Walmart, Kmart, Target, Toys R Us and Amazon may not agree on which has the better prices and best deals, but when it comes to toys, these major retailers have found common ground on their suggestions for the 2013 holiday season.
Here's a look at 20 of this year's hottest toys, as predicted by overlapping toy suggestions from Walmart's Chosen by Kids list, Kmart's Fab 15 list, Target's Hot Toys of the Year list, the Toys R Us Fabulous 15 list and Amazon's holiday toy list.
Big Hugs Elmo from Hasbro Playskool Sesame Street is ready to give someone a hug. He has long flexible arms that can return any hug.
In addition to hugs, Elmo can sing songs and has more 50 phrases. When a child is done playing with Elmo, they can lay him down and he will begin to sing a lullaby and eventually fall asleep.
Flutterbye Flying Flower Fairy flies in the air for up to 5 minutes with the help of the palm of your hand. After a 25-minute charge, the fairy flies into the air from a launching pad and can twirl and dance.
The Flutterby Fairy set comes with a Flying Fairy, a launcher, charging cradle and instruction guide.
The newest generation of Furby, known as Furby Boom, is on shelves this holiday season.
This Furby's personality is shaped by the way the user interacts with it. The more English is spoken to it, the more it will respond in English instead of Furbish.
The Furby Boom has a free compatible app available that allows users to take their Furby on an adventure, get and hatch new Furblings, and translate Furbish.
This toy comes in seven different colors.
The FurReal Friends Cuddles My Giggly Monkey Pet behaves like a real monkey. When fed, the monkey will move her mouth and make slurping sounds. The monkey will also laugh when tickled and will close her eyes when put to bed.
This toy comes with a monkey doll, bottle, diaper, and care guide. It requires four C batteries which are sold separately
Zoomer the Dalmatian is a fully-interactive toy with multiple sensors to mimic a real dog. Zoomer will respond to his name, as well as tricks such as sit and roll over. This toy requires attention, otherwise Zoomer will get bored, wander off or even "pee" on the carpet.
Like the Furby, Zoomer has a free iOS or Android app available that has training tips. He can understand English, Spanish or French.
Zoomie, the female and fushia spotted version of this toy, is sold exclusively at Walmart.
The Rapidstrike CS-18 blaster has an acceleration trigger that powers up the motor for super-speed firing up to 75 feet. The clip for this toy holds 18 Elite Darts, which are included in the set.
In addition to the Nerf-N-Strike Rapidstrike, another Nerf toy made the list this year.
The Nerf Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow Blaster comes in two colors, the Phoenix and Vine, and is a bow designed for girls who are fans of archery, Nerf battles, or "The Hunger Games."
The bow comes with 5 Rebelle darts that can fly up to 75 feet.
The Disney Sophia the First Talking Sofia is 10 inches tall and comes with three animal friends.
Sophia can say 30 phrases and can communicate with her animal friends when they are held close to her amulet.
The Disney Planes Wing Control Dusty Crophopper is a battery-powered RC plane that moves the same way its controller moves.
There is a button on the top of Dusty's head; if pressed, he will preform one of three pre-programmed moves. He has more than 40 sounds and phrases from the Disney movie "Planes." The set comes with a Dusty Crophopper RC and a left wing and right wing controller.
The Despicable Me 2 Fart Blaster, featured in the movie, "Despicable Me 2" features lights, fart sounds and a banana scent every time the trigger is pressed. This toy features a "joke mode" which makes a fart sound after a 20 second delay.
The Doc McStuffins Get Better Checkup Center has everything Doc McStuffins needs to do a checkup.
Lambie, the doctor's friend, is included with the set. She lights up and makes sounds when she is on the checkup table.
This train is the newest addition to the Lionel Polar Express train line. It can run on either 9.6 volt rechargable batteries (not included) or six C batteries (included).
The train is operated by a remote that requires two AA batteries (included) and comes with the locomotive, a passenger coach and an observation car. The set includes three figures (conductor, boy, hobo), as well as a 5"x72" oval train track.
The Hot Wheel Triple Track Twisters Track Set features three loops, two motorized boosters and a crash zone. Like some of the other toys on this list, this toy comes with a free app download and has an iPad stand so users can race through five virtual worlds.
The set comes with the track and one car. Batteries are required.
The Laugh & Learn Crawl Around Car is an interactive toy that features more than 75 songs, tunes and phrases. Three modes of play teach the alphabet, numbers, colors, opposites, greetings and more.
Similar to the Flutterbye Fairies, the Air Hogs Atmosphere is a flying sphere that is controlled by its surroundings. It can bounce off of walls and ceilings. The Air Hogs Atmosphere comes in four different colors (red, blue, green, and silver), and each set comes with a sphere and a charging cradle.
Fisher Price Imaginext Batcave comes with a Batman, Robin, flight suit, Batcycle & 3 projectiles for the launcher on top of the Batcave. The Batcave has rotating platforms, an elevator, jail and more.
To help bring the Batcave to life, users can download a free, interactive iOS Apple iPhone app.
As the smaller version of the Just Play Doc McStuffings Get Better Checkup Center Playset, the Just Play Doc McStuffings Magic Talkin' Doc and Friends includes Doc McStuffins and her friends, Lambie and Stuffy. Doc McStuffins sings the "Time for your check up" song, and Lambie and Stuffy sing the "I feel better song" when placed on the check up table.
The Leap Pad Ultra is an educational tablet for children. It features a 7" high-resolution touch screen and has a reinforced frame that is able to withstand drops.
The Leap Pad Ultra features front-and-back cameras, 8GB of memory and a MP3 player. This device comes with 11 apps installed, but more can be accessed through LeapFrog. LeapFrog has more than 800 apps. Each device has parental controls and is powered by a built-in rechargeable battery. It comes in either green or pink.
The Monster High Catty Noir doll is the newest addition to the Monster High doll collection. This character is dressed as a pop star and comes with a mic, boots, bracelets, a pink and silver dress and earrings.
This musical ship is programmed with an adventure song and 25 action phrases. The set includes Jake and Skully figures and three water projectiles that can be fired from the ship's cannons. 6 AA batteries are included, as well as a 1-year limited warranty.