From Frozen to Minions, Thunderbirds to Lego, predictably, the popular brands were the ones to watch in 2015 when it came to Santa’s shopping list.
The biggest toy sellers and industry experts, including Hamleys – the oldest toy shop in the world (founded in 1760) – have identified the top toys that were on children’s letters to Santa last year.
Christmas of 2014 parents desperately scrambled to get their hands on the must-have toy that children wanted in their stockings – the Elsa Snow Glow doll.
The youngsters still weren’t able to ‘let it go’ in 2015 when it came to Frozen – as a different version of the Disney Queen made the list of the most wanted children’s toys.
The list was reportedly dominated by the big and small screen, including Frozen, Thunderbirds, and a Tumbling Stuart toy inspired by blockbuster movie Minions.
Research revealed that almost 90 percent of children’s Christmas stockings contained toys influenced by their favourite TV shows and films.
A few old classics emerged as front runners – with interactive twists to encourage imagination. Many of the toys on the list were similar to those that parents may have played with when they were younger.
With toys like Tracy Island, Lego and Barbie, parents said they would be more likely to play and bond with their child.
Keith Chapman, creator of Bob the Builder and other children’s shows, said:
“With Thunderbirds already back on our screen and legacy characters like Minions, Lego and Barbie going from strength to strength it’s no surprise they dominate the list.
“Kids today want to bring to life their favourite characters, creating stories in their own homes and many of the toys on this year’s list allow them to do this.”
Some Top Toys of Christmas 2015:
Interactive Tracy Island
Recreate your own International Rescue adventures with this Tracy Island Playset. Based on the top secret headquarters, the all-new Tracy Island uses the latest technology so that the vehicles interact with the island and children can create their own Thunderbirds story.
Skate and Sing Elsa
The easy to use controller allows you to glide and spin Elsa around as if she is really skating, singing the hit song Let It Go as she moves.
i-Que Intelligent Robot
i-Que is the quick-witted, smart talking know-it-all robot! He thinks and speaks, plays games and you can try match his ‘i-Que’ by doing his quizzes. Using speech-to-text technology, i-Que can understand almost anything you say.
Little Live Pets – Clever Keet
Clever Keet is your feathered friend who’s just like a real bird, only smarter. Teach him to speak and he will talk, sing, dance and swing. He will respond to your voice, and be more than your imaginative friend – he even drives his very own cart.
Once Upon a Time Princess Rose Peppa
Hold Peppa Pig’s hands and she will sing ring-a-ring-a-roses with you. Invite your friends to join in and form a circle with you while holding her hands and she will sing the song all over again.
Kinetic Sand is easy to shape and mould and flows through your fingers like a slow-moving liquid, but leaves them completely dry. This soft and stretchy sand, which sticks only to itself and not to you easily cleans up while delivering non-stop fun.
3D Magic 3D Maker
The 3D Maker allows children to create 3D masterpieces from scratch using gel pens and the UV Creation Station.
Children can make their 3D creations in four simple steps.
My Friend Freddy
My Friend Freddy Bear is the bear who really knows you. Download the free app to an iOS or Android smart device and pre-schoolers will be amazed that their bear knows all about them. When not connected to a smart device, Freddy Bear will talk when he’s cuddled, tipped upside down, or thrown in the air.
Shopkins ‘Scoops’ ice cream truck playset
The Shopkins collectible craze comes with an ice cream van which features a treat board, an ice cream display with an umbrella and storage for your little characters. You can also sit them on the front of the Scoops Truck and take them for a ride as this playset has real moving wheels.
LeapPad Platinum is the next-generation seven-inch high-resolution wi-fi learning tablet with a fast, powerful processor and sleek design. This next step in children’s technology includes front and back cameras, a music player, enhanced parent controls, and more.