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A 32,000 piece jigsaw puzzle and a Swarovski-covered tutu - it's Hamleys top Christmas toys

A 32,000 piece jigsaw puzzle and a Swarovski-covered tutu - it's Hamleys top Christmas toys

Teksta Puppy tipped as top tech toy.

Hamleys, one of the UK's largest and best known toy stores, has named its predictions for the top ten toys for this Christmas, as well highlighting a few rather more exotic toys for those that have the money.

The more sensible top ten list includes the likes of the LeadPad Ultra - a newly ruggedised version of the young-child-friendly tablet range, which costs £125 - the Lion Chi Tempe - a new classic lego set that has a mystical temple theme - and the inevitable latest variant on the robo-puppy theme, the Teksta Puppy. which responds to physical gestures, light and sound, and can of course do backflips.

However, the real eye-catchers were in the so called Exceptional Eight range. These include a 32,000 piece jigsaw puzzle designed by Keith Haring. When completed it's 5.4 x 1.9m and is officially the world's largest, and it's a snip at only £200.

A 32,000 piece jigsaw puzzle and a Swarovski-covered tutu - it's Hamleys top Christmas toys

Then there's the Clydesdale Prancing Pony - a half-real-life-size soft-toy version of the classic Clydesdale horse. There are no animatronics in this one, just pure craftsmanship and enough strength that children can actually sit and play on it - yours for £850.

A 32,000 piece jigsaw puzzle and a Swarovski-covered tutu - it's Hamleys top Christmas toys

However, taking the crown is the Luvley Limited Editon Tutu. This handmade child's tutu is fashioned from silk lace and satin, and is encrusted with Swarovski crystals! Not bad for £250.

A 32,000 piece jigsaw puzzle and a Swarovski-covered tutu - it's Hamleys top Christmas toys

Bringing things back round to the world of tech, one toy for the big kids among you to look out for is the Lego Mindstorm EV3, which is arriving in September for £375. This programmable kit includes an ARM9-based processor, an SD slot and USB connector and forms both a snake and a robot. Although geared towards being child-friendly it is open for tinkering as it runs Linux.

Here's the full top ten toy list:
  • Teksta Puppy
  • VIP Pets
  • The Lion Chi Temple
  • LeapPad Ultra
  • Doc McStuffins Doctor's Bag
  • Monster High 13 Wishes Dolls
  • Chasin Cheeky
  • Sulley Monster Mask
  • Robo Fish


Inspired as to what to buy your children this Christmas, or have you seen something that takes your fancy? Let us know in the forum.

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Phil Rhodes 27th June 2013, 19:21 Quote
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open for tinkering as it runs Linux.

In what sense?

I mean, my phone runs - in the very strictest sense - linux, on an ARM processor, and I wouldn't exactly call it "open for tinkering".
Woodspoon 27th June 2013, 20:57 Quote
Christmas - That's enough of that, at this time of year, thank you very much.
VipersGratitude 27th June 2013, 21:39 Quote
That's it, guys. Bit-tech is dead...
Ninja_182 27th June 2013, 23:13 Quote
A plastic toy dog, a jigsaw, a toy horse, a tutu and some lego?

I thought Bit-tech had a majority demographic of early to mid 20's single males with no children. Lego might pass but I think someone needs to sort their company out. As an article, it's awful. As an advert, which is what it is, it's poorly targeted. Please stop this, right now!
dyzophoria 28th June 2013, 02:01 Quote
I think the lego is the only thing that belongs here,lol
Bindibadgi 28th June 2013, 02:07 Quote
I just woke up, it's 8am... tell it to me straight, guys, have I been in a coma for 6 months?
RedFlames 28th June 2013, 02:27 Quote
You mentioned the C word... in june...

http://www.country933.com/files/no.png
Aracos 28th June 2013, 07:40 Quote
I'm not quite sure why this is in the news section of Bit-Tech.
Matticus 28th June 2013, 09:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
In what sense?

I mean, my phone runs - in the very strictest sense - linux, on an ARM processor, and I wouldn't exactly call it "open for tinkering".

The guys over at XDA Developers would disagree :P

Providing they offer the interface to gain some sort of command line access or the ability to load different versions of the OS I can see the only limitations being what the hardware is capable of achieving.
Snips 28th June 2013, 10:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Aracos
I'm not quite sure why this is in the news section of Bit-Tech.

" However, taking the crown is the Luvley Limited Editon Tutu. This handmade child's tutu is fashioned from silk lace and satin, and is encrusted with Swarovski crystals! Not bad for £250. "

Is this why?

I remember seeing a huge pound of the Sony dogs in Sony Towers in Ginza, Tokyo about 10 years ago. Are they still going strong those things?
Meanmotion 28th June 2013, 10:19 Quote
It's just a bit of fun guys - normal service shall resume this morning.
Snips 28th June 2013, 11:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Meanmotion
It's just a bit of fun guys - normal service shall resume this morning.

Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the heads up. Having kids would change the perception of this article as you always need to be ahead of the game when it comes to preparing for that Christmas morning and that one special present sent from Father Christmas made by his elves.
Star*Dagger 28th June 2013, 23:55 Quote
I hope there is a VERY large breasted Female involved here, one on high street that convinced one of these guys to run this.

Otherwise, fail.
longweight 29th June 2013, 00:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by VipersGratitude
That's it, guys. Bit-tech is dead...

It hurts....
XXAOSICXX 29th June 2013, 09:30 Quote
"Inspired as to what to buy your children this Christmas"

No. Plskthx.
13eightyfour 29th June 2013, 11:11 Quote
As someone that has 2 kids I still find the article totally pointless! in fact I don't know a single person that A. wants to hear about Christmas now and B. Gives a **** about what Hamleys think will be the best selling Christmas toys!
XXAOSICXX 29th June 2013, 16:46 Quote
Pieface 29th June 2013, 17:01 Quote
This is the reason why I barely read the articles nowadays..
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