Christmas toy testers give verdict on Bromley’s most wanted presents

PUBLISHED: 10:07 07 December 2012

Joe, 8, with Toys'r'us staff and the remote controlled Attacknid

Joe, 8, with Toys'r'us staff and the remote controlled Attacknid


Whether it’s Tracy Island or Tamagotchis, the clamber for the season’s coolest and most wanted toy is inevitable.

Ben, 10, with store manager Ruth and the ChildpadBen, 10, with store manager Ruth and the Childpad

To help prepare parents across Bromley, we sent two toy testers along to The Glades where staff opened Toys’r’us exclusively for us.

Ben and Joe Hurst, pupils at The Highway Primary School, Orpington, put this year’s top five toys to test – including a sharp-shooting Nerf gun and a child friendly tablet.

Store manager Ruth Waters is anticipating a “technology Christmas”, with all sorts of gadgets and gizmos flying off the shelves.

She said: “It doesn’t matter what the age of the child is, they all know how to play games on their parent’s phones and those mums and dads want them back.

Ben and Joe with Toys'r'us manager Ruth WaltersBen and Joe with Toys'r'us manager Ruth Walters

“I think the boys enjoyed the Childpad and their dad liked the educational aspect of it too. Learning through fun seems to be way forward.”

Accompanied by their dad, Julian, the brothers filled their Christmas lists, which came as a welcome surprise.

Though they enjoyed shooting blasters and throwing angry birds – as Ruth predicted, technology was the winner.

Julian said: “I got hit by a few Nerf bullets, but it was worth it to go from wondering what to get them to having a list that is too long.

“They both really liked the Childpad which is great because they had been going on about getting an iPad before that.

“All the staff were great on the day and gave the boys a bag of treats to take home.”

Childpad Tablet

The ChildPad tablet is compact and light weight, running Android OS version 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” effortlessly. A great tablet experience ready to entertain children.

Ben’s verdict: “It was very good because you get three games free and you could also read and take pictures with it. I have asked my dad for one for Christmas. That was favourite toy of the day.” 10/10

Angry Birds Mega Smash Game

An exciting skill and action game based on the best-selling digital app Angry Birds. Build the structure before opponents launch an Angry Bird in to knock it and the pigs down.

Joe’s verdict: “I would say this version was better than the iPhone app because it’s more of a challenge to win. You have to stack all the parts up and fire the bird, but my aim isn’t very good. That was my favourite toy.” 10/10

Air Hogs Radio Control Helicopter

Enjoy quick bursts of aerial navigation or launch your way into full flight. Children can also unleash up to four plastic missiles at the provided targets.

Ben’s verdict: “This toy wasn’t very good because it didn’t charge properly and we couldn’t fly it for very long. It was quite difficult to control and fire the missles.” 6/10

Nerf Elite Hailfire Blaster

A rotating ammo rack gives it the highest capacity of any Nerf blaster. The blaster can hold up to eight ammo clips and 144 darts. Fires at targets up to 75 feet away.

Joe’s verdict: “It can shoot really far and had a great aim. I was shooting some targets set up for us, but it would be cool to have a battle with two blasters.” 9/10

Combat Creatures Attacknid

This six-legged robot has a 360 degree rotating head for ultra manoeuvrability, all controlled from an easy to use wireless radio control handset and standing at 10 inches tall.

Ben’s verdict: “They look like big, electronic spiders. If me and my brother both had one, we could battle them and shoot their legs off. They’re quite cool.” 8/10

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