For the tween who loves to preen, Dare To Be Different funky accessories shelf comes in easy-to-assemble pieces - so it's crafty too. $15.99 through Grand River Toy Company, Toronto, 416-469-1946, 1-800-567-5600 or www.grandrivertoys.com
Lego's Bionicles series, which features six mythical figures known as the Toa (pictured is Tahu), is so hot you may not find it on a toystore shelf. But you can still order in time for Christmas through Lego (1-800-453-4653 or www.lego.com). About $10 each plus shipping, which takes 4-10 days.
The latest from Toronto's Spinmaster Toys, the E-Chargers Intruder Radio-Controlled Plane features an onbaord computer system and flies at speeds up to 400 MPH. It also sensibly includes an instruction video. About $80 at retailers across Canada or go to www.spinmastertoys.com.
A girl-positive alternative to Barbie, Get Real Girls focus on action. Corey's Surfing Adventure includes all the cool gear, as well as a mini passport journal. $29.95 at selected retailers including Mastermind in Ontario (www.mastermindtoys.com).
He's four years old and the star of one of the most watched pre-school shows on U.S. TV. Now Caillou, the creation of Montreal's Cinar, comes in the form of a huggable talking doll. The nicest thing? His 30 expressions come in both official languages. Available at retailers across Canada.
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