The Kids Are Dreaming of Technology – Dream Toys for Christmas

Its that time of year again and the annual list of the top toys for Christmas has just been released by the Toy Retailers Association (TRA).

LeapPad Explorer

Kids go Techie This Christmas with the LeapPad Explorer


In this year’s list, its technology that takes most of the honours with plenty of interactivity and toys with a twist, but not just ‘ipad for kids’ replicas, more so toys that use technology to function and enrich the game/toy play. For an industry that was worth £2.9bn last year and in the season in which 35% of all toys are sold its hugely important for the retailers and manufacturers to get this right.



This year’s dream dozen include:

Doggie Doo, John Adams, RRP £22.99
Fijit Friends, Mattel, RRP £54.99
Fireman Sam Pontypandy Rescue Set, Character, RRP £29.99
Kidizoom Twist, Vtech, RRP £49.99
LeapPad Explorer, Leapfrog Toys, RRP £79.99
Lets Rock Elmo, Hasbro, RRP £69.99
Milky the Bunny, Flair, £59.99
Monster High Lagoona’s Hydration Station, Mattel, £39.99
Moshling Tree House, Vivid, RRP £18.99
Nerf Vortex Nitron Blaster, Hasbro, RRP £44.99
Ninjago Fire Temple, Lego, RRP £91.99
Star Wars Ultimate Force Tech Lightsaber Assortment, Hasbro, RRP £39.99

Nerf Vortex Nitron Blaster

Everyone's got to have a Nerf Vortex Nitron Blaster

However, there’s a much more important list this year – the TRA have finally sought out the views of kids themselves to create the ‘Kids Choice Awards’ and tested thoroughly using scales which included:  ‘fun to play’, ‘boredom factor’, ‘coolness’, ‘breakability’ and ‘play with friends’.

The Kids Choice Dream Dozen is:

Angry Birds, Mattel, RRP £19.99
Bop-It! XT, Hasbro, RRP £27.99
Fab Effex Variety Pack, Spin Master, RRP £19.99
Flufflings, Vivid, RRP £19.99
Gelarti Designer Studio, Flair, RRP £19.99
GX Buggy, Tomy, RRP £39.99
Hot Wheels Wall Tracks, Mattel, RRP £29.99
LeapPad Explorer, Leapfrog, RRP £78.99
Milky the Bunny, Flair, RRP £59.99
Nerf Vortex Nitron Blaster, Hasbro, RRP £44.99
Star Wars Millennium Falcon, Lego, RRP £129.99
Top Agents Super Racer, Playmobil, RRP £19.99

Without leaving mums out, they were asked to give their seal of approval as well and gave the Mum’s Choice Awards to

Imaginext Batcave, Mattel RRP £49.99
Kidizoom Twist, Vtech, RRP £49.99

Interestingly, only 2 toys made both the Dream Dozen and the Kids Choice Awards – they were the LeapPad Explorer  and Nerf Vortex Nitron Blaster. It’ll be fascinating to see whether the experts or the kids know best. Personally, I think mums know best – last years biggest selling toy in December was the Kidizoom Digital Camera, so this year’s Kidizoom Twist may do just as well. Mums and Dads also hold the Christmas pursestrings and thats probably the most important thing in the toy stakes

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2 Responses to The Kids Are Dreaming of Technology – Dream Toys for Christmas

  1. Wombi says:

    I am a strong believer that technology not only makes the learning process much more fun, but it also creates allows a more hands-on experience for kids! If you are interested in other educational products for kids, I would check out our educational apps! 🙂

    Best Regards

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