I love Argos. Nothing keeps the kids as quiet for quite as long as an Argos catalogue and a pair of scissors when it comes to creating their Christmas list and it’s always my first stop for toys at Christmas and birthdays.
I also love that you can pay with Paypal, more high street retailers need to get on the Paypal bandwagon.
Given my love of Argos I was of course thrilled to be able to go to their Christmas in July event this week to see what fab new toys they were bringing out for their Christmas range. Some days I can not believe how amazing my job is and Wednesday was one of them – I spent pretty much the whole day playing with toys and getting all a bit giddy over how ace they are.
The new Argos range launches tomorrow – 27th July – and does not let us down at all. There are some awesome new toys, games and children’s stuff and these are my top favourites.
1. Disney Infinity
We are big game lovers in our house and love family games that we can all join in with and I’m so excited about the Disney Infinity game – even more so since I got to have a play with it. If you’ve played Skylanders you will understand the concept but basically you get solid plastic figures that when stood on the Infinity pad appear in the game. With Disney Infinity, each new set of characters opens up a new part of the game so that there are lots of games within the one game.
You don’t buy more games for the infinity, you simply buy extra characters to unlock the games already within it. I love this idea as it keeps the kids interest in the game for longer than a few weeks and it makes for really easy Christmas and birthday present gifts for family.
There are characters from Cars, Monsters Inc, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Incredibles and The Lone Ranger so far.
There is also a playroom area within the game where you can pit characters from different movies against each other so that Mater from Cars and Mr Incredible can fight each other – with Mater towing Mr Incredible around which is hysterical – and you can build assault courses in it, fire paint balls at each other and really go wild and get creative. I predict this part of the game being my children’s favourite – because yes, we will definitely be buying one of these. At just £57.99 from Argos it will be the perfect Christmas present for our two.
2. Skylanders Swap Force
My children are obsessed with Skylanders. They not only have the game, which they would play 24/7 if I allowed it, but they have books, clothes, bags, lunch boxes – you name it. Which is why we absolutely HAVE to get this for them.
Skylanders, for those not familiar, are similar to Disney Infinity above in that you get solid figures and a portal with the game. When you place your figure on the portal it appears in the game. This new range, the Swap Force, are going to completely blow my children’s minds. Each character’s head and body detaches (very easily using magnets) and can be swapped with another character so that you can combine them to create whole new characters.
Not only that but each body part retains some of the characteristics of the original character. So the heads retain the attack abilities and the bottom half the movement abilities so each new character you create Skylanders with mix of powers and you can mix and match to create your own personal perfect Skylander.
The old Skylanders will also work with the new portal so you don’t lose any of the character you’ve already bought and can play them in the new game.
At £55.99 fromArgos this is another one that will definitely be on our Christmas list.
We didn’t get into the Furby phenomenon last year but this year they are really impressing me. Argos have a great range of Furby stuff from Stompeez Slipers (the ones where their ears flap when you walk) and small Furby toys to the all singing and dancing brand new furby, Furby Boom from Hasbro.
Okay, I’ll admit it, I fell in love with Furby Boom. He comes in really funky new colours and lays eggs. Not actual eggs, virtual eggs. You need a tablet to really play with Furby Boom – the free app (with no in app purchases!) interacts with Furby himself so you can feed him, make him go to the toilet, clean him and play games with him. But you can also nurture and grow the eggs he lays in the app and then play with your new virtual Furby: there are about 50 virtual baby Furbys to collect and play with.
It’s very much Furby meets Tamigotchi really, you need to nurture and tend to your Furby, both the real one and the virtual ones, to keep them all happy.
I was really impressed with the way the app works and how well the two interact with each other. I can see keeping furbys alive and well becoming an obsession for my daughter where as my son will love the toilet feature in the app where you sit your real furby on the virtual toilet and he poohs submarines and puffer fish.
I was told that the price of the new Furby Boom will be staying the same as the old Furby, you’ll just be getting a lot more for your money. The old Furbys are currently £59.99 in Argos. Furby Boom will be available from October.
4. Nerf Rebelle
I’m not normally for things made pink just so that girls can use them. Pink DIY tools drive me nuts – oooh, now girls can do DIY too! However, I love this new range of ‘girls’ nerf stuff from Hasbro inspired by the Hunger Games. I had a go – had to be done- and they are very easy to use and so much fun! My son would love these just as much as his sister.
The heartbreaker bow (the one the girl in the picture is holding) will be £19.99 from Argos when the new range launches tomorrow.
5. Planes wing control Dusty
Sat on the side or in the box this toy doesn’t look like much – just another plastic Disney character. However, get it out of the box and have a play and it’s brilliant. The two controllers go on your hands and you stick your arms out like a plane and run around the room controlling the plane with your movements.
It’s inspired and so much fun. Yes, yes I did have a go. And I wanted to take it home with me.
6. Design A Bear
I wasn’t aware that Argos had a design a bear toy – similar to Build A Bear only a LOT cheaper. The new bears launching this weekend are gorgeous. There’s Poppet for all those Moshi Monsters lovers out there and a gorgeous Giraffe.
Each bear comes with a passport and an outfit and accessories all for just £19.99.
Now that I know about them I can see a few of them joining our household.
7. Gorgeous clothes and Designa Friend
I had no idea that Argos did clothes. But they do, and really lovely ones too. They do a gorgeous range of dress up clothes (far right) that comes with soft crowns as well which is fab and they do actual real clothes.
The clothes are designed by Emma Bunton and are really lovely. They are a great quality and super cheap too. These gorgeous dresses are just £16.99. But that’s not the best bit. This bit is brilliant – you can create a Designa Friend Doll with exactly the same outfit!
The Designa Friend is a similar concept to Design A Bear – you choose your doll, then add clothes and accessories. The full set of doll, accessories and clothes costs cost £29.97 and very soon you will be able to dress her in the same outfit your child wears. I think this is a beautiful idea.
8. Flutter Fairies Flying Fairy Doll
This fairy is beautiful. She’s a real stunner AND she flies. Press the button on her base stand and off she goes spinning around the room. There’s a sensor underneath her which, when you hold your hand under her, makes her hover just above your hand so that you can control where she goes.
She was a real crowd puller at the Christmas in July event – the little girls were flocking to her to have a go.
9. Monopoly Empire
This is another great game from Hasbro – and one the adults in this house would definitely enjoy, never mind the kids. In Monopoly Empire you buy up brands such as Ebay, Coca Cola and Xbox rather than streets and train stations. The game is a race to the top! Collect rent from your rivals based on your tower height. And be the first player to fill your tower with billboards to win!
It will be £19.99 from Argos from tomorrow. I love the movers in this game: coke bottle, Xbox controller, McDonalds fries etc and think it looks like a fun take on an old favourite. I’m looking forward to giving it a go.
10. Elmo Hugs
And last but by no means least, Elmo Hugs, the gorgeous new hugging Elmo toy. I spent a little bit of time being hugged by Elmo and have sweet nothings whispered into my ear by him, I’m no afraid to admit. And he was lovely. He is so soft and his hugging arms are just wonderful. I’m not sure the children would be allowed this toy – I think I would have to keep him all for myself. Elmo will cost £49.99 from Argos.