Parents on the hunt for this year's 'must have' toys

Parents on the hunt for this year's 'must have' toys

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Shoppers looked for deals on toys at Target on Thanksgiving. Shoppers looked for deals on toys at Target on Thanksgiving.
Shoppers lined up outside of Wal-Mart in Turkey Creek. Shoppers lined up outside of Wal-Mart in Turkey Creek.
The lines were long, but not as long as the usual midnight opening for Black Friday shopping. The lines were long, but not as long as the usual midnight opening for Black Friday shopping.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - That "must-have" toy changes every holiday season, and this year is no exception.

The National Retail Federation says electronic toys like gaming systems or iPads are topping the list. We checked with parents waiting in line at Target on Thanksgiving, "how do you know a toy is on the hot list?"

Simply put, you can't find it anywhere. That's how you know.

"Battling the crowds is the worst part. The lines," said shopper Janell Barnhill, who was waiting in line at 8 a.m.

Moms, dads, brothers and sisters waited to start the hunt for this year's popular toys.

"The Skylanders, that's all I've heard from all my cousins and my little brother," said Erika Dameron.

Shoppers say the wait to shop before Black Friday is expected to pay off.

"Normally, for the hot items, you can find them cheaper versus waiting or throughout the season," added Victoria Blakely.

Inside the store, Cassidy Garcia said Santa seemed to be helping Thursday. That's because select toys she was looking for were sold out online, leading her to do some homework.

"I came in last night at 8 o'clock and scoped everything out. Then came back in at 10 to make sure where the pallets were actually going to be and then I came straight to this location," she said.

Others were just busy checking items on a long list of must-have's.

"Monster dolls, Furby, light brix, girl LEGO," said shopper Holly Rhodes.

While the "to-die-for" toys may be pricey, there's always pay off for parents.

"It's just watching their faces, that's it and ideally they stay in their rooms and play with the stuff for long periods of time," she added.

For 2013, classic toys topped the list by NRF. For boys it was LEGO and girls Barbie. If you would like to see the complete list of popular toys you can click here.

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