The Toys And Games You Simply Must Have
Here’s our pick of The Must Have Toys 2018 for all ages and interests. These are the toys and games we think will be the Top Toys this year and in to Christmas 2018. The list includes toys for toddlers and babies, family games, collectible toy crazes, arts and crafts toys and other STEM toys. If you can’t find any locally, we’ve included links to Amazon (see disclosure).
Must Have Toys 2018 – Harry Potter LEGO Hogwarts Great Hall
Brand new Harry Potter LEGO for ages 9-14 years including the very impressive Hogwarts Great Hall.
Must Have Toys 2018 – Fairy Light Garden
To add to the best-selling Fairy Garden collection is the new Fairy Light Garden which lights up and plays harp music too. Perfect for children aged 4+ who love fairies. See other Toys For Ages 3-4 years.
Must Have Toys 2018 – Jetts Razor Trainer Wheels
One of the Hero Toys 2018. Jetts Razor Trainer Wheels fit UK shoe sizes from childrens 11.5 up to adult size 11. Includes spark pads and skid pads.
Must Have Toys 2018 – LOL Surprise Pearl
New for 2018, the LOL Surprise Pearl includes lots of little surprise gifts and a pearl-shaped stand. See our post on LOL Surprise Dolls.
Must Have Toys 2018 – Botley Coding Robot
Another of the Hero Toys 2018, this much-anticipated coding robot is suitable for ages 5 years+. Kids can programme Botley to perform a sequence of steps as he avoids obstacles, manoeuvres courses and moves objects. On our current list of STEM Toys.
Must Have Toys 2018 – Fingerlings Dinosaur
Must Have Toys 2018 – Furreal Pets Shaggy Shawn
Pet grooming set from the Furreal people. Suitable for ages 4+.
Must Have Toys 2018 – Ready2Robot
New collectible toy craze which combines lots of current toy trends with multiple possibilities for play. Available in battle boxes, the smaller bot blasters and singles. See our page on the Latest Toy Crazes.
Must Have Toys 2018 – Sylvanian Department Store
Wow, a huge new playset for your Sylvanian Families. Features a two-storey department store with a working lift.
Must Have Toys 2018 – Star Wars LEGO Millennium Falcon
This is a massive LEGO set containing nearly 1500 pieces. Suitable for ages 9-14 years, this looks set to be a best-seller for Christmas.
Must Have Toys 2018 – Twisty Petz
Twisty Petz are beautiful, collectible little pets that transform in to bracelets. Suitable for ages 4+. There are 70 to collect.
Must Have Toys 2018 – Monopoly Junior Electronic Banking
Electronic banking Monopoly is now available in the Junior version. Great way to teach children lessons about financing and investing. For ages 5+.
Must Have Toys 2018 – Matchstick Monkey
New teething toy for babies. Also available in the dancing monkey variety. Very cute indeed.
Must Have Toys 2018 – Toomies Cupcakes
Shape-sorting fun for pre-schoolers. Also good for imaginative play.
Must Have Toys 2018 – Paw Patrol My Size Lookout
This is a great playset from the very popular Paw Patrol brand. At two-and-a-half feet tall, your pre-schooler can keep watch. Lots of possibilities for imaginative play.
Must Have Toys 2018 – VTech Crawl Along Doll
New crawl along doll in the Little Love range. Suitable for ages 2+.
Must Have Toys 2018 – Bloco Rainforest
Exciting new type of construction set using high-density foam pieces and interlinking connectors. Create fabulous models for play or display. For ages 5-10 years.
New card game from Ideal. If you love Dobble and Uno, this might well be for you. Lots of family fun for 2+ players aged 6+.
Speak Out Showdown
New game from Hasbro that builds on the very successful Speak Out game. This is the competitive ‘showdown’ version for ages 8+. Suitable for 4+ players. Included on our current list of Family Games.
Strictly Come Dancing Game
At last, there’s a Strictly board game complete with the voice of Craig Revel Horwood. This is one of the Hero Toys 2018 from the London Toy Fair and it is set to be a huge Xmas hit.
New game for ages 4+ where you race around the track, pick up cheese, tip the see saw and ride the wheel. Last hamster on the track wins.
What makes a Must Have Toy?
A ‘Must Have’ Toy is a new or trending toy which is very desirable. However, children don’t find the things they want in toy shops any more. Neither do they get their present ideas from TV ads. Social media is the big driver for the best new toys 2018.
Even kids who are too young for Instagram or Snapchat see new products on YouTube. Furthermore, with the rise of social media, ‘must have’ toys can come and go quickly.
Many vloggers work exclusively to market toys. Indeed, some are very young children who are paid to promote products. The larger brands like Lego have their own channels. Therefore, it can be hard to distinguish what is entertainment and what is marketing.
It’s very hard to predict what will be the next big trend. However, there are plenty of toys and games that have stood the test of time. Others reinvent themselves to remain relevant in a fast-moving world.
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