We (the Entropy Elves) always have a heap of fun predicting what will be the hottest toys each Christmas. However, with so many quality toys to choose from, and new ones arriving almost every day, it’s no simple task. So with bated breath, the moment we have been hanging out for all season is finally here. The numbers have been crunched, the results have been checked and double checked, and it is with great pleasure that we give you THE HOTTEST CHRISTMAS TOYS OF 2017.
It was no surprise to anyone that the Wishbone Bike, Mini Micro Deluxe and Bilibo made the count. These all-time favourites appear in our best-sellers list almost every year and it’s no wonder why. If you’re not familiar with these toys check them out – you won’t regret it!
Our clever Chief Poobah was right on the money when she predicted way back in August of 2017 that the Kinderfeets Kinderboard would be THE toy of the year. Elf Sharon and Gaby gained some impressive muscle mass wrapping and packing these boards over Christmas – action video below! Much to our delight, the New Year hasn’t hampered the boards’ popularity and they are still zooming out of Elf HQ at an incredible rate.
We saw a large surge of doctor and medically related toys in 2017 – another trend that doesn’t seem to be slowing down. But Le Toy Van’s gender neutral, educational and free play Wooden Doctor’s Kit, came out on top over the Christmas period. Like all Le Toy Van products, the quality and detailing of this toy is unsurpassed.
We hope you spied something on this list that made it under your Christmas tree in 2017. If not, you now know what tried and tested toys are loved nationally. Keep them in mind for upcoming birthdays or next Christmas – if you’re that organised.
Today was my third and final day at the 2018 Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair, and was my last opportunity to make sure I had dotted my i’s and crossed my t’s. As I spent my time re-walking the halls I had passed down previously in the last two days I wasn’t prepared for the surprises I found. With fresh eyes and fresh feet I uncovered some fantastic gems that I’m excited to share with you now.
Early in the morning, in the last ally way, in the last hall I found a fantastic company called Robotime Technology. Robotime Technology specialise in complex wooden construction toys that are gender-neutral and suited to older children (12 – adult). Below are a few photos of their products; my personal favourite is the DIY Houses.
Clockwise Two DIY Construction Houses, a Bunny and a Cat DIY Pot Plant and a DIY Moving Ferris Wheel
My next discovery was Elou – a Portuguese company that makes all their products from cork. Portugal has many Quercus suber trees (aka cork oaks) in the south of their country and they do a lot of inventive things with the material. Fortunately for the trees, Elou only need a bark to make their products. Therefore, the trees continue to grow and provide a safe habitat for animals while Elou create brilliant toys for us! Below is a snap of their stall.
I finally managed to get into the popular and therefore very busy Hape stand to see what new and exciting things we can expect to see this year. It’s fair to say I was not disappointed and I don’t think you will be either. Firstly, the Quadrilla range is getting a facelift with new packaging AND a whole new range of accessories (musical components included). Secondly, they have created a fantastic new railway station that has some very impressive features along with three new engines. Finally, they have also brought out a new range of outdoor bamboo products! You can expect to see all of these at Elf HQ in the near future so keep your eyes peeled. For now here is a sneaky snap of Hape’s epic Quadrilla display.
Hape’s impressive Quadrilla Display
Unfortunately that concludes my experience at the 2018 Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair. Overall it was a fantastic event, and I feel like one very special elf to have been given this brilliant opportunity. While my feet are sore I’m already looking forward to our next toy fair! Thanks for reading and bye for now,
After today I have decided that the phrase “time flies when you’re having fun” need to be amended to “time flies when you’re at a toy fair”. Today was another whirlwind of colours, toys and fabulous suppliers! After spending all day yesterday meeting with new potential suppliers, I used today to catch up with the manufacturers of the brands that already call Entropy home.
As we’re sure you already know, the brands that we know and love are always creating fantastic new toys. Visiting these brands at Toy Fairs (such as the Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair) gives us the opportunity to see these new toys are and give them the Elf tick of approval.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, however, I think one word covers the entire Manhattan Toys Company range – CUTE! Below are just a few of the companies newest items.
Obviously, the same word applies to the Moulin Roty range. Both these companies had beautiful stalls, made even more so by their products.
Moulin Roty Stall
I was very excited to find the Le Toy Van Stall. Their iconic soft aqua and bright red made me feel right at home, along with their extremely friendly staff. Keep an eye out for their new Popcorn Machine, Alphabet Blocks and Rainbow Cloud Walker – I’ve got these picked for our next best-sellers.
Le Toy Van Stall
To end the day on a high note I visited our good friends at Micro. As always they have lots of exciting things on their way, the most being their new eMICRO – an electric scooter! Below is a video of me taking it for a test drive.
Tomorrow is, unfortunately, my last day at the Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair and I have lots planned. Stay tuned to hear all about it!
Hi Toy Lovers, this is Elf Johanna checking in from Hong Kong where I just completed my first day at the Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair! The Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair is the largest of its type in Asia with over 2,500 exhibitors, and millions and millions of fantastic toys. With the important task of sniffing out the newest and greatest toys in the market, you can be assured that great things are on their way to Elf HQ.
While I was prepared for a Toy Fair of epic proportions I was gobsmacked by the sheer size and amount of toys I saw today. The halls seemed innumerable and never-ending, and I look forward to attempting to try to tackle them in the coming days.
Today was an extremely busy and formal day with meeting after meeting with new potential toy suppliers. It’s such an experience to talk to so many people from all around the world so passionate about their products. From traditional globes, to new-age science kits and baby toys in every shape, size and colour you can think of, it’s hard not to feel star-struck. Speaking of stars, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have my photo taken with the incredibly handsome Hape Dog.
The Hape Dog and Elf Johanna
With lots of formalities to attend to today, I didn’t get a heap of opportunities to take photos. However, I intend to make it up to you tomorrow and the day after, so keep an eye on our social media channels. Below are a few snaps of my favourite stands.
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