Can you believe that it is Christmas on Friday??? It has really snuck up on me this year… Hasbro has some ideas to help you out. Hasbro distributes directly to the top toy retailers in South Africa, ranging from toy specialists to mass retail giants such as Toys “R” Us, Toy Kingdom, Toy Zone, Toy Adventures, Aladdin’s, Lilliputs Toys, Hamleys, Pick ‘n Pay, Checkers and Checkers Hypers, Game, Makro and CNA.
So if you haven’t finished your festive season shopping, Hasbro has you covered, come Christmas day and your kids will be smiling from ear to ear.
Hasbro’s top toy trends for the up-coming festive season:
- Full “STEAM” Ahead
Play has always stimulated a child’s imagination, but recently toys that inspire an interest in “STEAM” (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) have emerged as one of the most popular trends among parents as they contribute to advancing inquisitiveness while helping to spur strategic and creative thinking.
Top Hasbro “STEAM” brands/toys:
- Doh Vinci arts and crafts range
- Play-Doh compound and sets
2. Food Play
The proliferation of popular cooking shows such as MasterChef and the spin off MasterChef Junior have turned cooking, baking and grilling into super trendy activities! From pictures on social media to an entire network of celebrity chefs, the kitchen is the popular place to be. Whether emulating the culinary adventures of their moms and dads or pretending to be a cuisine connoisseur, kids can’t wait to tie on an apron and create their own lil’ bites. These crafty, delicious toys help spark imagination while creating personalized playtime experiences.
Top Hasbro Food Play products:
- Play-Doh Cupcake Celebration Playset
- Play-Doh Swirl ‘n Scoop Ice Cream
- Play-Doh Pizza Party set
- Play-Doh Cookie Creations
- Play-Doh Cupcake Tower
3. Pets with Personality
Kids have always found a friend in their favourite animal and now they are gravitating towards play pets that they can interact with. This year, an abundance of cuddly companions come equipped with realistic movements and offer all the fun of traditional pets, minus the mess.
The following toys are just a few of the playthings kids will be clamouring to adopt into their playroom:
- Littlest Pet Shop toys and playsets
- My Little Pony toys and playsets
Both Littlest Pet Shop and My Little Pony toys integrate with Apps so that you can play and interact with your pets and pony friends in the digital world too. Download the Littlest Pet Shop Your World app or the My Little Pony Cutie Mark Magic Friendship Celebration app from Google Play or the App Store for free.
4. Star Wars, The Force Awakens
Star Wars is one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time and Star Wars Episode 7, The Force Awakens is surely the most anticipated cinematic release of the year. With the Star Wars movie launching on big screens on 16th December 2015, the wide assortment of toy products based on Episode 7 are set to be big sellers.
Earlier in the year, M-Net Movies and MultiChoice released a special pop up channel on M-Net Movies 109 dedicated to six epic films from the Star Wars Saga. The pop up channel entertained Star wars fans but also introduced the iconic programming, characters and storyline to a new, younger South African audience.
Highlights of the Star Wars Episode 7, The Force Awakens range include:
- Millennium Falcon
- Chewbacca Electronic Mask
- Signature Lightsaber
Transformers, one of Hasbro’s top toy brands for boys, convert from vehicle to bot mode and allow kids imaginations to run wild with various ways to customize and transform their favourite autobot. Based on the popular Transformers: Robots in Disguise animated series on Cartoon Network, Transformers: Robots in Disguise toys give kids the opportunity to own their favourite characters.
Transformer action figures bring home exciting interactive play, but the action doesn’t stop there. The Transformers: Robots in Disguise app, based on the animated series, creates an interactive mobile gaming experience that brings the characters of the show to life with awesome battles, and the action figures can become part of it. Grab your compatible mobile device (Smartphone or Tablet), and your Transformers figure with scanable app shield and let the fun begin! Download the app, scan the shield on your Transformer to activate the code, unlock a character or weapon, and play!
Top Hasbro Transformers products:
- Transformers Robots in Disguise 1-Step Changers
- Transformers Robots in Disguise Mega Optimus Prime
6. Board Games
Hasbro kicks off the excitement of the festive season with a selection of ideal board games which offer some great family time opportunities while keeping the kids, and teens, entertained. From conquering opponents with superior strategy, solving the mystery to making money!
Pick up classics like Monopoly, which are available in a variety of options. Get ready for Monopoly play in a portable way with Monopoly Grab and Go. Monopoly Junior, the first Monopoly game for kids, where they earn money the fun way. Kids will learn how to pass Go, buy fun properties like an ice cream parlour, and collect rent while single banknotes keep the transactions fast and easy. Not forgetting the exciting new Monopoly Frozen edition as well as the Monopoly Here and Now World Edition that features Cape Town, the 80th anniversary edition and the soon to be launched Monopoly Cape Town edition (manufactured by Winning Moves under license from Hasbro).
Guess Who? Grab and Go challenges who is the champion guesser? Maybe it’s you in this portable version of the classic Guess Who? game! Every time you ask your opponent a yes or no question, the answer gets you closer to who’s on their Mystery Card. But you better watch out, because they’ll be asking you questions too.
Do you have what it takes to win The Game of Life game? You do it by choosing the life you want! Go to college, take the family path, have kids, or see what happens when unexpected twists change the game. Will you receive a fortune and lose it as quickly as you got it? Will you need a bank loan to pay a debt? Once everyone reaches the end of the game at retirement, everyone pays their debts and adds up their wealth. The player with the most money wins the game, so make sure it’s you!
There’s fun for all ages in this Family Edition of the popular TRIVIAL PURSUIT game! Roll the dice and rack your brain for the answers to questions in the category you land on. Match wits with your whole family with TRIVIAL PURSUIT Family Edition!
Reclusive millionaire Samuel Black’s been murdered in his mansion! With Clue Cluedo Classic Mystery Game (and the portable on the go version) it’s up to you to crack the case! Question everything to unravel the mystery. Who did it? Where? And with what weapon? Ransack the mansion for clues, ask cunning detective questions and leave no card unturned. Solve the murder first to win!
The fun block-stacking, stack-crashing game of JENGA questions how you will stack up against the law of gravity? Add a twist of fun into any party or family night withTwister, the game that ties you up in knots. Taboo is the game of unspeakable fun. Use creative, carefully-worded clues to get your team to guess words fast. But don’t mention unmentionables, or you’ll get the squeaker and lose the point.
or more information on the toys available from Hasbro, visit www.hasbro.co.za or Facebook and YouTube:
Littlest Pet Shop https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL487WddbY5AWOULNXzB-UwfyOfLlw_k9R
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