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2012 Top Christmas Presents

OFFICIAL TOP CHRISTMAS PRESENTS 2012

2012 Top Christmas Presents

OFFICIAL TOP CHRISTMAS PRESENTS 2012

The official Top Chrismtas Presents of 2012 are announced! It’s a ‘Dream Baker’s Dozen’ this year, as 13 toys are chosen by the Toy Retailers Association to make the toy industry’s official list of the top toys for Christmas. With a nod to the past but with two feet firmly in the future the list is a mix of old favourites brought right up to date, current technology and a new crop of must-have character toys, say the TRA.

Some of the enduring favourites on the list have been around for over 50 years. Cabbage Patch Kids, Spiderman, Twister and Lego are sure to be toys that many adults have fond childhood memories of. They’re still loved just as much by children today, albeit in new evolutions of the originals. Contrast this with the high-tech tablets for kids and exciting new character toys inspired by TV and film and it’s safe to say that children will have a varied, imaginative and engaging Christmas this year.

Gary Grant, Chairman of the TRA’s Dream Toys selection panel says: “There are some toys that hold an enduring place in the hearts of children for generations and this year we’ve seen the toy industry come up trumps by reinvigorating these classic favourites for 2012. We also continue to see technology being woven into toys to add extra dimensions to the play experience – whether this is the use of apps, interactivity, touch screens or integrated multifunctions such as e-readers and cameras.

We have selected a Dream Baker’s Dozen this year purely because of the strength of all the fantastic toys we had to choose from. A particular highlight is the re-emergence of Cabbage Patch Kids as well as the resurgence of Barbie and continuing popularity of Bratzillas, Disney and of course, the hugely-popular Monster High. This year we’ve also seen the come-back of Furby, which reacts and adapts intelligently to the attention it’s given and has an app download for even more fun. Another new ‘interactive’ toy of note is Tatty Teddy Story Time, which interacts with the bedtime story. Without a doubt, a huge success story this year is the continuing popularity of Moshi Monsters – a phenomenon that has helped to define online and offline play. New to the market last year, we’re now seeing exciting new developments in tablets for kids from InnoTab 2 and LeapPad 2.