Every year in November there is a coveted list of top 72 children’s toys announced. Rather than bore you with the 72 items, I have decided to include only the top 12 in this article and I will also tell you where you can buy them for the cheapest price. The 12 ‘must have’ toys list has been compiled by the Toy Retailers Association (TRA.)
The top 12 list has a number of classic toys given a 2014 facelift, figures and figurines and technology powered gifts for the modern day cool kid. If you thought that you had finally heard the last rendition of, “Let it go, let it go,” then you were wrong as Frozen have not one but two products on the top 12 list! The list is pretty diverse and Gary Grant, chair of the Dream Toys committee, said: “Our top toys list illustrates how diverse toys are, encouraging very different patterns of play. It’s great to see creative and sharing toys sitting alongside more traditional toys or toys that facilitate a bit of rough and tumble.”
So without further ado, here is the list you have all been waiting for.
1) Bop It! Beats (RRP £21.99)
2) Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa (£34.99)
3) Disney Frozen Sparkle Doll (assorted) (£16.99)
4) Kidizoom Smart Watch (£39.99)
5) Little Live Pets Bird Cage (19.99)
6) Minecraft Figures (assorted) (£7.99)
7) My Friend Cayla (£58.99)
8) Nerf Demolisher 2-in-1 (£44.99)
9) The Lego Movie: Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP! (£79.99)
10) Toot-Toot Animals Safari Park (£39.99)
11) Transformers Stomp & Chomp Grimlock (£89.99)
12) Zoomer Dino-Boomer (£99.99)
So should we all be rushing out and buying the toys now? Of course! There a few special offers on at the minute and the likelihood is that people are going to start stocking up and emptying the shelves; creating serious demand for these products. Those with children will be buying the toys early to save a few extra pennies and to prevent disappointed faces on Christmas day. Those without children will be emptying the shelves of the toys and selling them on eBay later on when toy shop’s stocks have depleted and parents are becoming desperate. Last Christmas parents were paying over 80% more for Furbys when toy shops ran out and eBay became the battle of the determined parent.
Where to buy them
Don’t forget, while the list below states the prices for buying the toys individually, there are lots of discounts to be had if you buy a few at a time. Argos are running a 3 for 2 toy promotion at the minute so if you were to buy My Friend Cayla, The Lego Movie and Zoomer Dino, you could save £99.99 compared to buying them individually elsewhere.
- Bop It! Beats, by Hasbro, RRP £21.99
Available for £11.99 at Toys R Us. If you want to shop from home, then the cheapest price we could see this for with delivery was £16.80 with free shipping at Toyono.net.
- Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa, Jakks Pacific,RRP £34.99
This doll is going to run out fast so buy it now if you want one. We could not find it cheaper, however Toys R Us are offering free P&P. On checking Tesco and Argos at the time of writing, they have run out!
- Disney Frozen Sparkle Doll (assorted), Mattel, RRP £16.99
We have found this for £15 at Disney and if you pend £50 delivery is free.
This rather cool watch is available at £29.99 from the likes of Boots, Argos and Smyths Toys. Again stocks are running low on this so it is worth investing now if you find one for this price.
- Little Live Pets Bird Cage, Character, RRP £19.99
The cheapest we could find this was £14.59 at Toys R Us6. Minecraft Figures (assorted£19.99 from Argos and part of the 3 for 2 offer.
- Minecraft Figures (assorted), Character, RRP £7.99
This figure set isn’t on special offer at the time of writing but was widely available at the RRP from retailers including John Lewis (delivery £3 or free for orders from £50) and Argos. Again this can be bought under the 3 for 2.
- My Friend Cayla, Vivid, RRP £58.99
Little Cayla (whoever this maybe) is available at Smyths toys for £43.99 and Toys R Us at £43.79.
The best price for this is £20.99 at Toys R Us and I really want one of these, it looks fantastic. Nerf have been around for ages and they do not fail to disappoint.
- The Lego Movie – Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP!, LEGO, RRP £79.99
Lego is a firm favourite at Christmas and as it has been one of the biggest movies of the year, it is understandable why thousands of children will be desperate to get their hands Benny’s Spaceship. We found it available at Smyth’s for £54.99. It looks like there are already some people trying to sell this on eBay for £124.99.
10. Toot-Toot Animals Safari Park, VTech, £39.99
This is a fun and interactive toy for the youngsters and the cheapest we can find it for is £21.49 at Smyth’s.
11. Transformers Stomp & Chomp Grimlock, Hasbro, £89.99
We released this yesterday as a special deal so we are already ahead of the game. Grimlock can be bought for £48.99 using voucher code BIRTHDAY9 plusyou get a free power attacker worth £12.99 at Toys R Us.
12. Zoomer Dino-Boomer, Spin, RRP £99.99
This amazing monster can be bought at Smyth’s Toys for £59.99 (£2.99 delivery) but he’s a few pennies cheaper at Asda.com at £60 with delivery at £2.95. Luckily it is much cheaper than the RRP.
So good luck hunting, let’s hope Santa brings us everything that we want (for the best price……)