Treasures Top Toys this Christmas

12th October 2016

It already feels like Christmas has arrived at Treasures with a new toy delivery arriving every day this week - so there has been lots of excitement, opening boxes, making displays and franticly reading instructions.

It is always a tricky task picking just a few favourites so this year I have been watching very closely to children's reactions to our new displays and games demonstrations.  The stand out favourites are Pokémon, the arrival of Pikachu collections boxes (cheers and clapping!) and when we added Star Wars Lightsabers to our play table we have watched some very impressive duelling.

The Favourites…

Family Games - Our games section has more than doubled in size and we have added a game demonstration area - it’s great to see so much interest from families in playing games together.  Our customers most loved additions this year are Timeline, Dobble, Jungle Speed and Tenzi and you can try all of these out at Treasures.  My two favourites for this Christmas are - Tenzi and Dobble.

Tenzi Tenzi - £11.99

In a nutshell - everyone has 10 dice, someone says go and everyone rolls together to try and get all their dice on the number they have chosen – the first to do this shouts Tenzi and wins. There are lots of way to play and each pack comes with 10 ways to play all packed neatly in a tube so it will be a perfect stocking filler and great to take on a train journey or to a restaurant.

Why we love it

  • It's super quick to learn

  • We're told that teachers are using TENZI to take the 'fear' out of timed tests

  • Brilliant for developing hand/eye co-ordination, decision making and matching

Number of players: 1 - 4 Players
Age Range: 6+

DobbleDobble - £12.99

Test your speed, observation skills and reflexes in Dobble, the intense card game for 2-8 players. Race to find the matching image between one card and another. The images may be different sizes and placed on any part of the card, making them difficult to spot although we find the children are excellent at this and beat us regularly. Every Dobble card is unique and has only one picture in common with every other card in the deck making each game a battle of wits and quick thinking. There are 5 different mini-games in Dobble all packed neatly in a small round tin so another great game to travel with and super stocking filler. Dobble is a brilliant card game for the whole family.

Number of players: 2 - 8 Players
Age Range: 6+

Stikbot ZanimationStikbot Zanimation Studio - £19.99

We have had lots of fun with these endearing little mischievous characters and if your children like using technology this is a fun way to learn about making their own short movies with movement and sound using green screen and 3-D effects.  The Zanimation Studio includes tripod (holds your phone nice and still while filming), a stage, two prop boxes (use for 3-D effect) and two exclusive Stikbts. Download the free StikBot app complete with build in music and sound effects.  Your child can make their own movies using images of what their Stikbots get up. We have seen great dinosaur battles, Knights charging (my sons) as well as tv interviews with Barbie and Stikbot dance classes (my daughter). Just let your child’s imagination free

Age Range: 4+ (likely to be older for more tech savvy children suggest 7+)

Pokemon 20th anniversary editionPokémon - £19.99

Pokémon may have been around for 20 years but it’s not slowing down.  Hugely popular with children collecting the Pokémon cards and this special edition 20th anniversary Pikachu set is proving a real hit.  If you have Pokémon fans in your home this set will be a big hit.

Age Range:  6+

LightsaberStar Wars The Force Awakens Electronic Lightsaber - £24.99 (was £29.99)

Lightsabers are always popular and even more so in a movie release year.  This Lightsaber features a light up blade and battle dashing sound. Choose between Darth Vader, Rey, Luke Skywalker or Obi Wan Kenobi.

Age Range: 4+

Paw Patrol Air PatrollerPaw Patrol Air Patroller - £39.99

If you have under 6 year olds in your house you most likely know all about Paw Patrol. The Air Patroller is used by the rescue pups on the missions in the much loved Paw Patrol tv cartoon.  The Air Patroller comes with Robopup to pilot missions, it has lights and sounds and can transform from helicopter to plane for rescue missions.  You can fit all six pups in the Air Patroller.

Age Range: 3+

MagformersMagformers – Wow Set - £29.99

I have been really impressed with the new range it is an educational toy that will get children thinking and playing with 2D and 3D shapes.  We have a range suitable from 18 months and 3 years plus.  The Wow set is the most popular as more than 20 fun vehicles can be made and includes well illustrated cards for children (& parents) to follow to learn how to make cars, a rocket, a house and many more. You can try this award winning toy out on our play table at Treasures.

Age Range: 3 – 10 years


Lego will be on many Christmas wish lists this year including my son, even at 12 years Finn still loves to spend time building.  His creations are more complicated now with lots of moving parts and he has moved from City to Marvel and DC Comics Super Heroes. I have always been a fan of City, Friends and Ninjago Lego ranges and the Lego development team have continued to add some great new themes. 

For my Christmas top choice, I have picked the new City Volcano Crawler (£24.99 from Age 6+) and City Volcano Supply Helicopter (£39.99 from age 7+).

Don’t miss out on our Treasures Lego offers here are just 3

City Fire Utility Truck Age 5 - 12 years - save £5, now £24.99
Creative Building Box Age 4 - 99 years - save £5, now £14.99
Duplo Number Train Age 1½ - 5 years - save £3,  now £9.99

FluffiMalsFluffimals – Starter Set £19.99, Expansion pack £9.99

This is a very cute set and I have already had great customer feedback.  Your child will get to create and design their own Fluffy Friend with Fluffimals. There is no glue or sewing so it’s perfect for young children to make with little adult help and there are some very sweet touches such as the glowing heart and hairbrush to keep your bear looking smart. You can add to your collection with the Refill Expansion packs so your bear could be joined by a kitten, puppy or a rabbit. Overall a great gift for a 5 - 8 years old.

Age Range: 3 + 

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