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The It List

Move over, statuesque beauties—Groovy Girls will rule this holiday season.

Specialty retailers polled by PLAYTHINGS are overwhelmingly voting Manhattan Toy's Groovy Girls to come in as this holiday's top seller. They also forecast that Learning Curve's Thomas the Tank Engine product will be the number two seller.

Among their top 10 holiday best sellers picks, the specialty retailers include Playmobil playsets, at number three; Bionicle sets by Lego, number four and Ty's Beanie Babies/Kids, as the fifth pick.

Bob the Builder products, manufactured by Lego, Hasbro and Brio alike, are being tapped by the specialty retailers for the number six spot on the list.

Wild Planet's Spy Series comes in at number seven, while perennial favorite Bendos— 'action' figures and play sets by Kid Galaxy—place as the number eight position on the PLAYTHINGS It List of Top 10 Specialty Toys for the holidays. The number nine spot goes to Lego's assorted sets.

Honors for the number 10 spot go to both Screamin' Serpent Roller Coaster by K'nex and Nintendo's Game Boy Advance in a tie vote.

Specialty retailers that participated in the survey are members of the PLAYTHINGS Retailer Ready Response Team. They were polled during September by Cahners Research, a corporate affiliate of the magazine.

The specialty retailers were also asked to provide opinion about which specialty toys would be favored by adults buying holiday gifts for children along both gender and non-gender lines.

The retailers ranked Groovy Girls as number one for girls and Thomas the Tank Engine, number one for boys. In the non-gender category, specialty retailers forecast that the top toy choice made by adults this holiday season will be Neurosmith's Music Blocks.

Retailers who want to join the team may contact Judi Fulbright, jfulbright@cahners.com or Maria Weiskott, mweiskott@cahners.com. Members of the team are contacted every month regarding top selling specialty toys.

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