The Toy Retailers Association has announced their toy Christmas predictions for the most likely best sellers which this year include mechanical hamsters and LEGO board games. The average price of this year’s Dream Dozen toys is significantly less than last year with the top 12 toys priced between £10 and £50.
The successful Lego brand has now ventured into the board games sector with the world’s first collection of games that you have to build before you play. Their Build, Play and Change games is a clever way of encouraging creativity into the gameplay because you can also change the rules so each game is different. Check out the huge range of Lego construction games at Amazon.co.uk.
The idea of the Lego Lunar Command Game is to build enough space stations to house a full crew that consists of astronauts and robots and outsmart your opponent by placing UFOs in strategic positions to hinder their progress. It’s worth remembering that they can put a halt to your progress too.
Be quick, be smart and with a little luck as you roll the dice you can win the game and launch the lunar rocket!
For Two Players
This is a varied game involving luck as well as skill and is designed for two players from the ages of 7 years upwards. Friends and family will enjoy this brand new board game from LEGO, it is innovative, fun and throws a whole different angle to playing with Lego. The manufacturers say the approximate gameplay lasts around 15 to 30 minutes but no one will be clock watching while playing such an engaging game.
Strategic board game
1 Buildable Lego Dice
6 Lego micro figures
For 2 Players
Lego item no: 3842
Game Play: Approx 15-30 mins
This fast-paced action-adventure game may have some parents a little confused over what type of toy is Lego Lunar Command, and ask “is it a construction toy or board game?” Well, the answer would have to be both. More about Lunar Command:-
How are Lego board games different?
They are unique in the way they need to be built before play can start and the rules can be changed, making for a varied and exciting game that is always different.
How difficult is it to play?
The changeable rules are reasonably simple but being a strategic game some would think an adult may have an advantage over a child but it’s not the case with Lunar Command. The reason why is because the game is not solely based around strategic skill, instead there is a nice mix of skill and luck which is why it is such a good parent and child game.
Who is it for?
Lunar Command is designed to be played by 2 players and the recommended age is from 7 years upwards. Children and adults can enjoy the innovative board game.
Setting the scene for a magical Christmas starts with that all-important Christmas stocking. It’s one tradition that continues to delight children and parents know how much it means to them. So once the mince pie has been left out for Santa and a carrot for his little helper Rudolf, it’s time to make sure everything is in place and the stocking is up and full of goodies.
It can be just as much fun for parents filling it as it is for the kids opening it and the best part is it won’t break the bank. Apart from being an inexpensive gift, a Christmas stocking is also rewarding for the parent as they see the excitement it brings.
There are an array of weird and wonderful products, toys and gadgets available that are entertaining and captivating. Cheap toys that have remained timeless still hold a child’s interest as they have through the generations. These include bubbles, skipping ropes, playing cards, stickers, coloured crayons and stationery. Fun finger puppets, sweets, mini-figures, jigsaws, bats and balls plus annuals never go out of fashion.
Stocking fillers for girls can include their favourite characters and accessories that go with them. There is Fifi and the Flowertots, In the Night Garden, Disney Princess, Peppa Pig, Hello Kitty and Dora the Explorer.
Ideas for a Boy’s Christmas stocking can come from characters on the TV or the big screen such as Ben 10, Spiderman, Star Wars the Clone Wars and Transformers. Movie toys are very popular too and include mini vehicles, playsets and figures.
This beautiful doll’s house opens the way for real-world play and endless fun for children from 3 years old. The John Lewis Leckford doll’s house accessories are available to purchase separately. These include furniture for all the rooms in the house plus doll family which includes Mum, Dad and two children. The size of the dolls is just perfect for pretend play in the house.
Wooden Doll’s House
John Lewis & Partners Wooden Leckford Doll's House
Little ones can spend hours of imaginative play with the Leckford’s family and create a dream home for them to live in with state-of-the-art equipment, latest home gadgets and stylish furniture for around house. Each room can be lovingly furnished with new pieces for the living room, master bedroom, kitchen and nursery. Dolls and dollhouses are timeless top toys that never go out of fashion.
Please note: this house does not contain any furniture or dolls. The ones featured in the animated image above are available to purchase separately.
The living room sets includes a two seat sofa, two armchairs, a John Lewis & Partners branded television and table with lamp. The modern looking sofa and chairs are completed with funky polka dot cushions. For the kitchen, there’s a pink fridge, oven and hob cooking unit and dining table with four chairs for the doll family to enjoy a meal together. There are plate and cutlery detailing on the table and the cooking unit features opening doors.
John Lewis & Partners Doll House Figures & Furniture
John Lewis & Partners Wooden Leckford Doll's House
The Master bedroom has a double bed complete with duvet and pillows, two bedside tables, lamps, a wardrobe, mirror and chair. For the children’s bedroom, there are pink bunk beds with ladder, toy box, lamp and a miniature version of a dolls house. There is also a fabulous bathroom suite in pink which features a shower with curtain, a bath, sink and toilet with moveable seat and taps with hot and cold markings. All these fun accessories include everything a child needs to bring their home to life and is a great inspirational toy encouraging children to enjoy using their imagination.
Large Doll House Collection
Jacobean Style Tudor Yeoman Countryman's Dolls House
In addition to all the fabulous pieces of furniture, the charming family of four make the home complete. They are fully functional with movable arms, legs and head, have sturdy shoes so they can stand up on and are made from natural material of fabric and wood. Making the house a home is going to be so much fun for little ones to make each room fully decorated. The exterior of the house looks impressive with an attractive pink roof and door with large Georgian windows and opens to reveal a very grand interior with two central staircases. The roof also opens allowing little ones to reach inside easily, especially important if two children are playing.
Bring it home. Tabletop football in the comfort of your own home. Exciting table football games just got better with smooth spinning fast-action table football. Bang up-to-date styling and a modern look to this timeless soccer game that boys and girls and mum and dad will love to play. Whether its quick-fire friendlies or tournament level play.
These latest football tables from Hy-Pro feature quality construction with fixed legs for extra stability. They make great indoor fun for all the family to enjoy and look fantastic wherever they’re placed.
The stylish and sturdy design sets the scene ready for fast and furious football action. As the players come alive at the flick of a wrist kids from 6 years upwards will soon be in the winning frame of mind. Adults, as well as children, will enjoy this fun way of playing football.
There are four 4ft official licensed football tables available from Hy-Pro:
This football table features the Emirates Stadium graphics with the club crest on each end and is finished in team colours. Also included are manual scorers and ball insert on each side of the table. It has a sturdy build with fixed leg and includes 3 footballs. Age suitability is 6 years upwards.
Liverpool Football Table Games
The football table is finished with the club crest at each end and has special Anfield graphics and team colours. It comes with strong fixed legs for added stability. There is a ball return, 3 balls and manual scorers. The suitable age range is 6 years +.
Manchester United Football Tables
The 4ft official football table features team colours, Old Trafford stadium graphics and club crest. It also includes 3 footballs, a ball insert, manual scorers and ball return at each end. The Fixed legs and sturdy build ensures safe play for children 6 years upwards.
Chelsea Football Table Game
The Hy-Pro 4ft Official Licensed Chelsea Football Table features Stamford Bridge Stadium graphics and club crest at each end. This sturdy table comes with fixed legs and is finished in team colours. There is a ball insert and return at each end plus 3 footballs. Age suitability is 6 years+
For the best game of table football, you need a sturdy construction especially as the action speeds up and the goals start coming! All the above are quality 4 ft football tables that come with fixed legs, strong playing surface and durable design.
This is a great idea for kids who are crazy about football and an indoor game that friends and family will love too.