Top 5 toys for big kids 2017

Yes, it’s July. And yes, we’re talking about Christmas. Earlier and earlier we see retailers ‘top toys’ lists appearing, from the likes of Argos, Hamley’s and Toys R Us, so we thought we’d do our own.


But, seeing as the average age over here at PrettyGreen is somewhat north of the average toy-buyer (significantly so if you include Strings), we wanted to create a list of the coolest toys for big kids to watch out for this Xmas.


Luckily for us, the top toys of 2017 have a greater universal scope than ever before. As in previous years, the rise of tech-powered toys is huge – with toys that can now fly around your living room, fire across the garden at 60mph or even teach you how to code.


In conjunction, we’ve also seen the rise in recent years of nostalgic, simplistic pleasures (enjoyable for the parents as well as the kids) – kicked off with the remarkable success of Pie Face in 2015. And this continues with toys as simple as jumping into a bubble and kicking your mates in 2017.


So, without dragging on too long, here are our toys for big kids this Christmas.


  • AirHogs DR1 Official Race Drone


Drones…not just for government spying or raining remote death. As the tech advances, so does the possibility of more benevolent pursuits…with organizations such as the Drone Racing League (see here) leading the way in high-octane, drone-based contests.


While not quite at that level, the AirHogs DR1 Official Race Drone is pretty damn good. Priced at about £80, you can easily annoy colleagues by creating a race course in the office using laptops, flipcharts and old event props.


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  • Rocket League Hotwheels


Rocket League is/was a smash-hit game from independent game developer Psyonix pitting two teams of cars against each other in a game of giant metal football. It’s mental and it’s brilliant. And with more than 6 million copies sold since 2015, it’s not surprising to see licensed products now launching.


Rocket League Hotwheels is such a clever pairing. In terms of the toy set itself, Hot Wheels haven’t had to do much at all…but are able to team up with a relevant, hot new brand to no doubt drive massive sales for the longstanding toy store stalwart.


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  • Socker Bopper Body Bubble Ball


There’s not much we can actually say about this – it does exactly what the picture below shows. You and a friend jump in the inflatable bubbles, then proceed to run about, attack each other, attempt to play football…you name it.


A really simple idea – that parents as well as kids will enjoy – and feels like it could have huge potential on YouTube.


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  • LEGO Boost


Coding is huge at the moment. So huge even, that kids are now being taught it at school alongside “proper” subjects like history and P.E. And now toys are starting to jump on board.


LEGO BOOST is the latest – and arguably coolest – new addition to the family. With different sets to buy and a connected app, you can learn how to make a robot, pet dog or even a working electric guitar out of the colourful bricks.


So stop your kids from eclipsing your success, and start learning coding in a fun way with LEGO BOOST. Or make it do / say immature things to your colleagues. It’s fine…it’s educational!


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  • NERF Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K


It’s a NERF blaster. A fully-automatic NERF blaster that fires “high-impact rounds” at 100ft per second. AND has an impossibly long name. What’s not to love?


The latest in NERF’s Rivals range, the NERF Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K is undoubtedly the daddy of office warfare – and a quick way to turn that friendly game of Nerf into a full-on HR issue.


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