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Affordable toys to inspire the young and old
Shopping for Christmas toys this year won’t break the bank, says the Toy Retailers Association (TRA) today. The TRA’s annual ‘Dream Toys’ list, the industries official prediction of Christmas best-sellers, only contains toys priced under £50, ensuring an affordable and enjoyable Christmas for everyone.
This year’s Dream Dozen, in alphabetical order:
Gary Grant, Chairman of the TRA, comments: “This year, the toy industry has turned the latest trends into innovative and creative toys. The top 72 toys really demonstrate how forward thinking and pioneering the toy industry is. The list also reveals a trend towards nostalgic characters and brands which have been updated with a modern twist. Consumers are reverting back to heritage brands which will last longer than the Christmas season”.
- Bakugan Battle Pack, Spin Master (RRP £19.99)
- Battle Strikers starter Set, Mega Brands (RRP £9.99)
- Ben 10 Alien Force Kevins DX Action Cruiser, Bandai (RRP £29.99)
- Bendaroos Mega Pack, Spin Master (RRP £19.99)
- GO GO Pets Hamsters, Character Options (RRP £9.99)
- GX Racers Tightrope Terror, Flair (RRP £22.99)
- Kidizoom Multimedia Digital Camera, V-Tech (RRP £49.99)
- LEGO Games Minotaurus, Lego (RRP £17.99)
- Monopoly City, Hasbro (RRP £24.99)
- Princess Peppa’s Palace, Character Options (RRP £39.99)
- Sylvanian Families Caravan, Flair (RRP £44.99)
- Transformers Movie 2 Voyagers Figures, Hasbro (RRP £22.99)
With licensed toys combining the fun and familiarity of popular characters as well as collectable, pocket money priced toys making a big comeback this year, we are in for an affordable, family orientated Christmas”.
Girls Top 12 Toys for Christmas - Complete List
Animals take the Girls category by storm this year, with the GO GO Pets Hamsters (Character Options), Pony In My Pocket Pony Arena (Corinthian), FurReal Friends Lulu my Cuddlin’ Kitty (Hasbro) and Fluffy goes Walkies (Vivid) making it onto the wish list of all young animal lovers. Children will also be thrilled to unwrap the Animagic, Peanut My Playful Pup (Vivid), the closest you can get to having your very own real-life puppy.
Dolls are set to make a come back this year in the form of the old and new, with Baby Annabell 2009 (Zapf), Sally Doll (Zapf), Cicciobello Love ‘n’ Care (Flair) as well as Barbie & The 3 Musketeers Corinne Doll (Mattel) and Liv Dolls Asst (Spin Master). The Sylvanian Families go from strength to strength encouraging imaginative play with Flair’s Sylvanian Families - The Pleasure Boat and Sylvanian Families - The Caravan.
Boys Top 12 Toys for Christmas - Complete List
It is a bumper year for the Boys this Christmas, with the top 12 packed full of TV and film inspired toys, rip-roaring cars and battle sets. Figurine lovers won’t be disappointed with the Gormiti Guardian Creature (Flair), pre-historic buffs will love Screature (Mattel) and those with a steady hand can blast darts from the Nerf Raider Rapid Fire CS-35 (Hasbro).
Car lovers can relish in Ben 10 Alien Force Kevins DX Action Cruiser (Bandai) and can send GX Racers across tightropes to perform incredible stunts with the GX Racers Tightrope Terror (Flair). Star Wars and Transformers influence the list this year with Star Wars Clone Wars Ultimate Blaster, the Transformers Movie 2 Deluxe Figures and the Transformers Movie 2 Voyagers (all Hasbro). Prepare for battle with the i-Bladez Flightstick and Salvation 3D Helicopter (Bladez Toys), and the H.M Armed Forces Tank (Character Options), or engage your friends in combat with the Battle Strikers Starter Set (Mega Brands) and Bakugan Battle Pack (Spin Master).
Pre-School Top 12 Toys for Christmas - Complete List
Licensed toys and technology continue to shine in the Pre-School group with Princess Peppa’s Palace (Character Options) and In The Night Garden Sleepy Time Igglepiggle (Hasbro).
Well-loved faces, familiar to parents and children alike make an appearance with My First Remote Control Thomas (Tomy) and Postman Pat Vehicles (Character Options). Budding engineers will have their pick of the Fisher Price Lets Get to Work Manny or the Stack n Surprise Count n Build Snail Pail (both Mattel). Imaginative little ones can figure out the crazy world of The WotsWots Zoom Along Plush (Hasbro), giggle along with Waybuloo Peeka Lau Lau (Mattel) or get lost in a good book with the LEAPFROG Tag Rading System.
Let children cuddle up with Night Night Timmy (Vivid) or take their first steps with V-Tech’s First Steps Walker, and keen photographers will be snapping away at the Christmas action with their KidiZoom Multimedia Digital Cameras (VTech).
Games Top 12 Toys for Christmas - Complete List
There’s something for the big kids amongst us within the Games group this year as old favourites such as Rubiks 360 (Drummond Park), Monopoly City (Hasbro) and Jenga (Hasbro) are updated with a modern twist.
Energetic games which are ideal for families the whole year round include New Bop It, Gator Golf and Pictureka Flipper (all Hasbro). There are more challenging games for the brain-boxes amongst us with the LOGO Game (Drummond Park) LEGO Games Ramses Pyramid (Lego) and Peppa Pig Tumble and Spin (Jumbo). Little hands will also be kept busy with the Topsy Turtle (Hasbro) and Uno Moo (Mattel) and Lego engages a new audience with the LEGO Games Minotaurus.
Construction Top 12 Toys for Christmas - Complete List
The Construction category, covering the most exciting and complex building games for kids, is full of toys which will provide hours of fun this Christmas. Let kids get lost in the Star Wars saga with the Star Wars Echo Base and the Star Wars Darth Vader’s Tie Fighter or get technical with the Power Miners Titanium Command Rig 8964 (all Lego) or the MagNext Systems Deluxe (Mega Brands).
Little ones can start their building appetite with the Duplo Feeding Zoo (Lego), the Play ‘n’ Go Table (Mega Brands) or the Police Seaplane (Playmobil) while petrol heads can build their own remote controlled vehicles, Tuning RC Carbon Style Car (Meccano) and create their own City Garage (Lego).
Finally, kids can be inspired by Spykee Micro (Meccano) the remote controlled robot, venture into another time and place with the Pyramid (Playmobil) or build their own fairground with the K’ Nex Amusement Park Series (Tomy).
Creative Top 12 Toys for Christmas - Complete List
The Creative Top 12 will be keeping minds and hands busy well into 2010 as the list is overflowing with choice. This Christmas, kids can release their artistic streak by creating magical creatures with Bendaroos Mega Pack, the Paperoni Deluxe Studio, (both Spin Master) or In The Night Garden AquaDraw (Tomy). Doodle with Glo Doodle (Spin Master); a re-usable glow in the dark surface, or create amazing illusions with light with the Crayola Glo-Station (Vivid).
For budding young chefs, the Lets Cook Fruit Factory (Character Options) allows you to turn fruit into delicious juice, scrumptious smoothies and tasty ice cream whilst Hasbro’s Play-Doh Magic Swirl Ice-Cream Shop Playset magically makes ice cream out of dough. Alternatively, let your girls make their own jewellery with Toobie Woobies or Aqua Beads Carry-Me Compact (both Flair). Young musicians can create their own music on U-Create Music (Mattel), Ben 10 fans can create their own identity cards with the Ben 10 Hero Identity Station (Flair) and the Crayola 3 in 1 Sticker Studio Mega Pack (Vivid) will get kids sticker-tastic this Christmas.
The TRA revealed its predictions for the official Top Toys for Christmas at the Dream Toys 2009 media preview. This was held at St Mary’s Church, Bryanston Square, Wyndham Place, Marylebone London on 28 October 2009.
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Dream Toys is a media only event organised by the Toy Retailers Association. This is the 43rd year that the Toy Retailers Association has announced the Top Toys for Christmas. The Media Preview includes the latest new toys in the market as well as the Top 12. The TRA represents around 2500 stores and over 100 different companies accounting for 60% of toy retailers. The independent predictions are based on the Toy Retailers Association’s 50 years experience as the voice of retailers and take into account what consumers are requesting, what excites children and the latest trends in new products.