The 12 must-have toys and games parents need to know about this Christmas

It’s snuck up on us again but Christmas is now just over a month away.

By Deborah Price, Local Democracy Reporter
Thursday, 12th November 2020, 3:39 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th November 2020, 5:10 pm
Hasbro has announced their top toys and gifts for Christmas 2020
Hasbro has announced their top toys and gifts for Christmas 2020

From must haves to stocking fillers and gifts for kids and big kids and families, parents need a bit of help identifying the top toys and games ahead of time.

From Nerf Blasters that can shoot 36 meters, a new Monopoly aimed at avoiding family fall-outs and an animatronic version of The Child – affectionately known as Baby Yoda in The Mandalorian - that has 25 different sound and motion combinations.

For little ones there’s a Play-Doh set that makes really cool colourful sweets, an interactive doll that can grow from a baby to a child.

And in its 35th anniversary year Nintendo has released some awesome new Super Mario Bros products including bringing Mario Kart speeding into your own home.

Then there's a video game with a difference in RingFit Adventure which is promising to be a big seller this festive season and will help keep you and the family fit while we're all stuck indoors. Scroll through the gallery to see 12 of the most wanted toys and games this Christmas.

Nerf ULTRA ONE Blaster. Ages 8 years & up. RRP: £49.99. NERF is changing the game with NERF ULTRA blasters and darts! NERF. They include ground-breaking NERF ULTRA darts -- the farthest flying NERF darts
Play-Doh Kitchen Creations. Candy Delight Playset. Ages 3 years & up. RRP: £25.99. It’s crazy candy galore with the PLAY-DOH CANDY. This PLAY-DOH CANDY factory is a treat for the imagination as kids create their own silly gummy bears, pretend candy bars, and play candy cups.
Baby Alive Baby Grows Up! Ages 3 years & up. RRP: £49.99. She REALLY grows! Baby Alive Baby Grows Up. interactive doll transforms from newborn to baby to big girl.
Star Wars The Child. Animatronic Edition Toy. Ages 3 years & up. RRP: £59.99. Touching the top of THE CHILD’S head activates over 25 sound and motion combinations, including happy and excited sounds, giggles, babbles, and more, all while the toy’s head moves up and down, ears move back and forth, and eyes open and close.
Monopoly for Sore Losers. Ages 8 years & up. RRP: £22.99. Don’t get sad...get even! This hilarious twist on the Monopoly game means players earn cash by doing the typically frustrating things in the game such as going to Jail, paying rent on a property, or going bankrupt.
FurReal Cubby, the Curious Bear. Ages 4 years & up. RRP: £79.99. Cubby is a curious young cub, and is eager to be picked up and held (he hugs you back!), play peek-a-boo, and even dance from time to time. And let’s not forget snack time! Feed him his bottle or treat and he’ll make eating sounds.
Cluedo Liars Edition. Ages 8 years & up. RRP: £21.99. Sometimes you have to lie to get to the truth in the CLUEDO LIARS Edition board game where players use Investigation cards to help them figure out who killed MR. BODDY in the mansion.
Disney Frozen Ultimate Arendelle Castle Playset. Ages 3 years & up. RRP: £159.99. Open the gorgeous gates and explore the castle’s four floors consisting of seven rooms: kitchen, music room, and throne room on the first floor, a vanity room and bedrooms for ANNA and ELSA dolls (not included), a library on the third floor, and a lookout tower on top.
Operation Pet Scan. Ages 6 years & up. RRP: £19.99. Uh-Oh! CAVITY SAM’S dog, REX-RAY, has eaten a bunch of things he shouldn’t have and players try to help him feel better by removing them.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. £99.99. Rainbow Road, DK Mountain and now your own home - Mario Kart fans can now make a room in their house a race track. Players can race a real life Switch operated Mario Kart in their own home with all the regular frantic in game play.
Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. £44.99. A special Game & Watch system that allows users to play the original Super Mario Bros. from NES, as well as Super Mario The Lost Levels and an updated version of the title Game & Watch Balls.
On the subject of gaming, RingFit Adventure is a video game accessory with a difference as it is one that promises to keep you fit and active. The clever contraption has been popular during lockdown and like Wii Fit before it, promises to be hugely popular for Nintendo Switch owners.