Overwhelmed By Toy Recalls? Buy Video Games

Kathleen Buczko, a mother of three, is the toy industry's Grinch this year. She plans to cut her spending on toys by 25%.

To the video game industry, she's more like Santa -- because she's boosting her game budget by 600%.

One big reason, the San Pedro resident said, is that she wants to protect her 5-year-old son from another toy crisis. Two of his favorite playthings -- a Mattel Inc. die-cast car and a Thomas the Tank Engine train by RC2 Corp. -- were recalled this year because of lead contamination.