INSPIRATION FROM THE PAST AND INNOVATION FOR THE FUTURE
2012’S TOP TOYS FOR CHRISTMAS

It’s a ‘Dream Baker’s Dozen’ this year, as 13 toys are chosen by the Toy Retailers Association (TRA) to make the toy industry’s official list of the top toys for Christmas.

They say that they have given a  nod towards the past while keeping “two feet  planted firmly in the future”.

The list is made up from a mixture of old favourites that have been brought bang up to date,  some up to the minute technology and a new batch of what they call “must-have character toys”.

Some of the enduring favourites on the TRA’s list have been around for more than fifty years. Take, for example Cabbage Patch Kids, Spiderman, Twister and Lego. Many of us adults have played with these toys and it is great to see that they still loved just as much by children today. Yes, they are evolutions of the originals, but they are still basically the toys that we remember.

In contrast to these, we have on this list high-tech tablets for kids and exciting new character toys inspired by TV and film. Wow, children can look forward to a varied, imaginative and engaging Christmas this year!

Christmas 2012’s Dream Toys, in alphabetical order are:

Gary Grant, Chairman of the TRA’s Dream Toys selection panel says: “There are some toys that hold an enduring place in the hearts of children for generations and this year we’ve seen the toy industry come up trumps by reinvigorating these classic favourites for 2012.

“We also continue to see technology being woven into toys to add extra dimensions to the play experience – whether this is the use of apps, interactivity, touch screens or integrated multi-functions such as e-readers and cameras.

“We have selected a Dream Baker’s Dozen this year purely because of the strength of all the fantastic toys we had to choose from. A particular highlight is the re-emergence of Cabbage Patch Kids as well as the resurgence of Barbie and continuing popularity of Bratzillas, Disney and of course, the hugely-popular Monster High.

“This year we’ve also seen the come-back of  Furby, which reacts and adapts intelligently to the attention it’s given and has an app download for even more fun.

“Another new ‘interactive’ toy of note is Tatty Teddy Story Time, which interacts with the bedtime story. Without a doubt, a huge success story this year is the continuing popularity of Moshi Monsters – a phenomenon that has helped to define online and offline play.

“New to the market last year, we’re now seeing exciting new developments in tablets for kids from InnoTab 2 and LeapPad 2.”

The TRA reveals its predictions for the official Top Toys for Christmas at the Dream Toys 2012 media preview in St Mary’s Church, Wyndham Place, Marylebone London on 31st October 2012.

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Top Toys 2012

 
 

Top 12 Dream Toys 2011 Video page

Today the Toy Retailers Association has revealed the 12 toys that it believes will be the best sellers for Christmas 2011. Here I’ve gathered them together for you and rounded up as many videos of the toys as I could find.

So here is the top 12 that they are tipping that your child is going to want. They are listed in alphabetical order:

Doggie Doo, John Adams, RRP £22.99

Doggie Doo Game

Now this probably sounds unpleasant  to you, but kids are just going to love it.
Players throw the dice to determine how often they squeeze a plastic dachshund’s lead. Each squeeze pushes some plasticine poop nearer to fruition, as it were. And when the deed is done the player holding the lead cleans up the poop with a little spade. First to get to 3 wins.
Instructions.
Feed the dog a doggie treat and pump the lead as instructed. If he poops on your turn you scoop the poop. The first to 3 wins. For 2 – 4 players.

 

Fijit Friends, Mattel, RRP £54.99

Willa, is a smart, fun and funny Fijit Friend. It is an interactive toy that will become your child’s new best friend. With supple skin that enables amazing movement, this trend-setting purple Fijit Friend has several interactive features, including voice recognition, beat detection, dance mode and over 150 built-in responses. Recommended for ages six and up, Willa will be a fast and lasting friend that chats, dances, jokes and performs.

 

Fireman Sam Pontypandy Rescue Set, Character, RRP £29.99

Help Fireman Sam save the day with the Fireman Sam Pontypandy Multi Rescue Set. There are all sorts of emergencies going on in Pontypandy, but it’s no problem for you and the Fireman Sam figure to sort out. Help put out the cooker fire with the hose, save naughty Norman when he traps his head in the railings, and help Sam get the cat down from the tree. Make sure you avoid the collapsing roof and floor! The Pontypandy Multi Rescue Set comes with: Sam and Norman figures Cat figure Tree Railings Hose reel Ladder Fire bucket Cones

 

 

Kidizoom Twist, VTech, RRP £49.99

Get your children snapping with this fantastic 2 megapixel camera that uses a twisting lens: they can take pictures and movies of their friends or even take fantastic self portraits. The camera features a 4x digital zoom, built-in flash, colour screen, 5 great games and dual view finders. Once taken they can edit and enhance their photos with a selection of frames, stamps and wacky effects. There’s also a great voice recording function that has 5 different voice changing effects: pitch up, pitch down, slow, robot and echo. Product Features: 2 mega pixel camera with twisting lens, 4x digital zoom, 256 MB of storage, SD card slot for memory expansion and built-in flash. Also features video taking, voice recording and 5 built-in games, Stores over 500 photos, Add wacky effects to pictures and videos, Connect to the TV or edit and view photos linked to a PC, Dual viewfinder and durable child friendly design with a grown up look. Recommended For Ages 3+ years

 

 

LeapPad Explorer, Leapfrog Toys, RRP £79.99

LeapPad is a learning tablet just for children. With a built-in camera, video recorder, and a huge library of games and activities, the durable LeapPad features innovative apps that inspire creativity and turn reading into fun and games. It’s a new way to learn, a new way to play – a new way to unlock your child’s potential.

Lets Rock Elmo, Hasbro, RRP £69.99

It’s music time! Rock out with LET’S ROCK Elmo! Dressed in a concert-style tee, Elmo takes the stage singing and making music – and preschoolers can too! Elmo comes with his very own microphone and two instruments, a tambourine and a drum set. Preschoolers can choose which instrument Elmo plays, and he “magically” recognizes which one you give him. Kids can also play along on ElmoÕs instruments – they’re perfectly sized for little hands! For even more rockin’ fun, Elmo also interacts with other LET’S ROCK instruments (each sold separately); he knows when you’re playing the LET’S ROCK Guitar, Keyboard or Microphone and plays along with you! The LET’S ROCK Elmo toy sings six rockin’ songs, so grab an instrument and join Elmo’s band! Figure comes with microphone, tambourine, drums and instructions. Includes 6 “AA” batteries. Recommended For Ages 18 months and Over .

 

Milky the Bunny, Flair, £59.99

With the Emotion Pets Milky the bunny, your little ones can have fun cuddling this cute and adorable white bunny. Milky the bunny has large, floppy white and pink ears and attractive brown eyes. Milky is a playful snow white bunny, who can move his eyes, nose, ears and feet, and he makes real bunny sounds. Tickle his feet to make him laugh or watch him chew his carrot, complete with crunching sounds. When Milky gets scared, his ears tremble so make sure heÍs always safe and sound. After a hard day’s play, Milky the Bunny falls asleep. Your little girl can to his adorable little snores. Requires 4x AA batteries. Recommended For 2 years+.

Monster High Lagoona’s Hydration Station, Mattel, £39.99

Lagoona Blue– daughter of the Sea Monster–is one of the coolest Ghouls in school with her long blonde and blue hair and pale blue skin. She also has several fins, webbed hands and gills behind her ear. Lagoona is a tomboy and is obsessed with surfing. Lagoona Blue uses her Hydration Station to re-moisturise at night and it doubles as a room décor for girls. Press the shell-shaped button on the front to activate 3 different modes of lights and bubbles. Includes Hydration Station, Lagoona Blue doll with eye mask, her pet Neptuna with eye mask, water bottle and “monsteriser” bottle. For ages 6 years and over.

 

 

Moshling Tree House, Vivid, RRP £18.99

Moshling Treehouse opens up to reveal a place to play with and also store your moshlings. Working basket lift for your moshlings to play on. Includes exclusive Roxy Moshling. One supplied. For Ages 4 years and over.

 

 

Nerf Vortex Nitron Blaster, Hasbro, RRP £44.99

The Vortex Nitron disc blaster is the ultimate in Vortex innovation and technology! The Nitron blaster’s cutting-edge acceleration trigger propels a full-auto storm of discs toward targets at extreme range for an all-out assault. Its Centerfire Tech electronic scope features pulsing targeting lights to help you center your aim. The included 20-disc magazine and onboard magazine storage keep reloading time as short as possible (additional magazines and discs sold separately). In addition to being fully automatic, the Nitron is also fully customizable with the Tactical Rail System that is compatible with most Vortex and N-Strike Mission Kit accessories for a fully awesome battlefield experience! Offering long-range, high-powered disc-blasting technology, NERF Vortex blasters hurl ultra-distance discs for the ultimate battle experience! Nitron blaster comes with electronic scope, 20-disc removable magazine, 20 discs and instructions. Requires 6 “C” and 2 “AAA” batteries (not included). Ages 8 and up. /!\ CAUTION: Do not at aim at eyes or face. TO AVOID INJURY: Use only discs designed for this product. Do not modify discs or disc blaster.

 

 

Ninjago Fire Temple, Lego, RRP £91.99

Battle for control of the four Spinjitzu weapons has begun. Sensei Wu, Kai, Zane and Nya need help to keep Lord Garmadon and his evil skeleton army from taking the ultimate Spinjitzu weapon _ the Dragon Sword of Fire. As the temple splits into two, the fearsome Fire Dragon emerges to protect the sword by spitting fire at Lord Garmadon. Set also includes Samukai and Kruncha figures, all four golden weapons and 14 other weapons.

 

Star Wars Ultimate Force Tech Lightsaber, Hasbro, RRP £39.99

The all-new Star Wars – The Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker ultimate FX lightsaber provides one of the most authentic Jedi experiences ever for kids! The toy features a progressive light-up blade with vibrant LED lighting and authentic sounds, allowing kids to experience the Force in a whole new way.