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Posted on Jun 4, 2013

Top Toys For Girls in 2013

Top Toys For Girls in 2013

Looking for inspiration? Want to know what the new and popular toys for girls in 2013 are?

Here’s my update one the strongest brands currently in the toy industry, with a look at what’s new or coming soon for each of them.

You should also take a look at my guide to understanding top toys lists, and how to create the ultimate gift wish list.



Monster High
Continues to do well in the doll market. Yet to overthrow Barbie as the supreme princess, but has a niche appeal to older girls. Winner of British Toy and Hobby Association Girls Toy of the Year Award. More information on Monster High here. Power Ghouls is a super-hero inspired line released earlier in 2013. 13 Wishes: Haunt the Casbah is the latest release (June 2013).

Monster High, Haunt the Casbah, Clawdeem Wolf doll

Monster High, Haunt the Casbah, Clawdeem Wolf doll



LEGO Friends
This pastel coloured LEGO range aimed at girls has provoked a fair degree of controversy, but remains one of the toy giant’s most successful properties. The largest two sets are Olivia’s House, launched last year and so no often available at reduced prices, and the newer Summer Riding Camp set.

LEGO Friends Summer Riding Camp

LEGO Friends Summer Riding Camp



Sofia the First – New Disney Princess
The Disney Princess brand has added to it’s characters. Sofia is a little girl, learning how to be a princess, after her mother marries the King. Sofia debuted in the made-for-TV musical movie, Once Upon a Princess, and now has her own TV show on Disney Junior (not yet available in UK, but toys and DVD are).

Talking Sofia the First Doll

Talking Sofia the First Doll



Barbie
Barbie continues to dominate the doll sector and recently expanded into construction toys with the release of Barbie Mega Bloks, although I think Barbie fans would do better to stick with the DVD-inspired lines, like the Popstar dolls.

Barbie Mega Bloks Fashion Boutique, $24.99

Barbie Mega Bloks Fashion Boutique, $24.99


Skylanders
Skylanders Giants is the most popular video game of 2013, but if you haven’t bought your yet, you might want to wait until October, when the next Skylanders wave, SWAP Force, will be released.

Skylanders Swap Force, due for release October 2013.

Skylanders Swap Force, due for release October 2013.


Peppa Pig
Anything, but in the UK, Lullaby Peppa Pig is especially awesome, or for US dwellers, Hug n Oink Talking Peppa.

Peppa Pig Talking Plush

Peppa Pig Talking Plush


Furby
He’s still king of the bestsellers list, with new colours released on what seems to be an hourly basis. He also has a mini Furby friend called Party Rocker.

Furby Party Rocker

Furby Party Rocker


Doc McStuffins
The Time For Your Check Up Doll won the Preschool Toy Of The Year Award in February, but personally I love the sparkly Doctors Bag set.

Doc Mc Stuffins Doctors Bag

Doc Mc Stuffins Doctors Bag


Despicable Me 2
Released with this Summer and the toy line to go with it is awesome. There are mini minions, plush minions, singing minions and talking minions. Be fast. I am predicting a severe minion shortage by Christmas.

Singing Tim the Minion

Singing Tim the Minion


Lalaloopsy
The latest edition to the Lala collection are Loopsy Hair – doll with long groomable hair. But I prefer the original style Lalas and I especially like the Littles collection.

Little Sew Cute Patient

Little Sew Cute Patient


Hello Kitty
Mega Bloks recently released some Hello Kitty construction sets, which make cute playsets, but not as cute as the adorable Vellutata kits available in the UK (some sets on Amazon.com and eBay).

Mega Bloks Hello Kitty House, $34.99

Mega Bloks Hello Kitty House, $34.99



Blingles
Sticky sequins you can use to add a splash of ‘bling’ to any smooth, hard surface.

Blingles Studio

Blingles Studio

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