The Late Late Toy Show Top Picks
With The Late Late Toy Show done and dusted, it’s almost a certainty that every child in Ireland has their Christmas wish-list signed, sealed and waiting to be delivered to Santy.
With over 200 toys featured in the 2.5 hour time slot, it can be an avalanche of excitable kids, flashy gadgets and princess-y paraphernalia for parents. But fear not, we’ve rounded up the most wanted gear this year for the wee ones, making your job a whole lot easier.
Could there be a more delightful combination for little ladies than cupcakes and a princess doll? Two of her favourite things in the same dinky toy guarantees a smile on Christmas morning, and at less than a tenner, you’ll be pretty chuffed too.
If you’ve a budding farmer on your hands, this impressive John Deere Tractor Load with Bale Trailer is just the ticket, and will keep them happily entertained until they’re old enough to drive the real thing. It features steering mechanism, functioning front loader, opening bonnet, and a trailer with a fold out support leg.
Disney’s most loveable characters are welcomed into the digital world via the popular gaming app, Tsum Tsum. These soft and furry characters are stackable with a soft bean bag tummy. You’ll find all of their favourite friends including Marie, Minnie Mouse, Dumbo, Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger and Donald Duck.
Price: €6.99 each
Perfect for the mini fashionista in your life, you’ll be gifting her with perfectly polished digits with this nifty little spa. The self painting ‘arm’ is ideal for wobbly fingers, so all she has to do is gather her gang and sit back whilst they get the perfect manicure. Ideal for children aged 5 and up.
Star Wars like you’ve never seen it before- introduce your tiny tot to this epic adventure with these quaint hand needled felt scenes. Each action packed image has been carefully constructed from felt and is matched with a word that relates to the story. Definitely one for the collectors.
If you’ve a mini member of the fash-pack, this is the perfect gift to fuel their creativity. They can create 50 fab outfits using press out patterns and designer paper and tissue. There’s also a designer handbook, a fold-out studio to display their stylish outfits in and notes on the couture origins of each look. The outfits are even complete with accessories, so the sky’s the limit for this stylish set.
Price: €9.74 GDP
On the list of every baby bookworm, this highly anticipated novel from bestseller David Walliams is rollicking adventure across London. Jack and his adored Grandpa careen across the city in a Spitfire, taking readers on a breathtaking journey brimming with humour and heart.
The modern equivalent of Beatle-mania, this Disney hit is showing no signs of slowing down after last year’s retail pandemonium, and anything Frozen-related remains firmly fixed at the top of kids’ lists. This sweet helmet lets them take their favourite characters out with them to play, and keeps them safe whilst cycling and skating.
A fantastic compendium of facts and travels throughout the Emerald Isle, this one may not just be for the kids. With Fatti Burke providing detailed quirky illustrations for her father John’s astonishing stories, quotes and hidden gems about Ireland, this absorbing read will no doubt be shared around the family.
The next best thing to an adult-sized vehicle, this chain/pedal tractor will have your young’n at the wheel of their very own tractor, loader and trailer ride. They can scoop and dump from the driver’s seat, and will no doubt be the envy of all their friends as they pedal and maneuver their slick six-wheeler around.
Meet Indominus Rex, the femme fatale of the dino-world. With a bite even bigger than her bark, this terrifying inhabitant of Jurassic Park has colour-changing skin to camouflage herself before she strikes, and a roar that is certain to put a chill up your spine. The lights and sounds of this fearless female Rex equals endless playtime for the kids.
It’s pretty hard to beat a pressie on wheels, and this whopper of a go-kart is one of those gifts guaranteed to go down in the Christmas present history books. It’s equipped with high performance air tyres for better grip, a sporty shaped bucket seat for extra comfort and back protection, a freewheel option enabling the driver to comfortably roll and a handbrake that securely controls both rear wheels.
There’s a reason LEGO has stood the test of time, and this classic kids toy moves into the 21st century with Unikitty from the LEGO Movie. Kids can build this adorable half-unicorn, half anime-kitten and place her on the LEGO Toy Pad and watch as she comes to life, with a Cloud Cuckoo Car included to double the fun.
The best of both worlds for LEGO fans and video gamers, this starter pack has everything they need to immerse themselves in the wonderful world of LEGO Dimensions. Pack includes LEGO® Dimensions videogame, LEGO® Toy Pad, Bricks to build the LEGO® Gateway, 3 LEGO® minifigures (Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle) and LEGO® Batmobile vehicle.
Tech lovers will be delighted to find this waiting for them under the tree. Kids will get to build their own robot using the latest Meccano parts. At almost 4 feet tall, they’ll have the perfect buddy in this animated robot who can say thousands of phrases, tell jokes, offer fun facts, play games and interact with you, initiate conversations and even high-five.
One of the most talked about gadgets in recent times, drones make for a highly entertaining gift for kids of all ages. Combine it the all-time favourite Star Wars and you are onto a winner this Christmas. It features 4 propellers for optimal flight stability, 8-Function Radio Control: forward, reverse, flips, spins, up, down, left and right turns, a full function remote with dual joysticks and 6 trim buttons plus a special FLIP button for easy manoeuvrability and impressive stunts.
With a wealth of commemorative events lined up for the new year, the timing couldn’t be better to educate your kids on the 1916 Easter Rising. Told from the perspective of 12-year old Molly this book is a great way to introduce kids to this important historical event in an engaging, enjoyable read.
Kids who love being out and about on the land will adore this Fieldside tanker. The bright read machine features two fill points, a rear discharge valve for spreading the muck, and a moveable top-fill li, plus there’s a detailed suction hose with brackets on the side for storage, a stabilizing foot and large tread floatation tyres to grip in muddy fields. Just as impressive as the real thing, this is constructed to scale from die cast metal and plastic.
A mega-machine for LEGO lovers, this impressive Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 offers a great project for kids to get involved in. With 2753 pieces, it includes a Power Functions large motor and an advanced pneumatic system for an array of motorized features, including extendable outriggers, automated crane arm and grabber, a working tipper body, two suspended front axles with twin axle steering, two suspended rear axles with double wheels and two differentials, fully independent suspension, 6-cylinder engine with moving pistons, detailed cab, opening doors and tailgate.
Playtime just got slicker with Transformers Robots in Disguise. In just three steps Optimus Prime transforms seamlessly into semi-truck mode and kids can even unlock Mega Optimus Prime character in the Transformers Robots in Disguise app by scanning your figure’s badge into the app.