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Posted on Sat, Dec 15, 2012 : 5:59 a.m.

Top 10 most popular toys this holiday season

By Lizzy Alfs

The Furby, a popular 1990s owl-like robotic toy that “learns” English over time, is making a major comeback.

Grand Rapids-based Meijer reports the 2012 version of the toy — which has new technological advances such as LED eyes and syncing capabilities with an iPhone app — is “flying off shelves” this holiday season.


Meijer reports the new 2012 Furby is "flying off shelves."

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According to the National Retail Federation, consumers are expected to spend $586.1 billion on gifts and other holiday items this year, compared to the $563 billion spent in 2011.

In November, the organization predicted children’s holiday wish lists would combine popular tech gadgets such as the Nintendo Wii U with “classic gifts” like LEGOs.

“With Christmas just around the corner, Meijer is seeing those predictions come to life,” according to a news release from the supermarket chain.

Here are some popular and top-selling toys Meijer is reporting so far this holiday season:

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at


erik steel

Sat, Dec 15, 2012 : 9:19 p.m.

We are close to Christmas festival. So we have to do a lot of things for perfectly celebration of this festival and one of most important thing is how to give surprise your Children!! one way is Popular christmas toys what is your plan?


Mon, Dec 17, 2012 : 7:59 p.m.

come again......?


Mon, Dec 17, 2012 : 1:59 p.m.


Kyle Mattson

Sat, Dec 15, 2012 : 4:22 p.m.

This Furby fad is making me feel old, my only memory of them as a child was my middle school Librarian who had a collection of at least a dozen of them lining the shelves of her office.


Sat, Dec 15, 2012 : 12:37 p.m.

There are dozens of local businesses selling handcrafted, unique gifts for adults and children. They won't be made in Chins and directly benefit the business and the artists themselves.


Sat, Dec 15, 2012 : 2:36 p.m.

AMEN! And the chances are good that they won't contain toxic materials and won't break after a couple of weeks. Support your local elves!

PC Stone

Sat, Dec 15, 2012 : 12:32 p.m.

Consider local gifts like (for girls) or The Boulevard Market in Tecumseh for parents/adults.