It may not be a white Christmas this year, but there are certain to be plenty of frozen festivities in homes across the UK. That is because toys from the hit animated film Frozen are expected to come top in the 2014 festive sales chart.
Both of these have been named in the top 20 ‘most wanted’ list compiled by Adventure Publishing. The company’s Laurie Schacht said that the $1.2 billion musical’s appeal was broad and far-reaching, whilst parents were likely to be happy to invest in toys based on such a heart-warming and innocent tale as Frozen. It certainly beats some other popular toys of recent years — think ugly little characters that live in bins and toy puppets that constantly break wind.
Adult fans of the movie can also enjoy a Frozen winter as it has just been announced that Alfred Angelo, a bridal designer, is now working with Disney in a bid to come up with a wedding dress inspired by the icy style of the movie’s Princess Elsa. The gown is not expected in Alfred Angelo’s stores until January, but then there are likely to be plenty of brides-to-be queuing up for what promises to be a true fairytale creation.
Meanwhile, toy experts at Hamleys are predicting that this year’s Christmas wish lists written by British children will feature more high-tech presents than ever before. Amongst the biggest sellers looks set to be Cayla, a doll who can find answers to various questions online when synced with a tablet or smartphone, and an advanced 3D printing set-up called the DohVinci 3D Deluxe Styler.
Also on the top must-have list of techno gadgets for youngsters is expected to be the Kiddizoom Smart Watch, which can record videos, take and edit pictures and play games. The Barbie Colour Change Bag promises to be a hit with fashion-conscious young girls, who can hold the bag against an item of their clothes and colour-match the bag at the touch of a button.
For parents with very deep pockets there is the Leapfrog LeapTV, priced at around £135, which is aimed at children aged between eight and three and offers a camera and Wi-Fi whilst also promising to be great for gaming and learning activities. For children looking for something a little less complicated, meanwhile, there is the walking and burping Teksta T-Rex — a little robotic dinosaur with a big personality.
There are plenty of other old favourites that have had a technological revamp, such as the robotic Transformers Chomp and Stomp Grimlock, and the Nerf-style blasting frenzy looks set to continue well into the New Year thanks to the BoomCo Rapid Madness blaster, which can fire a multitude of darts up to 50ft away. Let’s just hope that the children who want this one have a big garden to play in — or maybe that is something that parents can put in their own letters to Santa this year.