- Widest range of toys ever to appear on the Top Toy red carpet
- Argos poll also reveals what kids think will be on Santa lists in ten years’ time, with self-building LEGO, self-tidying toys and conversational robots all making the grade!
Milton Keynes, UK, 2016-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Thursday 16 June 2016, the UK’s leading toy retailer ARGOS reveals its predictions for the toys destined for stardom on children’s wish lists this Christmas.
The toys set to play starring roles on every kid’s letter to Santa this year are:
|Zoomer Chimp||Paw Patrol Air Patroller|
|LEGO City Volcano||VTech Toot Toot Drivers Goldmine|
|Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike||Tiny Treasures Baby Doll|
|SelfieMic||Design a Friend Tiffany|
|Snuggles My Dream Puppy||Fisher Price Codeapillar|
Commenting on the predictions, Linzi Walker, Chief Toy Buyer for Argos says: “This year’s list shows just how much toys are evolving – lots of our Top Toys have their roots in parents’ Christmas Past. Now they’ve truly moved on, with more sophisticated tech, realistic life-like functions and up-to-date pop culture references.
“We’ve progressed from the toy caterpillar that toddlers could pull across the floor, to one that starts infants on the road to clever coding. Where once there was a baby doll that simply looked like the real thing, we now have one that SMELLS as sweet as a newborn. And while past festivities might have featured a karaoke machine, 2016’s budding Beliebers will be making and sharing their own pop videos with a SelfieMic.”
She adds: “With cross-generation appeal toys from LEGO, NERF and Star Wars, households are expected to be lively and fun across the UK this Christmas.”
Fast forwarding to Christmas Future, Argos polled 1,000* children aged five to thirteen for their insight into what toys will star on Christmas wishlist in a decade’s time.
Almost a quarter predict self-building LEGO (23%) and one in five believe that toys that can tidy themselves away will be festive must-haves in 2026. There’ll be more virtual reality games (41%), conversational robots (40%), toys that never run out of batteries (37%), and – for instant gratification – toys that appear magically in real life from their own imagination (10%).
The poll also revealed that construction toys are the most played-with toys (72%), with LEGO being named the favourite toy ever by 19% of kids. And Christmas toys are most certainly for the big kids too – a quarter of parents polled by Argos admitted to enjoying playtime with their kids’ NERF blasters!
Many parents also use toys to help inspire their children’s future careers, with over a quarter (27%) using science-based toys to set their little ones on a tech career path.
All toys will be available to buy via www.argos.co.uk from July 2016 onwards unless otherwise indicated.
Zoomer Chimp, Spinmaster, £119.99, ages 5+
Kids will go bananas for this fun robotic pet, boasting a host of life-like movements, voice command recognition and over 100 tricks
Paw Patrol Air Patroller, Spinmaster, £39.99, ages 3+
Everyone’s favourite rescue dog, this Robopup pilot comes with his own jet complete with lights, sounds and cool rotating propellers
LEGO City Volcano, LEGO, £79.99, ages 8-12
The must-have LEGO set for scientists big and small! Drive the mobile operations center to the volcano site and get discovering with the drone, excavator, 6 minifigures and accessories
VTech Toot Toot Drivers Goldmine, VTech, £52.99, ages 1-5
Steaming ahead of its rivals, VTech’s latest offering for little ones is a trainset with mine and drop chute, as well as a motorised engine to climb slopes
Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike, Hasbro, £59.99, ages 8+
The first NERF with three ways to blast. An Elite Dart blaster, the MEGA Dart Barrel Extension, and a mighty Missile Launcher Stock
Tiny Treasures Baby Doll, Chad Valley, £39.99, ages 3+
The most lifelike 18” baby doll – which is weighted like a real new-born – is exclusive to Argos. Boy or girl, it features sleepy eyes, silky new-born hair, super-soft skin and an authentic scent of baby aroma!
SelfieMic, Worlds Apart, £19.99, ages 8+
The next evolution in karaoke is here! Wannabe pop stars and lip synch-ers can create their own music videos with this fun-packed selfie stick that features a karaoke microphone, ear piece and music app
Design a Friend Tiffany, Chad Valley, £49.99, ages 3+
Exclusive to Argos, this Chad Valley Design a Friend doll is all set for the red carpet in her dazzling evening dress, sparkly glitter sandals and pretty clutch bag. She also has an extra outfit, perfect for strutting her stuff on the carry-case catwalk packaging!
Snuggles My Dream Puppy, Character Options, £49.99, ages 4+
With his super-soft fur, nodding head and tummy that moves when he breathes, this cute pooch will brings smiles aplenty this Christmas
Fisher Price Codeapillar, Mattel, £49.99, ages 3-6
Set to inspire a new generation of super-coders, this motorised caterpillar can be programmed to move through obstacles, accompanied by colourful lights, music and fun sounds effects
BB-8, Hasbro, £59.99, ages 3+
This is the droid you’re looking for! Star Wars remains popular this year, and this remote control BB8 is the perfect gift for any fan of the movie franchise
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Notes to Editors
- The featured results are from an independent UK survey of 1,000 children aged five to 13, plus 1,000 parents of children aged five to 13, conducted in June 2016
- Argos’ Top Toys for Christmas 2016 are not featured or ranked in any order of importance or popularity
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 60,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.
Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 120m customer transactions a year through its stores and over 975 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2016. Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 842 stores and concessions across the UK and Republic of Ireland.
In the financial year to February 2016, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed c.30,000 people across the business.
Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise