This morning Kipper and I travelled to London for the launch of DreamToys Top 12 Toys of Christmas. All around the room there were TV screens up with counting down to the big day, kiddies running around playing with all the toys on offer specifically for journalist photos, a Santa, the Tele Tubbies and of course toys, toys and more toys.
The event which predicts the biggest selling toys this Christmas, starts with a list of of 68 which is then whittled down to the top 12 by a panel of leading toy retailers in the UK. If you want to see the full list its now available as an app – just search DreamToys 2016 in your relevant app store . The list has been split down into different categories to make navigation easier.
So… onto the top 12, you will be pleased to know that price wise its not just the expensive things which have made the cut. RRPs vary from £19.99 to £99.99, which means there should be something for everyones pocket:
- Shopkins Chef Club Hot Spot Kitchen – Flair Leisure Products £24.99
- Snuggle My Dream Puppy – Character Options – £49.99
- Nerf- N-Strike Elite Hyperfire – Hasbro – £49.99
- Speak Out – Hasbro – £19.99
- Silly Sausage – John Adams – £19.99
- Friends Amusement Park Roller Coaster – Lego – £89.99
- Star Wars Rebel U-Wing Fighter – Lego – £69.99
- Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage – Mattel – £89.99
- Thomas & Friends Trackmaster Sky-High Bridge Jump – Mattel £99.99
- Hatchimals – Spin Master Toys – £39.99
- Paw Patrol Air Patroller – Spin Master Toys – £39.99
- SelfieMic – Worlds Apart – £19.99
Its great to see the huge variety that this list represents, some brands which are well known to us such as Lego and Hasbro and some which are not. I know for a fact that Monkey has his eye on the Paw Patrol Air Patroller since he is such a big fan and had a Paw Patrol themed party this year. Saying that the only thing on his Christmas list is a Hatchimal! If your little ones are the same then you will know like I do that currently it is an impossibility to get your hands on one. So I used the event as an excuse to ask the question and you will be relieved to hear like me that more stock is planned and will be winging its way to the high street retailers by the big day. Saying that if I see one I’m buying it … although it has to be a green one apparently!
Many of the press releases today made specific reference to the fact that there is a large number of collectable toys featured in both the top 12 but also the full list of 68. The good news with this is some of the blind bags make excellent stocking fillers and so a present can be found for every budget. For me its interesting to see collectables driving demand as Monkey is yet to hit that phase, although I am sure he will at some point.
To celebrate the launch of this list and because I am feeling festive myself I have decided to run a giveaway to win one of these Top 12 toys – Worlds Apart SelfMic, which would make the perfect Christmas present for a phone obsessed tween!!
Sing like a star and create your own music videos with SelfieMic. Featuring as adjustable selfie stick with working microphone, earpiece snd free StarMaker app, you can sing, lip sync and perform to thousands of your favourite songs…. Once you have recorded your performances ti can share with friends. Batteries not required. Phone not included. Suitable for ages 8+
Terms & Conditions :
- Please enter using the link above which will take you to the Gleam application
- Competition is open to residents of UK aged 18 or over
- There is no cash alternative offered
- The winner will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries, they will receive a SelfieMic
- The competition will close on 10th December 2016 at 11.59pm, winners will be notified through Twitter
- Winners will be asked to provide a full postal address with postcode for delivery purposes
- Good Luck, I have other giveaways running this Christmas season please search giveaway to find them
If you are still stuck for ideas here is a list of some of the toys we have reviewed this year – there really are some crackers!! (excuse the pun!).
- Furby Connect – Hasbro £99.99
- Magformers Wow Set – £29.99
- Lion Guard Defend the Lands Play Set – Character – £39.99
- Aquabeads Beginner Set – £13.99
- Paw Patrol Weebles and Island Playset – Character – £29.99
- Play-Doh Town – Hasbro – £39.99
- Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity – Learning Resources – £50
- Giant Road System – Orchard Toys – £13.95
- Light ‘n Go – Movin’ Lights Monkey – Little Tikes – £29.99 (review coming soon)
Whats on your Christmas List?
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