10 Must-have Toys for 2012

Lego Friends Construction Sets
While the Lego Friends toys have drawn criticism for gender bias, sales of the product line have been very strong. ┬ęGareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Since the Lego Friends construction sets hit the shelves, Lego has tripled its sales to girls, rising from just 9 percent of sales at the end of 2011 to 27 percent of sales today [source:Kim]. So it should be no surprise that these latest building sets are still a hot item.

A tree house, an adventure camper and a beauty shop are among the options in the new Lego Friends line, which (while targeted to girls ages 6 and up) is compatible with all the other Lego bricks that may be lying around your house. Combine one with the Star Wars Hoth Echo Base building set and open a bakery or a veterinary clinic in a galaxy far, far away.