As the Christmas Countdown begins, retailer John Lewis has published its top ten toys for 2017, and it seems the interactive and robotic toys are leading the way. John Lewis toy expert Harry Boughton said that “This year we’re expecting to see a rise in the demand for toys that combine learning with fun and play. As technology continues to improve our day-to-day lives with the rise of smart home devices, tech toys have also seen a rise in popularity, and they’re set to be the biggest trend this Christmas.”
Perhaps, more importantly retailers are also helping families who may struggle at Christmas, by launching a number of initiatives to spread the costs of the big day. Asda, Halfords and ToysRus all have savings schemes to help families budget better. Furthermore, with unsecured loans rates continuing to be at an all-time low, there has arguably never been a better time to borrow.
John Lewis top ten toys as follows:
- Anki Cozmo Robot £199.99
- Meccano Robot M.A.X £139.97
Following on from John Lewis, online retailer Amazon has also revealed its top ten toys. Sriram Parthasarathy, toys and games manager at Amazon.co.uk, said of the list: “Unwrapping toys on Christmas morning is one of the lasting memories of the festive season for every generation. Some well-organised families are already planning what’s going to be under the tree this December. Traditional and technological presents feature on this year’s wish list, combining coding, creativity and getting together as a family.”
So, the Amazon top ten toy list is as follows:
A friendship alien who can detect human faces! Can remember and recall phrases and repeats what you say in a funny voice.
A charming, intelligent and interactive robotic sidekick that remembers and reacts to his environment.
The LEGO boosts allows kids to build and code interactive, motorised robots and models with distance, colour and tilt sensor technologies.
The updated version of the Pie Face game now allows players to test their strength as they try to give their opponent a face full of whipped cream – towering over 3 feet tall.
The pink saddle, bridle and reins are all removable when your child wants to play with just the horse, they will feel like they are in a real life fairytale,
Kids can create and animate play spaces, characters and objects with Bloxels, helping them become the artist, game designer, storyteller, programmer, publisher and player in their very own virtual reality.
Children will love this toy- featuring their favourite characters and sounds, lights and a working crane
This ultra-modern play kitchen, which features a the real ice maker will make any child jump for joy on Christmas morning- something they can get really stuck into for some interactive play.
The Nerf Nitro Motor Fury Rapid Rally set blasts cars using the motorised, rapid-fire action- kids will drive you crazy with this one, but they will LOVE it all the while.
Shrink your letters to Scout Elf size for the absolute fastest delivery and get them returned as ornaments that your kids can keep forever.