With only 191 days of shopping days left until Christmas, retail giant Argos has announced its top toys for Christmas.
Making the list this year is:
Fisher Price Codeapillar
Paw Patroll Air Controller
Lego City volcano
VTech Toot Toot Drivers Gold mine
Tiny Treasure Baby Doll
Designer Friend Tiffany
Snuggles My Dream Puppy
Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike
You can buy these toys online at Argos here which available from July 2016
Here is what you need to know about each of this years top toys:
Zoomer Chimp, Spinmaster, £119.99, ages 5+
Kids will go bananas for this fun robotic pet, boasting a host of life-like movements, voice command recognition and over 100 tricks
Paw Patrol Air Patroller, Spinmaster, £39.99, ages 3+
Everyone’s favourite rescue dog, this Robopup pilot comes with his own jet complete with lights, sounds and cool rotating propellers
LEGO City Volcano, LEGO, £79.99, ages 8-12
The must-have LEGO set for scientists big and small! Drive the mobile operations center to the volcano site and get discovering with the drone, excavator, 6 minifigures and accessories
VTech Toot Toot Drivers Goldmine, VTech, £52.99, ages 1-5
Steaming ahead of its rivals, VTech’s latest offering for little ones is a trainset with mine and drop chute, as well as a motorised engine to climb slopes
Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike, Hasbro, £59.99, ages 8+
The first NERF with three ways to blast. An Elite Dart blaster, the MEGA Dart Barrel Extension, and a mighty Missile Launcher Stock
Tiny Treasures Baby Doll, Chad Valley, £39.99, ages 3+
The most lifelike 18” baby doll – which is weighted like a real new-born – is exclusive to Argos. Boy or girl, it features sleepy eyes, silky new-born hair, super-soft skin and an authentic scent of baby aroma!
SelfieMic, Worlds Apart, £19.99, ages 8+
The next evolution in karaoke is here! Wannabe pop stars and lip synch-ers can create their own music videos with this fun-packed selfie stick that features a karaoke microphone, ear piece and music app
Design a Friend Tiffany, Chad Valley, £49.99, ages 3+
Exclusive to Argos, this Chad Valley Design a Friend doll is all set for the red carpet in her dazzling evening dress, sparkly glitter sandals and pretty clutch bag. She also has an extra outfit, perfect for strutting her stuff on the carry-case catwalk packaging!
Snuggles My Dream Puppy, Character Options, £49.99, ages 4+
With his super-soft fur, nodding head and tummy that moves when he breathes, this cute pooch will brings smiles aplenty this Christmas
Fisher Price Codeapillar, Mattel, £49.99, ages 3-6
Set to inspire a new generation of super-coders, this motorised caterpillar can be programmed to move through obstacles, accompanied by colourful lights, music and fun sounds effects
BB-8, Hasbro, £59.99, ages 3+
This is the droid you’re looking for! Star Wars remains popular this year, and this remote control BB8 is the perfect gift for any fan of the movie franchise
Commenting on the predictions, Linzi Walker, Chief Toy Buyer for Argos says: “This year’s list shows just how much toys are evolving – lots of our Top Toys have their roots in parents’ Christmas Past. Now they’ve truly moved on, with more sophisticated tech, realistic life-like functions and up-to-date pop culture references.
“We’ve progressed from the toy caterpillar that toddlers could pull across the floor, to one that starts infants on the road to clever coding. Where once there was a baby doll that simply looked like the real thing, we now have one that SMELLS as sweet as a newborn. And while past festivities might have featured a karaoke machine, 2016’s budding Beliebers will be making and sharing their own pop videos with a SelfieMic.”
She adds: “With cross-generation appeal toys from LEGO, NERF and Star Wars, households are expected to be lively and fun across the UK this Christmas.”
Fast forwarding to Christmas Future, Argos polled 1,000* children aged five to thirteen for their insight into what toys will star on Christmas wishlist in a decade’s time.
Almost a quarter predict self-building LEGO (23%) and one in five believe that toys that can tidy themselves away will be festive must-haves in 2026. There’ll be more virtual reality games (41%), conversational robots (40%), toys that never run out of batteries (37%), and – for instant gratification – toys that appear magically in real life from their own imagination (10%).
The poll also revealed that construction toys are the most played-with toys (72%), with LEGO being named the favourite toy ever by 19% of kids. And Christmas toys are most certainly for the big kids too – a quarter of parents polled by Argos admitted to enjoying playtime with their kids’ NERF blasters!
Many parents also use toys to help inspire their children’s future careers, with over a quarter (27%) using science-based toys to set their little ones on a tech career path.
You can watch the unvielling of the top toys here:
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