Christmas Retrospective: Which toys were hits in the Allen/Voynar Household

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Karaoke Revolution Vol. 4 (Konami)We here at Blogging Baby gave you guys a lot of ideas about what hot items you might want to place under your Christmas tree this year for your kids. But the $64,000 question is, what did your kids actually play with once all the wrapping paper had been picked up? Here's what my kids ended up playing with all the live-long day.

  • Mr. Potato Head. We bought two for our two-year-old. Hours of play. (It helped that he's been glued to Toy Story for the past month.)
  • Board games. From Dora Candyland to Sorry to Life, good ol' cardboard-and-plastic games proved as popular as their digital counterparts.
  • Karaoke Revolution Vol. 4 (Xbox). Shortly after we bought an Xbox, we purchased the Xbox Music Mixer, an early karaoke program for the system. Not to put too fine a point on it, but it sucked ass. The service didn't even support Xbox Live for downloading new content. Revolution is a vast improvement. It supports dancing with yourself,  or performing in karaoke competitions with up to seven other people, with performances rated automatically. The kids were enthralled, both by the use of the mic and the accompanying graphics. And my wife and I may  never go to a private karaoke booth again.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Xbox). The kids are big fans of the Harry Potter series from Electronic Arts, having played both Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban to death. In each version, EA has addressed user complaints around the previous version, particularly regarding the number of players. Chamber was only one player - and that player had to be Harry. Azkaban allowed you to switch between characters - but again, only one Hogwarts fan at a time, thank you. Goblet goes all out, opening up the game to three simultaneous players. I had to pry my eight-year-old, six-year-old, and four-year-old away from this one.
  • Pajamas. You heard me - pajamas. Forget the traditional wisdom about kids not wanting clothes for Christmas, these little guys were in their new bedwear by 5pm. Of course, they didn't fall asleep until 11pm, which I thought was a horrible way to tease us.

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