Wow! Yesterday marked 99 days until Christmas 2018. Can you believe that? With the Festive Season just around the corner, it’s time to start working on those Christmas gifts for your little ones (and yourselves).
I’m not normally not one to shop ahead of time but with my boys getting bigger, deciding what to buy for them seems to have become more challenging with each year that passes, but … this year is going to be different.
Different, because I recently attended the much-anticipated Prima Top Toys Carnival launch for Christmas 2018. I arrived not knowing what to expect, but left with every expectation having been exceeded. I’m a big kid at heart and the Prima Top Toy Carnival, which emphasized the theme, Let Them Play, unleashed my inner child. We got the incredible opportunity to play with some of the Top Toys for 2018, needless to say I was like a kid in a candy store. Rest assured that the Prima Tops Toys for 2018 has been #MomApproved
This Festive Season there is something for everyone and for all ages from toddler to tween to teenager. There is also a wide range of classic and new games that adults can enjoy.
The Official Prima Top Toys List for the Entire Family
Shopkins – This season sees the launch of Shopkins’ Season Nine – Wild Style, which introduces the Shoppets. They are adorable little pets for the Shoppies dolls and are larger than a Shopkin, but smaller than a Shoppie. The Lil Shoppies dolls that are included with the Happy Places playsets are the new cute kids on the block in Happyville.
L.O.L. Surprise – The success of the products hinges on the fact that it’s all about unpacking the surprises inside until you have put together a complete toy. The products have won a range of international awards and continue to fascinate girls from the age of four and up.
Baby Secret – is a retro toy that has made a comeback. Baby Secrets is collectibles range which features a unique element, that of discovering if the character is a boy or a girl by bathing it in water. The nappy changes colour to either blue or pink to reveal the gender. How’s that for a surprise?!
Baby Love – is Prima Toys’ own baby doll range. The success of the dolls hinges on the fact that they were designed with a South African audience in mind and each doll speaks a national language. Baby Bella speaks English, Baba Tasha speaks Afrikaans and the hugely successful Baby Thando speaks English and isiZulu. Parents and little girls can look forward to a new isiXhosa speaking doll. For 2018 the range now includes a Baby Love Buggy.
Little Live Pets
Baby Annabell – Baby Annabell® is almost like a real baby with lifelike functions and a cute expression on her face.
My Fairy Garden
Disney Doorables! – Through a collection of figures and connectable playsets, Disney Doorables empowers kids to become storytellers by uniting beloved Disney characters in one land – where surprise and delight await behind each door.
Scruff-a-luvs are adorable fur ball, rescued pets. The pets come in pink or blue and untangle in water to reveal your puppy. Find us Scruffy, Make us Fluffy! These unloved and abandoned pets are in need of your help! When buying your Scruff-a-Luv, they arrive as a sad ball of matted pink fur, but once you bathe them, dry them, brush them and love them, you will discover your puppy!
Ben 10 – This superhero is still a favorite. This year sees an incredible range of additions to the Ben 10 collection
Big Hero 6 – The toys in this range are based on the animated superhero series of the same name.
Treasure X – Especially for boys who love to hunt for treasure, Treasure X is a new toy that engages the senses as children scratch, dig and unearth the lost bounty. Like any good treasure hunt, Treasure X is about more than just what you find, it’s about the fun of finding it too. Hidden somewhere inside the Treasure X brick are a collectible skeleton figure and a treasure chest which contains a gold treasure.
Stretch-Mini Figures – Stretch Justice League Figures are just some of the fantastic toys available in the Stretch range. Each toy can stretch up to 5 times its original size, it then slowly shapes back, ready to be pulled and twisted all over again. I keep one at my desk for the those days when I need to release a bit of tension 😉
Trixx – is much more than a car that turns 360! Everything is usable in Trixx360! Use the packaging box to build your own circuit! Make as many combinations as you can imagine!But not only that. All the accessories of the cars are interchangeable, including the wheels and the bodies! Collect the 8 cars with their ramps and make multiple combinations!
Top Tech Toys
Fingerlings – As the best-selling technology toy for 2017, the Fingerlings have become a phenomenon in the toy world and have made their way onto the top of “MY” Christmas wishlist. Brightly coloured with adorable faces, these palm-sized pets curl around your finger and come to life when you play, responding to sound, motion and touch with over 40 animations. The latest editions have me obsessing about the Dino Velociraptor
Teksta 360 – Incredibly lifelike, the classic robotic Teksta puppy is back with more interactive features than ever before. The puppy responds to voice, movements, lights and sounds through a built-in artificial intelligence program. It communicates its emotions with barks, whines and changes in eye patterns, just like a real puppy. Teksta will also react to your hand gestures to sit, stop and flip backwards.
PokiBot – The PokiBot is a fun miniature interactive robot that can move, spin, dance and even talk. The bot stands at 8cm and is sound activated – clap your hands and PokiBot will playfully respond as his mouth and eyes light up. Added to the fun is a feature that allows you to make 3 recordings of your own voice to play back in PokiBot’s robotic voice!
Robo Chameleon – Move, Aim and Catch! A Robot Chameleon that can Shoot the tongue out and snap up the “food”!
VR Real Feel – VR Real Feel is the game that makes virtual reality a reality! Experience 3D high-definition graphics with your iPhone or Android smart phone using the VR Real feel headsets.
VR Real Feel Alien Blasters – For fans of virtual reality over the age of 8 years, the VR Real Feel Alien Blasters will meet all your Virtual Reality expectations and more.
Show off your skills with the Laser X Two-Player Laser Tag Gaming Set. With two blasters and two receiving vests, players are ready for one-on-one competitions, but can also join in on team play since the sets are all compatible with each other.
ARIA – A.R.I.A’s Adventures is an educational interactive set with 3 different games in 1 box. It includes 100 interactive flash cards, a Virtual Reality animal park and 3D colouring pages. Use your smart device or the included VR head set and allow A.R.I.A to take you on an incredible virtual journey.
Top Science Toys
National geographic has launched a new range of S.T.E.M. toys that stimulate the imagination and help children develop an aptitude for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The range has fun, educational, stimulating and inspiring toys for kids.
Nat Geo figurines – Wildlife Wow is a revolutionary NEW wildlife series! Soft and squeezable with the same level of detail as hard figures. Each figure is hand-painted with non-toxic paint. These animals come to life with a free virtual and augmented reality experience and the app’s X-ray vision lets you see the skeletal structure inside each animal. Watch videos, learn facts, and explore each animal with the educational interface.
Games – This year the Prima Toys’ collection of games is bigger and better. From the classics to brand new games that will have your skills tested to the limit, all in the name of fun! Two of the brand new games happen to be favourites in our home:
– Flipslide is a fast-paced electronic game that tests your speed and reflexes. Players need to flip to find the colour and slide to match the lights. It can be taken anywhere and played anytime. What’s more, it is perfect for teenagers and my 14- year-old is obsessed.
– Boom Blast Stix – this is another of our favourites. The game is simple yet dynamic and will entertain the whole family, from the little ones aged six and up to the adults. Players take turns to lock a stix and then add it to the pile on the lid, until one of the stix spring open and “explode” the other stix in the pile. The winner is the player who “booms: with the most stix.
Rubik’s Cube – We are the hugest fans of the Rubiks cubes and Ashton has an impressive collection to be honest. This classic toy is for both veterans and amateurs, Prima Toys welcomes the Rubik’s 2 x 2, the Rubik’s 4 x 4 and the new version of the Rubik’s 3 x 3.
LeapFrog prepares your child for a lifetime of learning. The brand is the leader in innovative solutions that encourage a child’s curiosity and love of learning throughout their early developmental years. An extensive range of new LeapFrog products are available to help your child develop a love of learning during the early childhood year.
V Tech – VTech creates age appropriate and developmental stage-based electronic learning products for children of various ages. The products enrich children’s development and make learning fun.
Peppa Pig – Inspired by the TV show, expect all things Peppa Pig.
Little Tikes – Little Tikes is a range of toys for indoor and outdoor play that will entertain your child while helping them to develop their mind and imagination. The toys encourage discovery and learning through active, creative and social play and provide hours of fun.
Disney – Mickey Turns
With Mickey turning 90 on 18 November. Disney will be running a nationwide campaign to celebrate all things. Expect see Mickey everything!!
I really hope that this helps narrow things down with your Christmas shopping this year. Happy shopping!
The toys and games are available at toy stores and retailers countrywide.