Toy experts at Britain’s biggest toy store have unveiled a list of the top 20 toys, which will dominate kids’ Christmas lists this year - and it’s going to be a hard-fought battle between dolls and high-tech toys.
The best sellers, published by Toys“R”Us, include everything from an £8 Minecraft figure to a £400 electric go-kart.
The two hottest dolls are expected to be Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa based on the blockbuster movie and interactive My Friend Cayla, an app-connected doll who can walk, talk, read stories, play games, answer thousands of questions, and even help with homework.
Already, the giant toy retailer has confirmed that Christmas is well underway as thousands of customers have taken advantage of the store’s ‘Take Time To Pay’ service, allowing them to order their favourite toys now, put
down a deposit and pay their outstanding balance over an agreed period of time in the run up to the big day.
The Crazy Cart, which has a pneumatic front tyre, can reach speeds of 13 mph and spins 360 degrees, is the most expensive item on the list, while Minecraft action figures, which allow kids to bring physical play from the digital dimension, are the least expensive.
Other toys Father Christmas will be cramming into his sack by the truckload include a high-tech robotic T-Rex dinosaur called Boomer who uses balance technology to zoom around and can be tamed
to be a loyal pet, the dual-wheel robot MiP hat responds through hand gesture command recognition and a free app that lets kids control its drive, dance and battle, as well as the NERF Demolisher which fires darts and missiles up to 90 feet using motorised and pump-action motion.
There are no surprises as Hollywood-inspired toys make it to the Toys“R”Us list.
The monstrous Transformers Stomp and Chomp Grimlock is expected to be a household favourite for kids to recreate scenes from their favourite summer blockbuster movie Transformers 4 and Disney in the shape of Infinity with the long-awaited super heroes Marvel characters.
Loom bands - which have taken the world by storm this year - also made the top 20 thanks to the Cra-Z-Loom Unlimited Bracelet Maker.
Building upon this creative craze is the impressive Sew Cool Sewing Studio, which is a revolutionary threadless machine that includes patterns and pre-cut shapes for making a host of designs.
Thomas the Tank engine makes a return to the top toys list for the first time in decades with the Avalanche Escape train set.
And the latest incarnation of Monopoly, the personalised My Monopoly board game, will also be found beneath the tree this December 25 to the delight of kids and kids at heart.
Mike Coogan, Marketing & eCommerce Director for Toys“R”Us, U.K. said, “Toys with a technology base appear to be taking a lead and are all the rage this year, Cayla, Dino Boomer, MIP and the Digital Birds and cage are
full of character, but it’s comforting to see the return of some household favourites including Thomas the Tank and Lego, which are always firm favourites.
“As always, movies have had a major influence on the list with Disney Frozen being simply outstanding, Transformers 4 providing great role play toys and the long awaited Disney Infinity Super heroes Marvel characters coming to life in video games. The Crazy Cart is by far and away the most expensive gift but it’s something the whole family can enjoy.”
The full top twenty (in alphabetical order) is:
* Bunny Jump 19.99
* Cra-Z-Loom Ultimate Bracelet Maker 9.19
* Crazy Cart 399.99
* Dino Zoomer Robotic T-Rex (Boomer) 99.99
* Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) Starter Pack From 49.99
* Frozen Snow Glow Elsa 34.99
* Kidizoom Smart Watch From 29.99
* LEGO City Arctic Base Camp 49.99
* LEGO Friends Heartlake Shopping Mall 79.99
* Little Live Pets Bird & Cage 19.99
* Minecraft Action Figures 7.99
* MiP Robot 99.99
* My Friend Cayla 59.99
* My Magical Mermaid 9.99
* My Monopoly price £20.14
* NERF Demolisher 33.74
* Sew Cool Sewing Studio 34.99
* Thomas and Friends Avalanche Escape Playset 39.99
* Toot Toot Animals Zoo 39.99
* TRANSFORMERS Stomp & Chomp GRIMLOCK 83.99