Okay, okay, we know that Christmas is still months away. But word has it that Santa and his helpers are starting to get things ready up North which means before you know it, your little one will be writing their letter. Plus many of the large toy retailers have already released their listed of expected popular toys. So here are the Hot Toys for Christmas 2016 – Top Predictions – the ‘Must Have’ list of toys that children will be desperate to get their hands on this Christmas.
Don’t wait until the last minute to do your Christmas shopping! As the season approaches it becomes increasingly difficult to find the toy you are after. This list will give you a heads-up on the hot toys of choice for Christmas 2016, that are sure to be on every child’s list this year, and help you avoid the disappointment of finding it ‘sold out’ by leaving it too late.
Note : All links, except the first 2 are to Amazon UK but these toys can be purchased in a number of retail outlets in Ireland, UK and USA. Prices vary so do shop around for the best value.
Buzz Jumping Night Drone
Drone’s are sure to be top of wish lists for older children in 2016, and this Buzz Jumping Night Drone from Marks & Spencer won’t disappoint. Stable and easy to control it is equipped with LED lighting so you can explore by day and night. Impress your friends with an acrobatics display complete with sounds and lights.
Suitable for children aged 12+
It connects via wi-fi to your smartphone or tablet and will give older children hours of fun.
Finding Dory was a big Disney hit this summer and toys and merchandise from the film will be high on Christmas wish lists. This Finding Dory Boxset from Marks & Spencer is the perfect bedtime accompaniment for Dory fans. It contains a fun story book and a soft plush toy and the box converts into Dory’s Coral Bed.
Suitable for children aged 3+
With a 10 step bedtime routine and a 10 minute story, this is sure to be a hit with parents too.
Paw Patrol, Lights & Sounds Air Patroller Plane
The 2-in-1 Paw Patrol Air Patroller can change from plane to helicopter mode for your budding pilot to take on all rescue missions! With real lights and sounds your little one will have hours of fun and imaginative play. Best of all, robo dog and any of the rescue air pups will fit in.
Suitable for ages 3+
Paw Patrol has become hugely popular in 2016 and this addition to the range is sure to be a big hit this Christmas.
Fisher Price Code-a-pillar
The Code-a-pillar is part of the play and learn range from Fisher Price. By rearranging the coded segments, your child will enable the code-a-pillar to move in different directions, with lights and sounds to accompany each move. It helps develop your child’s thinking and reasoning along with improving their fine motor skills.
Suitable for ages 3+
There is no limit to the combinations your child can create with their code-a-pillar so every playtime is unique.
Our Generation: Phoebe Hair Grow Doll
Phoebe from the Our Generation range, has hair that grows for hours of hairdressing fun. Phoebe comes with 2 hair extensions, some hair accessories and a handy hair style guide booklet. She is dressed beautifully and will fit in other outfits from the Our Generation range. Perfect to practice on before perfecting your styles on your friends hair!
Suitable for ages 3+
Phoebe will give your child hours of fun and best of all there are no batteries or apps in sight!
Wow Wee Chip the Robot Dog
Wow Wee Chip the Robot Dog uses the latest technology to ensure that each Chip Robot Dog will have a unique personality, created over time as as they respond to their owners instructions.
You can train Chip using voice control or using the Chip app on your smart device. Teach Chip to roll over, fetch, dance and show affection.
Suitable for ages 8+
Intelligent, interactive cute-looking tech toys are always a winner with kids. They don’t come cheap, but we guess this little fellow will be popular, so don’t hang about!
Fisher Price Dance and Move BeatBo
Press your Fisher Price Dance and Move BeatBo’s tummy or the buttons on his feet to activate songs, music, moves, and learning content, that your child can dance and move along to while learning colours, numbers and letters.
Parents can even record a phrase that will be mixed into a song for your child to enjoy.
Suitable for 9 months +
The Fisher Price Dance and Move BeatBo has 3 settings, Dance and Move, Games and Leaning, so it will grow with your child.
NERF Modulus Tri-Strike Blaster
Get a whole arsenal in one blaster with the Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike blaster! This incredibly flexible Nerf blaster has an elite dart blaster, a mega dart barrel extension, missile launcher, 10 dart clip and elite darts with 4 mega darts and a missile bolt. Phew! And its many removable parts let you customize your Nerf blaster in more than 30 combinations.
Load up the blaster’s 10-dart banana clip with the included darts and hit the battlefield in whatever configuration will make you the victor.
Suitable for 8+yrs.
The fact that you can customise your blaster in more than 30 combinations will surely appeal to Nerf fans and parents will love that it uses all 3 types of Nerf darts. Doesn’t come cheap, though.
Barbie Pop Up Camper
Added last year to the Barbie range, the Barbie Pop Up Camper will take you and your Barbie dolls on adventures far and wide. Set over 3 floors, invite your friends around and explore all the hidden accessories!
Suitable for ages 3+
Barbie fans will will have hours of fun re-arranging the pop up camper van interior and exterior. Prices are quite varied so worth shopping around.
VTech Toot Toot Drivers Goldmine Train Set
Younger kids will love mining with the VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Goldmine Train Set! The 32 piece track can be rebuilt in many different ways in order to ensure that the fun doesn’t stop!
This set comes with a cute Toot-Toot Drivers motorised mining train – the train and other Toot-Toot Drivers vehicles respond to the 9 SmartPoint locations that introduce early language skills. There is also a shape shorter to help develop motor skills.
Suitable for 1+ yrs.
Toot Toot Drivers are loved by little kids, and the added 9 Smart Points on the track will help with your child’s development.
For older kids who love car racing, Real FX is next generation slot-less racing – each car is fitted with infrared Opto sensors which read the track at 200 times per second, and this artificial intelligence means a second car can drive around the track by itself and compete against you!
Overtake opponents and deal with track hazards, from tyre blowouts to oil spills in this truly innovative racing system. It’s like video gaming meets slot racing, but in real life and of course with no slots!
Suitable for 8+ yrs.
This will appeal to all car racing fans (young and old!) providing the most realistic driving experience in remote controlled cars ever created! Deep pockets required!
Tablets for Kids
Tablet computers continue to dominate top toys lists this year. With so many tablets on the market, parents face a tricky task in deciding what to buy. Price, durability and parental control are just some of the factors that need consideration.
With this in mind, we’ve put together our Top Tablets for Kids to help you choose.
It’s no surprise that LEGO would be on the list, as it’s always a hit with kids.
With the ongoing popularity of Star Wars The Force Awakens, LEGO Star Wars sets will continue to be sought after, with many of the original vehicles updated, like the Millenium Falcon, Tie Fighter & Poe’s X-Wing.
With the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice earlier in the year. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes sets will also appear on many wish lists. Hot this year will be LEGO Marvel Spiderman Web Warriors Ultimate Bridge.
LEGO City is always a favourite with kids and this year’s Volcano Exploration Base is expected to be popular. LEGO Nexo Knights sets are also expected to be on wanted lists this year, as most vehicles transform into something else. Older fans will love the Knights Jaestros’ Volcanic Lair. LEGO Minecraft‘s Jungle Tree House & The Fortress sets will be popular with fans
And of course, all the favourites like Ninjago, LEGO Technic, and LEGO Friends will release new sets in time for Christmas.
Now it’s just a matter of trying to get the kids to decide which set goes on their list!
Star Wars merchandise will be super popular again this year with the release at the end of last years of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens.. All major toy retailers will be stocking products, including action figures and role play – one we think will be popular is the Remote Control RC BB-8 Droid.
The Remote Control RC BB-8 app enabled droid adapts to your play. As you interact and play, it will create expressions that are unique to you and will even respond to voice commands.
You can move in any direction using the remote control or set it to patrol and watch it move. Or even create and view holographic recordings to bring you on an adventure outside the galaxy!
Suitable for 5+ yrs.
It moves and sounds just like the BB-8 Droid in the Force Awakens movie. Watch out though, it is addictive!
It wouldn’t be a complete list without a family game.
The Pie Face game is still proving a popular choice this year, filled with fun and suspense, and somebody’s bound to get splatted! Just put some delicious whipped cream from home or the wet sponge on the “hand” of this hilarious game unit and start turning the handles. It could go off at any time, so keep your fingers crossed and hope you’re not the one who gets a splat in the face!
You score a point for every time you turn the handle without getting pie-faced, and the one who scores 25 points wins.
Simple fun for the whole family.
Suitable for ages 5+
What is your little one asking Santa for this year? Let us know by leaving a comment below.