Sunday, October 16, 2011

Hot Christmas Toys 2011

Are you looking for the ultimate Christmas toy to keep your children occupied through the new year?
We have put together a list of what we believe to be the hottest selling items leading up to the festive season. We suggest that you buy early to avoid disappointment.

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My Pillow Pets
These fluffy animal/pillow combinations have been around for a while, but they are set to be one of the biggest hits of Christmas 2011. There is a veritable Noah's Ark of animals to choose from including those that Noah ignored or forgot or killed for supper. Our link sends you to a Penguin Pillow Pet (obviously) but there is something for everyone out there.

Bop It XT
This is the latest incarnation in the highly successful Bop It franchise. Once you insert 3AA batteries, this little piece of plastic will instruct you to pull it, bop it, twist it or flick it, spin it and even shake it. This may sound like some kind of kinky sex toy but it is much more fun than that. Play with yourself or in a group.

Angry Birds: Knock On Wood Game
This popular phone app cash-in is designed for either 2 or 4 players. The aim of the game is much like it's digital predecessor. Slingshot the birds and take out the pigs. Angry Birds is selling super fast, but is expensive for what you get. This one will be sold out long before Christmas and e-bay profiteers will make a killing selling it to desperate shoppers for 3 times sticker price.

Disney Tangled Sing and Glow Light up Rapunzel Doll
It would not be Christmas without Disney and this is one of their most popular items so far this year. Wave a wand at the doll and her dress lights up and she 'sings' a 30 second clip from the movie. This is going to be one of those toys where the 3 AAA (included) batteries will NOT get replaced when they run out during the first part of January.

Perplexus Maze Game
This puzzle is going to be popular with parents who want to wean their kids off electronic games. No batteries, no LCD screens, no bleeping noises. But it still has an addictive quality. The aim of Perplexus is to get the ball from the start of the maze to the finish without it falling off the narrow track. A steady hand and a modicum of dexterity is required to get all the way to the end. Each challenge in this 3D labyrinth is sequentially numbered so you can measure your progress and compete against each other. It is worth it, just to get the kids away from the video games.


Janene said...

I bought my then twelve year-old boy Perplexus last year. He and his friends really liked it. It's not a game that really hooked him, but I kept finding him with it in his hands during down time. The Angry Bird game sounds like a hoot. I'll have to check that one out.

Ian C said...

Thanks for your thoughts Janene. The perplexus is indeed a fun puzzle for kids and adults alike.

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