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The big add-on this year isn't accessories, it's personality, and as interactive toys get more life-like, privacy issues arise

Toys from the Skylanders, Disney Infinity and Lego Dimensions collections. These "toys-to-life" games have become a US$4 billion category in a short time.


LOOKING for this holiday season's it-toy? Then it's time to get smart.

That may not be as simple as it sounds, considering the new cadre of characters buzzing and whirring their way onto wish lists.

The big add-on this year isn't accessories - it's personality. (...