It’s that time of year again when The British Toy Retailers Association reveals its lists of “must have” toys for the forthcoming Christmas season.
This year, alongside the Top 12 toys (listed below), the TRA has created eight lists of toys in various categories:
- Action Station
- Good Game, Good Game
- Guys And Dolls
- Look What I Made
- Pet Corner
- Starting My First Collection
- Tot Them Up
Without further ado, here’s the:
1. Friends Amusement Park Roller Coaster from LEGO Company Ltd
- Includes 4 mini-dolls: Emma, Andrea, Matthew and Naya in summer outfits.
- Features a roller coaster, Ferris wheel, drop tower, entrance booth and a dining area
- The push-along roller coaster features 4 carriages (each sitting a mini-doll), functioning light brick, entrance area with opening safety barrier, control panel with levers, camera and a long track with various obstacles along the ride.
- The rotating Ferris wheel features steps up to 6 hanging gondolas (each seating a mini-doll).
- The drop tower features 2 cars with opening safety bars, exciting spinning function as it drops, and a camera.
2. Hatchimals from Spin Master Toys UK Ltd
- Hatchimals live inside eggs. Who’s inside? It’s a surprise! Hold them to hear their heartbeats, flip them for fun, tap and they’ll tap back
- Hatchimals needs attention from you to hatch
- When you see rainbow eyes from inside the egg, your Hatchimal is ready to hatch. Encourage it with your touch as it really pecks out of its egg
- Out of egg, it’s time to raise your Hatchimal through 3 stages. Teach your cute Hatchimal to walk, talk, dance, play games and more
- Hatchimals are suitable for ages 5+
3. Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage from Mattel
- Parking for 36 vehicles
- Extra Action zones include a chomping shark, a tuning workshop and a petrol station
- Comes with 5 Hot Wheels vehicles and a helicopter includes, to action can get started straight away. Can be combined with other hot wheels track sets (sold seperatley).
- Five Hot Wheels vehicles and a helicopter includes, to action can get started straight away. Combines with other hot wheels track sets (sold seperately)
- Suitable for children over 4 years
4. Nerf N-Strike Elite Hyperfire from Hasbro
- Fires up to 5 darts per second with fresh batteries
- 25-dart drum
- Fires darts up to 90 feet (27 meters) and comes with 25 Elite darts
- Motorised dart blasting
- Suitable for ages 8+
5. Paw Patrol Air Patroller from Spin Master Toys UK Ltd
- The 2-in-1 Air Patroller transforms from helicopter to plane mode for real Paw Patrol Rescue Missions!
- The Air Patroller has real lights and sounds! Press the button on top of the Air Patroller’s handle to activate.
- The Air Patroller comes with a Robopup figure to pilot all of your Air Rescue Missions. Additional figures can be stored in the Cockpit and Cargo Bay.
- The Air Patroller is for kids ages 3+. Batteries required: 3 x LR44 required. Batteries included.
- Includes: 1 Air Patroller, 1 Robopup, 1 Instruction sheet, Batteries: 3 x LR44
6. SelfieMic from Worlds Apart
- Sing, record and share! Create your own music videos
- Sing, lip sync and perform to thousands of hit songs
- SelfieMic features an adjustable selfie stick with karaoke microphone, earpiece and free StarMaker app
- Free StarMaker app features songs made famous by Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Little Mix, Ed Sheeran and more!
- Exclusive code for 1,000 in-app music tokens inside your pack
7. Shopkins Chef Club Hot Spot Kitchen from Flair Leisure Products Plc
- Play at being a professional Chef with the Hot Spot Kitchen!
- Areas for display and storage.
- Movable parts and areas to attach characters.
- Contents: A Playset, 2 exclusive characters and 2 exclusive bags / cases.
- Batteries Not Required.
8. Silly Sausage from John Adams Leisure Ltd
- The super speedy Sausage re-action game.
- Think you’re meaty enough to take on a this Super Sized Sausage.
- Turn him on and wait for his commands but be warned you’ll need to be fast to keep up.
- With 10 grillin’ games to try & 5 sizzlin’ moves.
- Play him solo or multi play with family and friends.
9. Snuggles My Dream Puppy from Character Options
- I move and feel just like a real puppy
- When I’m hungry feed me with my bottle, when I am tired lie me down and watch my eyes close
- You can see me breathe
- Suitable for ages 4+
- Requires 4 AA batteries (included)
10. Speak Out from Hasbro
This item has been recommended by the TRA, but we are rather surprised given that it is suitable only for players aged 16+ (i.e. not children) and there are a huge number of fake knockoffs being sold online.
11. Star Wars Rebel U-Wing Fighter from LEGO Company Ltd
- Features 4 big engines, an opening minifigure cockpit with transparent lower observation window, opening side doors with pull-out stud shooters, front spring-loaded shooters, rear storage hold and huge sweep-back wings.
- Weapons include 3 blasters and 2 blaster pistols.
- Also includes extra ammo.
- Recreate fantastic scenes from the blockbuster movie, Star Wars: Rogue One.
12. Thomas & Friends TrackMaster Sky-High Bridge Jump from Mattel
- Send Thomas under the bridge and up the spiral track. When Thomas reaches the end of the track, Harold will lift him to the top of the ramp.
- Thomas lands safely and continues his journey around the rails.
- Tip the hopper to drop the barrel onto the tracks and Thomas will push it into the cargo area. Harold can detach from the set to be played with as a separate piece.
- Complete Thomas & Friends train set includes motorized Thomas train, Harold the helicopter, cargo hopper, cargo piece, and full track layout with ramp and bridge jump.