From magical unicorns to interactive augmented reality kits – these are the latest hot picks tipped to dominate Christmas wish lists this year.Leading South African toy brand – Toys R Us & Babies R Us SA – revealed its highly anticipated “Geoffrey’s BEST of the BEST Toys 2018” which marks the beginning of the countdown to Christmas and encourages gift givers to purchase early to avoid disappointment.“The 2018 Toys R Us Geoffrey’s Best of the Best boasts an exciting range of innovative toys that demonstrate the creativity of the toy industry and the magic of Christmas,” says Nicole Jansen Van Vuuren, marketing manager Toys R Us & Babies R Us SA.According to the Toys R Us experts, this year will see high demand from parents for toys such as augmented reality, collectibles, slime, dinosaurs, unicorns and interactive pets.
We’re seeing growing demand for toys which encourage kids to get more interactive, whether it’s taking a journey through A.R.I.A’s adventures or playing with the Furreal Rock-a-Too show bird. Parents are looking for toys which encourage their children to have less screen time, and more time playing games that get them moving.
“This year’s list is arguably our most exciting and eclectic to date. The list shows how toys are continuing to progress with interactive items amongst the most popular,” says Van Vuuren. From the biggest collectible trends to exciting action products themed around favoured TV series and movies, this year’s list is incredibly diverse with price points to suit all budgets. “With an extensive range of exciting products to choose from, it is pleasing to be able to pick a list that promotes togetherness, innovation and creative play that will capture the imagination of our valued customers this Christmas,” she said.
Some of the other most sought-after gifts this festive season are expected to be the Tiny Tutu’s Spinning doll, the much-loved Scruff-a-Luv Fur Balls, and the Nintendo Switch Lab Kit that is packed with mind blowing interactive features.There’s also the return of a number of bestselling toys from last year, there’s the new and exciting LOL Underwraps doll and Fingerlings Monkey with Baby as well as traditional favourites including brand new Lego lines as well as action packed Transformers Movie lines.
It’s called the most wonderful time of the year, a time when Santa Claus looks at who has been naughty and nice. You definitely want to make it on the “nice list” when you look at 5 Star Durban’s top 5 toy picks for Christmas.
1: The Hatchimals HatchiBabies Foxfin
The Hatchimals HatchiBabies Foxfin toy is a treat. The large, dinosaur-looking egg needs to be handled with care being caressed, spoken to gently and lovingly, you can even sing the egg a song. After a while approximately 30 to 45 minutes of tender loving care (TLC) the egg will start to glow and then slowly but surely the egg starts to hatch a beautiful and mysterious creature. The creature inside looks like a cute prehistoric bird with eyes that change colour for every mood. When the hatchling is hungry it’s eyes change to a particular colour then you can “feed” it with a tiny bottle which also comes with it; when it’s sad or happy the eye colour changes and you can sing and talk lovingly to it. This is a fantastic present for parents to teach their children responsibility and how to look after a pet.
2:The Furreal Rock A Too Show Bird
The Furreal Rock A Too Show Bird is dancing parrot is sure to be another favourite among the kids. The life-like macaw parrot is beautifully decorated with bright coloured feathers. This parrot even dances and sings with its beak opening and closing like a real parrot. The Rock-a-too, the Show Bird pet is here to entertain! With three modes of play, he’s the perfect partner for a show that’s full of songs, dances, and laughs. And with 50+ sound-and-motion combinations, he’s ready to take over the stage. Of course, even a show-biz veteran likes to be petted and praised – pet his left cheek for a loveable response – and maybe even a kiss!
3: LEGO Boost – Creative Toolbox
LEGO will always remain a childhood staple lover by children the world over. This year Lego have come out with a robotic type of Lego called LEGO Boost – Creative Toolbox. You can build your robot using the Lego and then download a special application on your smart device and give the robot certain commands. Download the free app to your device and follow the step-by-step instructions to build and code any of the 5 multifunctional models. This is a step up in innovation and will be especially “cool” to those kids interested in robotics and technology.
4: Treasure X
X marks the spot! Kids can become archeologists as they search for gold dipped treasure through 10 levels of adventure with Treasure X Pack. This game is the ultimate surprise-reveal collectible with a multi layered reveal process, cool figures and the chance to find real treasure! Rip, Fizz and Chip away to reveal the layers and discover the secrets hidden within.
5: Scruff -a-Luv
The cute and cuddly Scruff -a-Luv. Wash your Scruff-a-Luv to give your Scruff-a-Luv a nice bath to wash out its matted fur. Wash in a sink or a large bowl of water and, once washed, rinse off in clean water at least once. Top tip: Feel free to use child-friendly soap or body wash but remember to rinse thoroughly. This process can be repeated if necessary to remove all residue.Reveal your Scruff-a-Luv: what pet have you rescued? Is it a dog? A cat? A rabbit? Dry your Scruff-a-Luv. After rinsing, be sure to squeeze out all the water. Make your Scruff-a-Luv warm and dry by thoroughly drying it with a large towel, followed by drying with a hair dryer – just like a pet salon! Top tip: Throughout the hair drying process, keep brushing its fur and give them a little shake to fluff up their fur. Groom your Scruff-a-Luv. Make them look and feel gorgeous by brushing them and adding their collar and special hair clip. Top tip: Use a large hair brush to get tangle free, then use the Scruff-a-Luv brush to finish the grooming.