Yes, we know it’s still August, but…

LEGO Monster Fighters: Vampyre Castle: Top toy for Christmas 2012?

— we all know that if you don’t get your Christmas orders in early, some of these “must have” toys — including the ones for the big kids who mainly read this blog — will be hard to find.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the toys for the whole family that “toy experts” say look set to top the sales charts this coming festive season… Of these, Moshi Monsters of course has its own magazine, which is a darn site cheaper than some of the toys on offer, so maybe it’s worth looking at that as a stocking filler.

Good to see Lego still riding high — we’re sure some of you out there will be hinting for the Batcave listed, even though it was released early on this year.

Boys

Tweens

Families

  • LEGO Games: Creationary £24.99 
  • Booms, Bangs, Fizzes – £19.99 
  • Radioactive Science – £19.99 
  • Telestrations – £24.99 
  • Dragon Chase – £17.99 

Big Kids

Stocking Fillers

  • LEGO Minifigures, £1.99 
  • LEGO Hero Factory – buildable action figures, £6.99-£14.99 
  • Series 4 Collectable Moshlings – £1.99 
  • Fuzzy Felt: My Favourite Shapes – £5.99 
  • Gyro-Botz Shadow Warriors £9.99 each 

Pre-schoolers

  • Britain’s Big Farm: John Deere 6190R RC Tractor – £49.99 
  • Baby Jake Giggle n Wiggle – £29.99 
  • Little Charley Bear: Ready, Teddy Go! £29.99 
  • Cloudbabies: Glow Babas £24.99 
  • Everything’s Rose: Sweet Dreams Rosie & Raggles – £29.99 

Girls

  • Tiny Tears (Classic) – £19.99 
  • Girls World: Gabriella Styling Doll – £19.99 
  • WaggleTagz – £17.99 
  • Cabbage Patch Kids – £29.99 
  • AniMagic: Tessie Goes Trotting – £22.99 
  • Moshi Monsters: Super Moshi HQ – £24.99 
  • Crayola Catwalk Creations: House of Fashion – £29.99 
  • Flufflings: Jiggle n Dance – £22.99 
  • Winx: Deluxe Dolls – £19.99

    • The products listed above can be found at the following websites: www.lego.comwww.johnadams.co.uk, www.vividtoysandgames.co.uk, www.jaaks.comand www.tomy.co.

    The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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