Toy stores are brimming to the shelves at this time of year with a dizzying array of sights and sounds competing for attention. However, every Christmas, a few toys stand out from the pack and make their way to nearly every child’s wish list.
Here is a look at some of 2016’s most popular Christmas toys so you can start looking for great Black Friday toy deals and get the hottest items before they sell out.
- Hatchimals (£59.99 at Argos)
This interactive bird arrives nestled inside of an egg that children must cuddle and stroke to encourage it to hatch. Continued attention will inspire it to develop from a baby all the way to a fully-grown bird capable of talking, walking, and playing games. It’s already sold out at many major retailers, making it one of the hottest toys this year for kids aged 5 and up.
- Paw Patrol Air Patroller (£39.99 at Smyths)
Every parent knows the hypnotic effect that the TV show Paw Patrol seems to have on little ones, and the equally exciting Air Patroller toy is flying off of the shelves already. This helicopter can transform into a plane, and it boasts lights, sounds, Robodog, and rotating propellers.
- WowWee Chip Robot Dog (£179.99 at Smyths)
Children can use either their voices or an app to train this robotic dog to perform new tricks. They can also play fetch with the dog using his smart ball and a smart band. When his battery gets low, he’ll automatically head over to his smart bed to recharge.
- Thomas Sky High Bridge set (£66.49 at Tesco Direct)
This customisable bridge set features the friendly and familiar face of Thomas the Train and his friends, and it’s ideal for children who enjoy building things. It features plenty of track along with a cargo hopper and a drawbridge to maximise the fun.
- Furby Connect (£49.99 at Argos)
This modern twist on the longtime favourite Furby pet brings more than 150 different expressions to the cute doll. The Furby Connect World app provides access to videos and games, along with even more ways to interact with the Furby for endless fun.
This LEGO set is perfect for aspiring scientists or any child aged 8 to 12 who fascinated with volcanoes and lava. The volcano can erupt again and again, and the set includes an excavator, drone, and 6 mini figures.
- Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike (£29.99 at Smyths)
As the name implies, this fun twist on a traditional NERF gun brings three clever ways for kids aged 8 and older to blast their targets: a MEGA Dart Barrel Extension, an Elite Dart Blaster, and a Missile Launcher Stock.
- Selfie Mic (£19 at Smyths)
This clever toy will help your aspiring young pop stars live out their dreams by creating music videos starring none other themselves thanks to the karaoke microphone, music app, and ear piece.
- Snuggles My Dream Puppy (£49.99 at Tesco)
If your kids have their heart set on a puppy this year but it’s simply not feasible, this is the next-best thing. Even kids who fear real dogs will love this cuddly pet, with his soft fur and realistic motions. His eyes close when he goes to sleep, and the included adoption certificate and bottle for feeding add to the authenticity.
- Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage (£79.99 at Argos)
This is Hot Wheels’ biggest garage to date, boasting enough parking spaces for 36 cars. Extra touches include a helicopter pad, ramps, elevators, and a fire engine bell that lights up. A helicopter and five vehicles are included.