Mattel Gift Guide


UNO and DOS,

Hot Wheels and Thomas,

Scrabble with family while eating some wings,

These are a few of my favourite things


Scrabble, UNO, DOS, Skip-Bo, Imaginext, Thomas & Friends TrackMaster, Hot Wheels Premium and Track Builder
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When it comes to family entertainment, Mattel has something for everyone. From card and board games, to educational toys, action figures, and collectables.

Purchasing gifts during the festive season or for any ocassion, can be somewhat daunting; so we've put together a list of a few of our favourite toys and games, which might help in the decision making of what to choose for your loved ones.


Family Fun Card and Board Games

Mattel has a range of great card and board games to choose from: timeless classics like Scrabble and UNO, to the more recent additions like DOS and Pictionary Air.



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Get ready to unleash your incredible vocabulary on your opponents!

Scrabble is one of the all time classic family games, bringing players of all ages together. With the new health and safety regulations, and everyone trying to stay at home as much as they can, this is the perfect game to keep the whole family entertained for hours. 

Read our review: Family Time with Scrabble

Recommended Retail Price R399 



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The card game that is easy to pick up but hard to put down.

UNO is a classic card game that will keep kids, couples, and the whole family busy whatever the occasion is, where ever you are in the world.

UNO has released 13 new ways to enjoy the game and a few additional wild cards to the pack. 

Read our review: Not just UNO way to Play

Recommended Retail Price R129 



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Double the fun with UNO's best friend.

DOS is a card game which is similar to UNO but with an extra pile, and cool new wild cards. You still need to try and get rid of your cards before your competitors do, and when you have two cards left don't forget to scream out, "DOS!" 

Read our review: UNO, DOS, Let's GO!

Recommended Retail Price R129 



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It's as easy as 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12!

Skip-Bo is the commercial version of "Spite and Malice" and the ultimate sequencing card game from the makers of UNO. If you enjoy solitaire/ patience against a few opponents then this game is for you.

Read our review: Skip-Bo: It's as easy as 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12

Recommended Retail Price R129


Pictionary Air 

Pictionary Air
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Draw in the Air! See it on Screen!

The popular family drawing game, Pictionary, has some amazing technological upgrades. Pictionary Air allows players to use their smartphones camera via the Pictionary Air app to view what the illustrator is drawing in the air with the Pictionary Air pen.

Recommended Retail Price R499


Toddler Toys and Action Figures 


Imaginext toys which is made by Mattel, allow children to use their imagination by creating their own adventurous stories which are brought to life with the realistically looking role-playing toys.

Imaginext Mega Bite Shark

Imaginext Mega Bite Shark
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Shark Attack!

Fisher Price's role-playing toy range, Imaginext, are a great gift for kids between 3 - 8 years of age. The Mega Bite Shark is a very realistic toy with moving parts as if the Shark is swimming through the ocean before he opens his mouth to attack the poor scuba diver. 

Read our review: Imaginext: Imagine What's Next with the New Mega Bite Shark

Recommended Retail Price R599 


Thomas & Friends TrackMaster

Thomas & Friends TrackMaster Sets allow children to go on a new adventure with the Tank Engine and all the characters from the popular TV series.

Diesel Tunnel Blast

Thomas & Friends TrackMaster Diesel Tunnel Blast Set
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Have a Blast!

As his name implies in the Thomas & Friends series, Devious Diesel is always up to no good, and in the latest TrackMaster set from Fisher Price, he is doing just that. The push along shunter blasts through tunnels on his quest, while trying to escape a collapsing mine.

Read our review: Have a Blast with Diesel in the New Thomas & Friends TrackMaster Set

Recommended Retail Price R399 


Monkey Palace Set 

Thomas & Friends TrackMaster Monkey Palace Set
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Watch Out for that Monkey!

This Thomas & Friends TrackMaster Set was inspired by a special Episode in the show in which Thomas visits the Monkey Palace in India.

Children will have fun letting the monkey swing from Thomas onto the gantry and the tree tops and back onto the motorised train.

Recommended Retail Price R399


Jurassic World Sound Strike

Jurassic World Sound Strike™ dinosaur action figures feature movie-inspired sculpting, movable joints, authentic color and realistic texture. Collect all the Sound Strike™ dinosaur action figures and recreate epic Jurassic World battle action scenes or make up your own adventures!

Jurassic World Sound Strike™ Primal Attack Edmontosaurus

Jurassic World Sound Strike Primal Attack Edmontosaurus
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The Edmontosaurus is a medium-sized Sound Strike™ dinosaur action figure which has the brand new "Primal Attack" feature. Kids can now move the tail on the figure from side to side for strike action or move the tail from side to side/up and down for a huge CHOMP! If you do both simultaneously it looks even more realistic. Any of the movements also activate realistic dinosaur sounds for that ultimate Jurassic World experience!

Read our review: RAWR! The New Jurassic World Sound Strike™ Primal Attack Edmontosaurus is Dino-Mite

Recommended Retail Price R399



Hot Wheels

Since 1968 Hot Wheels has been manufacturing quality die-cast toy cars, and is official licensed by most of the current automobile manufacturing brands in the world. Hot Wheels also produces tracks to complement these quality toy cars.

Track Builder 

Hot Wheels Track Builder
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It's not the same without the flame!

Try doing the craziest stunt, or have the hottest races on Hot Wheels range of awesome Track Builder sets made for their die-cast toy cars.

Learn more about the Track Builder Sets: The New Jaguar F-TYPE Hot Wheels Challenge

Hot Wheels Track Builder Fold Up Track Track Pack Recommended Retail Price R399

Hot Wheels Track Builder Triple Loop Kit Recommended Retail Price R999


Special Edition and Premium Series

Hot Wheels Special Edition and Premium Series
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Hot Wheels has manufactured a number of special and limited edition, and premium series toy cars over the years for their collectors. One of the most recent Premium series are the miniature die-cast replica cars from the popular Fast & Furious movie franchise.

Hot Wheels has also introduced the Monster Truck Bash-Ups which allows children or sometimes adults to crash the mid-sized Monster Truck and then put it back together for hours of smashing and bashing. 

Hot Wheels Monster Truck Bash-Ups Recommended Retail Price R349 

Hot Wheels Monster Truck Recommended Retail Price R299

Hot Wheels Premium Team Transport Recommended Retail Price R399

Hot Wheels Premium Fast & Furious Recommended Retail Price R159

Hot Wheels Premium Street Tuners Recommended Retail Price R139

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