Living / 6 September, 2023 / Christina Walter
Hold onto your stockings, folks, because it’s that time of year again! The holiday season is just around the corner, and you know what that means – it’s time to unveil our top ten toy predictions for Christmas.
From high-tech gadgets that’ll have kids of all ages buzzing with excitement to classic favourites that never go out of style, we’ve scoured the toy universe to bring you the ultimate list of must-have toys. So, grab a cup of cocoa, gather ’round the fire, and get ready to discover the toys that will make this holiday season the merriest and brightest yet!
When it comes to toy predictions for Christmas, our editor’s pick is the Yoto Player 3rd Generation. The 3rd gen Yoto Player is not just a remarkable audio device. Oh no! It’s a convenient room thermometer, nightlight, toothbrush, AND tidy-up timer, also known as every child’s ultimate companion. And not to mention a godsend for parents.
Explore a treasure trove of featured titles with a vast library of epic stories featuring beloved characters like Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Disney classics, and acclaimed authors such as Roald Dahl and Julia Donaldson. There really is a Yoto Card for everyone. But that’s not all! Your kids can explore captivating content on a wide range of topics, including our world, different cultures, languages, the solar system, animals, science, baking, and so much more.
One for the older kids.
The X-Shot Hyper Gel Trace Fire can blast Hyper Gel Pellets at 170 feet per second with its motorised fully and semi-automatic modes. The Trace Fire has an 800-pellet capacity hopper, and when you run out of gel pellets, simply flip your blaster to reload from the 800-pellet capacity mag. This motorised Gel Blaster comes with a rechargeable battery, 10,000 Hyper Gel Pellets and protective eyewear. Just add water to the Pellets to start the ultimate Gel Blaster battle! Suitable from 14+.
This curious little creature is an incredibly interactive toy friend with five voice-activated modes. There are over 600 phrases, jokes, songs, and so much more to discover. Tell Furby what you want to do with these five commands: Dance Party, Copy Cat, Tell My Fortune, Let’s Chill, and Lightshow.
Furby also responds to hugs, pats on the head, shaking, and feeding its pretend pizza charm (or your finger – yum). The more they play, the more fun they can unlock.
Care for Furby by feeding them and combing their hair. Dress them up with the clip-on beads and make fashion accessories that kids can wear, too.
£10.99 – £79.99
They’re back! This is not the Ninja Turtles’ first rodeo when it comes to making it into the top toy predictions for Christmas. I remember my brother having Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when we were kids in the 90s, and because of the latest film release, they are back on our toy shop shelves.
From action figures and playsets to plush toys, the pizza van, and various vehicles, there is a wide selection available for children who are fans of the Turtles.
Another trip down memory lane for us parents! Get ready to heat things up with The Super Mario Bros. Movie Bowser 35cm Fire Breathing Figure, as he makes it into the top toy predictions for Christmas ’23.
Inspired by the movie, Bowser comes with premium details and 15 points of articulation. Activate his fire-breathing feature by adding water to Bowser’s reservoir on the back of his hair using the included dropper, then pressing the side spike – watch as illuminated atomized vapor shoots from his mouth!
Step into a world of wonder in Super Mario Bros. Wonder for Nintendo Switch!
Classic Mario side-scrolling gameplay is turned on its head with the addition of Wonder Flowers! These game-changing items trigger spectacular moments you have to see to believe. Witness pipes coming alive, wreak havoc as a giant spiky ball, and see even more unexpected events called Wonder Effects.
Pick from heroic Super Mario characters and Power-Ups Choose from familiar characters, including Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy, Yoshi and Toad. Transform into Elephant Mario to use your trunk to trounce enemies with a surprising new Power-Up!
Share the wonder with friends and Mario fans. Team up with up to three friends locally and gather around one Nintendo Switch console to experience the game-bending Wonder Effects together as you tackle courses as a team and help each other on your way to the goal.
Greetings from Barbie Land! Of course, Barbie was going to make it into our top toy predictions for Christmas. And it had to be Barbie: the Movie Doll.
This Barbie doll cuts a timeless silhouette in a sweet dress as modelled by Margot Robbie in one of her character’s iconic looks in Barbie™ The Movie.
With her pink gingham dress, daisy necklace and pastel pumps, she’s ready to have the best day ever in Barbie Land!
This iconic location is now a buildable set featuring four familiar faces: Pikachu, Chansey, Eevee, and Togepi.
Turn the crank to see the four Pokémon characters: Chansey dancing, Pikachu and Eevee playing peek-a-boo, and Togepi opening the door. Combine with other adventure builder sets to create an expanded Pokémon world with motion (each sold separately).
The Hot Wheels City Ultimate Hauler can gobble up and haul more than 20 1:64 scale cars and then transform into a growling, stomping T-Rex with a race track on its back!
In hauler mode, pull it by the handle and watch it eat the 1:64 scale cars in its path. Lower the tail, and it transforms into a Robo T-Rex with lights and sounds and a two-lane race track. Kids can also launch cars from its mouth!
Two 1:64 scale Hot Wheels cars are included.
Kids can host the ultimate pool party with the Barbie Dreamhouse! If you’ve got a big budget for pressies this year, then Barbie’s DreamHouse will be top of your toys for Christmas ’23.
This deluxe doll house has the tallest slide in the Barbie Dreamhouse series to date, with a three-story spiral design for endless fun in the sun. It inspires 360-degree play with a wide and spacious floor plan, three levels, and 10 indoor and outdoor living areas.
The playset also features more pet-friendly touches than ever before, including a puppy slide and pool where furry friends can play along with Barbie dolls! Plus, the top floor bonus room wows with a sleepover transformation that allows the Dreamhouse to sleep four dolls.
With 75+ accessories and customizable spaces that double the fun, it makes an exceptional gift for kids ages 3 years old and up.
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