It's every childs’ fantasy land… A trip to the toy store, for a play date like no other… Tonight our smallest critics pick the top toys and add a few to their Christmas wish list.
President of the Australian Toy Association, David Hendy has listed the finalists... But is leaving the top prize decision to our tiny testers.
“I’m sure the little kids will tell you exactly what they want… It depends on a lot of things, it depends on the movies, it can depend on the animation, it can happen from kids peer pressure.
We'll tell you what topped the toy box soon… but first here are the favourites this festive season.
Making the finals were Plush Pillow Pets
“…has been huge, really took Australia and the rest of the world by storm… they're cute, cuddly and a comfort for our kids… the difference now is they have lights in them and if you turn the lights off in your room you can get a lot of reflection off the roof so now they're the next add on to the traditional pillow pets,” says David.
At just $34.95, you're little one won't go to sleep without it.
The ultimate plaything for pre-schoolers is the Pepper Pig collection
“It's got a show running on the ABC and I think the kids really relate to it,” says David.
From boats to plush pigs... the price ranges from $9.99 up to $100 and will keep your toddlers occupied for hours.
Now to girls and their dolls... David says they're now getting more detailed in their design
“Lalaloopsy is a phenomenon world-wide… it was really designed all about a rag doll and collectability of left over material, but it's in mass production now,” says David.
Lalaloopsy collectables range from $9.99 up to $50… making them affordable for the dolls’ house.
“The key to it is collectability… the little girls love collecting it and it’s got little ones all the way through the large ones,” says David.
Also making the top 10, the Monster High Dolls.
“What’s fantastic about it is it’s a great range from low price of $14 all the way up and I think girls love it coz it’s out there and trendy,” says David.
With our ladies of leisure busy in the aisles... we headed to boy territory…
Our little lads would be lost without their Lego and this year the Legends of Chima made the list.
“Lego's been around, as you know, for years and I think what's fantastic about it, it’s so creative for all the kids… It ranges from $12 to $100 and I think people just feel comfortable coz it's good quality and it’s got a lot of goodness about it and it's got a lot of play value with it,” says David.
Mother to 3 boys, Louise Pope says the old faithfuls are always favourites…
And for these boys... the bigger the better... The Combat Creatures robot was a show stopper.
“It's like a scary robot with all these different legs walking along so it's quite fun,” says David.
Although it's the most expensive on the list at $139.95… David says it can make the present opening moment priceless.
Also filling the Christmas stocking are Glitzy Globes for the girls…
“It's like the old snow globe except you're creating it yourself and I think that’s the fun,” explains David.
And it wouldn't be Christmas without a little dash of Disney…
“Little Minnie is there and she’s a cheer leader and she'll talk to you and flick around her arms and have a lot of fun… she's a lot of fun for little girls,” says David.
Now for the winners...
Turtles have done it again... they are the hottest boys’ toy by far… Yep, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took the top prize... from figurines to accessories.
“…New look for the turtles, there’s new animation for them and next year there’s a new movie coming out,” says David.
The collection was also the least expensive on our list, making them a cheap thrill for children.
“…They don’t want their kids always in front of the screen... they still want to play with basic toys and I think that’s really great,” says David.
As for the girls... their favourite friend was the Furby Boom.
“…Well Furby has been around, if you remember, in the 90's but the difference is they've got new technology with the app so you're really caring and sharing the product,” says David.
So there you have it... the top ten toys that will be sure to make your little ones’ wish list, from $12 all the way up to over $100 you'll be able to get something that will make your child feel really great at Christmas.