Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Top 10 Toys for Christmas 2013

Top 10 Toys for Christmas 2013

New Zealand’s largest online toy store has announced their Top 10 toy picks for Christmas 2013. The list is compiled from recent sales data, latest toy releases and 15 years in the toy industry says Candace Allen, toy buyer for

#1. Air Hogs - AtmoSphere (ages 8+)
We've had lots of fun playing with one of these and think it deserves the #1 spot in our Top 10 toys. This powerful levitating sphere requires no remote control and can hover above any surface! Control it with the palm of your hand or watch it fly autonomously in any space! Its spherical shape allows the AtmoSphere to smoothly bounce off walls and ceilings for non-stop flight - although as we found out it can go crazy until you get the hand of controlling it!

#2. Nerf Rebelle - Heartbreaker Bow (ages 8+)
Following the recent movie release of the Hunger Games 'Catching Fire' the Nerf Heartbreaker Bow is popular. One day Katniss Everdeen the next an Olympic archery competitor! Includes Heartbreaker Bow, 5 darts, dart storage accessory and instructions. Sold in two different colour assortments.

#3. Lottie Dolls (ages 3-9)
The company that made the Royal Wedding doll set has come up with these dolls which are designed to empower girls aged 3 to 9. They have no attitude, no tattoos and have been based on the scientific proportions of a 9 year-old with the exception of her head (which has been increased to accommodate hair play). Measuring 19cm tall; they are very portable and easy for little hands to carry around.

#4. Step 2 Motorcycle (ages 2-5)
Step 2 is renowned for quality and these stylish motorcycles are designed to handle whatever an active toddler can throw at them. At only $74.99 these are flying (or should we say 'rolling') out the door. The realistic headlights, tail lights and air intake decals make pretend play more exciting.

#5. Angry Birds Playground: On Top (ages 5 to adult)
Lovers of the Angry Birds app will enjoy this crazy sliding puzzle! Slide the transparent puzzle pieces until all the birds end up covering the pigs! Be careful though; an Angry Bird should not end up in a cage! It sounds a lot easier than it actually is! This transparent sliding puzzle includes a handy storage compartment and 48 challenges ranging from easy to expert.

#6. Bilibo (ages 2-5)
This is such a great toy especially for summer! In terms of 'open-ended' play you can't get much better than Bilibo. Developed in collaboration with childhood development experts, Bilibo's unique form arouses curiosity, engages the imagination, and encourages creativity. Both boys and girls find unlimited ways to play with Bilibos – using them to rock in, spin in, hide under, sit on, tote with, and peek through.

#7. Twister Rave: Skip-it (ages 6+)
The longer you go, the more you’ll glow with this super-cool Twister Rave Skip-it game! Put the hoop on one leg and swing the Skip-it while you hop over it. The colours glow as you skip, and when all 4 colours glow, you’ve made it!

#8. Big Hugs Elmo (ages 3-6)
You can't get much better than a plush toy that actually hugs you but mix that with Elmo and you have a winner! Sesame Street Big Hugs Elmo loves getting hugs, but he really loves giving them! Along with getting a hug from this hugging plush toy, little ones can pretend with Elmo, and even dance, sing, nap, and cuddle with everyone's favorite Sesame Street pal!

#9. Maisto RC Rock Crawler (ages 8+)
Get ready to crawl over any rock that gets in your way with the Maisto Tech Radio Control Rock Crawler! This amazing RC vehicle is built to roll over anything in its way with strong independent 4x4 suspension and big over sized rubber rock crawling tires!

#10. Chalktrail (ages 3+)
Making the Top10 for a second year, Chalktrail is one of those scarce toys that combines artistic creativity with the outdoors and exercise. Hook Chalktrail up to you bike this summer and get biking!


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Interest Rates: Wheeler Hikes OCR To 3% On Inflationary Pressures, Eyes Kiwi

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler lifted the official cash rate for the second time in as many months, saying non-tradable inflationary pressures were "becoming apparent" in an economy that’s picking up pace and he's watching the impact of a strong kiwi dollar on import prices. More>>


Scoop Business: Equity Crowd Funding Carries Risks, High Failure Rate

Equity crowd funding, which became legal in New Zealand this month, comes with a high risk of failure based on figures showing existing forays into social capital have a success rate of less than 50 percent, one new entrant says. More>>


Scoop Business: NZ Migration Rises To 11-Year High In March

The country gained a seasonally adjusted 3,800 net new migrants in March, the most since February 2003, said Statistics New Zealand. A net 400 people left for Australia in March, down from 600 in February, according to seasonally adjusted figures. More>>


Hugh Pavletich: New Zealand’s Bubble Economy Is Vulnerable

The recent Forbes e-edition article by Jesse Colombo assesses the New Zealand economy “ 12 Reasons Why New Zealand's Economic Bubble Will End In Disaster ”, seems to have created quite a stir, creating extensive media coverage in New Zealand. More>>


Thursday Market Close: Genesis Debut Sparks Energy Rally

New Zealand stock rose after shares in the partially privatised Genesis Energy soared as much as 18 percent in its debut listing on the NZX, buoying other listed energy companies in the process. Meridian Energy, MightyRiverPower, Contact Energy and TrustPower paced gains. More>>


Power Outages, Roads Close: Easter Storm Moving Down Country

The NZ Transport Agency says storm conditions at the start of the Easter break are making driving hazardous in Auckland and Northland and it advises people extreme care is needed on the regions’ state highways and roads... More>>


Get More From Scoop

Computer Power Plus
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news