HAMLEYS has revealed its list of the the top toys for kids this Christmas.
The famous toy shop knows what kids like and predicts that gifts of classic toys like Monopoly and Barbie’s campervan will be a hit with them on Christmas day.
Uno and Monopoly are among the classics on Hamleys toy list for Christmas 2020
There’s a retro feel to Hamley’s annual list of top toys for Christmas, with Super Mario Lego, Cluedo and Uno also making the list of must-haves.
The toy store, famous as a London landmark, believes this Christmas families will want toys which bring them togeteher.
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.”
Here are Hamleys hottest toy picks for 2020, ranging in price from £9 to £100.
Monopoly for sore losers – £23 – buy now
Monopoly is for losers with its latest edition
Who doesn’t love a game of Monopoly? And this year it comes with a twist.
No longer will the winner be able to gloat for passing Go on their way to first place.
Instead, players earn cash for the things which normally hold back losers of the game, like going to jail and paying rent.
For Smyths, delivery is free on orders over £19, £2.99 on orders of £10-£19 and £4.99 for orders under £10.
Barbie Dream Camper – £90 – buy now
Barbie’s Dream camper comes with 50 play pieces
Even Barbie is having a staycation this year.
She’s hitting the road in the 3 in 1 campervan which turns into 3 different vehicles and 5 different living spaces, including a patio with pool.
There are 50 play pieces with this set which costs £90 from Hamleys.
Uno Flip and Uno Showdown – from £9 – buy now
The Uno card game is a family favourite
Another classic family game, Uno, comes with a twist.
Uno Flip comes with double-sided cards and you can play the “light” side as normal, or the “dark” side which comes with tougher penalties – and there’s a flip card which can force a player to change sides.
Uno Showdown adds an extra element of surprise with players having to race to hit the paddle when a signal goes off – cards go flying at the slowest.
Uno Showdown, which was also named one of Amazon’s top Christmas toys, is £20
Lego Super Mario – £50 – buy now
It’s a me, Lego Mario!
This toy combines two classics – the beloved Lego bricks and Nintendo’s popular plumber.
The set brings the computer game to life, creating levels with Lego bricks and a responsive Mario figure which can pick up virtual coins along the way.
A range of retailers including Amazon, Smyths and John Lewis have it for £44.99, though you may have to pay delivery costs on top.
Playdoh playsets – from £11 – by now
Playdoh’s “pasta” making set is on sale at Asda
Kids can make their own pasta inspired playdoh dishes or create playdoh ice cream cones with these playsets.
There’s also a candy delight set for kids to create playdoh gummi bears and other sweets as well as the less appetising snotty scotty where kids can make snot come out of the toy’s head.
We didn’t find the £26 Candy Delight set and £11 Double Drizzle ice cream any cheaper.
Present Pets – from £55 – buy now
Present Pets are on the pricier side, but cheaper than a real puppy
These wide-eyed puppy toys are soft and glittery but are also interactive, making noises, moving around and even responding to your voice.
They cost £55 or £60 depending on which one you get – there are different ones with names like Cocoa or Casey.
Present Pets are another toy Amazon named on its list of top Christmas toys.
The £55 price tag is the same at all the stores we looked at, including The Entertainer, Very, Argos and Smyths.
Cluedo Liars – £22 – buy now
The liars edition of Cluedo has a new true or false element
Hamleys have spotted another familiar board game but this comes with a twist too with the addition of true cards and lie cards.
Players read out these cards while the others have to guess if its true or not as they try and solve the mystery.
All the retailers we looked at have the same price of £22.
Osmo genius starter kit – £100 – buy now
Osmo genius starter kit is for kids aged between 6 and 10
This hi-tech toy works with an iPad or Fire tablet and connects real word toy pieces with what’s on the screen.
There are number and word games, puzzles and other learning games, and you don’t even need to be connected to wi-fi for it to work.
Very, Amazon and Smyths have this for only 1p cheaper at £99.99.
Laser Battle Hunters – £60 – buy now
These cars can battle each other
What kid doesn’t love toy cars? And these remote control ones come in a pair that can battle each other with lasers.
We found these for £54.99 at Very and delivery is free on orders over £30 if you click and collect, or £3.95 to your door.
KidiZoom Studio – £60 – buy now
Kids can create their own videos with this VTech camera
Vtech is a popular brand for kids tech toys and this hd video camera can do selfies and animations and it comes with its own tripod too, perfect for any budding YouTuber.
At £60 it’s on the pricier side of Christmas gifts but we found it at Smyths for £49.99.
Nerf Ultra One Blaster – £50 – buy now
Kids love a Nerf gun and its made Hamleys top toy list this year
If it’s time to get out the big guns for Christmas this literally fits the bill.
The Nerf gun darts of the ultra one blaster fly further than any other – 36 metres in fact – and there are more darts attached for optimum reloading.
You can save a fiver by shopping at Smyths where it’s £44.99.
Fisher Price Rollin Rovee – £60 – buy now
Music, lights and more come from this Fisher Price toy
This interactive little soft toy is for the younger members of the family, suitable from 6 months and up.
The cute critter waves its arms and its face lights up while it teaches children the alphabet, numbers and more.
We didn’t find this any cheaper at other stores.
Ferrari Scooter – £70 – buy now
For the kid who has everything, how about the Ferrari scooter
Scooting in the lap of luxury is now possible with this Ferrari branded scooter which folds down and has an adjustable height.
It doesn’t come cheap though at £70 and it looks like Hamleys is the only place you can buy this, we couldn’t find it at any other toy store.
Hamley’s mini movers – £9 – buy now
You can buy Peanut the pug from Hamleys
Hamley’s own cute cuddly toys make the list and you can choose from Louis the labrador, Harry the husky, Charlie the King Charles or Peanut the pug puppy.
The £9 cuddly toy is available only from Hamleys website or in store.
Greedy Monkey – £12 – buy now
The Greedy Monkey game uses dice
The only new board game to make Hamleys’ list, Greedy Monkey is a dice game which can be played by kids aged five and over.
This one is only available to buy from Hamleys and costs £12.
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