Its now November, so any parent who hasn't started Christmas shopping yet may be starting to make a list based on what their children have screamed "I want that" at since September (or is that just in my house every ad break?)
Each year. the Toy Retailers Association helpfully gives a list of the top 72 toys it feels are headed for glory come Christmas Day, including toys for all ages, tech, classic or brand spanking new.
|Lego: still as popular as ever|
Topping this years extensive list in the coveted top twelve was a remix of an old family favorite, the Bop It Beats by Hasbro. It may drive you insane, but Bop It remains that toy that everyone wants to master. To keep it fresh for new audiences, the Bop It Beats looks just like a mixing deck and has five game modes to choose from. As usual, it commands you to do something and gets faster each time. Selling at £21.99 its at the lower end of the price scale too.
|Some of Mattels Frozen Range|
Tech was everywhere too, from the pricey but impressive MiP which kids will
love down to him being able to carry drinks, move on a 360 degree angle and do cool stuff on your phone, to Gadget watches from Vtech (which I want myself, they are seriously the coolest thing I have ever seen) there were toys a plenty which lit up, sang, danced and did everything but go to school for the kid that is bought them.
Even Baby Annabell, one of the best early days tech toys has had a makeover, and now, just like a real baby she walks and crawls too. The doll is so life like its unbelieveable and I was very impressed with how user friendly a doll which does so much is for little fingers.
|The Turtles: Back after a decade long break|
For the boys, look no further than the relaunched and revamped Turtles. They're back and tipped to be popular all over again, incorporating not just the collectible and highly detailed figures for older kids but also a more pre-schooler friendly chunky version too.
|Littlest with a Robbo Fish|
So, on your list this year, be sure to add Frozen, anything Tech, and be prepared to spend money on some toys which will not fail to impress well into the New Year.