Toy firms feature in The Sunday Times Tech List

Street Surfing, Lego, Wow Stuff, Wowwee, J Perkins Distribution and more make the cut.
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The Sunday Times has revealed its top 100 tech products and gadgets in a special supplement.

Making it into the top ten was the JP Twister 2.4G Police Helicam (pictured) from J Perkins Distribution (£137). The R/C helicopter features a gyro to help stabilise flight and a beacon to warn of a low battery. The helicopter is also a spycam, recording video and sound and saving it to a microSD card.

The verdict from The Sunday Times was: 'A high-tech snooper - watch out, neighbours.'

Lego's Technic Unimog U4005 (£145) was also in the top ten - a 2,048-piece vehicle with pneumatic crane with working gripper arm, four-wheel drive, steering and suspension.

The Sunday Times said about the Lego set, which was at number seven on the list: 'Set aside a day to build this bad boy, or watch our time-lapse video on

In at number ten, was Street Surfing's Wave 360 (£100). The casterboard consists of a pair of boards connected by a freely rotating joint, with a single wheel under each. The board can be used to perform tricks and jumps. The verdict in the paper was: 'The sensation is so much like surfing, similar boards are used by Britain's pros in our miserable climate.'

Elsewhere, Wow Stuff's Air Swimmers (£40), made the list. The Sunday Times quipped: 'Jaws goes up in the world'.

Max Force Toys from Jakks Pacificalso made the list with its range of toy guns and peashooters (from £10), which, The Sunday Times said, is 'not just for little boys.'

Wowwee's Paper Jamz stringless guitars were also in the guide (£45). The verdict was: 'Super-thin toy instruments get a bit more real.'

Finally in the toy department, was a 21st century sledge - the Snow Boogie Fantom X Sledge (£100). The sledge has a metal frame, pivoting ski runners and handlebar control. Strong enough to hold two adults, The Sunday Times dubbed it: 'Even better than ruining your best tea tray.'

The Sunday Times’ technology expert Matt Bingham, who oversaw the creation of the list, commented: "Gadgets are at the top of many people’s Christmas wish-lists and the average British adult spends nearly half their waking hours using some kind of technology.

"So it is no surprise that there are thousands of high-tech products to choose from. The Tech List’s top 100 Gadgets will help everyone cut through the techno-babble and enable them to choose the best possible gadget this Christmas."

The Sunday Times Tech List Top 10 Gadgets of 2011 were:

1. Elgato EyeTV Mobile (£100)
2. Zeal Optics Transcend GPS goggles (£420)
3. Light Strike (from £30)
4. Pure One Classic Series II (£55)
5. JP Twister 2.4G Police Helicam (£137)
6. Virgin Media TiVo (from £3/month)
7. Lego Technic Unimog U400S (£145)
8. Arcade Nano Sonic (£9.85)
9. Gear4 Angry Birds Speakers (from £50)
10. Street Surfing Wave 360 (£100)


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