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'Hot' toys mostly gone; shoppers still on the hunt. fur real friends

Photo by Joe Bellacomo

Photo by Joe Bellacomo

ALBANY, Ga. -- While the "hot" toys of 2010 are probably long gone, that hasn't stopped area shoppers from filling out their Christmas lists as Santa's weekend visit draws near.

The "Calico Critters Luxury Townhouse," the "Disney Princess Me Dolls," the "Fastlane Wildfire RC" truck and "Big Foot The Monster" flew off the shelves weeks ago, and now South Georgia Santas are attempting to complete their toy wish lists with other items.

Charlotte Cooper of Plains was browsing the Barbie section of Toys R Us Monday.

"We're not looking for anything particular," Cooper said. "We're looking for girls gifts to finish our shopping."

At the other end of the store, Judy Tompkins of Lee County faced a dilemma. She'd found two Tony Hawk "Shred" snowboard games, but they were for the PlayStation and Xbox. She needed them for the Wii.

"I'm waiting for them (staff) to come from the back and see if they have them for the Wii," Tompkins said. "I'm buying gifts for 11 grandchildren, so you can imagine the time I am having. I'm praying they can find me the right snowboards."

J.R. Smith of Valdosta, who was in town visiting relatives, said he was using his off day to finish up his Christmas toy shopping.

"I bought my big-ticket items, like the Bigfoot, more than three weeks ago," he said. "Right now I'm just looking for smaller toys and stocking stuffers to wrap things up."

One couple, who asked that their names not be used, were also filling in their shopping lists.

"We finished doing our shopping a week or so back," she said. "Now we're just looking for bargains. But we aren't finding very many deals right now."

Shianna Williams of Moultrie said she was finished with her Christmas shopping.

"We're just birthday shopping right now," she said. "We already have all our Christmas bought, but we are some of the unfortunate souls who have kids with late December birthdays."

At Wal-Mart, Debbie Sudduth of Cobb was carefully inspecting the action figures wall Monday.

"I'm just finishing up the shopping for my five grandchildren," she said. "I'm close to finishing off my list and really looking for things to stuff their stockings with. I'm spending more this year because we've had a good year and are wanting to give them more.

Gloria Gates of Montgomery, Ala., was busy at the Tonka Trucks section, "looking for toys for my 3 1/2-year-old grandson. I've got his clothes and most of his toys, but I am looking for a couple of more things. My problem is I'm not sure what he'll like," Gates said.

She settled on a dump truck and a front-end loader.