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What Are The Top Toys For Christmas 2017?

Many of you will be all too familiar with what’s ‘in’ and what’s not for 2017 Christmas with all the incoming lists for Santy; but it’s fun to find out what the toy stores themselves expect their big hitters to be this year too.

Warning: Many of the ‘top toys for 2017’ are on the pricey side, so it may be wise to read this while your little ones aren’t around, in case they get notions!

We talked to Smyths, Argos, and Littlewoods, to compile a list of the top toys for Christmas 2017:

Lego

LEGO Ninjago Movie Destiny's Bounty (€129.99) Age 9+. The LEGO Ninjago 70618 model has 3 modular levels with movie-inspired details, such as an awesome double- headed dragon figurehead, a sky pirate’s skull handle and a chain of lanterns. Blimey!

LEGO Boost (€189.99) Age 7+. Build, code and play with the brand new, connected LEGO toolbox. There are five BOOST models to create, including Vernie the robot, all of which can be brought to life by coding through the free app. The Lego Boost system offers a range of interactive bricks, motors and sensors that connect to the central app, enabling youngsters to prove they really do know more than their parents about technology, by creating a range of different interactive robots.

LEGO Friends Sunshine Catamaran (€67.99) Age 7+. Cruise on the Sunshine Catamaran with a sun deck, pool, bridge, slide, living quarters, personal water scooter, banana boat, 2 dolphin figures and 3 mini-doll figures. This is the life.

LEGO City Coast Guard Coast Guard Head Quarters (€75.99) Age 6+. Includes seven minifigures: Six coast guard members and a sailor, plus two animal figures: a shark and an octopus. Features a 2-level observation headquarters, coast guard ship, helicopter with helipad, speedboat and a buildable buoy.

Playsets

Barbie Dream Camper (€79.99) Age 3+. This Camper play set includes a pop-out pool (with ladder and stairs), pop-out rear (with bathroom and kitchen features), hammocks and front seats that double as chairs; as well as a dining table, stools and a fire pit; plus storytelling accessories, like sticks with marshmallows, place settings, food and toothbrushes!

Thomas & Friends Super Station (€116.49) Age 3+. The highly impressive Super Station includes 10 Iconic locations, and favourites Cranky, Harold and Owen as well. It has an all-new track designed to work with any of your engines, and 4 engines are included in unique scales. In all, the set will hold well over 100 engines, and multiple configurations allow for layouts that can fit any space in your home. Prepare for a train set takeover.

Shopkins Supermall Playset (€113.99) Age 3+. The Shopkins Supermall has 3 levels for display, storage and play! Includes multiple interactive features, including a lipstick lift and smartphone cinema. It even comes with 4 exclusive characters.

Paw Patrol Sea Patroller (€74.99) Age 3+. Equipped with flashing lights, sounds and a detachable anchor, this PAW Patrol Sea Patroller rescue vehicle comes with everything you need to sail the high seas; including Sea Patroller, Ryder’s Rescue ATV Vehicle, Ryder Figure, Exploration Platform, Octopus, 2 Life Rings, and an Anchor. With paw Patrol and the Lego Coastguard, the sea has never been safer.

Paw Patrol Lifesize Lookout Playset (€99.99) Age 3+. At over two and a half feet tall, this tower is the perfect size for a child's imagination, as they recreate some of their favourite scenes from paw patrol. The tower comes with interactive lights and authentic sounds. Hear each character's signature phrase with the press of a button.

Dolls

Luvabella Doll (€114.99) Age 4+. The Luvabella Doll looks set to be the smash hit of Christmas 2017. This lifelike doll responds affectionately, changing her expression just like a real baby. The more you play with her, the more she’ll talk; and her babble will transform into over 100 clear words and phrases! Cover her eyes for a game of peek-a-boo, tickle her tummy and toes to make her giggle, or place a hand on her chest to gently listen to her heartbeat. Luvabella also comes with 4 accessories: A spoon, bottle, soother and Lamby toy.

Tiny Treasures Twin Set Babies Bumper Set (€109.99) Age 3+. These lifelike 18” baby dolls are now available as a set of twins as an exclusive to Argos. The set - one boy, one girl - are weighted like real newborns, and feature sleepy eyes, silky newborn hair, super-soft skin and an authentic baby aroma.

Baby Annabell Doll (€57.99) Age 3+. Baby Annabell has a range of realistic features. She can move her eyes and mouth while sucking on her dummy or bottle; she drinks real water, and even cries. Your child will love rocking her to sleep in their arms, or in her rocking cradle. When they stroke her cheeks or pat her back she will react just like a real baby.

Animals

FurReal Roarin’ Tyler the Playful Tiger (€154.99) Age 3+. The Tyler, the Playful Tiger is ready to play; & his favourite way to play is to ROAR! Make noise and he roars back. Talk to him and he responds! This tiger cub responds to sound and touch, with 100+ sound-and-motion combinations! Pet his head and his eyes might close. Pet him on his muzzle and he moves! All the fun of a tiger, with none of the danger.

My Little Pony Twilight Sparkle & Spike the Dragon (€32.99) Age 5+. Princess Twilight Sparkle & Spike the Dragon always stick together, especially when they sing a song! The beautiful Twilight and Spike figures can sing together, ready for you to join in! Press the Cutie Mark button on the Princess Twilight Sparkle figure to hear her sing by herself, or hold the Spike the Dragon figure next to her while she sings to hear them sing a duet.  After all. music sounds best when friends sing together!

Bush Baby World Dream Tree and Bush Babies (€56.99) Age 4+. The Dream Tree is a magical place to keep your Bush Baby collection, and contains enough space to hang up to five Pods. The Tree comes with exclusive Bush Baby Niki, and her very own Sleepy Pod, to build your collection.

Hatchimals (from €3.49) Age 5+. Hatchimals were the top seller of 2016 (remember the fights to get hold of them?!) Hold the egg, rub the heart and watch it hatch. From stocking-fillers, to collection and larger Hatchimals, there’s something for every fan, and every budget.

Our Generation Healthy Paws Vet Clinic (€119.99) Age 3+. Help pets in need with this fully equipped Vetinary Clinic. The playset features a waiting room, exam table and X-ray light box that really lights up. Includes over 50 accessories to get your furry friend feeling better. Staff and pets not included.

Figures

PJ Masks Deluxe Talking Figure 4-Pack (€54.99) Age 3+. This awesome set features Catboy, Owlette, Gekko, and Romeo, as 15cm talking figurines. Press the characters' amulets to hear them say iconic phrases from the show. Each figure can move into dynamic poses, so it’s easy to recreate favourite scenes from the show.

Transformers: The Last Knight RC Sqweeks (€57.23) Age 6+. Autobot Sqweeks RC features motion and sound effects, that will inspire fans to shout "Chihuahua" like the loveable Autobot Amigo. Prepare this Autobot for battle, by switching him into ‘blaster mode’; or activate an energetic boogie-down with the brilliant ‘dance mode’!

Imaginext DC Super Friends Batbot Xtreme (€108.99) Age 5+. The Batbot Xtreme is the ultimate toy for Batman fans. With extendable wings, multiple projectile launchers, a hidden Batcycle, a voice change, and real punching fists, this toy has it all.

Cars

Disney Cars 3 Lightning McQueen (€28.49) Age 4+. This one channel radio controlled giant Lightning McQueen, has full movement, a super-cool turbo speed function. Measuring 33cm in length, it’s the car every young petrolhead dreams of.

Anki Overdrive Starter Kit (€179.99) Age 8+. What makes Anki Overdrive the world's most intelligent battle racing system? Well, each Supercar is a self-aware robot, driven by powerful artificial intelligence (A.I.) and equipped with deadly strategy. Whatever track you build, they'll learn it. Wherever you drive, they'll hunt you down. The better you play, the better they become. And with continuous software updates, the gameplay always stays fresh. Customize weapons. Swap out cars. This may be the future of toy cars.

Electronics

Laser X (€54.99) Age 6+. The ultimate high tech game of tag! Play inside or outdoors, day or night. As you’re blasted, your receiver vest will gradually change colour: Hit ten times, and you’re out! Complete with voice coach guidance, full colour lighting effects, stereo sound and music, Laser X really is the complete gaming experience.

Sky Viper Stunt Drone (€69.99) Age 12+. Speed through the air at up to 32km/h with the Sky Viper Stunt Drone! This drone can perform 8 high performance stunts, including flips and barrel rolls at the touch of a button. To ease you in, there are three different flight sensitivity modes: Beginner, Advanced and Expert.

Nerf Modulus Regulator (€66.49) Age 8+. Build a blaster for any mission, with the fully motorised Nerf Modulus Regulator. Customise your blaster, with the included swivel handle to stabilise your shots. The 2 versatile barrel-scopes can be used as barrel extensions or targeting scopes to optimise your blasts. Expand the customising options with Nerf Modulus accessories and upgrade kits (each sold separately).

Cozmo, by Anki (€239.99) Age 8+. Cozmo is a clever little robot, with a mind of his own. His unique personality evolves as you hang out with him; with a wide range of real emotions developing in response to his environment. Anki’s innovative and powerful technology lets Cozmo interact with the world around him and make decisions based on his mood. Accessing the high level robotics functions requires a free app, and the compatible mobile phone/tablet.

SoundMoovz (€56.99) Age 8+. Wearable, app-connected motion-activated musical bandz. Move your wrists and ankles to create beats, rhythms and music, layer your beat onto a song and connect to a wireless speaker for even louder fun. Don’t pretend you won’t want to try it when the kids aren’t looking.

Vtech Kidicom Go Max (€103.99) Age 3+. More than just a messaging device! Using a wireless connection, your child can exchange messages with family and friends, take photos and videos, play a variety of fun games with popular characters, listen to music, watch their favourite cartoon shows and browse the internet through the kid-safe, parent controlled browser!

Early Learning

Fisher-Price Think & Learn Teach 'n Tag Movi (€55.19) Ages 3-6. With 360 degrees of mobility, the Teach 'n Tag Movi encourages pre-schoolers to get their minds and bodies moving, while teaching them how to follow directions, and think critically about the world around them! With 3 exciting game modes and 6 games to choose from, this will certainly keep them on their toes.

Leapstart 2.0 (€42.99) Ages 2-7. This interactive learning system can team up with your youngster's favourite LeapStart activity books (sold separately.) Whether they're learning to count, recognising shapes or unleashing their creativity, the LeapStart books will keep even the most curious kids entertained. Each learning level supports 50+ core and life skills to complement the national curriculum.

And for something a little different…

Little Tikes Princess Horse & Carriage (€104.99) Age 18 months+. This is the perfect chariot for any princess. Adults can pull their them along, as the horse head moves from side to side making realistic horse clopping sounds; and there’s a floor to protect little one's feet when adults are steering. Then when they’re ready to take the reins, simply remove the floor-board and they can drive themselves.

Toilet Trouble Game (€19.99) Age 4+. Kids and adults alike will love this Toilet Trouble Game. Share some hilarious and suspense-filled moments, as players take turns spinning the toilet paper roll, flushing the toilet handle, and hoping they don't get sprayed with water!

LOL Surprise Big Surprise (€72.99) Age 6+. L.O.L. Surprise provides the ultimate unboxing experience with the L.O.L. Surprise Big Surprise! Discover 50 never before seen surprises inside with exclusive dolls and accessories … it’s an aspiring vloggers dream.

What toys are on the list for your family this year? And do you have any (more affordable) go-to items? We'd love to hear from you.


About the Author

Emily is a writer, editor, blogger, and our Digital Content Assistant. She has three awesome nieces, and has accidentally worn the same outfit as them on at least one occasion. Emily likes making things, including hand-drawn cards, and a darn good chocolate cake. She still sounds very English, despite living in Dublin for the last nine years. More insight into the workings of her brain can be found on dancingcakesandsilence.blogspot.com.

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