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12. Superheros take center stage

Superhero action figures and other toys based on movie blockbusters such as "The Avengers," "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Amazing Spider-Man" hit toy shelves this year.

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Pictured: Batman The Dark Knight Rises U-Command Bat-Pod (Thinkway Toys).(Credit: Handout)

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