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Holiday Book TABLETS: One size doesn’t fit all .................................................4 Stream On: Music streaming services ......................................6 Shopping for Buried Treasure .........................................................9 Small Business Saturday ................................................................... 10 SHOP LOCAL .............................................................................................. 11 ALL THAT gLiTTErS. ............................................................................. 15

TOYS: What’s New, What’s Awesome ................................. 16 game ON! Handheld Consoles ............................................... 22 Star Wars Strikes Back! ...................................................................... 24

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one size doesn’t fit All Today, it’s not just about getting a tablet – it’s about getting the right size of tablet. And with more options than ever, you can be sure to get the perfect device without any compromises

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n half a decade, tablets have gone from nonexistent to ubiquitous. What once was a cutting-edge Internet device now is as universal as it gets. Kids can operate them operate them before they’re potty-trained, and then teach grandma and grandpa how to use them. In fact, you may have a hard time trying to name someone who does not own a tablet. But just because the devices have infiltrated every corner of our lives does not mean there is not room for improvement. Now, it’s not just about getting a tablet, it’s about getting the right tablet. With more tablets coming in more sizes, it’s a bit like the Goldilocks paradox: Find one that’s not too big and not too little but just right. Here’s a look at the latest options. CTW Features

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The first iPad arrived in 2010 with a 9.7inch screen. It kept its screen size over the years while it slimmed and transitioned into what is now called the iPad Air. Then came the iPad mini, small enough to hold with one hand. Now, there is the iPad Pro, with a screen nearly 13 inches. The good news, though, is that what’s on the inside is pretty consistent across the three. All three models snap 8MP photos and 1080p video, and they all offer nearly 10 hours of web browsing time on Wi-Fi. The bigger you go the more processing power you’ll get, but really, it’s just about what size best fits you.

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SamSung galaXy Tab S2 (9.7 and 8 inches) 9.7-inch- $500 (32GB — $149) 8-inch- $400

Samsung’s flagship tablet comes in two models: an 8-inch version that the company says is more conducive to reading e-books and a 9.7-inch iteration better tailored for viewing video. Ultra-thin and light – the 8-inch model is just 5.6mm thick and weighs just more than 9 ounces – this Android tablet is perfect for the user who wants to take the full line of Google services on the go.

Kindle Fire HdX (8.9 inches) $380

Kindle Fire Hd (6 inches, 7 inches) From $100

The Kindle family of tablets has plenty of options. To start, there is the performance-driven Fire HDX, which offers more processing power in a full 8.9inch tablet. Then there is the Kindle Fire HD, which is available in both 6- and 7-inch models and also comes in five colors. Beyond that, there are two Fire HD Kids Edition tablets, with 6- and 7-inch screens. So, really, there is a Kindle for everyone on your list. The devices comes loaded with Amazon’s services, so they’re perfect for the Prime member in your household.

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Stream On

a music service they can listen to 24/7 is the perfect gift for the audiophile on your list.

By Matthew M.F. Miller, CTW Features Music is the gift that keeps on giving, and no gift gives more music in the modern age than streaming. This year saw the introduction of several high-profile entries into the market, which makes choosing the right one for your loved one all the more challenging. All services offer in excess of 30 million songs in addition to radio and offline playback. Even the prices are pretty much standard, and aside from the lossless audio upgrade option offered by Tidal, they all sound pretty much the same. So, how does one go about gifting a streaming service this holiday season? Most services offer prepaid gift cards available at your local supermarket or drugstore, which allow users to sign up and use the service for free or, for existing members, forgo payment for the balance of the card. The bigger question, though, is how do you decide which one is the best? If you know which service a loved one uses, stick with a gift card for that service as she already has made the difficult choice for you. If you are buying for newbie, here are the basics to help you choose which streaming service to give the music lover on your list—

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Spotify

Price: $9.99/month + $5/month per additional user Bitrate: 320 kbps Music videos: No

Spotify has been the leader in music streaming for several years, which means they offer a wealth of intimate live performances, dubbed Spotify Sessions.The interface and functionality are top-notch. For runners, a beat-matching app curates music to your paces. A free version, available for desktop and mobile, allows users nearly all of the features of the paid version, only with ads popping up in between plays.

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Apple MusIc

Price: $9.99/month or $14.99/ month for 6-person family plan Bitrate: 256 kbps Music videos: Yes

It is the only streaming service to offer Taylor Swift’s blockbuster album “1989.” For iPhone users, you can control tunes with Siri, store up to 100,000 songs in your personalized song locker, and listen to the exclusive tBeats1 radio station, which offers shows and playlists from the likes of Elton John, Ellie Goulding, St. Vincent, Zane Lowe and Q-Tip.

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Price: $9.99/montha Bitrate: 320 kbps Music videos: Yes – ad-free

YouTube Add up to 50,000 songs from your personal MP3 library and stream them in addition to Google Play Music’s library of songs. Download any song to listen offline or setup preferences to create personalized radio stations based on your favorite artists.

RDIO

Price: $9.99/month + $5/month per additional user Bitrate: 320 kbps Music videos: No

If your music lover is a more passive listener and would prefer personalized radio stations in lieu of making their own playlists, Rdio is a good option. It also allows users to make playlists, listen to full albums and download songs to listen offline.

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$19.99/month for lossless audio 320 kbps or lossless Yes An all-star lineup – Beyonce, Jay-Z, Madonna, Jack White – supports the platform, which means it provides exclusive video, albums and live-streaming performances not found anywhere else. The interface has been accused of ripping off Spotify, but for the audiophile, lossless audio is the music streaming Holy Grail.

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Shopping for

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A & J Anitque Mall By Misty Kaiser, Reporter-Herald We all have at least one person who is impossible to buy for. They either buy what they want, when they want it, or they have obscure tastes that are hard to pin down. We search and search and finally panic into buying another sweater or gift card. Both of which are perfectly fine options, but for those who don’t mind digging deeper, there are two often overlooked resources; flea markets and antique stores. They’re usually off the beaten path and you should plan for time to look around, but the one of a kind finds can be worth it. Here are some tips for getting the most out of a flea market trip:

Think outside of the big box.

Sure, the convenience of hitting one big box store with rows and rows of shrink wrap and clam shell packaging is alluring. But sometimes the act of searching for the perfect thing is part of the gift itself. The extra care shows when they open a carefully selected one-of-a-kind gift, with cries of “Where did

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you find this?” Places like A & J Anitque Mall in Fort Collins carry both locally crafted gift items and carefully chosen antiques in the same space, so buyers have even more options to find something unique. Fort Collins Flea Market also gives local artisans and crafters a place to sell their wares alongside booths of antiques, vintage goods, jewelry, furniture... you name it.

vintage bar trays might fit the bill. Foothills Flea Market in Fort Collins and Front Range Mercantile in Longmont for example, both have multiple vendors under one roof. Customer get many different tastes and areas of emphasis. Vendors at each booth do the work of selecting things that they feel are worth a buyer’s attention. It’s different from a thrift store in that collections are more carefully curated, meaning that the buyer is getting items that have already gone through the filter of the vendor. Since inventory is rarely the same twice, it’s hard to go in with rigid expectations. Keep an attitude of

Take your time

Schedule a full day, just so that you have time to fully scour all of your local options. Take along some friends or family (just not the ones you’re shopping for) and make a day of it. Who knows what treasures you’ll find. And if you don’t find anything one day one, you can always go back another day. That’s one of the great thing about flea markets and antique shops—turnover. However, if you think you’ve found the perfect thing, don’t put it off, it may not be there tomorrow.

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Contrary to every shopping instinct you may have, it’s better to go into flea markets or antique shops without a specific objective in mind. If you just feel naked without one, make a loose list of people you need to shop for and their interests. Coming across something original and cool that applies to a general interest is easier than locating something specific. Does mom like to cook? Antique cookie boards might fit in her kitchen nicely. Does dad like music? You might find some albums from his youth. New rec room? Neon signs or

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Small BuSineSS Saturday

shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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Join the 3.3 million people who “like” Small Business Saturday on Facebook. Learn more about this effort by visiting facebook.com/smallbusinesssaturday or smallbusinesssaturday.com. Find a list of participating locations and map out your shopping day.

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Learn more about participating in this effort and download your free marketing materials at smallbusinesssaturday.com. Celebrate independent business that help boost Loveland’s economy by planning to do your holiday shopping on “Small Business Saturday,” November 28. By supporting business right here in Loveland, you support your friends, neighbors and community in bringing you everything that makes Loveland great. Enjoy the variety and quality of neighborhood and downtown stores. In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses meet their most pressing need — getting more customers. The day encourages people to

Even though Small Business Saturday has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before, you can help the community by just shopping local as well. You know where your favorite businesses are. But what about the place you’ve been meaning to try? Holiday shopping is the perfect time for that! Take a look around Loveland— you’re sure to find the perfect gift!

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SHOP LOCAL By Misty Kaiser, Reporter-Herald

Don’t forget about the four-legged family members this year! Small or large, Loveland businesses can help you treat your animal for the holidays.

Poudre Valley Pet & Feed

2400 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, (970)800-3967, naturalfeedstore.com

Poudre Valley Pet & Feed helps you take care of your friends without thumbs all year long, but the holidays are time for something a little extra special. Outward Hound Fun Feeders Starting at $14.99 Great for slowing down dogs who eat too fast and keeps dogs entertained.

Yeowww!® Catnip Toys Starting at $3.99 Keeps your cat entertained for hours. Filled with 100 percent premium, organically grown catnip. Buddy’s Line Placemats Starting at $6.99 A variety of cute patterns go with any kitchen and help keep food and water off the floor.

Orijen Freeze-dried Treats starting at $ 6.99 Premium treats for cats and dogs— GMO-Free, No corn, wheat or soy. They can’t resist!

Hank’s Pet Food Market

2400 N. Lincoln Avenue. Loveland, (970)800-3967, hankspetfood.com At Hank’s they care about the treats and toys that they offer customers and their pets, just as much as they do about their food. Premium toys and treats are just what you need to pamper your pet this holiday.

Kong Refillable Catnip Toys These soft toys have a refillable pouch. When the catnip scent starts to fade, simply add more. The toys include a generous vial of KONG’s premium North American catnip.

Outward Hound HEDGEHOGZ™ These classic toys are made with irresistible squeakers, Molar-Tough shapes and soft faux-fur, and durably designed with an array of shapes, sounds and textures for your furry friend. Loofa Dog ‘The Original’ Elongated Plush Terry Toy that Squeaks. Their silly smile and fun shape will engage you and your dog.

Go Cat’s Da Bird Cats love to chase, leap and pounce after this interactive feather toy, handcrafted in the US.

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Remedy Massage

1047 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, (970) 744-0404 http://www.remedymassageloveland.com/ Remedy Massage is not your average massage clinic. They really listen to their clients to help find the best remedies to have you feeling better. Their skilled and experienced therapists are all educated and licensed and their focus is always on how best to help you with the best possible outcome. Gift certificates are available- perfect for the holidays! Couples Massage 90 minutes for $99.95

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5290 Arena Cir., Loveland (970)686-SHOT (7468) coloradoeagles.com, Support your local hockey team! Tickets to watch the Colorado Eagles play will always be an appreciated gift for any fan. Season Tickets $576 - $990 Get the best seats for the best price with Colorado Eagles Season Tickets. Ultimate Fan Experience- Benchwarmers $400 The experience of a lifetime for you and three of your friends. Catch all the action for an entire game in between the Colorado Eagles’ and the visiting team’s benches. You’ll be helping a great cause too—all proceeds go directly to the Colorado Eagles Foundation.

Rowes Flowers

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J. Day’s Appliance

132 E. 7th St., Loveland, 970-669-1357, jdaysappliance.com Don’t let the name fool you. J. Day’s carries much more than just appliances. They also invite you to see their stylish bedroom furniture and comfy mattress collections. Give the gift of a good (and stylish) night’s sleep! J. Day’s carries a variety of high-quality bedroom furniture from Perdue Woodworks to beautify your sleeping space. Furniture from Perdue features all wood construction, crafted in the United States at very affordable prices. Styles range from traditional to modern in a variety of finishes, sure to suit your style. Complete the set with a new mattress from Serta, or choose a Broyhill adjustable bed with a foam mattress and be in control of unlimited ergonomic rest and sleep positions. Get comfortable this holiday!

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Front Range Pool Table Company

132 E. 7th St., Loveland, 970-669-1357, jdaysappliance.com Games are a perfect gift for the whole family. There are so many game and gaming furniture options at Front Range Pool Table Company, you may have a hard time picking just one: foosball, air hockey, poker tables, shuffleboard, dart boards and of course, billiards. All new pool tables come with accessories. Most include four cues, a bridge stick, cover, brush, cue rack, eight- and nine-ball racks, a ball set and more. But, you need extras or replacements for your existing game room, they can help you with just about everything; cues, darts, dice, poker chips and much more.

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Rocky Mountain Shooter Supply

3507 E. Mulberry St., Unit A, Fort Collins, (970)221-5133, rmss.com Safety with firearms is always a concern and Rocky Mountain Shooter Supply offers a gamut of classes to keep your favorite gun-owner safe and educated as well as gun and valuable home safes and range time for safe practice options. Shooting Range Punch Cards Four visits- $65 Eight visits - $120

Basic Pistol Class $135 This class is available in coed and women only sessions, covering everything from the basics of firearms and handguns, to actually shooting in the range. The class also meets the requirement for Colorado Concealed Carry permit.

This holiday special offers a punch card option of four or eight visits to the state of the art shooting range at Rocky Mountain Shooter Supply. The range doesn’t require a membership, and rental guns are available in a variety of calibers and styles allowing visitors to try something different, if they choose.

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all that glitters...

Things that sparkle in the holiday lights are always a hit for both men and women. From unique materials, to unique designs, anything that glitters is sure to please!

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Meanwhile Back at the Ranch

#3 Old Town Square, Fort Collins, (970)495-0328, meanwhilebackattheranch.us At Meanwhile Back at the Ranch, each piece is one of a kind and handcrafted with native materials, ensuring that your gift will be completely unique. This bracelet is a beautiful example of a contemporary Zuni inlay utilizing traditional symbols. The face of the Dawa (The Sun God) represents life and is placed on top. It is surrounded by the planets and moon and stars. By renowned Navajo artist Harold Smith. $630

A masterpiece from Navajo artist, Sheryl Martinez. This exquisite inlay features classic opal coupled with very rare Peruvian Opal and sterling silver. This is pure elegance! 20 inches long. $595 Product #: JN-098-A

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What ’s NeW, What ’s aWesome In 2015, tech reigns supreme when it comes to kids’ gifts. But those looking to avoid gifting another ‘screen,’ these Internet-inspired, movie-driven, tech-influenced gifts will delight the imagination of any tiny techie, By Matthew M.F. Miller, CTW Features

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oday’s kids are completely immersed in and obsessed with technology, and even the little ones on your shopping list might be anxious to get their hands on the a new iPhone or some sweet Beats headphones this holiday season. For the triedand-true purist who can’t stomach the thought of buying a 6-year-old his first selfie stick, don’t fret. There is still plenty of room under the tree for everyone’s favorite gift-list item: toys! Modern toys have adapted to the age in which we live. Many of 2015’s most coveted gifts have roots in a web series, video game, app or blockbuster movie, or they help kids explore the science of creating technology all on their own. Rest easy. These can’t-miss gifts are sure to please the tech-savvy, Internet-fanatical kid in your life.

Internet Reinvention

For the uninitiated, Barbie is very in-vogue again due in large part to the wildly popular reality-TV-spoof web series (also streaming on Netflix), “Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse.” Hot this season are the newly remodeled Barbie Dream house featuring three floors, seven rooms and a working elevator. Technology upgrades include “smart” accessories that light up, make sounds and even simulate motion. A flip-open faux flat-screen TV allows you to insert a smartphone for Barbie to play videos. The Dreamhouse garage is a perfect place to park the Barbie Pop-Up Camper, which features prominently in the series and transforms from a simple camper into a glamping must, replete with water slide and a front cab that converts into a bathroom.

BarBIe Dream House ($199) BarBIe PoP-uP CamPer ($99)

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“Ever After High” is another popular web series for young girls, and it explores the lives of the children of classic fairy tale characters as they seek out they attempt to write their own stories. Tied to the latest series, Ever After High Way Too Wonderland Dolls ($25 each) include finely coiffed and highstyled Apple White, Madeline Hatter,

Briar Beauty, Kitty Cheshire and Lizzie Hearts, and the Ever After High Way Too Wonderland Raven Queen Playset ($55) includes a trifold display allowing kids to re-enact three different scenes from the web series.

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Minecraft started as an open-world video game and is now looking to take over the real world. At the top of the list is the Minecraft Stop-Motion Movie Creator, a mini Minecraft movie set that teaches kids how to make their own stop-action movies using real-life objects and a mobile app on their mobile device of choice. On the lower-tech end of the spectrum, Lego Minecraft The Ender Dragon ($70) includes 634 pieces, a mini-figure of Minecraft’s hero Steve, the Ender Dragon, dragon egg, crystals and more imagination opportunities than once thought humanly possible. For a real-world, Minecraft-esque building experience, check out Qixels Design Creator ($17), which comes with templates to create pixelated characters using colorful cubes that fuse with water.

Minecraft Stop-Motion Movie Creator ($33) Get it here: Walmart Supercenter, 1325 Denver Ave., Loveland, (970) 669-4579, walmart.com

Screen Time “Jurassic World” was the biggest movie of 2015, and the accompanying toy line offers any kid the opportunity to bring the multiplex excitement to life at home. The Jurassic World Chomping Indominus Rex Figure ($47), is a lifelike replica of the color-changing queen of destruction, complete with giant chomping jaw, massive tail and, yes, color-changing skin. Jurassic World Hero Mashers Ultimate Tyrannosaurus Rex Figure ($20) allows kids to customize a T-Rex with interchangeable legs, heads, wings and more.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” was a close second at the box office but No. 1 one on retailer shelves thanks in large part to the sheer number of superheroes packed into one film. The Avengers HQ Captain America Tower Defense Set ($22), Iron Man Lab Attack Set ($22) and HQ Hulk Buster Breakout Set ($22) are available separately, but connect into one massive, impressive play tower. The Captain America Star Launch Shield ($22) allows kids to pull a ripcord and launch shield discs from the center of the star. Iron Man Arc FX Armor ($22) is a set of gloves that power up, power down and produce motion-activated battle sounds.

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Mega Blocks SpongeBob SquarePants Bad Neighbors Playset ($45) Get it here: Toys R Us, 4250 Corbett Dr. Fort Collins, (970) 223-1020, toysrus.com “The Spongebob SquarePants Movie: Sponge Out of Water” was a surprise hit, and the Mega Blocks SpongeBob SquarePants Bad Neighbors Playset includes a buildable pineapple under the sea, as well as the house of his crabby neighbor and nemesis, Squidward. And just in case you thought you’d get off easy this year, “Frozen” remains wildly popular. Anna and Elsa’s Musical Bicycle ($35) includes two 12-inch dolls, a tandem bicycle, Olaf figure and, of course, they play “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” at the press of a button. “Disney’s Descendants” came out of nowhere to be the smash TV-movie success of the summer, and leave it to Disney to be prepared for such success. Tie-in toys are already hard to come by, as kids rush to get their hands on backpacks, underwear, hair chalk, costumes and, most importantly, the dolls ($20 each, if you can find them); Mal (daughter of Maleficent), Evie (daughter of the Evil Queen from Snow White), Audrey (daughter of Aurora), Jane (daughter of Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother) and Lonnie (daughter of Mulan).

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‘STEM’ Play

STEM toys – those that encourage science, technology, engineering and math learning – have become the new “it” item with hip parents looking to teach kids some of the most important tools for future success in today’s tech-focused society. Roominate Chateau ($50) is a 131-piece set of modular pieces that give kids the skills to create structures like staircases and bunk beds while building a structurally sound home, in addition to wiring up motors and circuits to create fully functional lights, elevators and carousels. Goldie Blox has been heaped with adoration and awards, and their latest Craft-Struction Box ($40) combines crafting and construction with more than 275 pieces, adding stickers and pompoms to the engineering/construction mix.

Mighty Makers Home Designer Builder Set ($50) is designed for girls and, unlike Barbie, it allows them to build a dream house from the ground up. It includes two characters: Brianna, who specializes in interior design, and Sophia, who is the builder. Choose to build different styles of homes including colonial, ranch and brownstone. Includes 433 K’NEX pieces and instructional cards that teach the basics of architecture.

Lego Mindstorms EV3 ($349) marries the LEGO building system with the technology that allows kids to create and command robots that walk, talk and think. Comes with a remote control that interacts with readymade missions, or kids can download the free app and command your robot using your smart device. © CTW Features

Lego Mindstorms EV3 ($349) Get it here: Toys R Us, 4250 Corbett Dr. Fort Collins, (970) 223-1020, toysrus.com

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Hobbytown

Hobbytown is your local source for educational toys aplenty! Your child could be learning valuable skill and concepts in chemistry, physics, robotics, earth sciences and more all while playing and producing really cool toys for themselves. They do offer shipping from their website (obbytown.com) for $4.99 or free in-store pickup, but looking through the many, many kits and toys is half the fun, so stop by their location at 1935 Main St. in Longmont.

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Thames & Kosmos Air and Water Power Plus, Science Construction Kit Build models powered by air pressure and water and learn about the laws of physics. Includes: instruction book and 176 building pieces. $74.99

Eco-Battery Vehicles Experiment Kit Build 20 different models and power them with a new type “fuel cell” to learn about electrochemical cells and BEV’s. One metal plate lasts as much as six times longer than a regular AA battery. Includes: six plates, easy-to-use manual and 91 building pieces $64.99

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RC Robot Construction Crawler This project illustrates the fundamentals of mechanics used in transportation. Includes: twin motor, four-speed crank axle gearbox, four-channel remote control unit with 2 separate control sticks, universal plate and arm sets and vinyl tracks. $54.99

Meccano

Meccanoid G15 KS Your child can build their own interactive (almost 4-foot tall) robot! Meccanoid has twelve different modes of interactivity and an autonomous personality that is affected by its environment. Includes: 1223 parts, 2 real tools, building instructions, ten motors for realistic movements, and rechargeable Ni-MH battery pack. $399.99

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Game ON! From handhelds to consoles, the top systems are getting fresh updates for the holiday season. Some even come packaged with the latest must-play game. These systems are a go.

NINTENDO 2DS $100

The Nintendo 2DS is the perfect handheld for the starter gamer. It has a durable, non-hinge form, plays all Nintendo 3DS title (in 2-D, obviously), and can be used for co-op and multiplayer gaming with a local Internet connection. And good news for gifters: For the 2015 holiday season, it gets a $30 price drop and still comes bundled with a digital version of Mario Kart 7.

NINTENDO New 3DS XL & New Nintendo 3DS From $200

The new 3DS XL upgrades the processing power for a faster, more responsive system as gamers move between apps and downloaded items, while the The 3DS handheld gets a makeover with a new, compact design. Both offer improved featured, such as advanced controls, face-tracking 3-D and built-in NFC functionality for communicating with Nintendo amiibo figures. A 3DS bundle with the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer ($200games also comes with two cover plates and an amiibo card. A Hyrule edition ($200) of the 3DS XL, released along The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, is gold-colored and features a Hyrule crest.

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NINTENDO WII U — Super Mario Maker bundle $300

Make and play your own Mario levels in this new game, which comes bundled with an idea book, 30th Anniversary Mario Modern Color amiibo and, of course, a 32GB Wii U system. (Walmart exclusive)

XbOX ONE— Elite bundle $500

The latest Xbox bundle delivers for the serious gamer. A 1TB solid state hybrid drive doubles storage over regular Xbox One consoles. The Elite wireless controller offers nearly unlimited customization with substitutable components, including metal thumbsticks and Dpads, for personalized speed, control and ergonomics. CTW FEATUrEs

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StAr WArS Strikes Back!

A new “Star Wars” movie this holiday season brings with it

an empire’s worth of toys for the new generation of fans

tHE MUSt-HAVE

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Remote Control Bb-8 (Target Exclusive) With the push of a button, BB-8 rolls in any direction as his head stays facing forward—as seen in the film! Also features expressive droid sound effects.

WEAPONS & MASKS

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Star Wars: The Black Series Force Fx Lightsabers

Detailed adult collectible LIGHTSABER replicas with glowing light effects, and sensor-controlled sound effects — power up, idle hum, clash and power down — digitally recorded from the films.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Kylo Ren With Connect And Customize Lightsaber Set (Kohl’s Exclusive) Includes Kylo Ren Mask and Kylo Ren Extend Lightsaber, featuring a Bladebuilders Connector and a Light Dagger.

Chewbacca Role-Play Multi-Pack (Sam’s Club exclusive) Contains both the Nerf Chewbacca Bowcaster, which features exclusive deco and exclusive First Order targets, and the Chewbacca Electronic Mask.

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PLAYSKOOL HEROES

Star Wars Millennium Falcon playset

Star Wars Featured Figure Assortment Includes Luke Skywalker and training target and Darth Vader and training target

Mr. Potato Head Classic Star Wars Assortment includes SpudTrooper, Luke Frywalker, Darth Tater and Frylo Ren

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Star Wars: The Black Series 6-Inch Figure 4-Pack (EntertainmentEarth.com exclusive) Includes Sandtrooper Sergeant, Crimson Stormtrooper, Lieutenant Oxio and R2-Q5. Star Wars: The Black Series 6-Inch Kylo Ren (Kmart exclusive) A dark warrior strong with the Force, KYLO REN commands First Order missions with a temper as fiery as his unconventional Lightsaber.

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GAMES STAR WARS Battleship When the ultimate goal is to search and destroy, iconic Star Wars vehicles like the Millennium Falcon and Tie Fighter go head-to-head for their place in the galaxy.

Electronic Catch Phrase: Star Wars Edition Shout, gesture, and say anything else but the words in the answer to help your team guess correctly before time runs out!

STAR WARS Loopin’ Chewie Players must help Chewie co-pilot the Millennium Falcon and try to send him swinging straight into the Stormtroopers on the other player’s rack.

STAR WARS HERO MASHERS Star Wars Hero Mashers feature your favorite Star Wars heroes and villains with completely interchangeable parts and accessories, so kids can create their ultimate figure.

Star Wars Hero Mashers Ultimate Bounty Multi-Pack (Costco Exclusive) Features five 6-inch customizable action figures from “The Empire Strikes Back,” including Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Boba Fett, plus extra gear and accessories.

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HOllyWOOd’s BIggest HIts

The box office’s highest grossing films are best bets for the film fan on your list

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record year at the box office makes movie gifts a cinch. Just grab one of 2015’s Top 10 blockbusters. They already have moviegoers’ seal of approval. © CTW FeaTures

1. Jurassic World (Universal Studios)

Blu-ray + DVD + Digital — $35 DVD + Digital — $30

2. Avengers: Age of Ultron (Walt Disney Studios)

Blu-ray — $33 DVD — $30

3. Furious 7 (Universal Studios)

Blu-ray + DVD + Digital — $35 DVD + Digital — $30

4. Inside Out (Walt Disney Studios)

Blu-ray + DVD + Digital — $40 DVD — $30

5. Minions (Universal Studios)

Blu-ray + DVD + Digital/DVD — $35 DVD — $30

6. Cinderella (Fox)

Blu-ray — $40 DVD — $30

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7. Pitch Perfect 2

8. HOME

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Blu-ray + DVD + Digital — $37 DVD — $30

(Dreamworks Animation)

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9. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

(Sony)

Blu-ray + DVD + Digital — $40 DVD — $30

10. Ant-Man (Walt Disney Studios) Blu-ray — $33 DVD — $30

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Golden Books

For a literary gift that shines, go for the gold with 2015’s medal-winning titles.

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t’s OK to judge a kids’ book by its cover. When you see that shiny medal badge on the jacket, signifying the title is winner or honoree of the Newbery Medal (tops in kids’ literature) or the Caldecott Medal (best in kids’ picture books), you know it’s going to be good. Here are the distinguished books for 2015:

2015 Newbery MEDAL WINNER The Crossover

by Kwame Alexander (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17) A story of basketball and brotherhood told in verse by12-year old Josh Bell.

2015 Caldecott MEDAL WINNER

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend Written and illustrated by Dan Santat (Little, Brown and Company, $17) The story begins when an i maginary friend is born. He waits to be chosen by a child, but when he is overlooked, he sets off on an incredible journey.

2015 Caldecott HONOR BOOKS Nana In the City

Written and illustrated by Lauren Castillo (Clarion Books, $17)

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art Illustrated by Mary GrandPré and written by Barb Rosenstock (Alfred A. Knopf, $18)

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole Illustrated by Jon Klassen and written by Mac Barnett (Candlewick Press, $17)

2015 Newbery HONOR BOOKS El Deafo

Written and illustrated by Cece Bell (Amulet Books, $11) A funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, about the author/illustrator’s hearing loss at a young age.

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books, $17) Raised in South Carolina and New York in the 70s, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place.

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Viva Frida Illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales (Roaring Book Press, $18)

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus Illustrated by Melissa Sweet and written by Jen Bryant (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, $17.50)

This One Summer Illustrated by Jillian Tamaki and written by Mariko Tamaki (First Second, $18)

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“Sweet Deal”

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Portugal has more wine than just Ports, introduce these incredible red wines at your next dinner party. • 2011 Novo Mundo • 2010 Liceiras • 2012 Casaleiro

Treat yourself and friends with a quality representation of sweet wines from around the world, including Italy, France, Germany, and California. • 2014 Babarosa Moscato d' Asti • 2009 Chateau St. Michel Sauternes • 2012 Jacob Heims Kabinett Riesling • 2012 Curran Creek Moscato

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Explore the wonderful wines from the Southern Hemisphere including ones from New Zealand and Argentina. • 2013 Roy's Hill Sauvignon Blanc • 2011 Ara Pathway Pinot Noir • 2013 Spice Block Malbec • 2014 Ocaso Torrontes

Educate yourself with these unique and delicious wines from Spain. • NV Clos La Soleya Cava • NV El Jamon Garnacha • 2014 Vieira de Plata Albarino • 2013 Tossals Red Blend

“Mambo Italiano”

“California Dreaming”

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You'll be drinking and dancing like an Italian, with these delectable wines. • 2014 Monte Campo Pinot Grigio • 2014 Berselli and Oliveri Chardonnay • 2012 Supreno Sangiovese/Merlot • 2013 Ink Monster Zinfandel

“Best of Bordeaux”

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Enjoy drinking these wines from the most popular and well known region in France. • 2014 Chateau Briot Bordeaux Blanc • 2012 Avant Garde Bordeaux Blanc • 2012 Roche D'Arjac Bordeaux Rouge • 2012 Chat Fontaine de Genin Bordeaux Rouge

Revel in the New World wine of California where these varietals shine bright. • 2013 Ringside Pinot Grigio • 2012 Baus Family Chardonnay • 2014 Pleasures Pinot Noir • 2013 Angels Landing Cabernet Napa

“French Favorites”

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Taste the array of different varietals and regions of France that truly showcase the country. • 2012 Chateau des Templiers Muscadet • 2013 Cuvee Prestige Ventoux • 2013 Gabriel Meffre Cotes du Rhone • 2013 L'Aurore Bourgogne Rouge

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