All I want for Christmas .
If kids living in the Roaring Fork Valley are any indication, this Christmas isn’t going to have just one trend-setting, gotta-have-it toy.
At least in our neck of the woods, kids we interviewed don’t seem to be buying into hot toy trends like Tickle Me Elmo or Cabbage Patch Kids of Christmases past.
Nationwide, marketers are really trying to position toys to cause crazed shopping frenzies. There’s a Chicken Dance Elmo, cousin to the earlier ticklish version, that experts like “Toy Wishes” magazine is betting will take off.
Hasbro’s FurReal toy cat, which purrs and moves its head like the real thing, is supposed to be a top seller this season.
But local kids never mentioned those supposed hot trends. It seems we have a number of original thinkers in our midst.
Eli White, a first-grader at Sopris Elementary in Glenwood, really wants a Bionicle, explained as a kind of “space robot” made by Legos.
His buddy, first-grader Hayden Bershenyi, wants a Spider-man Web Blaster.
“It’s the stuff that comes out of Spider-man’s hand and makes him stick to stuff,” Bershenyi explained.
A little girl walking by said she wanted a Barbie Rapunzel.
“We don’t want that!” said White, a big grimace on his face. “Let’s run away!”
Sopris Elementary fourth-graders Anna Stowe, Alyssa Duroux and Anna Gauldin said they thought most boys want Playstation 2. And the girls?
“Bell bottoms,” said Duroux.
“American Girl dolls for older girls,” added Gauldin.
The trio rattled off computer games, CD-ROMs, Walkmans and Discmans as items their friends want.
If there are any trends at all, Barbie seems to be holding her own – yes, politically incorrect, 40-plus-year-old Barbie.
Sopris Elementary first-grader Karina Hernandez wants a Barbie Cinderella, and Monze Guman wants a Barbie, too – and a bike.
Bikes are on the list for Sopris fifth-graders Mitchell Somsen and Tony Ruiz, too.
Local kids seem to be more interested in Santa bringing them cell phones, four-wheelers (yeah, the big kind) and cool clothes. There’s a million other ideas, too, from puppies to snowboards.
A coalition of after-school kids at Sopris Elementary gave a rundown of the kinds of toys they’re wishing for:
Kenia Farias, 2nd grade: “Dolls, a dollhouse and a bicycle.”
Natasha Thompson, 4th grade: “Cell phone and a live animal like a rabbit.”
Karely Ayala, 4th grade: “I want to go skiing or snowboarding, and I want one pair of shoes.”
April Davey, 2nd grade: “A cell phone and a toy lamb.”
Alex Clark, 4th grade: “A whip.”
Stefanie Diaz, 4th grade: “A skateboard, four-wheeler, a cell phone and a little puppy.”
Misael Farias, 4th grade: “A motorcycle.”
Anna Rosa, 2nd grade: “Candy, a Barbie dollhouse, Barbies and a Barbie car.”
Nelissa Ruiz, 2nd grade: “A four-wheeler, a cell phone, a Barbie and a Barbie car.”
Jacqueline Farias, 1st grade: “A pen, a little map of the world, a computer, cool clothes.”
Stacy Mendoza, 4th grade: “A cell phone and cool clothes.”
Ivan Sarabia, 2nd grade: “A snowboard, a four-wheeler and a dirt bike.”
Sopris Elementary fifth-grader Frank Houpt is very specific about what he’s looking for.
“I want a Dell computer Pentium 4 processor with CD burner,” he said, without skipping a beat.
HIs friend, fifth-grader Luke Huttenhower, wants an Easton Connection aluminum baseball bat.
“It has a good pop, and it doesn’t sting your hands,” he said.
Juliette Moffroid, a Basalt first-grader, said she thinks girls in her class want “a stuffed animal horse or a real horse,” and the boys want “a stuffed animal car or a small car they can drive around.”
Sopris Elementary School preschool teacher Leah Burnsworth is elated not one of her students has as much as mentioned the words “Britney Spears” this holiday season.
“I’m so glad,” she said. “That seems to be over.”
Lynn Nichols, a Basalt parent, said her two elementary-school-aged boys have asked for an electric train.
“We’ve gone to the electric train shows at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood,” she said. “They’re really into it.”
According to Playdate Inc., a national independent marketing firm, a line of plastic figures called Rescue Heroes by Fisher Price are selling well. Billy Blazes Firefighter, Al Pine the ski and snowboarding hero (get it?), Sandy Beach the lifeguard, Matt Medic the physician and Jake Justice the police officer are all supposed to be selling well. But locally, we didn’t hear anything about Sandy, Matt, Jake or the rest of the bunch.
Radio Shack is expecting big business with its RC mini-car (RC for radio controlled). The Glenwood Springs Mall store is stacked to the gills with the little cars. At $20, they make a good little present for little and big people.
But locally, kids don’t seem to be giving in to nationwide trends.
“I want Christmas with my dad,” said fourth-grader Stacy Mendoza when asked what toy she wanted for Christmas. It still seems that some things you just can’t buy.
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