Top Ten Toys 2013
Trying to keep track on what toys are cool and popular at any given moment can be difficult. So here we have our top ten toys of 2013, which we will regularly update to keep track on what we believe to be a top selection of toys based on both what is currently selling well and what everyone is currently raving about.
On this page we try and encompass most ages, tastes and genders. These toys are sure to be an instant hit with any kid lucky enough to get their hands on them! Keep your eye on our top toys list as we’re sure to keep it updated throughout the year, especially as Christmas approaches!
And you can read our Top Ten Toys for Christmas 2013 list by clicking here!
LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter
LEGO – our favourite interlocking plastic bricks - is perhaps one of the most timeless toys in history, and they’ve certainly stood the test of time. One of the newest collections, LEGO Star Wars has been received incredibly well and perfect for any fan of the sci-fi genre and action fans.
LEGO introducing their collections based on popular franchises (also including Harry Potter and Marvel superheroes) are always best sellers and the Star Wars collection in no exception.
Ideal for kids from 6 years upwards the LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter is one of the flagship products of the Star Wars collection and is one of the bestselling LEGO sets of the year so far. Featuring 4 figures including Luke Skywalker and R2-D2, the Starfighter is a must have for an LEGO enthusiast as well as a fantastic collectible for any fan of the movies. Also includes a lightsaber, retractable landing gear, 2 torpedoes and opening cockpit.
Sets like the Starfighter are great for inspiring explorative and imaginative play which in turn helps kids develop socially. Not only that but LEGO is also good for developing cognitive and problem solving skills as the child uses the provided instructions to build the model.
The X-Wing Starfighter is a perfect, well-priced gift for children (and even adults fans!) who love adventure and science fiction, and is surely going to be a great toy that will stand the test of time. It also provides the opportunity of presenting many potential add-on toys to compliment the set as well.
Spot It is an addictive travel game perfect for all ages. It is one of the bestselling games of 2013, and is great fun for the whole family.
The game is extremely simple – inside the box there are dozens of cards each containing several symbols or pictures. Between any two cards there will be one (and only one) duplicate symbol. The aim of the game is to be the first to spot the matching symbol between two cards. There are many different scenarios you can play that can incorporate any number of players, such as "The Well".
Spot It is great for kids, from around 6 upwards, because it increases visual perception and cognitive skills as well as allows children to process information under a competitive yet fun environment. The tin is travel size so is also the perfect travel game for holidays. (UK version is the Dobble Card Game)
Monster High Travel Catrine DeMew
The latest edition to the Monster High collection is werecat Catrine DeMew, released in February 2013 and expected to be one of the best-selling dolls throughout the year.
The Monster High franchise has proved popular with young girls as they promote individuality and an “indie” lifestyle that is very trendy with the current young person’s scene.
The Monster High doll and accessory toys have proved to be one of the bestselling doll sets in history, proving just as popular as the classic Barbie dolls. Each Monster High doll comes equipped with their own unique accessories and edgy, offbeat personalities and appearance. Hardly surprising since all the characters are… well… monsters.
Catrine, the latest character, is a perfectionistic artist from the city of Scaris. Purple hair streaked with pink, bright blue eyes and a small cat-like nose. She is very patriotic, loyal to Scaris, the city where she comes from.
Monster High dolls are recommended for kids from 6 years upwards.Catrine DeMew is a must have for any fan of the collection.
LEGO Super Heroes – Iron Man vs. The Mandarin Ultimate Showdown
We're back to LEGO and this time it is their Super Heroes range of products that celebrates both the DC and Marvel comic characters. Released this year, the Iron Man vs. The Mandarin Ultimate Showdown LEGO set is predicted to be one of the bestselling sets of 2013, due to it being released shortly before the third Iron Man instalment hits the movie theatres in April 2013.
The set includes both Iron Man himself and his arch nemesis The Mandarin, as well as the villains armoured car featuring a rotating flame thrower (yes, you can “flick fire” the flame missiles!)
The set will be a great edition for any LEGO fan this year, as well as must have for any fan of the Iron Man series or any comic book fans. Kids and adults alike will love playing out the adventures had between the two opponents as Iron Man battles to save the world and The Mandarin plots to destroy it.
Stomp Rocket Jr. Glow Kit
The Stomp Rocket has been one of the most popular toys for the last few years. Winner of the iParenting Media Award the toy features an air-powered rocket that lifts off when the child gives the blast-off pad a good old foot stomping!
The rocket is a simple soft foam missile meaning the toy can be played both indoors and outdoors. So powerful is the lift-off that some reviewers managed to get the rocket about 50 feet off the ground (outdoors, obviously). The toy is perfect for energetic kids (or adults!) looking to release some steam as they get to stomp their feet – the harder the better!
The kit comes with 4 glow in the dark foam rockets making it even better when the sun goes down (or the lights go out). Affordable and fun, this is the perfect party of Christmas gift!
Snap Circuits Jr.
For those budding electricians, Snap Circuits Jr. is proving a very popular choice and it’s soaring sales continue into 2013. Snap Circuits is an exciting introduction to the principles of electricity and circuitry aimed at children from around 8 years upwards.
The educational kit includes over 30 color-coded circuit components that allow children to create their own battery powered projects. The snap circuits include an alarm and musical circuit, batteries, slide switches, a musical doorbell, a flyer saucer and voice activated lamp, which all snap into place effortlessly meaning there is no need for soldering of any kind.
The kit is a perfect way to educate children to electrical currents within a safe environment and as kids master the projects and understand how it all works they can then upgrade to any one of several add-on kits that are also available.
The perfect educational kit for any curious kid willing to learn and play at the same time. (Also see our blog post 5 Great Science Toys for Kids)
Syma Remote Control Helicopter
The Syma range of remote control helicopters have been topping bestselling toy lists for well over a year now and for good reason. For their extremely affordable price the Helicopters are surprisingly stable and durable. User reviews have been extremely positive, especially the toys ability to withstand unfortunate crashes.
Remote control vehicles have long been a favourite with kids, especially boys, and the Syma Helicopters have taken advantage of much improved technology to create a precision control air vehicle that you will quickly learn to be able to fly like a pro! The helicopters come in a range of colours, including blue and red.
The affordable price and durability also make this the perfect entry level remote control helicopter for those looking to “learn the trade”. Aimed at slightly older children, from around 12 years upwards.
Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Play Puppy
The Laugh and Learn Play Puppy is a popular educational toy and aid for younger kids. The Play Puppy comes equipped with several features that allow kids to learn and develop as they play.
The Puppy helps kids learn about parts of the body as its foot, hand and tummy are all clearly labelled. Musical adventures help the child learn their ABCs, counting as well as sing to their favourite songs. Kids will love the bright colours and the friendly face as well as the music and light-up collar, meaning they will not get bored.
Studies show that young kinds are more susceptible to learning during the relaxed course of play, making this learning aid the perfect accompaniment to pre-schoolers.
The Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Play Puppy is perfect for children from around 6 months upwards. Requires 3 AA batteries.
LEGO Star Wars Jabba's Palace
We're back to LEGO again! We just can’t get enough of it. This time we’re looking at the recently redesigned and expanded Jabba’s Palace which was released in 2012 and have proven incredibly popular.
Once again this will be perfect edition to any Star Wars fans and a great set for LEGO enthusiasts. The set features both Jabba the Hutt and Hans Solo, as well as many other characters including Oola and Chewbacca. Kids will be entertained for hours on end with the endless features as well, that include a sliding throne with trap door, movable guns and flick missible on detachable roof, amongst many others.
LEGO is great for kids as it inspires imagination, adventures and exploration. Kids will also find following the instructions to build the Starfighter will help their cognitive and spatial awareness skills. Adults will just love the nostalgia (and perhaps some adventures as well).
Whenever we get feedback on toys that we recommend on our site, the chances are it’s about Fashion Headbands for kids by Creativity for Kids. Parents just love them, and kids too!
This great set inspires kids to get creative as they get to design and create their very own headband sets from a wide range of decorations and prettifications.
The set includes 10 headbands and an array of accessories including rhinestones, flowers, feathers, a butterfly, plenty of ribbon and much more. Young girls will love to get creative and resourceful as they design and create their own unique headband accessories. And since there are 10 headbands included the set is perfect for play days or group activities with friends.
Parents will love to see their kids have fun and being imaginative and at the same time developing key skills. And after playtime is over, child will have a great memento of their time to use in the future!
Fashion Headbands from experience is always a popular choice with both parent and child and perfect for girls from 5 years upwards.