Toys for upcoming holiday frenzy: Mind-control games, robot hamsters


Parents, take note: you'll be prowling the toy aisles this fall for interactive hamsters and mind-controlled games. The good news is you'll have more stores to choose from, and with fierce competition for your money, you might find a decent price.

Toy-store chain Toys "R" Us has released its annual forecast of the hot toys this holiday season, including more traditional toys, like Fisher-Price's sniffling Little Mommy Baby Ah-Choo, and Hasbro's Nerf N-Strike Raider Rapid Fire CS-35 foam-dart gun. The list is heavy on batteries-not-included entries: Cepia's Zhu Zhu Pets (interactive robot hamsters) and Mattel's Mindflex (a game for maneuvering a ball through an obstacle course via a headset that senses brainwave activity).