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Which Toys Do Kids Want Most?

Aired February 13, 2001 - 2:35 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Well, if you long for the days when kids' toys were simple, forget about it.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: None of the toys my son has wind up any more. You squeeze everything. Microchips have replaced the wind- up keys to suit the computer-savvy kids we have now. Even Tickle Me Elmo has received an upgrade, Lou.

WATERS: That is good news. Our friend Ed Curran is in New York this week. He has some treats for the kids. Ed, what do you got?

ED CURRAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, you have Tickle Me Elmo there. Have you played with him at all?

WATERS: Yes, but it's not the new one.

CURRAN: Well, it is the new one, but he doesn't randomly change his ticklish spot. The new Tickle Me Elmo will change the spot where he is most ticklish and he will tell you where he's not ticklish and he keeps changing. So, as kids play with him, they'll find that surprise...

WATERS: Oh, got to have to one of those.

CURRAN: ... tickle spot every time. That's the new Tickle Me Elmo. Believe it or not, Elmo's been around for five years now doing this sort of thing. Here is something brand new. This is from the people at Mattel, and Harry Potter is going to be big.

This is the Levitating Challenge. Look at this magic, levitating ball here and I have to have Harry get this levitating ball through the obstacles in front of him. Isn't that amazing? See, I can make it go up higher or go down lower as you navigate through here. Levitating Challenge one of the cool new Harry Potter toys.

ALLEN: That's going to be hot, hot, hot.

CURRAN: Isn't that neat? Very, very special. This is the E- Charger's Intruder, this lightweight, radio-controlled plane you can fly through the air. You put it on this charging base, and press it here and in a minute it's charged up and then it will fly for two whole minutes through the air.

And watch, we've this one mounted here. I want to show you. ALLEN: Careful.

CURRAN: It takes off by itself, flies for about four seconds by itself and then you take over and make him fly, back and forth, and make him land as well, all with the push of this radio-controlled button. Lightweight, easy for kids to use, a real cool product at good price point.

You can get one of these for under $50. Real exciting, radio- controlled stuff for the miracle of flight. Kids, who that like to play with radio control but may find it too difficult to get into the hobby because it's pretty tricky to learn those complicated planes. So this really great.

ALLEN: OK, Ed, take a break from your gadgets for a moment because we're going to go talk about gadgets up in space and we'll talk with you again in a moment.

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