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Best seasonal toys from Hamleys: Two young readers give their verdicts!

For children, an invitation to the Hamleys’ seasonal toy preview is like finding the golden Wonka ticket. Ella, 10, and her seven-year-old brother, Zack, sum up their selection with some input from their patient mother, Francine Wolfisz

Francine Wolfisz is the Features Editor for Jewish News.

Mattel Barbie dream house: £310

Toy vey! Barbie’s latest dream house puts mansions down The Bishop’s Avenue in the shade and is the most expensive on the list at an eye-watering £310.

It’ll also need plenty of space, measuring a whopping 4ft tall and 4ft wide and comes with three stories, eight rooms and 75 storytelling pieces. You can even customise the lighting!

Fun-ukah factor: 5/5 • Value for gelt: 3/5 • Buy or do-nut buy: 4/5 • Candle rating: 8/8

Mattel Barbie dream house: £310

 

Hasbro Nerf Elite 2.0 Flipshots Flip-8 Blaster: £25

If you’ve had enough of spin the dreidel, you’re guaranteed to have a barrel of fun with this super-duper Nerf gun, which can eject four darts before – just like a Chanukah miracle – flipping around and revealing four more.

Zack says: “I like it because it has lots of rooms and it has a party mode.”

Mum says: “Think of the cleaning.”

Fun-ukah factor: 5/5 • Value for gelt: 5/5 • Buy or do-nut buy: 4/5 • Candle rating: 8/8

Hasbro Nerf Elite 2.0 Flipshots Flip-8 Blaster: £25

 

L.O.L surprise! Movie magic doll: £11

(Chanukah) lights, camera, action! Fans of the tiny figurines will love this  series of 12 different doll designs, which come with their own movie props, film scenes, 3D glasses, fashion outfit, shoes and script. There are more ingredients packed into one of these balls than your grandma’s famous kneidlach.

 

Ella says: “I like the range of dolls and clothes you can dress them in to make your own movie.”

Zack says: “It’s great for anyone who likes a surprise.”

Mum says: “Another thing to collect? Weekly?!”

Fun-ukah factor: 4/5 • Value for gelt: 3/5 • Buy or do-nut buy: 5/5 • Candle rating: 7/8

L.O.L surprise! Movie magic doll: £11

 

Magic Mixies cauldron: £70

Move over Hogwarts! This set has everything you need to conjure up your own Chanukah miracle, including a wand, a spell book and a cauldron that lights up and has more than 50 sounds and reactions. Mix up the potion, see the smoke and out pops a furry friend! For ages 5+.

 

Zack says: “It’s really cool. You get a cuddly toy and you can refill and use the cauldron again.”

Ella says: “The toy that comes out is really cute and it’s fun to make your own potion.”

Mum says: “Does the magic stretch to making chicken soup?”

Fun-ukah factor: 5/5 • Value for gelt: 3/5 • Buy or do-nut buy: 4/5 • Candle rating: 8/8

Magic Mixies cauldron: £70

 

Playmobil City Action Police Special Operations Police Robot: £20

Fun-ukah factor: 4/5 • Value for gelt: 3/5 • Buy or do-nut buy: 4/5 • Candle rating: 5/8

Oil be back! This fun, Terminator-like police robot is perfect for firing little imaginations with movable legs, arms, hips and even fingers that can pick up other characters. The 50-piece set comes with a policeman,
a gangster and accessories, including an explosive device.

 

Zack says: “It’s a pretty good toy for young children, because it’s fun. I like the moving fingers.”

Ella says: “It’s a great way to use your imagination.”

Mum says: “50 small pieces – oy vey!”

 

Playmobil City Action Police Special Operations Police Robot: £20

 

Huggables: From £7.19

Have a Hug Sameach with this cutesy plush range from Hamleys, which includes everything from an avocado, an owl and a penguin to a unicorn, a narwhal and even a watermelon. Measuring 30cm, there’s plenty to grab onto and give a squeeze.

Ella says: “They are so soft and cuddly.”

Zack says: “I love the Huggables because they are cute.”

Fun-ukah factor: 5/5 • Value for gelt: 5/5 •  Buy or do-nut buy: 5/5 • Candle rating: 8/8

Huggables: From £7.19

 

Lego Super Mario Adventures Luigi starter course: £50

Lego and Nintendo’s Super Mario have teamed up with this 280-piece set, which brings to life the popular computer game with interactive building blocks and figures that give instant responses via an LCD speaker and screen.

Zack says: “I like how you can build a bridge that spins and the characters talk.”

Ella says: “It’s cool how the pieces come to life.”

Mum says: “More bits to lose down the sofa.”

Fun-ukah factor: 5/5 • Value for gelt: 4/5 • Buy or do-nut buy: 5/5 • Candle rating: 7/8

Lego Super Mario Adventures Luigi starter course: £50

 

Ralleyz warrior 3-in-1 RC: £90

 

A monster truck for your little monsters! This awesome four-wheel drive remote control buggy can shoot water, bubbles and darts, can rotate 360 degrees and is suitable for outdoor or indoor play.

Zack says: “I love this car because it can shoot darts or bubbles and you can flip it around.”

Mum says: “Parking for school pick-up would be interesting.”

Fun-ukah factor: 5/5 • Value for gelt: 4/5 • Buy or do-nut buy: 5/5 • Candle rating: 8/8

Ralleyz warrior 3-in-1 RC: £90

 

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