 at national retailers. Mickey's Mouse-ke-TAG is an active learning toy for preschoolers that promotes mental and physical exercise. Players listen as Goofy calls out descriptions of different Disney character targets; kids can run to tag them.
Minnie Mouse Cupcake Set, SRP: $19.50 at Disney Store and www.disneystore.com exclusive. Now every child can be a chef as they bake delicious pretend cupcakes that are always perfect. The Minnie Cupcake set comes with more than a dozen items. Included are pretend eggs, a bowl, a spatula, a cupcake tin, pretend cupcakes, measuring spoons, frosting and a measuring cup. Ages 3+.
Disney-Pixar Cars Vehicles (Lenticular eyes, Die Cast), SRP: $3.99 at national retailers. Highly collectible and fun to play with too, this line of die cast character cars feature new “lenticular” moving eyes!
Disney-Pixar Cars Neon Light-Up Die Cast Disney Cars 2-Pack, SRP: $16.50, a Disney Store and www.disneystore.com exclusive. Blaze a trail in neon with the Neon Light-Up Die Cast Cars 2-packs in assorted characters. Activate neon lights with on-off switch at bottom of car.
Disney-Pixar Cars Toons Vehicles (Die Cast), SRP: $4.99 – $7.99 at national retailers. This new line of die cast character cars features characters from the Cars Toons animated shorts, all-new stories created and illustrated by the Disney-Pixar team. The shorts debuted on Disney Channel last fall and were such a hit that Disney will release additional shorts ongoing.
Disney-Pixar Toy Story Buddy Packs, SRP: $6.99 at national retailers. Kids can re-create their favorite Toy Story movie scenes or make up their own adventures with these fun, stylized figures that are ready for action. Kids can choose from 26 different 2-packs or collect them all.
Disney-Pixar Toy Story Basic Action Figures, SRP: $9.99 at national retailers, Disney Store and www.disneystore.com. Packed with all the personality and fun of the Toy Story characters, these fully articulated 6-inch action figures feature up to 11 different character/poses that kids can collect.
Disney Fairies Tink's Balloon Playset, SRP: $19.99 at national retailers. Re-enact scenes from the new film in the super popular Disney Fairies DVD series, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure with Tink's Transforming Balloon playset. Turn the top of the balloon and watch as it opens to reveal a playset inside.
Disney Fairies Secret Jewelry Box, SRP: $14.99 – $16.99 at national retailers. Flower shaped jewelry box opens to reveal lots of jewelry and fun play. Includes two 2″ dolls that attach to the jewelry pieces. The dolls spin at the top of the playset, like a real jewelry box. Several drawers and compartments store the play pieces and the entire set folds up for portability. Includes necklace, bracelet, earrings, ring and dolls.
Disney Princess: The Princess and the Frog Princess Tiana Cooking Set, SRP: $19.50 a Disney Store and www.disneystore.com exclusive. Now we're cooking! Heart-shaped, light green and lavender, our Tiana Cooking Set is a precious 10-piece set that's perfect for a little New Orleans style fun in the kitchen.
Disney Princess Tiana Classic Doll, SRP: $16.50 a Disney Store and www.disneystore.com exclusive. This amazingly affordable Tiana doll shines in a gorgeous green dress adorned with rhinestones, layers of tulle and glitter. The special doll comes with a frog figurine (not shown) to add to the fun and allows girls to act out favorite scenes from the movie.
Disney Princess Tiana Just One Kiss Doll, SRP: $24.99 at national retailers, winner of FunFare Magazine's “Holiday Hot Dozen.” Just like in the story, beautiful Tiana wears her sparkly blue ball gown and comes with her frog Prince Naveen on her hand. When girls bring the frog up to Tiana for a kiss, they can play out the magical scene. When Tiana finally agrees to kiss the prince, her dress lights up with firefly lights and makes magical sounds.
THE SIX DISNEY STANDOUTS:
For shoppers looking for that extra-special and magical standout item (in alphabetical order):
• Disney Netpal by ASUS PC
• Disney Pix Twist Digital Still Camera
• Disney Princess Tiana Deluxe Costume (Disney Store exclusive)
• Disney-Pixar Toy Story Definitive Collection
• Disney-Pixar Toy Story Ultimate Buzz Lightyear robot
• Handy Manny's Repair Shop
Disney Netpal by ASUS (ages 6+), SRP $349.99 at www.disneystore.com and Toys”R”Us, winner of FunFare Magazine's “Holiday Hot Dozen.” The Disney Netpal by ASUS PC is a perfect first notebook computer, designed specifically for kids with parents in mind. It's fun, web-safe and easy. They'll enjoy fun games and applications like Disney Mix and Radio Disney in a web-safe environment that lets you choose where they visit and who they contact. Kid-friendly desktop has visual instructions that make it easy to operate and navigate. Best of all, their favorite Disney friends are only a click away!
Disney Pix Twist Digital Still Camera, SRP: $59.99, at national retailers. An evolution in the popular line of Disney Pix digital cameras, the new Disney Pix Twist lets kids take endless pictures of friends and twist the body of the camera to take close up shots of themselves. Features 5 MP and 16 MB internal memory. Styles: Jonas Brothers and Princess Petals (non-character).
Disney Princess Tiana Deluxe Costume, SRP: $89.50, a Disney Store and www.disneystore.com exclusive. A glittering yellow and green dream, the Deluxe Tiana Costume is perfect for an everyday waltz around her blue bayou. Flower petal-shaped layers of tulle and satin skirt make this Princess and the Frog costume darling for dress-up. The special attention to detail and fine fabric make this a stunning must-have that will endure many play sessions.
Disney-Pixar Toy Story Definitive Collection, SRP: $16.99 – $79.99, at national retailers, Disney Store and www.disneystore.com, winner of FunFare Magazine's “Holiday All Stars” and NAPPA Honors Award. This deluxe replica line features the most “film accurate” Toy Story characters ever, delivered in packaging exactly as Andy received them in the films, plus each includes a certificate of authenticity. For example, the 12″ highly detailed deluxe replica of everyone's favorite Space Ranger is the most film accurate Buzz Lightyear ever produced. Sheriff Woody, RC Remote Control Car, Rex, Bucket O'Soldiers, and 3-Pack Space Aliens are also available.
Disney-Pixar Toy Story – Ultimate Buzz Lightyear robot, SRP: $149.99, at national retailers and www.disneystore.com, winner NAPPA Honors Award. This 16″ robot responds to six voice commands; say “You're A Toy!” to switch his space ranger personality to a toy character for a whole new set of different responses. Powered by seven motors, this Ultimate Buzz Lightyear walks, talks, turns, blinks, salutes, fires his laser and answers his communicator. More than 100 phrases in Buzz Lightyear's original voice and cool SFX.
Handy Manny's Repair Shop, SRP: $99.99, at national retailers and www.disneystore.com, winner of FamilyFun magazine's Toy Of The Year “Top 30” Award. Welcome to Handy Manny's repair shop where kids have over 20 projects to choose from to build and fix things just like Manny does on the show. Kids grab your blueprints, choose a project and slide it into the diagnostic center. Next, Manny will walk you through the steps and show you how to do the project. Includes over 40 parts to do the projects; there is also a power saw and a power drill that you can use to do the projects and you can fix them when they break down. It also comes with 2 of Manny's tools. This is the ultimate Manny item!