The 12 best gifts for Christmas 2008
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The toys expected to dominate children’s Christmas lists this year are set to ignite dreams of fame on stage and screen, the Toy Retailers Association (TRA) says today. TRA’s annual “Dream Toys” list, the only official prediction of Christmas bestsellers, reveals a trend towards music, movie and TV-inspired toys to indulge the fame fantasies of the next generation of rock stars and heroes. screen. Many of the old favorites also return this year, reflecting the nation’s love for nostalgic characters and brands.
The 12 best toys for girls for Christmas 2008
Music hits the Girls category this year, with Bratz (TM) Girls Really Rock Dolls (MGA Entertainment Ltd), High School Musical Sing Together Dolls, and the film-inspired Camp Rock Gift Pack (both Mattel) making the wish come true. lists of aspiring rock stars. Another musical success will surely be Mattel’s Barbie Princess Liana Singing Doll, who sings the songs from the movie Barbie and the Diamond Castle. Younger girls will love Zapf Creation®’s CHOU CHOU My First Tooth, while animal lovers will be happy to unwrap I Love Ponies Honey My Baby Pony from Vivid Imaginations, or FurReal Biscuit My Loving Pup (Hasbro), Sylvanian Families Old Hollow Oak Treehouse (Flair Leisure Products), or the hottest or hottest VIPs from Hasbro’s Littlest Pet Shop range on Christmas Day.
The 12 best toys for boys for Christmas 2008
The Kids section this year is inspired by TV and cinema, with almost the entire selection featuring characters from our screens. Spice up Christmas for little gasoline enthusiasts with Cars Walkin ‘Talkin McQueen, inspired by the Mattel movie, or the Air Hogs® Zero Gravity ™ Micro (Spinmaster) radio-controlled vehicle. Figurine lovers will not be disappointed, with the Gormiti Island of Gorm playset (Flair Leisure Products) and the WWE RAW Arena playset (Vivid Imaginations) both in the top 12.
This year’s hit animation Wall.E also made its mark, with Vivid Imaginations’ Wall.E Transforming Robot a newcomer to the list, while established favorites are represented with Power Rangers Overdrive Tracker (Bandai), Transformers Animated Roll Out Command Optimus Prime, Indiana Jones Hat & Whip Set and Clone Wars AT-TE Vehicle and Star Wars Clone Trooper Voice Changer (all Hasbro).
The 12 best preschool toys for Christmas 2008
Younger children will be busy this Christmas with lots of interactive toys in the Pre-School category. Budding engineers can choose from Bob The Builder Interactive Construction Site (Born to Play), Take Along Thomas Morgan’s Mine Electronic Playset (RC2) or the Roary the Racing Car Silver Hatch Workshop Playset (Vivid Imaginations).
Start working for the green generation with Playmobil’s recycling truck. The more imaginative can take off with Peppa Pig’s spaceship (Character Options), go back in time with the Playskool Kota The Triceratops (Hasbro), laugh at themselves with Mr Tickle Stretch & Giggle or Elmo Live! (both Mattel), or get lost in a good story with the LEAPFROG tag reading system. The Teletubbies are back this year too, with Tomy’s Dance With Me Teletubby set to become a smash hit, and enthusiastic photographers will unleash the Christmas action with their KidiZoom (VTech) digital multimedia cameras.
The 12 best games for Christmas 2008
The Christmas Games sessions are likely to feature some of our favorites this year. Family favorites get a new twist, with the first 12 appearances of a reimagined Cluedo ¸ Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition (both Hasbro), 20Q Hand Held, Scrabble 60th Anniversary Edition (both Mattel) and the cube game of Rubik (Drumond Park).
For something more energetic, families can compete with Bop It Extreme 2 (Hasbro), the Kids Are All Right electronic game (Vivid Imaginations), or the brand new Pictureka hide-and-seek visual game! (Hasbro). When adults get tired, kids will enjoy Disney Princess Magic Mirror Game (Jumbo), High School Musical 2 DVD Game (Mattel), Tomy Quack-Shot’s exhilarating new arcade-style shooter game or In The Night Garden Play Path (Hasbro).
Techzone The 12 best toys for Christmas 2008
The TechZone category, covering the hottest tech toys and gadgets for kids, is full of crafty must-haves this year. iTeddy by Vivid Imaginations is the perfect first media player for kids, Bladestar (Character Options) is a revolutionary flying machine and WiFi Spykee The Spy Robot by Meccano works as a mobile CCTV camera.
Gadget girls will love Hannah Montana My Secret Pillow (Character Options), IM-ME messaging device, and My Meebas (both Mattel); the little musicians will desperately try to discard the new RockStar guitar (Tomy); and pet lovers will check under their tree for Woogies (Mattel) or Pleo (Vivid Imaginations), the Camarasaurus pup who develops emotionally when he shows love and affection.
The 12 best creative toys for Christmas 2008
The creative top 12 will keep her hands and mind busy throughout the new year with a range of imaginative playsets. This Christmas, kids can make their own chocolate coins with the Gold Coin Maker (John Adams), build creative structures with the Magnext 360 ° case (Megabrands) and the Bindeez 3D Super Studio (Character Options) or create whimsical aliens with the Alien Creator of Martian Matter (Hasbro).
Budding artists will love Rainbow AquaDraw (Tomy), Crayola Creations Illumination Station (Vivid Imaginations) and Etch A Sketch (Flair Leisure Products); and the imagination will ignite with Puzzle Extra Assorted (Jumbo) and Moon Sand Adventure Island (Spinmaster). Movie-inspired sets are also set to become popular, with the puzzleball High School Musical (Ravensburger) and LEGO Star Wars V19 Torrent (Lego) both likely on the wish list for creative kids.
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