High-tech dominates Hamleys' predictions for the top-selling toys of Christmas this year, including a children’s tablet and an intelligent robot.
There may be over 18 days still to go until Christmas, but the toy store Hamleys has predicted which will be the most popular presents under the tree this year. It turns out that even the youngest children will need their technological know-how up to speed when Father Christmas visits in December.
As old-fashioned wooden toys appear to be a thing of the past, other seem to get more prominence like a robot featuring speech-to-text technology and a cuddly bear who “really knows you” the moment he is connected to a smart device.
A children’s tablet, the latest LeapPad Platinum suitable for children as young as three and with a price tag of £120, comes equipped with front and back cameras, music player and enhanced parental controls.
The 3D Maker, costing £40, lets children create masterpieces ranging from a butterfly to the Eiffel Tower from scratch, while parents enlisted to help can be reassured that this takes just four simple steps.
Another favourite, which sweeps aside other hi-tech gadgets, is the £65 i-Que Intelligent Robot for those aged three and older, which uses speech-to-text technology to “literally understand almost anything you say”. Even toddler favourite Peppa Pig will break into a version of Ring A Ring O’ Roses if her hands are held.
Hamleys, whose buyers have predicted the ten top sellers this Christmas from the thousands launched this year, said manufacturers had focused on innovation to encourage creativity in children.
The latest Thunderbirds offering is an £80 Tracy Island playset featuring interactive technology that lets children from three years create their own story, and the new £60 Little Live Pets Clever Keet “is your feathered friend who's just like a real bird only smarter”, who can not only talk and respond to voices but drives its own cart.
When the batteries run out, Kinetic Sand is set to occupy little hands with its mess-free liquid-like texture that never dries out, while the Shopkins collectible craze looks set to continue with the £20 Ice Cream Truck.
Yet Christmas won’t be Christmas without Disney’s Frozen and the beautiful ‘skate and sink’ remote control Elsa, which lets children glide and spin her around as if she is really skating.
Top 10 tech toys tipped for Christmas:
- Interactive Tracy Island - ages 3+, £80
- Skate and Sing Elsa - ages 3+, £40
- i-Que Intelligent Robot - ages 3+, £65
- Little Live Pets – Clever Keet - ages 5+, £60
- Once Upon a Time Princess Rose Peppa - ages 3+, £20
- Kinetic Sand - ages 3+, £20.00
- 3D Magic 3D Maker - ages 6+, £40
- My Friend Freddy - ages 2+, £40
- Shopkins ‘Scoops’ ice cream truck playset - ages 5+, £20
- LeapPad Platinum - ages 3+, £120