Which toy will be top of Santa's list?By Caroline Cook
November 15, 2012
The festive fight to get this year’s ‘must have’ toy is about to begin.
Caroline Cook has some little helpers to find out which ones are the best
Excited little hands will be scribbling lists as parents roll up their sleeves and get ready to make like Arnie Schwarzenegger in Jingle All the Way – diving head first into a pile of toys to get the last Turbo-Man in town.
Whether it’s a Go Go Hamster or Buzz Lightyear, millions of children cross their fingers and hope for the number one toy – while the grown-ups imagine all the ways they’d like to pull apart the Toy Story space ranger when they finally get their hands on him.
And then there is the dilemma of what to get nieces and nephews or family friends who already seem to have every Barbie/Action Man/i-Something going.
To help ease the festive nightmares John Lewis in Broad Street invited six expert toy testers to try out some of this years most popular toys.
We went along to find out which toy will be the must have this year.
Emma Reynolds, 4
James Reynolds, 7
Ben Reynolds, 5
Angus Macklin, 9
Anna Macklin, 7
Jess Sellers, 4½
Furby - £59.95. Suitable for 5+
The Furby is back! Parents of the 90s will remember the Furby from the first time around – and the queues to get their hands on the little blighter.
But Furby has had a technical reboot – and an accompanying price hike – with LCD eyes and iPad compatibility.
James’s verdict: “If the Furby could be 100 out of 10 I’d give it that. That’s how much I want it.”
John Lewis Doll’s House – Leckford House - £100. Suitable 3+
The doll’s house is a childhood classic and John Lewis has come up with the Downtown Abbey of all doll homes. The grand house opens from either side to reveal two glorious central staircases and the roof lifts up easily too.
Anna’s verdict: “It was very good and there were lots of things to go inside too.
Innotab 2 by VTech - £84.95. Suitable for 4+
Essentially a tablet computer for kids the Innotab 2 is billed as an educational and fun toy.
Kids can play learning games, read stories and try creative activities.
Angus’s verdict: “It is very, very good. You can play lots of stuff on it and it’s got a calculator.”
Lego - Prices vary. Age-range varies
Lego is a big seller every Christmas and the building bricks never seem to go out of fashion.
There is now an extensive range of products and themes with Lego Star Wars tipped as a big one this year
James’s verdict: “I love the lego Star Wars. The only thing is it was fairly tricky to find the small pieces.”
Anna’s verdict: “The lego is a very good toy. You can mix and match the different bits.
Maxi Micro Scooter - £94.95. Suitable for 6+
The Maxi Micro scooter is a suped-up version of the best selling mini micro scooter. Its Swiss Designers have scaled up and reinforced the scooter for older children.
John Lewis also stocks other scooters which start at £54.95.
Ben’s verdict: “You can jump on it and it goes really fast.
“The only problem is we don’t know how to turn it.”
Megablocks Need for Speed Wheel Launcher - £19.97. Suitable for 8+
Megablocks Need for Speed uses a Porsche 911 Turbo launcher to send cars flying across the floor.
It also makes whirring sounds as the cars are fired.
Angus’s verdict: “When the car came out it went really fast but it went everywhere. You might lose the car.”
FurReal Baby Butterscotch Soft Toy - £89.99. Suitable for 4+
This soft, cuddly miniature pony responds to touch by moving its head and ears while making pony sounds. Perfect for every little girl who has said ‘Daddy, pleeeease can I have a pony!’.
Emma and Jess’s verdict: “It’s pretty and you can brush it. It’s quite good.”