For kids it's never too early to start a Christmas wish list, and New Zealand's largest toy distributor is making it easy for kids and parents by getting their hot picks for Christmas out early this year.
Planet Fun CEO, Jeremy Kirk-Smith, travels the world in search of the hottest and most desirable games and toys, and brings them home to New Zealand. He has released his top picks for this Christmas based on global toy trends, with LeapFrog LeapPad topping the list of must-have gifts.
The LeapPad, an award-winning toy created by the world's leading developer of electronic educational toys, is a personalised learning tablet that mirrors popular adult tablets. Designed for kids 4 to 9 years old the LeapPad has a touch screen, over a hundred downloadable games and apps, a built-in camera and video recorder and motion sensors that allow you to play games by tilting the device.
Kirk-Smith says unlike other toy fads kids won't tire of the LeapPad. "Kids are much more technology savvy from a young age, often imitating their parents' love of high-tech gadgets. The LeapPad taps into the enthusiasium for adult smartphones and tablets and with hundreds of downloadable apps the learning and entertainment options for kids are endless".
Other hot picks on Kirk-Smith's list include the Razor Ultra Pro Lo Scooter for boys and the Lalaloopsy doll for girls.
"Over the last 12 months scooters have become hugely popular, in particular trick riding. Razor is one of the most well-respected scooter brands in the US with their own team of professional riders. Their scooters are made from aircraft quality aluminium and are designed specifically for more aggressive riding.
"For girls, it's the Lalaloopsy dolls, which are a modern take on the rag doll. Similar in charm to the Cabbage Patch Kids, there is a large range of dolls whose unique personalities are appealing to girls. They're a phenomenon in the US and the UK, and New Zealand girls are already snapping them up."
While the LeapPad and Razor scooter are pricier presents, the list released by Planet Fun covers a range of toys for all ages and budgets. Kirk-Smith said releasing the list early would give parents the chance to plan ahead for those bigger purchases.
Children wanting to compile their Christmas wish lists can do so on Planet Fun's website with the list being emailed to 'Santa'. <a href="http://www.planetfun.co.nz/Wishlist.aspx">http://www.planetfun.co.nz/Wishlist.aspx</a>
Planet Fun's Top Ten Toys:
1. LeapFrog LeapPad - RRP $249
From the #1 learning toy in the world comes the LeapPad, a breakthrough learning tablet for kids! Endless fun with a built in camera/video recorder, a library of 100+ games, and apps. The must-have for 4-9 year olds
2. Razor Ultra Pro Lo Scooter - RRP $219
Join the burgeoning trick scooter trend. Razor is a hugely popular US scooter brand, made from aircraft aluminium and built to last and take the knocks.
3. Lalaloopsy Large Dolls - RRP $49.99
This magical doll is a funky twist on the rag doll. Lalaloopsy is different, bright and fun and NZ girls have been snapping her up. The large dolls have been the biggest hit.
4. Little Tikes 3-in-1 Trike - RRP $179
This innovative tricycle grows with your child from 9 months to 36 months +. The smart design makes this trike perfect for learning how to ride, steer and peddle with guidance.
5. Moshi Monsters Moshling Collectable Figures 5-Pack - RRP $12.99
Moshi Monster toys are based on the hugely popular website for kids. Practically any kid you talk to is on this amazing virtual world, and these cute colletable characters will be a sure bet with any kid under 10 years old.
6. Pokemon Attack Figures - RRP $19.99
Brace yourself for another Pokemon frenzy. The revival is due to the popular new Black & White TV series, and Nintendo game (best selling ever!). This brand is HOT news with the Attack Figures romping into the top position.
7. Power Rangers Morphin DX Megazord - RRP $79.99
From the NZ made TV show, Power Rangers is a hit brand in over 40 countries. Toys were launched in September and have been snapped up by young aspiring Power Rangers. The Megazord will be the pick for Christmas.
8. Bratz Masquerade Doll - RRP $
Bratz are back in style with their super funky new fashions. The big news for Christmas is the Bratz Masquerade doll with a girl-sized stencil mask and interactive 3D element.
9. Pillow Pets - RRP $29.95
It's a pillow and it's a pet. The soft cuddly best friend has taken the world by storm, with the Unicorn accounting for almost a quarter of sales in NZ. Also popular are the Ladybug, Puppy, Panda and Bee.
10. Geleez Activity Pack - RRP $29.99
Geleez is a popular new sticker craft that will keep girls busy in the holidays for hours. You can customise the stickers by colouring them in with the gel paints, then peel them and stick them anywhere. And they're easy to peel off and re-stick.
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