It's never easy to keep up with the latest trends in the toy market. Every few months a new hot toy seems to be the one that every young boy wants for his birthday. To make your life a little easier we've done our research and compiled a list of the 10 most popular boys toys. All of these toys should be available in Argos, Amazon and ToysRUs but as they are predicted to be this year's hottest toys, stocks will be limited so get them before they're gone.
Lego Nexo Knights Aarons Rock Climber
This fantastic Lego Playset is based on the popular Cartoon Network TV Series and games. This all-action set comes with almost 600 pieces to build. It's recommended for ages 8 and above and features a vehicle that can climb rocks and mountains. The vehicle holds a firing crossbow and a smaller flying machine that comes away from the main vehicle. The set comes with 5 figurines including Aaron, Bouldron, Brickster and the villainous Lord Krakenskull with his pet Krakenbeast. Like all the Nexo Knights sets there are a number of shields that can be scanned via your smartphone and linked to the Nexo Knights games available for Apple and Google devices. Expect to pay around £45 for this set.
Paw Patrol HQ Lookout Playset
If your little one is a fan of Paw Patrol, look no further! Boys and girls can now recreate their favourite episodes from the mega-popular TV series with the Paw Patrol HQ Set. The set comes with a Chase figurine and his police car. The set is highly interactive with a fully operational lift, periscope, flashing lights and an alarm sound effect. The Chase figurine can slide down the chute, straight into his car. There are 6 other figurines that can be collected and added to the playset. Suitable for children from ages 3 and above. Expect to pay around £45 for this set.
Hot Wheels Mega Hauler Truck
The HW Mega Hauler Vehicle has been around for quite a few years now but remains a staple requirement for any young Hot Wheels collector. The truck can hold more than 50 standard hot wheels cars over 6 expandable levels. You can even hide a couple of cars underneath the driver's cabin. The latest version of the truck connects with standard HW tracks that allow kids to connect the truck to their favourite stunt sets and roll their cars straight into the action. Expect to pay around £15 for this toy.
Fisher Price Imaginext Red Power Ranger and Zord Dinosaur
If there are 2 things that young boys love, it's dinosaurs and Power Rangers. They will be giddy with excitement when they get their hands on this Red Power Ranger/T=Rex Dinozord set. The Power Rangers are another much-loved kids TV show from the 90's that's been relaunched recently with new TV shows, cartoons and a big screen movie. As a result their toys are as popular as ever and the Dinozord sets are some of the most sought after. The dinosaurs mouth can be snapped shut at the press of t a button while it fires small arrows from 2 different launchers at the front. The set includes the Dinosaur, a Red Power Ranger figurine and the projectiles. Expect to pay around £30 for this set.
Captain America Fidget Spinners
It would be impossible to draw up a list of the best toys for 2017 without including at least 1 fidget spinner. These are without a doubt one the toy craze of 2017 so far. The original fidget spinners were designed to relieve stress and provide a means of releasing nervous energy - then some smart cookie noticed that all kids loved playing with them and a global phenomenon was born. There are thousands of different designs for fidget spinners but some of the best we've seen are based on super-hero characters. There are a number of very cool Batman logo shaped spinners available but I think our favourite has to be the fidget spinners based on Captain America's shield. Available from as little as £5 online.
Kindle Fire Kids Edition - 7" Display, Wi-Fi, 16GB
The Kindle Fire Kids Edition is a tablet specially designed for kids. It comes with a kid-proof case which is durable and lightweight and designed to protect it in case your child drops it! It is very light, weighing only 450grams. It’s 7 inches and has both a rear facing and a front facing camera. Very useful to take pictures and videos as well as video calls. Amazon is also throwing in a 1 year Amazon Free Time Unlimited subscription for access to over 10,000 kid-friendly books, movies and apps as well as a 2 year guarantee. It includes a micro USB power adaptor and charges in under 6 hours. Available for £99.99.
LEGO Junior Cars 3 Thunder Hollow Playset
We love Lego Juniors toys because they allow small hands to play with big boy brands. They're also pretty indestructible as far as we can tell. This kid-sized lego set with larger bricks than normal is suitable for ages 4 and above. It comes from the new range of playsets released in conjunction with the latest Lightning McQueen adventure, Cars 3. This playset includes 4 cars from the latest movie - Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez, Miss Fritter and Broadside. The playset also includes a large number of accessories including stop signs, oil drums, traffic cones and spare parts. Expect to pay around £29.99 for this playset.
Playskool Heroes Galactic Heroes Star Wars AT-AT
Continuing with the theme of big boys toys designed for smaller kids, how cool is this AT-AT from Playskool?! It has realistic battle sounds and flashing lights. The AT-AT's legs are poseable and can be popped off when it's destroyed by Luke Skywalker and his rebels. The set comes with an Imperial Pilot figurine that fits in the cockpit. Recommended ages from 3 and up. Be warned there is a huge range of Star Wars ships and figurines, all as awesome as this, so this might become an expensive hobby for you! They're also a slightly older toy so it's becoming more and more difficult to find them. Expect to pay around £70 if you can get your hands on one.
This was the most popular toy of 2016 and looks like it will stay at the top of kids wish lists through 2017. Hatchimals come in egg form. There are 5 types: Draggle, Owlicom, Penguala, Burtle and Bearakeet. The Hatchimal hatches as a result of the child singing, talking to it, playing with it. The colour is a mystery until it hatches! Once it’s hatched, there are 3 stages: baby, toddler and kid. It sings Hatchy Birthday and can learn how to walk, play and dance! And it speaks! I’m tempted to get one just to see how they do it! Expect to pay between £50 and £65 depending on the model.
Meccano – Meccasaur
Meccano remains one of the old school toys still as relevant today as it was in the old days. This year you can build your own robot dinosaur with the Meccosaur! Specially designed for those Dinosaur obsessed kids, we all know them! It’s programmable and 3 feet long. It’s both metal and space-age plastics. It roars, responds to petting, guars and attacks and even says yes and no! Suitable from ages 10 and above. Expect to pay around £40.