28 October 2020
The DreamToys list is the most authoritative independent prediction of toys that will be the most sought after this Christmas in the UK.
This year’s Top 12 list is dominated by the big classic toy brands and licences that have entertained children for generations such as Barbie, Monopoly, Harry Potter, Lego and Star Wars as well as the massively popular Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Pokémon and L.O.L Surprise.
The list, selected by a panel of retailers and industry experts, is independent of toy manufacturers and makers.
The complete Top 12 list is (in alphabetical order):
5 Surprise Mini Brands Mystery Capsule (Zuru) – £6.99
Barbie 3-in-1 DreamCamper (Mattel) – £79.99
Harry Potter Hedwig (Lego) – £34.99
L.O.L. Surprise! O.M.G. Remix Fashion Doll Assortment (MGA Entertainment) – £39.99
Laser Battle Hunters Vehicle (Character Options) – £59.99
Monopoly For Sore Losers (Hasbro) – £22.99
Paw Patrol Dino Rescue Dino Patroller (Spin Master) – £64.99
Peppa Pig Peppa’s Shopping Centre (Character Options) – £39.99
Pokémon Carry Case Playset (Character Options) – £39.99
Present Pets (Spin Master) – £54.99
Star Wars The Mandalorian – The Child “Baby Yoda” (Mattel) – £29.99
Super Mario Adventures With Mario Starter Course (Lego) – £49.99
All prices quoted as RRPs, market price may vary from retailer to retailer.
Gary Grant, chair of the DreamToys selection committee: “This year’s DreamToys Top 12 includes a range of products from classic brands such as Monopoly and Barbie, to popular licences and innovative new toys to suit all price points. Toys have been an important part of families’ lives during lockdown and we believe many on this list will put a well-deserved smile on faces this Christmas.”
Throughout lockdown, toys have been a constant source of joy for children and have brought families closer together. Statistics from NPD Group show toy sales have increased by 6% on the first nine months of 2020, while Games and Puzzles have seen an increase of 32%.
Furthermore, a survey conducted by the Toy Retailers Association of 2,000 parents showed 56% of parents have spent more time playing with their children since lockdown and 88% felt toys had helped them bond more closely with their children.
Frederique Tutt, vice president, The NPD Group, commented: “Toys and games have proved their value in 2020. As in other markets, Britons turned to toys and games to help fill the long weeks of lockdown. For the period of lockdown alone, sales rose by 15%. However, unit sales are down 9% for the first nine months of the year. As consumers have not been able to visit stores, sales of lower price point collectibles have decreased in favour of ‘slow’ play toys such as those in this year’s DreamToys list.”