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10 Top Christmas Toys 2014

The famous London toy shop Hamleys have revealed their list of the 10 top Christmas toys 2014 – and the focus is definitely on high tech. It’s getting to the point where parents will need help from kids in getting the toys up and running! Read on to see what your children will be longing for this Christmas…

Since Hamleys is a UK company, some of the toys may not be available in other countries yet. Keep checking back.


1. My Friend Cayla Doll

My Friend CaylaOur rating: 3 stars

Here’s the new trend in dolls – not only does Cayla talk, but she understands what you say, and answers your questions. Suitable for age 5 and up, My Friend Cayla can tell stories, and even play noughts and crosses.

It’s not surprising she’s on thousands of little girls’ Christmas lists! However, we are a bit surprised she took first place on Hamleys’ list. The app is supposed to work on any Android smart device as well as Apple, but to access some of the interactive features you need an iPhone or iPad.

The doll has trouble understanding what some kids are saying, especially with younger children or those with an unusual voice, but then don’t we all! A lot of little girls love her anyway. Visit our My Friend Cayla review to see videos of her interacting with real kids, and decide if she’s right for your child.

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2. DohVinci Style and Store Vanity Design Kit

DohVinci VanityOur rating: 4 stars

DohVinci from PlayDoh lets you design in 3D with the modelling compound and tools in this Vanity designer kit. Assemble the parts for the vanity table and mirror, and decorate them with Deco Pop compound in 4 bright colours. There’s an ideas guide and a gun with different styling tips to make it all easy. See our DohVinci Vanity review

Parents may not think there’s much to do here, but creative little girls seem to love it. Younger children will need help – probably best for 8-10 year olds.

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3. VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch

Kidizoom Smartwatch pinkOur rating: 5 stars

VTech are known for their cute and innovative electronic learning toys, and they have another hit on their hands (or wrists) with the Kidizoom Smartwatch. Aimed at the 3-7 age range, it will probably be best appreciated by a child of around 5 years old, who will be able to make the most of all the applications.

See our Kidizoom Smartwatch review with video

This VTech smart watch does tell the time in either digital or analog displays, but it also takes photos and videos, records voices and plays a few simple games. It has a bright and colourful touch screen, and more games and display options are available to download from the VTech store as a separate purchase. An excellent example of wearable technology for kids in this age group. Choose from pink, blue or white.

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4. Barbie Colour Change Bag

Barbie Colour Change BagOur rating: 4.5 stars

This cool handbag for Barbie fans contains colour sensors that change the bag’s background colour from white to match the clothes your child is wearing. It comes with a supply of clip-on accessories to decorate the bag, plus a mini matching bag for a Barbie doll.
See our Barbie Colour Change Bag review

The Barbie Colour Change Glam Bag also changes from a clutch bag to a shoulder bag. Just be aware you can’t put much inside, because the workings and battery take up most of the inner space. It’s an accessory to be seen with, more than for practical use! Age 3-7.

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5. Teksta T-Rex

Teksta T-RexOur rating: 5 stars

This new robotic dinosaur beats last year’s Teksta puppy hands down. He can react to commands given by a move of your hand, stopping and going according to your will. If you feed him his bone, he’ll munch on it, then spit it out and give a big burp.
See our Teksta T-Rex review with video

He has different eye expressions to let you know how he’s feeling, and he’ll greet you with a roar and a wave of his head. There’s also an app to download to Apple and Android smart devices, where you can program your Teksta T-Rex to do even more tricks. Not surprisingly, he’s a big hit with kids aged 5 and up – and some adults too!

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6. LeapFrog LeapTV

LeapTVOur rating: 5 stars

With LeapTV, LeapFrog have moved into the games console market for younger children, challenging the dominion of market leaders like Nintendo. The Leap TV console is designed to get minds and bodies moving, it comes with one free set of games, and more are available from the LeapFrog store.

See our LeapTV review with video

It’s specifically designed for kids aged 3 to 8, and is easier for little hands to grip than most of the regular gaming consoles. There are audio instructions for kids who cannot read yet. Games have different levels according to the child’s age, and keeps them active with body motion capture sensors. A big hit with children and parents alike.

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7. Transformers Age of Extinction Stomp and Chomp Grimlock

Transformers Stomp and Chomp Grimlock with boyOur rating: 4.5 stars

The two-in-one Stomp & Chomp Grimlock figure is a big, bad beast that kids will love. It’s huge, and with a simple one-step transformation, it changes from a scary dinosaur monster into a massive robot figure in seconds, giving kids plenty of potential for imaginative play.

See our Transformers Age of Extinction Stomp & Chomp Grimlock review

See the dinosaur’s eyes light up and it clamps its jaws, ready to stomp and chomp on anything that gets in its way. In the pack you also get an Optimus Prime figure that can ride the dinosaur, a sword and other weapons, and the required batteries. It isn’t cheap, but it’s this year’s must-have toy for Transformers fans aged 5 and over.

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8. BoomCo Rapid Madness Blaster

Boomco Rapid Madness BlasterOur rating: 5 stars

The BOOMco Rapid Madness Blaster will be a jaw-dropping gift for any child who’s lucky enough to find it under the tree this year. Rivalling the popular Nerf guns, this ‘semi-automatic’ toy gun can fire a clip of 20 darts in seconds. There’s also a single shot mode for accuracy, and it fires up to 50 feet.
See our BoomCo Rapid Madness Blaster review

It comes with 30 darts and a target, and it’s air-powered so no batteries are needed. The darts are soft but are designed to stick to the target – both are of a special material that makes this possible. It’s big but not heavy, and the manufacturer’s recommended age range is 6-14, although we’d suggest 8+.

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9. Disney Frozen: Ice Skating Elsa and Anna Dolls

Frozen Ice Skating dollsOur rating: 4 stars

In the Disney ‘Frozen’ movie, there’s a moment when Elsa and Anna skate to celebrate the end of wintry weather. With these two dolls (sold separately) you can recreate that magic moment, and they’re pretty much guaranteed to produce whoops of delight from little girls.
See our Frozen skating doll review with video

Push these Frozen ice skating dolls along on their base and they will bend and make different ice skating moves. Their outfits are inspired by the movie. Frozen fans will have a lot of fun making Elsa and Anna skate. Safe for age 3+, but they don’t do much except skate and look pretty, so we think better for age 6 and over who will appreciate the collectible aspect.

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10. Xeno Ultra

Xeno Ultra baby monsterOur rating: 4.5 stars

Xeno is the little baby monster pet who needs your love and demands your attention!

See our Xeno Ultra review

Take care of him and play with him, and he’ll respond. Xeno wakes up wanting attention, eager to play. With many different moods, he can be happy, upset, grumpy, playful, hungry, unwell, disappointed, thoughtful, bored, annoyed, or sleepy, depending how you treat him. For age 5+.

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Can’t find the perfect toy in this list? Try the Toy Insider Hot List of top Christmas toys 2014.

The top 10 Christmas toys often sell out closer to the magical 25th, so we recommend you order now to avoid disappointment, and get wrapping!

Top Christmas Toys 2014 – Toy Insider

The famous Toy Insider Holiday Hot List is out now, and you can see the anticipated best seller toys for Christmas this year. So let’s take a look at some of the top Christmas toys 2014 – and how customers rate them!

This is a US-based list, so at the time of writing (November 2014) some toys are cheaper to order from Amazon USA, even if you are in the UK. That’s likely to change closer to Christmas.

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10 Top Christmas Toys 2013

The famous London toy sellers Hamleys have revealed their list of the 10 top Christmas toys for 2013 in the UK – and the focus is definitely on electronic pets. So if you want to know what your kids will be clamouring for this year, read on!
(Links within the text lead to our reviews, most with video.)


Furby Boom Waves1. Furby Boom (Hasbro)

Our rating: 5 stars

The 2013 Furby Boom is the second of a new generation of Furbies. Improving on last year’s hit toy, this year’s release does even more. You can interact with it through your tablet or smartphone and you can even have it lay digital eggs and raise virtual babies.

They have new patterned fur designs so they look different too. Sure to be a huge hit this Christmas!

Age 6+

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Robo Fish in bowl2. Robo Fish (Zuru)

Our rating: 4 stars

Unlike real goldfish, your Robo Fish won’t be found dead one morning, belly-up in the bowl and covered in fungus! If your children have ever owned real goldfish you’ll find that a huge blessing.

They don’t need feeding either – at least, not with real food – and the tank never needs to be cleaned. Batteries are included and the only downside is that the batteries don’t last as long as you might like.

The fish start swimming around like real fish as soon as you drop them into water so you can use them in any bowl. If you buy the Robo Fish bowl set you get one fish included.

Age 3+

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Sulley Mask3. Sulley Monster Mask

Our rating: 4.5 stars

This massive furry monster mask based on the hit character Sulley from Monsters University allows kids to control facial movements while they’re wearing it.

The mouth opens and closes along with the child’s, and eyebrows move too, making it seem much more alive than most masks. Kids are free to be scary or silly behind the expressive mask.

Age 3-6

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Chasin Cheeky game4. Chasin’ Cheeky (Hasbro)

Our rating: 4.5 stars

This game is aimed at preschoolers but we think it will get kids of all ages over 3 playing actively together, so it’s likely to be a hit with parents as well as children.

You toss rings onto the Chasin’ Cheeky monkey’s tail in the old hoopla style and try to grab a banana out of his mouth. The winner gets to “shake their groove” dancing with the monkey. Simple but fun.

Age 3+

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Howleen Wolf 13 Wishes doll5. Monster High 13 Wishes Dolls (Mattel)

Our rating: 5 stars

In the new Monster High DVD, the freaky schoolmates go to a 13 Wishes party, so Mattel have released a set of “freakishly fabulous” dolls based on the characters in the party clothes from the DVD.

At the centre of the story is Howleen Wolf (pictured) so we think she’ll be the most popular of the 13 Wishes featured dolls. They all come with a pet, brush, diary and accessories.

Monster High dolls are always popular and the 13 Wishes models will be no exception. A must-have for anybody who collects them or follows their spooky adventures.

Age 6+

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Doc McStuffins Doctors Bag6. Doc McStuffins Doctor’s Bag

Our rating: 4 stars

In case you don’t know, Dottie “Doc” McStuffins is the star of a big hit TV show about a little girl who wants to be a doctor.

In her doctor’s bag you get a sparkly thermometer, blood pressure cuff with working gauge, syringe (no needle of course!), otoscope for the ears and a stethoscope that lights up – so kids can practise their medical skills on any adults, children, dolls or pets who will stay still long enough!

Age 3-6

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LeapPad Ultra Green7. LeapPad Ultra (LeapFrog)

Our rating: 3.5 stars

The LeapPad Explorer tablet for kids has been one of the best-selling toys for the past few years. Bigger than the standard version, the LeapPad Ultra has a new “rugged” design. It comes in green or pink.

Kids can write and draw on the 7-inch high-resolution screen as well as using it for games or as a video recorder. There’s an MP3 player and front and back cameras. It comes with 11 custom apps and works with many more from the LeapPad library.

We have to say that at the time of writing the Ultra is not getting great reviews. Click on the “check price” link below to see the latest customer reviews because they may respond by improving it at any time.
Meanwhile, have a look at our review of the LeapPad 2 Power which goes into more detail.

Age 4-9

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Lego Chima Lion Chi Temple8. Chima Lion Chi Temple (Lego)

Our rating: 5 stars

This massive and intricate new set from Lego features the Lion Chi Temple, the scene of long tribal warfare in the ‘Legends of Chima’ series. Cragger, Razar and Crawley are leading their tribes in a struggle to reach the sacred Chi orb located high above the temple.

The set includes 7 figures with weapons, a rotating tower cannon and an eagle drone fighter. There’s a drawbridge trap, a waterfall and a lion gate. It’s not cheap but there’s a huge amount to play with and it looks like becoming one of the classic Lego sets.

Age 8+

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VIP Pets Lady GiGi9. VIP Pets

Our rating: 4 stars

It’s all about the hair with the VIP pets! Each one comes with her own styling accessories and has a unique personality.

VIP pets include rock star Gwen, hippy Nyla, party planner Lady GiGi (pictured) and fashion designer Tiffany. They’re the kind of thing that parents roll their eyes at but little girls adore.

Age 6+

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Teksta Puppy blue10. Teksta Robotic Puppy

Our rating: 4.5 stars

The description says that the Teksta puppy has state-of-the-art sensors that respond to light, sound and physical gestures. He barks, whimpers, sits and does backflips. He can wag his tail, move his ears and even come when called – but he won’t pee on the rug!

The Teksta robotic pup comes in pink or blue. Accessories include a bone and a ball. You are supposed to be able to train him and the expressive eyes show how he’s feeling.

However, we wonder how rigorously Hamleys tested this because the reviews are not good at all. Click on the UK price check link below to see what people are saying.

Age 5-10

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10 Top Christmas Toys 2012

They’re hot, new and kids are screaming out for them! Here’s the list of 10 top Christmas toys for 2012 according to Toys’R’Us.

We’ve given them our own ratings. Click through to our full review of each one. Most of our reviews have videos showing the toys in action! Continue reading