Dreaming of toys


Yesterday I went to the Dream Toys event which receives a lot of Media attention as the top toys list for Christmas.
They actually announced 11 top toys as they felt that they needed to include both the Innotab 3S and the Leappad Ultra along with the other nine that were selected.

There were many brands missing from the Top 50 that were displayed but I also got to see some great new products too.

The top Dream toys 2013 are as follows

City Coast Guard – LEGO
Doc McStuffins Doctor’s Bag Playset – Flair
Flutterbye Fairy – Spin Master
Furby Boom! – Hasbro
InnoTab 3S – VTech
LeapPad Ultra – Leapfrog
Monopoly Empire – Hasbro
Monster High 13 Wishes Doll – Mattel
Nerf N-Strike Elite RapidStrike CS-18 – Hasbro
Robo Fishbowl – Zuru-Geemac
Teksta – Character Options

I have to say that I don’t quite agree with these top 11 but then my children have different interests and are not keen on the Innotab or Leappad so they would be crossed off. They would also have preferred to see the Nerf Rebelle range displayed rather than the N-Strike Elite.

Based purely on the 50 toys from yesterday I would choose the following as things to look out for

Furby Boom (it can be put to sleep which is a huge plus on previous models)
Robo Fish (amazing creatures that Elizabeth has been begging for since Christmas in July)
Monster High and Ever after high dolls(I need to find a Draculaura for Elizabeth, that is imperative apparently)
Chasin’ Cheeky (we love all of the elefun range of games and this looks great too)
Planes Wing control RC Dusty (the best RC item I have seen in a long time, Alison loved this at Christmas in July)
Silly Moo (we loved this game as a family)
Moshi Monsters Poppet secret diary (a younger girls secret diary that Elizabeth will love)
Leapreader reading and writing system (I have to sneak an educational item in at some point and this will help Alison)
Holografx (not one for my girls as too old for them but amazing tech that will mesmerise anyone)
Lego Friends Dolphin cruiser (we are huge Lego fans but prefer it in pink and purple)

There were so many more toys from previous events that I would include the following 5

Skwooshi – the best play material I have come across ever
Inflatable RC Droid from Bladez – so many different varieties and so different to anything else on the market
Zoomer – an alternative robot dog that acts and moves more like a puppy than a robot
Elmo Hugs – A cuddly elmo that talks and actually gives you a hug, it was Alisons all time favourite at christmas in july
Tatty Puppy – part of the My Blue nose Friends range it is a fantastic interactive puppy that works with or without the app

If I could choose two products as ones to become a play ground crazy then Cra-Z-loom and Cupets are the ones to watch and you could be one of the cool parents but getting them before they become popular.

I will be writing more about my recommend gifts in a few weeks as I split up all the fabulous things I have seen this year into my christmas gift guides. Make sure you come back as there will be the chance to win some of them too.