The top Christmas toys for 2015
Vintage toys trump high-tech products when it comes to toys this Christmas. Here's the ten most popular toys that are dominating the wishlists this year, according to Irish retailers.
Tracy Island Playset (RRP: €105.49) - Buy Now
Thanks to a reboot of the Thunderbirds franchise, a new generation has been introduced to the popular 1960's TV show. This 21st century interactive set is a lot more high-tech than what parents will remember - it comes with flashing lights, sound effects and vehicles that can be launched on command. John Tracy will even set the countdown to launch a Thunderbird vehicle through the International Rescue communicator.
Shopkins Scoops Ice Cream Truck Playset (RRP €23.69) - Buy Now
Since its debut last year, Shopkins has become a global collectable craze. This ice cream truck is the latest addition to the set and is stocked with two “exclusive Shopkins, cooler bags” and features acdisplay stand and a brightly coloured Scoops truck “with real moving wheels” - so characters can take their ice-cream business on the road.
Skate and Sing Elsa (RRP: €58.99) - Buy Now
The Frozen trend hasn't thawed and last year's demand for the Snow Glow Elsa doll has been replaced by an All singing, all dancing and all skating Elsa doll. The easy to use controller allows you to glide and spin Elsa around as if she is really skating, singing the her favourite song Let It Go as she moves.
Lego City Deep Sea Exploration Vessel (RRP: €79.99) - Buy Now
This incredibly detailed Lego city model has all the latest high-tech diving equipment, including a remote sub, scuba scooter, a winch system that lowers the submarine below the surface and even a shark cage (with little sharks). It's loaded with minifigures and accessories. We imagine that it will take a long time to complete, keeping the little ones entertained well into 2016.
Pie Face (RRP: €28.99) - Buy Now
This one isn't for the faint-hearted and that's probably why kids love it. A game of suspense in which contestants compete not to be the victim who gets a pie in the face. Children are urged to fill the throwing arm with a wet sponge or "delicious whipped cream" and try to be the first to get 25 turns of the handle without becoming the 'pie face'.
My Friend Freddy (RRP: €34.99) - Buy Now
Fat Freddy is 2015's answer to the popular 90's interactive bear, Teddy Ruxpin. Parents can hook Freddy up to an accompanying app for iOS or Android devices, where information about the child and the family can be entered – so the bear ‘magically’ knows all about your little one when they receive him. He's also a dab hand at educational activities that encourage letter, number and colour recognition.
FurReal Friends Starlily My Magical Unicorn (RRP €139.99) - Buy Now
Another interactive cuddly toy on the list but this time it's a unicorn. Starlily loves to be cuddled and groomed. She can flutter her sparkly wings, light up her horn in a variety of different colours and walk around. She likes to be fed with her sugarberry treat (included) which she shows her appreciation through happy eating sounds.
Nerf Modulus (RRP: €56.49) - Buy Now
The Nerf guns of the 90's are still a big thing and this ones allows kids to "build your own blaster". It includes a target scope, drop grip, dual-rail barrel and 10 dart banana clip. It also comes with a long-range NERF blaster “in over 30 different ways” with “unique removable parts”.
Paw Patrol Paw Patroller (RRP: €84.99) - Buy Now
Based on the popular TV series PAW Patrol, this miniature rescue vehicle is designed to carry six heroic dogs and is led by a tech-savvy patrol leader. The truck can also hold three Paw Patrol vehicles inside and display up to six when it's opened up. But be warned: you have to purchase each of those separately.
Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance and Move BeatBo (RRP: €43.99) - Buy Now
Retailers across Ireland are struggling to keep up with the demand for this one. Press BeatBo’s tummy or any of the buttons of his feet to activate fun songs, learning content and dance moves. You can even record a phrase and he’ll remix it into his favourite song.