Classic brands such as Monopoly, Cluedo, Super Mario, and Play-Doh are tipped to cause a stir this Christmas, according to iconic British toy retailer Hamleys, who has today, unveiled its Top Ten Toys for Christmas 2020.
While this year’s list is peppered with new interactive and educational tech toys, including the pre-school Rollin’ Rovee with nearly 200 songs, sounds, and phrases, and the tablet-based Osmo Genius, a large onus is being placed on the toys and games that bring families together with new takes on popular classics.
Uno Flip, Quick Draw and Cluedo Liars each feature alongside Hasbro’s latest Monopoly title, Monopoly for Sore Losers.
The hot list also contains special toys exclusive to Hamleys in the shape of the Ferrari Foldable LED Twist Scooter and Greedy Monkey, the new multi-level dice game from Diicii. It also mirrors the recent rise in pet ownership with a number of lovable stress relieving animatronics including the adorable Present Pets, which actually manage to miraculously unbox themselves and Hamleys-own singing and dancing Mini-Movers pets for those who can’t home a real pet.
Super Mario LEGO, all-action remote controlled vehicles, fun new Playdoh play-sets including Snotty Scotty who squeezes green slime from his nostrils and Vtech’s latest Kidizoom Studio with green screen effects – will all help drive sure-fire family fun and inter-generational play this Christmas.
Victoria Kay, head of buying at Hamleys, said: “Creating some simple Christmas magic feels more important this year than ever and we think there’s lots of memorable and affordable fun to be had with our 2020 hot picks. From clever tech to lovable animatronic pets and classic family games to be played around the table, we can see carefree, shared play and togetherness featuring heavily this year.”
Hamleys Top Ten Toys Christmas 2020
Osmo Genius Starter Kit
Osmo has a touch of magic about it in the shape of fun-filled learning games that interact with actual hand-held pieces and an iPad and/ or Fire tablet, bringing a child’s actions to life (no Wi-Fi necessary for play).
The Osmo Genius Start Kit from Osmo retails for £100 at Hamleys
Laser Battle Hunters
Laser Battle Hunters is the all new way to enjoy R/C Battles, whether on your own in Autonomous Mode, duelling with another person, or an all our Laser Battle Hunters War with up to eight other players.
Laser Battle Hunters from Character Options retails for £60 at Hamleys
LEGO Super Mario Starter Set Adventures with Mario
The set features a LEGO Mario figure that gives instant expressive responses via the LCD screens and speaker. Players earn virtual coins moving LEGO Mario from the Start Pipe to the Goal Pole via spinning and cloud platforms, the ? Block, and super battles with the Goomba and Bowser Jr. toy figures.
LEGO Super Mario Starter Set Adventures with Mario from LEGO retails for £50 at Hamleys
Ferrari Foldable LED Twist Scooter (Red and Black)
This Ferrari branded twist scooter has an adjustable height facility and is easily foldable for enhanced portability. It features car graphics and a wide base with two front wheels to increase stability. The wheels even have LEDs, enabling your little one to light up the whole block with their scooter skills. Available in two colours: red and black.
Ferrari Foldable LED Twist Scooters (Red and Black) are exclusive to Hamleys and retail for £70
Complete with green screen to create special effects, this high-definition video camera kit comes with everything you need to create the show of your dreams. Set up the included tripod to film your very own unboxing videos or use the flip-up lens and handle to capture the perfect on- the -move selfie video.
The KidiZoom Studio from VTech retails for £60 at Hamleys
Barbie 3-in-1 Dream Camper
With multiple transformations, three vehicles, five living spaces, 360-degree play and 60 accessories, the Barbie® 3-in-1 DreamCamper™ encourages young minds to explore outdoor adventures and bring their travel dreams to life.
The Barbie 3-in-1 Dream Camper from Mattel retails for £90 at Hamleys
Nerf Ultra One Blaster
Nerf Ultra blasters have advanced design and performance to deliver extreme distance, accuracy and speed. They include ground-breaking Nerf Ultra darts – the furthest flying Nerf darts EVER, featuring an innovative flight tip, Aerofin technology and Nerf Ultra foam. Take your game to the next level with Nerf Ultra blasters and darts! Nerf Ultra blasters only work with Nerf Ultra darts.
The Nerf Ultra One Blaster from Hasbro retails for £50 at Hamleys
Fisher Price Rollin’ Rovee
The Fisher-Price® Rollin’ Rovee™ activity toy is an interactive friend that keeps playtime exciting as your baby grows from infant to toddler to preschooler. Each of its four interactive play modes is filled with music and fun activities that encourage little bodies to get moving.
The Fisher Price Rollin’ Rovee from Mattel retails for £60 at Hamleys
Monopoly for Sore Losers
Don’t get sad… get even! Say goodbye to the frustration of losing while playing Monopoly, and say hello to the Monopoly For Sore Losers board game. This hilarious twist on Monopoly turns losing on its head and celebrates it instead. Players earn cash by doing the typically frustrating things in the game such as going to jail, paying rent on a property or going bankrupt.
Monopoly For Sore Losers from Hasbro retails for £23 at Hamleys
How much greed is good? Let the game decide. Go bananas and put your luck to test, to see who takes the crown home. Roll the Diicii to get a number and a colour, challenge your rivals to roll again and see if you can add to your colour score – or will you go bust by rolling an enemy colour? Sometimes it pays to be greedy, but would you rather play it safe? Greedy Monkey – sometimes it pays to be greedy… or not…
Greedy Monkey is exclusive to Hamleys and retails for £12