Toy mecca Hamleys has released its annual list of the toys that it predicts will be topping children’s wish lists this Christmas – and again they’re a little budget-busting!
While it is very early to be talking about Christmas, there are parents out there who like to get nice and organised well ahead of the festive season.
If you’re one of said parents, have a look at this year’s top toy predictions, according to toy royalty Hamleys. A few classics have emerged as frontrunners – with interactive twists to encourage imagination, obviously – while Peppa Pig and Frozen heroine Elsa continue to reign supreme.
Interactive Tracy Island
Recreate your own International Rescue adventures with this Tracy Island Playset. Put on the International Rescue communicator and John Tracy will set the countdown to launch a Thunderbird vehicle as the latest situation unfolds.
Based on the top secret headquarters, the all-new Tracy Island uses the latest technology so that the vehicles interact with the island and children can create their own Thunderbirds story.
Suitable for ages 3+, £80 at Hamleys, Thunderbird vehicles not included and retail from £15, release date: July 2015.
Disney’s Frozen still hasn’t gone out of fashion, and your kids can relive the movie again and again with this beautiful ‘skate and sing’ remote control Elsa.
The easy to use controller allows you to glide and spin Elsa around as if she is really skating, singing the hit song Let It Go as she moves.
Suitable for ages 3+, £40 at Hamleys, release date: September 2015.
i-Que Intelligent Robot
i-Que is the quick-witted, smart talking know-it-all robot! He has a wicked sense of humour with lots of jokes and some cheeky sound effects.
Watch him move as he thinks and speaks, play games with him and see if you can match his ‘i-Que’ by doing his quizzes. By using speech-to-text technology, i-Que can understand almost anything you say.
Suitable for ages 3+, £65 at Hamleys, release date: August 2015.
Clever Keet is your feathered friend who’s just like a real bird, only smarter. Teach him to speak and he will talk, sing, dance and swing. He will respond to your voice, and be more than your imaginative friend - he even drives his very own cart.
Suitable for ages 5+, £60, release date: August 2015.
Once Upon a Time Princess Rose Peppa
Hold Peppa Pig’s hands and she will sing ring-a-ring-a-roses with you. And your friends can join in too - invite them to form a circle with you while holding her hands and she will sing the song all over again.
Suitable for ages 3+, £20 at Hamleys, release date: August 2015.
Imagine sand you can shape. Kinetic Sand is easy to shape and mould and flows through your fingers like a slow-moving liquid, but leaves them completely dry. This soft and stretchy sand, which sticks only to itself and not to you easily cleans up while delivering non-stop fun.
Kinetic Sand stimulates children’s creative skills allowing them to create anything they can imagine. It never dries out and is gluten-free, although we don’t promote eating it.
Suitable for ages 3+, £20.00 at Hamleys, release date: July 2015.
The 3D Maker allows children to create 3D masterpieces from scratch using gel pens and the UV Creation Station.
Children are able to make their 3D creations in four simple steps. Each set comes with a selection of moulds to help children create anything from a 3D butterfly to the Eiffel Tower.
Suitable for ages 6+, £40 at Hamleys, 3D accessory packs retail from £3.00 at Hamleys, release date: August 2015.
My Friend Freddy Bear is the bear who really knows you. Download the free app to an iOS or Android smart device and pre-schoolers will be amazed that their bear knows all about them.
When not connected to a smart device, Freddy Bear will talk when he’s cuddled, tipped upside down, or thrown in the air.
Suitable for ages 2+, £40 at Hamleys, release date: August 2015.
The Shopkins collectible craze now comes with an ice cream van which features a treat board, an ice cream display with an umbrella and storage for your little characters. You can also sit them on the front of the Scoops Truck and take them for a ride as this playset has real moving wheels.
Suitable for ages 5+, £20 at Hamleys, release date: July 2015.
LeapPad Platinum is the next-generation seven-inch high-resolution wi-fi learning tablet with a fast, powerful processor and sleek design.
This next step in children’s technology includes front and back cameras, a music player, enhanced parent controls, and more.
Suitable for ages 3+, £120, release date: August 2015
Will you be Christmas shopping for the kids and grandkids well ahead of the festive season? Or will you put if off until the very last minute? Let us know in the Comments below.