Action figures, bath toys and racing cars — they were popular decades ago and they’re among the hottest new toys your kids will want.
Action figures, bath toys and racing cars — they were popular decades ago and they’re among the hottest new toys your kids will want.

The hottest new toys for 2020

Parents are being encouraged to buy toys that promote the role of play amid concerns children are spending too much time in front of screens.

Australian Toy Association president Jonathan Zimbler said the industry was shifting its focus to more innovative products to let children be more creative.

Mr Zimbler said many parents needed to be reminded that toys "were not just things to keep kids quiet, to stop them from kicking and screaming at the checkout".

"When you are buying toys you should consider that it can teach children hand-eye co-ordination, sharing with friends, and competing with friends," he said.

"Playing with a toy activates a child's brain in a way that computer screens and televisions can't."

Sleepover Peppa Pig. Pictures: Tony Gough
Sleepover Peppa Pig. Pictures: Tony Gough

Researchers have raised concerns about a rapid uptake in screen time for children even before they turn three.

Mr Zimbler said children who had access to a wide range of well-selected toys were more likely to be challenged and stimulated.

He was speaking ahead of the Australian Toy Hobby and Licensing Fair industry event in Melbourne.

Mr Zimbler said there was a resurgence in toys that were a drawcard decades ago, such as Action Man, and bath toys.

Popular items that are hitting shelves this year include the latest tile-based version of Lego.

Collectables such as Ty Beanies Bears and Hot Wheels would also be in demand.

"Collectables help teach children to recognise the difference between each item in their collection, to value and look after things, and also to learn how to list things," Mr Zimbler said.

The Man TGS Street Sweeper. Picture: Tony Gough
The Man TGS Street Sweeper. Picture: Tony Gough

There was also a growing trend towards manufacturers using sustainable materials.

Australians are expected to spend about $2 billion on toys this year.

Mr Zimbler said children benefited most from toys that were suitable for their development stage.

Buying toys that tapped into a child's interests, such as outdoor play, bath time play, arts and craft, building, or imagination, meant they were more likely to be engaged in play and learning.

 

 

THE HOTTEST NEW TOYS FOR 2020

THE MAN TGS STREET SWEEPER

Outdoors fun with sweeping equipment on both sides that raise and lower, and a hose attached to the back.

RRP: $160

Available: April/May

Age: 3+

TY BEANIE BEARS KATY KOALA

Profits towards saving wildlife. Made of eco-friendly fabric.

RRP: $8.90

Available: Soon.

Age: 6-12

SLEEPOVER PEPPA PIG

Press Peppa's tummy to hear a calming lullaby.

RRP: $49.99

Age: 3+

Available: April

LEGO

Lego Dots range.
Lego Dots range.

Dots range using tile-based play concept - perfect for self-expression.

Wearable rainbow, funky animal, dark unicorn, and cosmic bracelets.

RRP: $9.99

Photo cubes, jewellery holder, necklaces, pencil holder

RRP: $29.99

Booster bags with tiles

RRP: $5.99

Available: From March

Age: 6+

HOT WHEELS MAKE A KIT

Pull cars apart and rebuild.

RRP: $34.95

Available: Soon

Age: 6+

ECOKINS

100% recycled plush toys.

RRP: $19.95-$20.95

Available: Now

Age: 0-3

Hot Wheels Make A Kit. Picture: Tony Gough
Hot Wheels Make A Kit. Picture: Tony Gough

 

ECOKINS 

100% recycled plush toys.

RRP: $19.95-$20.95

Available: Now

Age: 0-3

Ecokins plush toys. Picture: Tony Gough
Ecokins plush toys. Picture: Tony Gough

 

APOLLO MAGICIAN KIT

Street magic with a baseball cap, self-tying shoelaces, vanishing ink and lots more.

RRP: $69.95

Available: From September

Age: 8+

The Apollo magician kit.
The Apollo magician kit.

 

GEMEX SUPER GEM CREATOR

Turns liquid into gems in under three minutes.

RRP: $49

Available: Mid-March

Age: 5+

Gemex Super Gem Creator.
Gemex Super Gem Creator.

 

GO GO BIRD

Simulates a bird flying, easy to control remote.

RRP: $59.95

Available: September

Age: 8+

Go Go Bird. Picture: Tony Gough
Go Go Bird. Picture: Tony Gough

 

MIKO 2

Robot for playful learning. Kids speak and it answers.

RRP: $399.95

Available: September

Age: 5+

 

SQUEAKEE

Interactive dog. Play, train and love with what is said to be every child's new best friend.

RRP: $100

Available: October

Age: 6+

Squeakee. Picture: Tony Gough
Squeakee. Picture: Tony Gough

 

OH MY GIF

Collectable animated figurines.

RRP: From $8

Available: May

Age: 6+

Oh My Gif. Picture: Tony Gough
Oh My Gif. Picture: Tony Gough

 

SOUND SCHOOL

Book and character letter cards for teaching letters and their sounds.

RRP: $39.95-$67.50

Available: Now

Age: 2+

 

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