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  • <p> The 2015 &quot;Toy of the Year&quot; finalists have been announced by the Toy Industry Association. The 83 toys are divided into 12 categories. ABC News looked at the toys in the two categories of &quot;Innovative&quot; and &quot;Activity.&quot; The final winner will be announced in February 2015. The finalists, announced Nov. 24, 2014, were selected by retailers, press and toy experts.&nbsp;Under the &quot;Innovative&quot; category, the MiP by WowWee is for kids eight and up, for $99.99. Powered by an iOS or Android smartphone, the balancing robot can be directed by your hand motions to play games, dance and avoid objects while in motion.</p>
    Wowwee
  • <p> The public can vote for their favorite by Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 at the website toyawards.org. Under the category of &quot;Innovative,&quot; this Laser Maze by ThinkFun Inc. is for kids 8 and up. It retails for $29.99. It's described as an &quot;addictively fun logic game&quot; that's recommended by American Mensa. &quot;Lights and mirrors may make it feel like magic, but it's really science and a good dose of brain power,&quot; the game's description states.</p>
    ThinkFun
  • <p> Under the &quot;Innovative&quot; category, the Y Volution Velo Loopa scooter is shown, for ages three and older, $79.99. The company says it &quot;gives children the opportunity to learn balance, coordination and motor skills,&quot; and to &nbsp;&quot;progress to bicycle cycling quicker.&quot;&nbsp;</p>
    YVolution
  • <p> Kids can learn stop-motion animation with the OgoBild with Animate It! Studio Kit by OgoSport LLC, under the &quot;Innovative&quot; category, which is for kids 6 and up, $70. Using software developed by Aardman Animations studio, the creators of Wallace &amp; Gromit), it allows kids to make their own animated movies.<br /> &nbsp;</p>
    Ogo Sport
  • <p> Under the &quot;Innovative&quot; category, the Osmo by Tangible Play Inc. is for kids 6 and up, $99. Using artificial intelligence, the system uses an iPad to incorporate physical play. One example of a game allows you to arrange tangible puzzle pieces into matching on-screen shapes. Or, you can guide falling on-screen balls into targeted zones to draw things like a hand-drawn basket or grandma's glasses.&nbsp;</p>
    Osmo
  • <p> Teaching robotics and coding through &quot;fun, creative and social games,&quot; the Ozobot by Evollve Inc., under the &quot;Innovative&quot; category, is for kids 8 and up and retails for $49.99. Kids can program Ozobot to move, play and dance through color code patterns.&nbsp;</p>
    Ozobot
  • <p> The Crayola Paint Maker, ages eight and up, sits in the category of &quot;Activity,&quot; and costs $24.99. The &quot;interactive&quot; kit allows kids to make 15 &quot;unique&quot; paint colors in minutes, Crayola says.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p>
    Crayola
  • <p> The DohVinci Style and Store Vanity Kit, under &quot;Activity,&quot; by Hasbro Inc., is for ages six and up, and retails for $19.99. Described by the company as a &quot;make-and-display art experience&quot; the design kid allows kids to use their creativity without worrying about making a mistake. The &quot;air-dry design compound and Styler tool&quot; allows kids to wipe off their design and try again. &quot;It's a lot like the experience of a glue gun, but without electricity or hot, sticky messes,&quot; the company says.</p>
    Hasbro
  • <p> Under the &quot;Activity,&quot; Hot Wheels Airbrush Auto Designer by Mattel, is for kids five and up, and costs $49.99. Kids can create a &quot;custom ride&quot; with water-based ink from the airbrush designer, or kids can use pens to draw directly on the cars. The kit includes one customizable car, three colorful airbrush pens, stencils and a spray mask.</p>
    Mattel
  • Under the &quot;Activity&quot; category, It's My Biz by Fashion Angels is for kids 8 and up and costs $19.99-$34.99. This toy encourages &quot;tween girls&quot; to become entrepreneurs with kits like a &quot;Bead Boutique,&quot; &quot;Cup Cakery,&quot; &quot;T-shirt Shop&quot; and &nbsp;&quot;Lacquer Lounge.&quot;&nbsp;
    Fashion Angels
  • <p> Lego Mixels, under &quot;Activity,&quot; is for six and up and cost $4.99. They are &quot;comical, mischievous creatures that live in a world where combining is king,&quot; and they live in &quot;tribes of three.&quot; Each tribe has an attribute, like &quot;fire,&quot; &quot;electricity&quot; and &quot;rock.&quot; Kids can mix them to build a larger, more complex toy to gain abilities of other tribes.</p>
    Lego
  • <p> The Roominate Chateau, under &quot;Activity,&quot; ages 6-12, costs $49.99 and is described as a &quot;building toy for girls.&quot; Two Stanford engineers started the toy to encourage girls in science, technology, engineering and math.&nbsp;</p>
    Roominate
  • <p> Washi Tape Stickers by Klutz, in the &quot;Activity&quot; category, is for kids 8 and up and retails for $16.99. Colored tape originally created in Japan, Klutz's version allows kids to create their own stickers. And it's like masking tape that can be peeled off if needed. Kids pick their washi tape, cut out a piece of backing paper, trace the art and cover the tracing with a tape. The kit includes a 42-page book with six rolls of washi tape that span over 100 feet, 25 sheets of backing paper and a black felt-tip marker.&nbsp;</p>
    Washi
  • <p> The Hot Wheels Street Hawk remote control &quot;flying car&quot; by Mattel, in the &quot;Innovative&quot; category, is for ages 4 and up and retails for $59.99. The toy has on-ground remote-controlled driving plus aerial play.</p>
    Mattel
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