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
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.
2. DohVinci Style and Store Vanity Design Kit
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.
3. VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch
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.
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.
4. Barbie Colour Change Bag
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.
5. Teksta T-Rex
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!
6. LeapFrog LeapTV
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.
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.
7. Transformers Age of Extinction Stomp and Chomp Grimlock
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 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.
8. BoomCo Rapid Madness Blaster
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+.
9. Disney Frozen: Ice Skating Elsa and Anna Dolls
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.
10. Xeno Ultra
Xeno is the little baby monster pet who needs your love and demands your attention!
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+.
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!