Magazine article USA TODAY

Unbeatable Combo: Mattel & Fisher-Price

Magazine article USA TODAY

Unbeatable Combo: Mattel & Fisher-Price

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Year in, year out, Mattel and Fisher-Price toys inevitably find their way under our tree, whether for our own kids or the offspring of friends and family. This holiday season is no exception: Disney's Planes Fire & Rescue Fire Blastin' Dusty Crophopper from Mattel ($49.99, ages four years and up). Help town hero Dusty Crophopper put out the blaze by scooping up water balls and racing to the rescue. Then, take aim, pull the lever, and shoot the water balls at the fire targets to take them out. Realistic sounds and phrases triggered by "Smart Sound" technology enhance the play.

Thomas & Friends TrackMaster Avalanche Escape Set from Fisher-Price ($64.99, ages three years and up). Enjoy the fast and powerful motorized engines that make for the most action-packed Thomas adventures of all. Thomas will reach new heights and speeds as he makes his way up a 30-degree incline before crossing an avalanche gap and racing down the other side. …

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