Technology rules The Entertainer’s top toys for Christmas 2012

Published on: 12th July 2012

Children’s appetite for high-tech gadgets sees two learning tablets storm to the top of The Entertainer’s list of hot toys for Christmas.

Technology is a theme that runs through this year’s list, with an interactive doll and robotic bug making the top 13, as well as a play set inspired by online gaming craze Moshi Monsters and a board game version of popular app Words with Friends. The list also sees the return of the 1990s must-have interactive pet, the Furby, this time re-mastered with the latest technology.

The Entertainer’s buying director, Stuart Grant, said: “Interactive toys are very exciting for youngsters and stimulate their senses and imagination. They pick up new technology in a flash and love getting their hands on the grown-up gadgets. Parents have cottoned on to the idea that they can use their children’s appetite for technology to boost their learning, which is what makes the tablets so popular.”

Traditionalists won’t be disappointed with the rest of the toys expected to empty shelves on the high street this year. Classic brands Crayola, Nerf and Lego are all featured, as are products inspired by kids’ favourites Spider-Man and Ben 10. Monsuno, a new battle game that’s set to become the latest collectible trend, also made the list.

Stuart said: “Blockbuster films have really inspired some of our choices this year. Spider-Man is eternally popular, but there’s a real buzz around the latest film and the merchandise is especially good, plus the Lord of the Rings Lego is fantastic. Both Lego and Lord of the Rings fans have been itching for a collaboration between the two for a long time and they’re not going to be disappointed with it. Overall, it’s a very exciting collection for 2012 and we expect everything on the list to be high up a lot of young people’s Christmas lists.”

The Entertainer’s top 13 toys for Christmas 2012 are as follows:

  • VTech Innotab
  • Leapfrog LeapPad
  • Moshi Monsters My Moshi Home
  • Lalaloopsy Interactive Doll
  • Furby
  • Crayola Glow Book
  • Lego The Lord of the Rings The Battle of Helm’s Deep 9474
  • Hexbug Nano Hive Play Set
  • The Amazing Spider-Man Dual Web Blaster
  • Nerf Elite Hail-Fire
  • Monsuno Core
  • Words with Friends
  • Ben 10 Omniverse Omnitrix Touch


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