Washington area school kids put toys through their paces to come up with this kid-approved must-have list. Unless otherwise noted, all toys are available online and at major retailers.
Action toys: 2012 Holiday Toy Test Air Storm Z-Curve Bow and Z-Tek Cross Bow Buy Photo
Tested by: Fourth-graders.
Zing Toys. $19.99-$24.97. Age 8 and older. At Barstons Child's Play.
Perfect for the kid who loves Katniss from "The Hunger Games" or Hawkeye from "Marvel's The Avengers." The Z-Curve can launch foam arrows up to 125 feet, and the Z-Tek can shoot close or distance.