Christmas toys in October, you must be mental sir, yes I know daft isn't it. I actually went to the supermarket the other day and saw a Christmas stand and it wasn't even toy it was mince pies and christmas cake. Seriously weird that people would want stuff like that in October, but hey each to their own!
Back on subject through, Christmas Toys 2013.
I've been watching the Toy industry since about 2008, It's no secret I make a few pennies of some of the links on this site, but in writing the reviews for Toychief.co.uk I've had the opportunity to view the frankly huge Toy Industry Machine kind of from the sidelines.
I occasionally have a bit of contact with some of the nicer Toy Shops, but apart from that I look at what is being churned out and form my opinion. I have to say churned out because they really do make a stupid amount of toys in their constant attempt to get parents like us to pay attention. Most of the time they get to us via our children, but that's a discussion for another day.
The toy industry on the whole though is a nice place to be, there are some great, toy manufacturers out there and some great toy lines that excite even this mildly cynical 36-year-old man. I can only imagine what children think of them, well I know that my Son gets very excited about his favorites.
Where is this rambling going Simon? Well my point is that having seen what happens in the Toy Industry over the years it makes me smile to see which company can get their "Top Toys For Christmas" list out the quickest. Every year it seems like it's getting sooner and sooner. I imagine in 20 years time they will be announcing them just after christmas!
So the question is who was first to announce what Toys they thought would be the best and most popular this coming Christmas 2013?
Christmas Toys 2013 Toy Lists
It seems that Hamleys seem to be winning this odd competition for the last few years and it may have a lot to do with the event they hold each year "Christmas in June!". Personally I think this i s a little early, but if you look at it from another angle, it takes a long time for the retail industry to work out the logistics of what they do. Getting all those toys on the shelves in time for all us eager parents, in time for Crimbo. So when you look at it like that they can be forgiven for planning ahead.
I'm always interested to see whether what they thought the top toys would be back then in June, end up actually being popular.
Well lets take a look at what they predicted.
Hamleys - Top Ten Toys for Christmas - June 27th!
Here are Hamleys top toy predictions for Christmas 2013.
- Furby Boom from Hasbro
- LeapPad Ultra from LeapFrog
- Teksta Puppy from Character Options
- VIP Pets from IMC Toys
- The Lion Chi Temple from LEGO
- Doc McStuffins Doctor's Bag from Disney
- Monster High 13 Wishes Dolls from Mattel
- Chasin’ Cheeky from Hasbro
- Sulley Monster Mask from Spin Master
- Robo Fish from Zuru
Here is the list of what they actually have in stock at the moment.
The Entertainer - Top Ten Christmas Toys
My Favorite toy shop in the whole world, they are straight up lovely and I would always say check them out first.
Here are their predictions for what a little person in your life might like this Christmas.
- LeapPad Ultra
- Doc McStuffins Doctor's Bag
- Lalaloopsy Loopy Hair
- Monsters University Sully Monster Mask
- Turtle Flingerz
- Nerf Elite Rapidstrike
- Air Hogs Atmosphere
- Hexbug Nano V2 Hurricane Set
- Silly Moo
- Innotab 3
Here is the live list of what they actually have in stock at the moment.
Argos - Top Toys for Christmas - July 24th
I have to take my Hat of to Argos this year, because they have gone about things with a bit of a different twist. Rather than just choosing the toys themselves they have asked a selection of parents who work in a broad range of jobs what they think would be the best toy to help children with a certain part of their development.
A great idea and great for other Parents like me in helping to consider what a particular toy could help your child develop.
Here are Argos'"The Laminated Book Of Dreams" top 12 Toys for Christmas 2013.
- Furby Boom - Promotes - Confidence, empathy - Chosen by a Teacher.
- Teksta Dog - Promotes - Nurturing, animal lover - Chosen by a Vet, dog walker and zoo keeper.
- Sesame Street Elmo Hugs - Promotes - Patience, loving - Chosen by a Nurse and child minder.
- LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra - Promotes - Research, informative - Chosen by a Doctor.
- Sofia The First Talking Sophia - Promotes - Eye for detail and style - Chosen by a Fashion / lifestyle stylist.
- Lego Star Wars R2D2 - Promotes - Design, construction - Chosen by an Engineer.
- Monopoly Empire - Promotes - Money management, property skills - Chosen by a Banker, estate agent, entrepreneur.
- Planes Wing Control Dusty - Promotes - Imagination, storytelling - Chosen by a Journalist, author.
- Nerf Elite Rapidstrike CS-18 - Promotes - Courage, fairness, teamwork - Chosen by a Policeman, Policewoman.
- Lego Friends Dolphin Cruiser - Promotes - DIY, creativity - Chosen by an Interior designer.
- VTech InnoTab - Promotes - Technological - Chosen by an App developer, coder.
- Flying Fairy by Flutterbye - Promotes - Dance, movement - Chosen by an Entertainer.
Here is what is currently available at Argos online.
Toys R Us - Terrific Twenty - September 26th
Here are the list of the 20 toys that Toys R Us predict will be high on Santa's' list this year.
- Furby Boom
- LEGO City Coast Guard Patrol
- Angry Birds Star Wars Telepods
- Nerf Elite RapidStrike
- Monster High 13 Wishes
- Flutterby Flying Fairy
- Doc McStuffins Doctor's bag
- Chasin' Cheeky
- Kurio 7S
- LeapPad Ultra
- Kidizoom Twist Plus Camera
- Slushy Maker Cup
- Cra-Z-Loom bracelet maker
- Disney Infinty sets
- Playstation 4
- Xbox One
- Monopoly® Empire
- Skylanders SWAP Force™
Here you will find links to all of the toys that are currently available at Toys R Us.
Smyths - Toy Toys For Christmas - October 1st
Fresh of the toy wheel is this tip-top list from Smyths also one of my favorite toyshops. Her are their list for 2013 Christmassy goodness.
- Barbie Mariposa Doll
- Despicable Me 2 20cm Talking Minion Dave
- Disney Infinity Starter Pack
- Disney Planes Tilt and Fly Dusty
- Doc McStuffins Time For Check Up Doll
- Furby Boom
- Innotab 3
- LeapPad Ultra
- LEGO Star Wars Death Star
- LEGO Friends Dolphin Cruiser
- Monster High 13 Wishes Doll
- Nerf N-Strike Elite Mega Centurion
- Skylanders SWAP Force Starter Pack
- Sofia the First Talking Sofia
- WWE Basic Figures Gift Pack
Here are some juicy links that will take you straight to each of the above toys, if they are in stock and available.
Christmas Toys 2013 In Conclusion
Well that's a right lot of fantastical toysasticness if ever I did see some.... I'll be making sure this page is smack bang up to date (within reason I am after all only human) with any changes, like other merchants lists and if stuff comes starts being stocked.
I'm going to start to go through each of these toys now and take a closer look at each one and let you know what I think about each of them in more detail. So look out for links on this page to each of my Top Christmas Toys 2013 Reviews.