Toys With Smarts

Collectible high-tech playthings are a hit with kids

Disney's newest Mr. Incredible Toy doesn't look all that different from your average Happy Meal trinket. But an RFID chip inside is making him irresistible to kids. That's because the figurine, part of the new Disney Infinity series, can beam information to game consoles. Mr. Incredible and the 16 other characters currently for sale act like memory cards, storing saved games. A child's individual game-play progress makes each toy unique (and valuable) to its owner.

Toys and consumer electronics have long overlapped. But ahead of the 2013 holiday season, the proliferation of connected gadgets has led to a surge in so-called...

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