Shane Carter, Head of Kids Universe at BIG W says research is key when it comes to knowing what will top a child’s toy wish list.
“We’re always researching the latest trends, fads and fashions for kids and listening to our customers to ensure we have the best range on offer,” he says.
And we parents are researching too. With so many toys on the market, we want to make sure that our hard earned dollars are going to be spent on toys that are not only educational and practical, we want toys that the kids will actually play with!
Fortunately 2019 has seen some pretty epic entries onto the toy scene, and we’ve rounded up some of our favourites in the gallery below.
15 of the best toys and games in 2019
Rizmo, RRP $89.95: Combining the most popular toy trends of today including voice technology, virtual pets and interactivity (think Tamagotchi and Furby). Rizmo listens, learns, remembers and grows with its owner, both in play value and physical form. Rizmo is available in pink, blue and white and can be found nationally in all major retailers.
Magical Lights Unicorn, RRP $39.95: It doesn’t get much cuter than this. Kids can go on a bi-lingual adventure with the super sweet Magical Lights Unicorn which teaches them English AND French! Place the seven charms on any of the three magic hearts to see her horn light up and hear colours, objects and phrases in either language. Use the charms to answer quiz questions or add sound effects to create your own special song. Squeeze the unicorn’s tail to see her beautiful wings flap and hear whimsical phrases and sound effects that encourage imaginative play. Her majestic hooves feature wheels so you can push her as you head off on your next adventure. Suitable for toddlers from 18 months, and available at Target.
Kidizoom DUO 5.0 Camera, RRP $99.95: Digital cameras aren’t just for the grown-ups! Kids can also take great photos and videos with the Kidizoom DUO 5.0 dual lens camera. The front and rear lenses can be swapped at the touch of a button, making it simple to take photos, videos, and selfies! Other features include: 4x digital zoom, built-in auto flash, fun learning games, voice changing effects, wacky photo shaker, photo editor, cool built-in games and more. Suitable for children 3-9 Years, and available in blue and pink now from Big W and other good toy stores and online retailers.
Googly Eyes Showdown RRP $29.99: No matter how far technology advances, nothing replaces the good old-fashioned fun of a family games night. With Googly Eyes Showdown you have your team guess the word that you are drawing before the other team guesses theirs. Put on the wacky vision altering glasses and bring on the laughter! Suitable for players aged 7+ and available at Big W and other leading retailers.
Engino JCB Machinery Series from RRP from $19.95: Children can build iconic JCB machines such as the 3CX Backhoe Loader, the Telescopic Handler and the Skid Steer Loader. The larger sets also include a motor which bring the JCB models to life. Engino toys are available from Australian Geographic stores and toy retailers as well as online.
Fisher-Price – Linkimals, RRP from $17.99: Using the synchronisation of lights and music across the toys, Linkimals come in a range of different designs that offer a variety of developmental benefits that link learning with playtime. Targeted at children aged 9+ months, these cute and educational critters are exactly as their name suggests – animals that link together to create an immersive learning experience through interactive music &and dazzling lights! Linkimals are available exclusively in store and online at Target Australia.
VTech Secret Safe Diary Selfie Music RRP $49: Were you a diary writer as a child? Things have gotten a bit more techie since then with the Secret Safe Diary Selfie Music by VTech! This dual camera diary unlocks at the sight of your face thanks to the clever facial recognition technology. Kids can also add a number password for extra security as well as take great photos and videos with the dual cameras. And the features list is too long to write here, let’s just say there’s photo effects and music and virtual pets … told ya! Suitable for kids aged 6-11 and available at Big W and other leading retailers.
Rubik’s Race RRP $29.99: This takes your old Rubik’s cube to the next level! Rubik’s Race is a fun new puzzle game that combines the strategy of the Rubik’s Cube with face-to-face play. Shake the Scrambler to create a new Rubik’s pattern, then slide the tiles to match the pattern on your board to the one in the Scrambler. The first player to complete the match and slam down the centre frame wins! Suitable for kids aged 8+ and available now at Big W and other leading retailers!
Small World Fashion, RRP from $16.95: Colourful, classic, quality fashion kits for designing and creating a number of fashion accessories. Everything is included to create beautifully finished,decorative fashion accessories.The wide range of kits will appeal to kids of all ages! Theatrix toys are available National Geographic stores and toy retailers as well as online.
Micro Motorz RRP $12.95: Got a car fan at your place? They’ll love these! Each Micro Motorz is a micro-size drifting car that comes with a cool unboxing experience. Each vehicle features garage / launching pad, customised graphics and tuning parts and accessories which are interchangeable within the teams so kids can tune their Micro Motorz, customising their collection. Suitable for 3 to 8-year olds, Micro Motorz are available from mid-May 2019 from Big W, Toyworld, Toy Mate, Kidstuff, NewsXpress and other leading independent toy stores.
BoomTrix RRP from $39.99: Ready to test skills and have fun? Defy gravity with BoomTrix and let the metal balls go from one trampoline to another. The bigger the challenge, the bigger the boom! Use your creativity and set up a track with towers, power action trampolines and a finish. Suitable for kids aged 7+ and available exclusively at Australian Geographic.
Ty Beanie Boos RRP from $12:99: Love Ty Beanie Boos? Now you can dress head-to-toe in Ty Fashion, featuring your favourite characters, reimagined as wristlets, purses, backpacks, slippers and slides … and they’re sparkly! Featuring a mix of sparkles and glam plush, with the trendy colourchanging metallic sequins that flip and tip creating gorgeous looks and patterns. Available at most leading toy retailers.
The Game of Things RRP $29.99: Perfect fun for beating the ‘I’m boreds’, this is a “Who-said-what” game with attitude that presents players with provocative topics like “THINGS… you wouldn’t do for a million dollars”, “THINGS…you wish grew on trees”, or “THINGS… your parents forgot to tell you” and asks each player to write down whatever comes to mind. Pick a topic, everyone writes a response, read them out loud and guess who said what. There are no right answers… There are no wrong answers. Just a lot of laughs. Suitable for kids aged 14+ and available at Big W and other leading retailers.
Gator Golf RRP $29.99: 2019 has seen a relaunch of this 90’s classic! Putt the ball into his mouth and watch his tail flip it back to you! Suitable for kids aged 3+ and available at Big W and other leading retailers.
SuperZings RRP from $1.99: Get ready to meet the latest collectible craze! SuperZings are everyday objects brought to life in a comical hero vs. villain theme. There are more than 80 multicoloured characters to collect, each with a matching rival. All living together in Kaboom City, there are 36 regular characters available in two different colour-themes, plus six Silver and two Gold Rare and One Enigma Super Rare SuperZing. . The figures all have their own superpower and profile, use collectible Supercars to get around (eight to collect), and live in Hideouts (eight to collect) which can also be used to launch the characters into the air. Suitable for kids aged 3+ and available exclusively at Kmart.
Small World Learning, RRP from $19.95: These unique games teach children about colours, math, shapes, sorting and more –
all while having fun! Children won’t even know they’re learning. Theatrix toys are available National Geographic stores and toy retailers as well as online.