Top toys for Christmas 2010 revealed

We take a closer look at tech gizmos for kids

Industry experts have unveiled what they're predicting to be the must-have toys, gadgets and games of 2010.

The Toy Retailer's Association's 'Dream Toys list' for 2010 includes a mixture of well-known toy names and brands - and even a game featuring 3ft inflatable characters.

Prices start at $28.99, but the most expensive item - a City Airport Lego kit - carries a premium price tag of $99.99. Other items include a Buzz Lightyear figure with light-up jet pack, a new take on Monopoly Electronic Banking Edition and paper-thin electric guitars.

Tech gadgets rule?

This year's toys have made some 'simply amazing' technological advancements - and we certainly noticed plenty of electronic and tech gadgets out at the moment. 

The items that caught my eye included:

  • A tech twist on a word game classic - Boggle  - which puts your word skills to the test.We think it should keep both kids and adults entertained.
  • Paper Jamz Instant Rock Star instruments are made of paper-thin cardboard with no strings that you play using touch alone. The guitar comes with three in-built songs to play along to - and braver parents can buy drums and a separate amp separately.
  • Mindflex, according to Mattel, 'utilises the power of  thought' with similar technology to that used in an EEG monitor. Players (8 years+) put on a headset containing sensors that are able to read brain signals. The ball moves around the course by focusing your mind's concentration, using controls to change direction.
  • The prices quoted are the recommended retail prices -and although Amazon usually are able to offer the most competitive prices ,you'll be able to bag more of a bargain if you shop around.
  • eBay is always worth a try especially for kids toys such as Mindflex.

Check out these eBay bargains for Mattel Mindflex


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