Hot toys for holiday season
by Hawkins Teague
Dec 06, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
If you’re looking for a Playstation 3 or a Nintendo Wii, good luck. You might want to wait until the year is over and the smoke clears a bit. But there are plenty of other items out there that children might also be happy with.

One thing is certain. Electronic items get more popular every year. K. C. Williamson at Radio Shack said he expects to sell quite a few Robosapiens and remote-controlled cars and helicopters. Lately, he’s been playing around with the Bladerunner Micro Mosquito, which is smaller than the other Bladerunner helicopters he sells. The Mosquito is ideal for flying in a large indoor room. It’s lightweight enough that the wind could mess with its path, but once you’re inside, watch out. You barely have to press your thumb to the control before it shoots straight into the ceiling.

Williamson said the remote-controlled Ferrari and Ford 350 are lot of fun too. The Ferrari is quite fast and the Ford has big wheels that are easy to “pop a wheely” with.

The Robosapiens come in a couple of different varieties. There is a small, cheaper version that walks around, but the larger, more advanced version, which sells for about $100, does a number of tasks. It walks around on its own, dances, talks and observes it surroundings. When you put your hand in front of its face, it might make a remark like “That’s interesting.” Williamson said it can even see colors. Since he’s had it in the store, it continues to surprise him.

“Every day we find out he does something new or different,” he said.

There are also a couple of Roboraptors, dinosaurs that can interact with Robosapien. Those, of course, don’t speak English, but can roar plenty.

The Cadiz Record asked a few other Trigg County parents what their children wanted this Christmas.

Jackie Futrell said her nine-year-old daughter, Hannah, wants an mp3 player, a cell phone and some CDs. She likes contemporary Christian and country music. Futrell’s six-year-old son loves dinosaurs and also wants a Gameboy Advance.

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