Flying fairies, robotic fish and Furbies have been named as the most wanted toys this Christmas. Independent experts have compiled what they think children across the country will want to wake up to on Christmas morning, and high-tech gadgets are definitely at the top of the list.
Gary Grant, chairman of the Dream Toys committee said: “Christmas 2013 is set to be a strong year for toys and this is a great Dream Toys list that reflects not only the need for toys to appeal to all budgets and tastes, but also how tech is continuing to increase its influence within toys, from pads and robotic dogs to flying fairies and fish.” So what should parents be looking out for on the shelves this year? Here’s our list:
Furby Boom: The revamped version of this toy that was so popular in the last couple of decades, now comes with loads more interaction via computer tablets. The new Furby Boom has a personality that you can shape by the way you play with it. Costs £75.
Robo Fish: This is apparently already one of the fastest selling toys of all time, probably because adults love the toy as well as kids. Fish and bowl are included and all you do is drop the fish into the water filled bowl and they will start swimming. Costs £14.
Flying Fairy by Flutterbye: Girls will love this flying fairy that glides through the air as it follows the movements of your hands. Easy to control and comes with a display stand that doubles up as a charger. Costs £34.99
Teksta Puppy: This gorgeous puppy can respond to your voice and physical gestures, and with over 100 physical and interactive play features including a ball and a bone for you to play with, you’ll never tire of playing with him. Costs £75.
Doc McStuffins Doctor’s Bag: If you’ve a budding doctor or nurse at home, who loves to help mend their poorly toys, get them on the career path early with this medical bag that includes a thermometer, light up stethoscope and other medical kit. Costs £26.
The Lion Chi Temple: There are lots of Lego sets available this Christmas, but we love this intricate Lego masterpiece, where Cragger, Crawley and Razar are battling for their tribes and trying to reach the sacred CHI orb high above the temple. Costs £125.
Monopoly Empire: A great new version of the classic Monopoly game, this time instead of London landmarks, you play to own the 22 of the worlds favourite brands. Create your very own billboard tower and collect rent from opponents who land on your brands. Costs £19.99
Vtech InnoTab 3S: With a durable and child friendly design, this tablet is ideal for teaching children how to handle a tablet. Comes complete with age-appropriate games and apps and a cool touch colour screen, there’s also a handy camera to inspire their creative side. Costs £69.99
Nerf N-Strike Elite RapidStrike CS-18: You may regret buying this for your little one, as this has been described as the ‘fastest firing elite blaster ever’! Firing an average of 4 darts per second and sending them up to 75 feet, this lightweight design will be a huge hit on Christmas day for the kids. Costs £39.99
Monster High 13 Wishes Dolls: You may have not heard of Monster High, but your kids will have. This doll collection is based on the characters in a soon-to-be-released Monster High DVD. Each of the dolls comes with a diary, hairbrush, a pet dust bunny and dream-catcher purse. Costs £23.