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It may not really only be about the presents, but it kind of is if you’re a kid. So to make things a little bit easier for parents the length and breadth of Britain, here’s our Top 10 List of the Hottest Toys for Christmas 2013.
Pre-Christmas toy and game sales aren’t likely to feature too many of these names, but if you are looking for a bargain, we’ve added a few useful links to sites like Toys’R’Us, Argos and Amazon, where the prices are bound to be the most competitive around.
So without further ado, and in no particular order, here’s an industry-insider’s guide to the most-wanted toys for Christmas 2013:
The top 10 best selling toys for Christmas 2013
State-of-the-art all-round sensors allow the puppy to respond to light, sound and even physical gestures. Barks, whimpers and sits on command, you’re supposed to be able to train them too, but this puppy won’t p**s on your carpet.
Teksta Robotic Puppies are currently on special offer over at AmazonUK (Reduced from £75 to £59.99) They’re available in pink and blue, so be sure to get the right colour or you could be in big trouble come the 25th.
Leapfrog are market leaders in tablets for kids and the new LeapPad Ultra is hailed by many to be the nearest thing to a Junior iPad. Bigger than the LeapPad2 and now boasting WiFi and the unique and very safe LeapSearch.
Features lots of apps, 8GB of storage, front and back cameras and a powerful Lithium battery. Designed for 4-9 year olds.
3. Furby Boom
One of last year’s big hits is back and a new generation of Furbies allow even more interaction, via iPad, phone or tablet.
New fur designs and the possibility to lay digital eggs and raise virtual Furby babies is sure to make the Furby Boom another big hit this Christmas.
Price range $55-£65
Already a massive internet hit and expected to sell out long before Christmas are Robo Fish. Various ‘kits’ and aquariums mean you have lots of price options too.
If your kids have owned fish before you’ll be aware of the pitfalls of the real thing. With Robo Fish there’s no need to feed, clean or explain why your fish is floating belly up on the water.
Single Robo Fishes retail from £7.50 and ‘Aquarium’ playsets from $25.Save up to 30% on popular Robo Fish playsets here.
Based on the hit character Sulley, from the film Monster University, the mouth opens and closes along with your child’s and they can also control various facial features, including the eyebrows.
Using the very latest technolgy nabbed from the film makers this is no ordinary mask. Prices from £30.
Aimed at pre-schoolers, but we think this is destined to become a family favourite this year, the Chasin Cheeky game encourages active play like few games we’ve ever seen.
You basically throw rings hoopla style and try to grab bananas from the monkey’s mouth to win the game, with the victor getting a free dance with the monkey.
Simple stuff that’ll keep you amused for hours. RRP £19.99.
Click here to save 25% on Chasin Cheeky now.
Every Monster High 13 Wishes Doll comes with a diary, pet, hair brush and accessories – a must have for moody inbe-teeners.
The Doc McStuffins Doctor Bag comes complete with thermometer, syringe, working blood pressure cuff and a bunch more interactive medical kit for kids to practice their medical skills on dolls, friends and probably you.
Always a favourite at Christmas, Lego have released an epic new collection loosely based on the ‘Legends of Chima‘ series.
The Lion Temple set is the top of the range and features 7 figures, working weaponry, a rotation tower canon and an eagle drone fighter. It’s packed with fun and although it’s not cheap this looks like becoming a classic.
10. VIP Pets
Each VIP pet comes with its own set of styling accessories and a unique personality, making them a real hit with younger girls this year.
With names that include hippy Nyla, Party Planner GiGi and fashion designer Tiffany, these are the kind of things that make parents wander where exactly they went wrong, and little girls squeal with delight.
Find VIP Pets for under £10 here.