The Latest Top Toys
What are the Must Have Toys this year? Here’s the latest gossip on all the most-wanted toys and games for Christmas 2018. We look at the Christmas lists of the big retailers such as Amazon, Argos and John Lewis as well as the latest toy awards to see what might be the hottest toys this year.
Paw Patrol Is Still One Of The Must Have Toys This Year
Paw Patrol is a hugely popular animated TV show for pre-schoolers featuring rescue dogs and their owner Ryder. In 2017, the Paw Patrol Sea Rescuer featured on almost all the Christmas Lists as well as the Dream Toys 2017. In 2018, the Paw Patrol Fire Truck already features on the toy lists of the Amazon and Argos Must Have Toys this year. It has a 2 ft extending ladder with lots of possibilities for imaginative play. Paw Patrol also has a Toy Advent Calendar.
Nerf Continues To Impress
Nerf is a huge brand that always features on the Christmas Toy Lists. The popularity of the Fortnite game means that Nerf is, once again, one of the Must Have Toys this year. In fact, Nerf is the only toy to feature on the Christmas lists of Amazon, Argos and John Lewis. The product they feature is the Nerf Nerf Laser Ops Pro Alphapoint for two players. It requires no darts and is ready to play out of the box. There’s also an app to add more to games.
LOL Has Even Bigger Surprises
One of the most popular surprise unwrapping toys of the last few years is LOL. It is continually bringing out new products in its collectibles series as well as the larger toys. Last Christmas, LOL Big Surprise was one of the most popular toys. Parents found that such was its popularity, it wasn’t easy to get hold of. And the LOLs just seem to get bigger and more exciting. The LOL Bigger Surprise is on Amazon’s Christmas Toy List and features 60+ surprises. It’s available to buy on 25 September but pre-orders are being taken on Amazon.
Must Have Toys This Year – Unicorns
Unicorns are still very popular Must Have Toys this year. Argos’s Christmas Toy List features no less than three unicorn toys! In recent times, unicorns have come to signify something extremely rare or unique. They seem to tap in to people’s aspirations and, of course, their love of bling. Furthermore, unicorns are now associated with rainbows and sparkles – all popular toy features. Poopsie Unicorn Surprise is a new product that combines the slime, unicorn, poop emoji and surprise trends. The larger toy features on the Christmas Toy Lists of Amazon and Argos. The smaller surprise collectibles are on our list of Latest Toy Crazes.
Fingerlings Are Back With New Characters
The Fingerlings monkeys were another big toy last Christmas. During the course of the year, the company (WowWee) has brought out a range of new characters including a unicorn, sloth, sparkly monkeys and dinosaurs among others. These are very well-priced toys and popular collectibles. Unlike some of the other collectibles, there is no surprise element so you can be sure of what you’re getting. That’s if they haven’t sold out, of course. Argos has two Fingerlings on their Christmas List. The Untamed Raptor and the new Fingerlings Hugs.
Fingerlings Hugs is the new cuddly Fingerlings Monkey. It was the winner in the Plush category at the recent BlogOn Toy Awards chosen by bloggers and influencers, many of whom are parents.
What About the LEGO Must Have Toys This Year?
LEGO always features on the Christmas Toy Lists. There’s a whole host of new LEGO this year including Harry Potter and Ariel. So far in 2018, there isn’t much agreement on what will be the biggest sets. John Lewis has products for the very young and the very old. The LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron below is really for older kids aged 14+.
Also on John Lewis’s Christmas List is the DUPLO Cargo Train set for ages 2-5 years.
Argos has the LEGO Arctic Base for ages 7-12 years.
Our favourite new LEGO is the Harry Potter sets. We have Hogwarts Great Hall on our list of Must Have Toys this year. The fabulous Hogwarts Express Train has been selected by Amazon for inclusion on their list. It even features Platform 9¾.
What About The Robots?
There seem to be a few less robots on the Christmas Toy Lists this year. STEM is still popular, though, with a coding toy featuring on John Lewis’s list. The only robot to feature is Boxer. He’s favoured by Argos and Amazon, and featured on This Morning’s Must Have Toys For Christmas. We love those eyes. He is a new AI robot with a big personality. See other robots on our STEM page.
We All Love A Game!
Regular game-playing offers the chance for families to spend quality time together away from the distractions of phones, tablets and telly. Family games also have educational benefits such as learning strategies, taking turns and matching skills. Here’s two brilliant games that are Must Have Toys this year and feature on Amazon’s Christmas Toy List.
The Strictly Come Dancing Board Game is new for 2018. It features the voice of Craig Revel Horwood and the Strictly theme tune. Chosen as one of the Hero Toys 2018.
Chow Crown may well become this year’s Pie Face. It’s one of Amazon’s Top Ten Toys For Christmas 2018. The aim is to eat the spinning food before the music stops. We imagine this is hilarious to play. Snacks not provided!
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