Thumbs Up For These Wishlist Toys | Toy Review

It’s nearly the most wonderful time of the year! The happ… happiest season of all! The kids jingle belling and everyone telling you to be a good cheer, with much mistletoeing, hearts will be glowing when loved ones a near.. the most wonderful time of the year!

With Christmas in mind we took our chance to trial the top toys for boys and girls for Christmas this year from Vtech and Leap Frog.


Meet River one of our Junior Toy Analysts

Age: 5

Favourite reindeer: Rudolph

Favourite things to do: Play with games/toys and play sport

What’s at the top of River’s Christmas wish list:

Switch & Go Dash T-Rex & a bike

xmas sailor

Meet Sailor, one of our Junior Toy Analysts

Age: 2

Favourite reindeer: Dancer

Favourite things to do: Swimming and music

What’s at the top of Sailor’s Christmas wish list:

Anything with dinosaurs, dragons or cars

It’s the season when my kids Wishlist that’s been in planning for almost a year comes to crunch time… when a toy finds out if it’s on or off the list!

It can be brutal, watching them decide what toys & wishes end up landing a place on the coveted final draft. Just as we headed into this nail-biting decider of a time the boys were given the job of trialling 3 Vtech and LeapFrog toys. They’ll give a thumbs up if they think these toys are worthy of a place on every kids Wishlist!

Vtech Switch & Go Dash the T-Rex

Best for ages: 3 to 8 Years

vtech dash t-rex

Just its name was enough for me to know it was going to get a place on every kids Wishlist. And sure enough it has become Mr 5s special toy, the kind of toy that all the kids want a turn of on a playdate, but good luck if they get one!

What kid doesn’t love a remote-control dinosaur that automatically switches between a T-Rex and racer! Push the switch on the remote or Dash and Dash will transform between the two. This action absolutely lit up the eyes of River when he first saw it, and later again when he introduced Dash to his playdates, their eyes similarly shone with what can only be described as “awesome” written all over their faces, they excitedly gathered around Dash to give him a go. I’m not sure if they got one!

It has an LCD screen which animates Dash the T-Rex with its dashing dino eyes and dino roaring. Customise Dash by choosing from a selection of dinosaur eyes and drivers. Press the buttons on Dash or the remote control and you’ll hear fun phrases, dinosaur facts and great sound effects. River is a sponge for dinosaur information and has been installing the facts to memory and regurgitating them back to me, normally right on bedtime! Kids are so technically advanced so River worked out the remote’s controls and Dash’s buttons easily after trying them all out.

You can adjust the volume on the remote control for quieter play which is handy when you’re hitting the one-hour mark of kid & Dash play. We all know “noisy” toys suddenly end up “broken” when we remove the batteries without the kids knowing! Dash isn’t a “noisy” toy though but if you would like a bit of quiet the kids don’t have to give up playing with Dash.

The batteries that came with the toy were replaced fairly quickly, Dash would turn off spontaneously like he’d run out of puff, but with new good batteries he was rejuvenated and well energised.

River fell in-love and seems like a boy with his pet dino, sitting side by side the two were ready to play together at any time, he’s both proud and protective of his new toy friend and he plays with Dash throughout the day.

Is it on the list? 👍🏽

vtech dash t-rex
vtech dash t-rex

Switch & Go LCD Crew

Horns the Triceratops

Best for ages: 3 to 8 Years

Switch n go

If Dash had a non-remote-controlled baby this would be it, except a Triceratops! And so baby brother got to trial Horns. In 7 moves it also transforms from racer to dino. At 2.5 years old Sailor needed to be shown how to switch Horns from racer to dino, but once shown and having a memory like an elephant, as kids seem to have, he had it all worked out and could manage to switch from one to the other with ease.

Horns has an LCD screen too with animated eyes and you can choose a driver. Press the talk button to hear fun phrases and learn dinosaur facts in Horn’s own voice, did you know that Triceratops large head is almost half the size of his body! Press the sound button or move Horns to hear dinosaur and car sound effects depending on what form the Switch n Go is in! At 2.5 years Sailor’s not yet at a place where he’s taking in the facts, but he was keen on which driver to choose and chatting back to the driver or dino, so cute.  Sailor is all about play, imaginative play, and he’s a passionate player who commits 100% to his own sound effects of any given toy, their talk, their growl, the sound of a fast car, the sound of a crashed smashed dino so he enjoyed hours of imaginative play (and chats) with Horns the Triceratops in his epic play sessions!

Is it on the list? 👍🏽

switch n go
switch n go

Learn & Dance Dino

Best for ages: 2 to 5 Years

learn and dance Dino

Sailor first clapped eyes on this bright green dino at the Vtech Christmas toy launch. The dino found a place for himself nestled under Sailor’s arm so I knew the Learn & Dance Dino was going to be well received!

It comes with 9 action plates that customise Dino’s voice, emotions and dancing styles. When you insert one of the 3 red plates into Dino’s back the voice style will change into a dino, cool robot or a fearsome Monster! There are also 3 yellow plates to make Dino happy, angry or sleepy and 3 blue plates that make Dino march, dance to hip-hop or ballet.

Sailor needed to have the finer details of the Learn & Dance dino explained. He realised switching out the plates was possible, this was a game in itself! He also knew he was getting different affects from different plates. Some simple explaining that when he switches the blue plates the music changes, when he switches the yellow plates the dinosaur switches emotions and when he switches the red plates the dino switches character, may or may not have registered for him! It didn’t matter, as he develops he’ll grasp what the plates actually do, meanwhile he switches plates and something different happens, which is awesome enough!

It includes a dino egg to store the plates which he reported was “YAY”. He enjoys all the fun sing-along songs and melodies and is learning colours and shapes as he matches the plates to the same colour and shaped socket.

Is it on the list? 👍🏽

learn and dance Dino
learn and dance Dino

LeapFrog Magical Adventure Globe

Best for ages: 5 – 10 years

magic adventure globe

This is an educational interactive Globe for ages 5-10 years but really it is a magical adventure globe for the whole family!

The  boys 5 & 2 have taken to globes and world maps with great gusto already. From a young age, looking for countries and curious about flags, native animals and languages have always been a keen interest for them both and supported by their learning at school and pre-school. So when this spinning planet Earth was set upon the table, they knew exactly what to do, explore! The Magic Adventures Globe lets young explorers travel the world and see everything in it with a 2.7″ integrated video screen. Using the stylus, the kids can tap on the globe to choose what they’d like to discover & do! Explore the World, do the Travel the World challenge, a Quiz Show, and a Where in the World mystery solving game!

The globe is such an awesome interactive learning globe! The boys enjoyed exploring the world like the fearless adventurers they are. Featuring high-quality BBC videos we were immersed in any country we tapped our stylis on! Exploring Animals, Countries & Capitals, Culture & People, Currency, Flags, Landmarks & Famous Places, World Geography and World Languages, discovering  all sorts of stuff!

We could also Travel the world traveling on a plane, train or other transportation in the Around the World game using the knowledge we’d picked up on our explorations to answer questions along the way in an attempt to circle the globe as quickly as possible!

We could test our knowledge with the quiz show game that you can either play (compete fiercely) with a friend or challenge yourself, and we could solve mysteries with the Where in the World game by answering questions and following the clues to discover secret items and locations.

The Around the World game, Quiz show and Where in the World game was a particular obsession for River (and myself just quietly), at 5 years old he’s hungry for facts, learning, understanding and winning! So being given a learning challenge by way of games and quizzes is a sure bet for the best fun!

You can continue to learn by downloading additional expansion packs from their App Centre covering worldly topics like dinosaurs, food, art and music, mythology, global inventions and pioneers (each sold separately).

The Magic Adventures Globe really is magic, it kept the whole family happily occupied… and who knew we were getting an education at the same time!

Is it on the list? 👍🏽

magic adventure globe
magic adventure globe

author ronnieWritten by Ronnie Swainston

Online Producer & Experiences Editor Ronnie is mum to two spirited kids who keep her on her toes. With a love for travel, film, tv, photography & (eating) food keeping her wishing for more time, & having a keen curiosity means she’ll give almost anything a go making her, and her family, up for the job!

Favourite place to be: On an adventure


  1. Alezandra 02/01/2020 at 10:45 am

    Oh the tricerotops would be a hit in our household as my lil one likes Dinosaurs. V-tech does produce more educational type of toys but are just a pain with the amount of batteries to use though. I am torn with toys that require batteries and ones that can just be played without having to rely on something to run them.

  2. candyjanenz 28/12/2019 at 4:00 pm

    My boys are really into dinosaurs at the moment so I think that they would love all three of the dinosaur toys – the oldest probably prefering the dancing dinosaur and the youngest prefering the one that turns into a car. The globe also looks great but probably an idea for in the future.

  3. SarahBlair 27/12/2019 at 10:07 pm

    Wow, these are incredibly cool toys!! My mr 5 would be over the moon with these, especially the dinosaur toys, they are his thing at the moment, these would be great for his up coming birthday!

  4. Jen_Wiig 27/12/2019 at 11:51 am

    What cool reviews from the kiddos, always so honest. I really love the globe and deff keen to get that for my boys bday this year… Great age group too means he won’t out grow it too fast and being Vtech will last the distance too.
    The dinosaurs were pretty epic too.. Perfect for any Dino loving kid out there and always Vtech have put alot of thought into creating them to keep kids stimulated and educating at same time

  5. MuddledUpMolly 21/12/2019 at 11:00 am

    So cute seeing these pictures and reading the reviews for these toys. It’s great to have reviews for things I had not previously heard of. I think the learning globe would be an awesome gift for our three year old.

  6. dawnblyth 20/12/2019 at 6:03 pm

    The T Rex would definitely be a goer on Mr 4’s list. Its so cool! His wish list includes a remote control car, some hot wheels cars and an apple watch. My 11yr old son has asked for a drift trike, a soccer top with his name on it and a Samsung Galaxy Note 10!! Oh my I hope Santa has got deep pockets this year!!

  7. Mands1980 18/12/2019 at 7:43 pm

    I love the sound of the leap frog magical globe it sounds so cool with kids learning lots from it. My kids have not said too much about what they want for Christmas so I am going to just give surprise toys.

  8. Bevik1971 17/12/2019 at 11:06 am

    Little cuties!! 🙂 They are all awesome learning toys! I really love the look of the Globe, my daughter would love that! I really like the Leapfrog items

  9. Shorrty4life1 11/12/2019 at 10:43 am

    These are great toy reviews as i haven’t seen these products in store they look amazing. The VTech switch and go dash the T-Rex looks amazing. My son absolutely loves dinosaurs also so he would love that. I like the idea of the leapfrog globe aswell because there is learning involved and it looks like it makes learning fun also.

  10. Micht 10/12/2019 at 3:57 pm

    Wow… great toy reviews…will be looking into getting my 6yr old the leapfrog world… looks so cool and close to what they have been learning at school too…great enhancement.

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