Toy Fair 2012: What your kids will be clamoring for this year

Playmobil Take Along Soccer Match

We must say — toys have changed a lot since we were kids. Check out some of the hottest new playthings we found at the 109th annual American International Toy Fair.


1. Playmobil Take Along Soccer Match: It’s like foosball, on the go! This fold-up game comes with six athlete figures who can kick and score just like real soccer stars. Kids can maneuver the goalies to defend incoming shots, too. Ages 5-10, $60, www.playmobilusa.com, available in April


2. Mod stickers by Brickstix: Kids love to use their imagination when building with blocks — and now, they can make their creations even more true-to-life with these stickers, which easily attach and detach (with no residue) to Legos and other brick sets. Brickstix was conceived by 9-year-old Greyson MacLean when he became frustrated with the conventional stickers that came with his toy sets. He’s since won a slew of toy inventor awards and even appeared on “Conan.” Ages 6 and up, $6, www.brickstix.com, now available


3. Lazer Tag: Turn that once-every-so-often trip to the laser tag arena into an at-home activity with this hi-tech digital system. Your kids can download the game’s free software onto their iPhones, slap their phones into the Lazer Tag blaster and begin shooting baddies through the lens of their new virtual reality. Ages 8 and up, $70 for two blasters, www.hasbrotoyshop.com, available in August


4. Twister Dance: Twister’s undergone some changes since we last shouted “left foot blue.” Here, the pods are off the mat, so you can take the game wherever you go. Players can also groove to songs by Britney Spears and use the speaker as an iPod dock. Ages 8 and up, $35, www.hasbro.com, available in the fall.



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