8 must-have holiday toys

Some of the coolest toys this year are from small toy makers. Here are eight hot toys that just might be the smash hit of the holiday season.

Talking, dancing Minions!

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  • Company: Thinkway Toys
  • Price: Minion characters are $39.99 each; fart blaster is $34.99
  • Age: 4 and up

Were the Minions your favorite part of "Despicable Me"? If so, you're in luck.

Thinkway Toys has released replicas of the Minion characters Dave, Stuart and Tim -- as well as a toy version of their popular gadget: the Fart Blaster.

The toy Minions move their heads and eyes and speak dozens of the Minion's favorite words, including "Banana!" The Fart Blaster also features lights, funny sounds -- even banana-scented farts.

- Last updated November 14 2013 07:02 AM ET

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