The Most Wanted Toys For This Christmas
Gary Grant, chairman of the Dream Toys selection panel, said: “There are some toys that hold an enduring place in the hearts of children for generations and this year we’ve seen the toy industry come up trumps by reinvigorating these classic favourites for 2012 like the return of the Ferby.
“We also continue to see technology being woven into toys to add extra dimensions to the play experience - whether this is the use of apps, interactivity, touch screens, or integrated multi-functions such as e-readers and cameras.”
Ulrike Wingenter-Davey from the Amazon Toys and Games Store said: “Early buying indications for the festive season lead us to believe that educational devices such as the Vtech Inno Tab 2 and LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Explorer Tablet will be popular choices for customers this Christmas.
“As we saw in 2011, interactive and educational toys are once again proving popular but we are also seeing demand for modern versions of traditional classics such as Lego, Monopoly and My Little Pony.’’
However research by Ribena Plus shows parents still find their children often prefer playing with the empty box rather than the gadget it contained.
Almost 50 per cent of children snub expensive toys in favour of the packaging, it claims.
The UK toy market is the biggest in Europe, with an estimated worth of £2,969 million in 2011.
Thirty-four percent of UK toy sales occur within the Christmas season, totalling around £1,013 million last year.
2012’s Dream Toys
Cabbage Patch Kids dolls - £29.99
InnoTab 2 - £84.99
Jake and the Neverland Pirates - Pirate Ship Bucky - £49.99
LeapPad2 - £89.99
Lego Lord of the Rings: The Mines of Moria - £69.99
Mike the Knight’s Deluxe Glendragon Playset -£29.99
Monster High Ghouls Rule Dolls - £22.99
My Moshi Home - £38.99
Twister Dance - £26.99
Web Shooting Spider Man - £34.99
So now you know you have no excuse not to start the Christmas shopping! Says Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.