Heavy crowds, rain, and shopping are expected this weekend

By Andrew Wittenberg  - bio | email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - There's always one big toy, one particular something that seems to spread like wildfire this time of year.

And despite a rainy, cold weekend on the horizon, parents in Columbus are sure to brave the elements again this year.

In 1996, it was tickle me Elmo.

Some parents paid a reported $1,500 for one that normally sold for $30.

Last year, Zhu Zhu pets were all the rage.

In 2010, that "must have" item is the "Dance Star Mickey Mouse," according to Toys 'R Us associate Shannon Flexhaug.

"This ranks with the Zhu Zhu Pets from last year, which we couldn't keep in stock either," Flexhaug said.

The Toys 'R Us in Columbus Park Crossing got a new shipment of Dance Star Mickey's just in time for the final shopping weekend before Christmas.

While they aren't quite as popular as Antoine Dodson in 2010, they are flying off the shelves.

They're selling anywhere from 10-15 a day, and most mornings, parents are lined up outside the door waiting.

"It is definitely one of the most popular items this year. We can't keep it in stock. We are fortunate enough to have this many left," Flexhaug said.

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