It’s begun, the shops are getting busier, the sense of urgency has increased and curtesy has gone out the window, yup Christmas is fast approaching and getting your hands on the latest toys is the mission at hand. Every year an amazing, must have toy hits the shelves and, desperate to avoid disappointment, every parent dawns their battle gear in order to locate and obtain it.
To hopefully ease some of the pressure, and help our valued customers we have compiled a top ten list of this years most wanted toys, and not only that but we have gone above and beyond to find you the best deal on each.
So with out further a due, here is Christmas 2012′s 10 most wanted Toys!
(Best Price: £56.73 Ebay includes shipping)
What year is this 1998? Nope your not having a severe case of De Ja Vu, its 2012 and these wee blighters are back! I can still remember my little sister begging my parents for a Furby, her life wouldn’t be complete until she had a Furby to call her own. When Christmas came and she finally got her Furby she was over the moon. 6 months down the line, the thing was stuffed in some cupboard in the house, occasionally blurting out its Furbish obscenities.
So what’s new? Well the makers of Furby are pushing home the message that this time round your Furby will have a Mind and Personality of its own! The actual toy itself has had a make over, with softer more hair-like fur and the addition of a tail. The premise is still the same interact, talk, play, sing and teach your Furby new words. However advances in technology make this a much more enjoyable task as your Furby gradually gains a basic grasp of the English language. The big difference is the Personality aspect. Yes thats right your Furby will actually choose to like or dislike certain activities and will act accordingly, so you may end up with a delightful little chap or an obnoxious wee toe rag.
The newest feature is the addition of an App (Caching!!) for mobile devices which will heighten the level of interaction your child can have with their new furry little friends. These are going to be very popular this year so it is advised to get ordering early to avoid utter devastation on Christmas morning.
LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer
(Best Price: £64.79 Tescos)
When I was 5 years old, back in 1992, I was given a learning computer. It took the form of a laptop computer and was basically the size of your average washing machine. As for technology, well the fact that it took 3 days to start up to only allow me to play basic games of hangman, was painfully disappointing. This was before the internet was commercially available throughout UK homes, wow doesn’t that make you feel old, and I’m only 25!
Well as Dylan once said, “times they are a changin” and now children have access to better computers than my Dad did when I was a child. So what is the LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer and why should you get one for your child? Well LeapPad2 is the I-Pad of the child’s educational computer devices. It takes on a familiar and contemporary tablet form and allows your child to learn and have fun at the same time. Complete with two built in digital cameras and the ability to record video, LeapPad2 combines interactive games with high quality learning material and problem solving puzzles.
It comes with a basic package of Apps, but these can be added to by downloading from the catalogue of over 325 game cartridges and Apps available to download online.
Hot Wheels R/C Terrain Twister Vehicle
(Best Price: £50 Amazon)
OK Now we’re talking business, nothing pleases man more than something that can be controlled by remote control. Since 1968 Hot Wheels have lead the way in the toy car market. Their toys are so good they should be regularly reviewed by Clarkson on BBC’s Top Gear. If you haven’t guess by now, I am a big fan of Hot Wheels toys, and it is one of the main reasons that i wish to have a son, so I can have a valid excuse to once again play with these fantastic toys for hours on end.
So lets look at the latest bad boy in the collection, the Terrain Twister, even the name suggests this isn’t one for girls. The Terrain Twister is a remote controlled car with a difference, that being the lack of wheels! What! No Wheels I hear you ask! Thats right, where we’re going we don’t need wheels, and where we’re going is any place we want!! Woohaaa! The Terrain Twister has two large Corkscrews instead of wheels, which allows it it scramble over any kind of terrain. According to the packaging it can go over dirt, grass, sand water? and even snow! It has a range of up to 20 meters and is available in a range of colours, i for one will be getting one of each…….for my nephew……..
Barbie Sisters Cruise Ship
(Best Price: £65.41 Pluck Point)
Wow……so……don’t really know where to begin with this one, as you may have gathered by now Barbie’s weren’t that high up on my Christmas lists as a child. None-the-less this is a guide to help you the parents so I will do my best.
So unless you have been living under a rock for…..well….ever! you will already know who Barbie is. So in their endless crusade to find new and appealing jobs, adventures and social scenarios the Barbie empire have this time opted to let the little lady have some relaxing time off, on her very own cruise ship!
What you get here is a fold out cruise ship complete with, pool, two water slides, swing, buffet accessories (kitchen staff not included), two fold-down beds, two lounge chairs, one side table, two pillows and two blankets. The actual Barbie dolls are not included. I’m sure this will be on every little girls wish list, and there is enough here for their imaginations to run wild.
Imperial Toy Zooma Splat X Smack Shot
(Best Price: £9.99 Amazon)
The once humble sling shot has come along way since the days of using a twig and the cut off of an old rubber wellie-boot. The Zooma Splat X Smack Shot is the Daddy of sling shots and boy is it fun!
The concept is simple; load the Zooma Smack Shot with one of the sticky rubber Strike Shots, pull it back and let go to launch your attack. The ammo can reach distances of 100ft! and when it hits a hard shiny surface it will stick. Now, that by itself is enough fun to keep any man-child occupied for weeks, but the Zooma has one more feature that amplifies the fun by 100%, an LED target locater. Think predator, you now have the ability to laser sight your target for precision targeting, one word springs to mind, Awesome!
The Zooma Splat x Smack Shot comes with 3 performance and 3 sticky strike shots and cell batteries are included. This is a sure fire winner and is definitely going on my Christmas list, forget the Georgio Armani aftershave shooting things with a laser sight is much more satisfying.
Nintendo Wii U Console
(Best Price: £244.95 Video Game Box)
Now, I can’t lie, I’m a Playstation man through and through have been since it launched in the UK back in 1995. However, I have played the Wii and out of all Playstation’s competitors did think that the Wii was at least bringing something new to the table.
With the Wii U you get the new look Wii console complete with Miiverse and Nintendo eShop. (Playstation Home and Store for those that speak Playstation.) and one Wii U gamepad. It is the gamepad that is going to cause the most excitement. The gamepad is Nintendo’s version of Playstation’s PSP (que Nintendo fans outrage!) allowing users to engage with their Wii games in a new fashion. It has a 6.2 inch touch sensitive screen, built in camera and microphone, built in speakers, as well as the ability to control your television and TV recorder.
The Wii U is to launch on the 30th of November and has some great games due at the same time including New Super Mario Bros U and the widely anticipated Call of Duty Black Ops II. There is no denying the fun and innovation that Nintendo continues to deliver so perhaps this will be the first console to lead to my first gaming affair, sorry Playstation I didn’t mean it!
1D Collectors Dolls
(Best Price: £18 Ebay)
Considering I found it incredibly hard to write about Barbie and her luxury cruise liner, I am now going to have to muster all my strength and decency in order to spill out a few words about this next toy. So you may or may not have heard of a small musical act from the UK called One Direction? yeah me neither. Apparently they are quite big in the states? Some going as far to compare them to The Beatles? Sacrilege!
Ok so they have done well for themselves, for a band (and I use that term loosely) that came third in the X-Factor, these 5 boys have somehow managed to concur the world and with it the hearts of every female under the age of 20 along the way. They have released the album, had the hit singles, played the big arenas, concurred the states, topped both UK and US charts so merchandise is really the only thing left to add to that list of conquests.
So here you have it, the official One Direction Collectors Dolls, as much as it pains me, these are going to be frighteningly popular, hysteria will ensue and any girl that does’t wake on Christmas day to their own miniature-direction will make sure you know all about it! You have been warned!
Tabeo 7 Inch Kids Tablet
(Best Price: £131 Ebay)
Right, another Tablet computer aimed at children, sadly the days of climbing tree’s and playing british bulldogs are dead and gone, children have agendas, emails, important conference calls and documents to create.
The Tabeo is more like an actual Tablet than the LeapFrog LeapPad which is more of an educational tool. The Tabeo uses the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system and has over 7,000 free, child safe apps and games available for download. It has built in speakers, microphone, G-Sensor and front facing camera. This looks and feels a lot more like an actual adult Tablet. Before you ask, yes, the Tabeo has complete internet safety controls allowing you, the parent, to control exactly what your child can access and when they can access it.
Of the two Tablet’s featured on this list, I’d be more inclined to buy my child the Tabeo, as this just seems like more fun, and it comes pre-loaded with Angry Birds and that game alone is worth the money!
Y-Volution Yfliker F1 Scooter
(Best Price: £64.99 Toys’R'Us)
Remember when the micro-scooter burst on the scene in the late 90′s? Everyone had one (not me, I was a skateboarder and owning a scooter would have been a crime punishable by death). I remember being in London and seeing a fully suited gentleman riding down the street on one with his briefcase in one hand and his Financial Times under the other arm.
Recently the micro-scooter has been making a bit of a come back, and new models are surfacing such as the Y-Volution Yfliker F1. From what I gather this is more like a snake board (remember them?) crossed with a scooter. Unlike a scooter you ride this more like you would a pair of Ski’s carving from side to side in order to gain momentum and speed. There is also a break so you can slow down. I have already seen a few of these on the streets of Edinburgh, and from the expressions on the faces of those riding them, they look like good fun.
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