Christmas toy chart unveiled by retailers' association

BBC's Tim Muffett looks at some of the top toys for Christmas

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Interactive fluffy toys mix with some more traditional children's character favourites in a list of the top toys for Christmas.

The top 12 chart, which has been drawn up by industry body the Toy Retailers' Association, features items ranging in price from £19.99 to £89.99.

The dozen includes a rabbit toy that reacts when it is cuddled, a Fireman Sam rescue set and Lego.

The toys were being showcased at an event in London on Wednesday.

The association's prediction of the Christmas best-sellers are:

  • Doggie Doo (£24)
  • Fijit Friends (£54.99)
  • Fireman Sam Pontypandy Rescue Set (£29.99)
  • Kidizoom Twist (£49.99)
  • LeapPad Explorer (£78.99)
  • Let's Rock Elmo (£69.99)
  • Milky the Bunny (£59.99)
  • Monster High Lagoona's Hydration Station (£39.99)
  • Moshling Tree House (£19.99)
  • Nerf Vortex Nitron Blaster (£44.99)
  • Ninjago Fire Temple (£89.99)
  • Star Wars Ultimate Force Tech Lightsaber Assortment (£39.99)

"This year we have seen some amazing technological advancements from the toy industry," said Gary Grant, chairman of the association's Dream Toys selection panel.

"This does not mean to say that the toys are 'techie', rather that technology has been used to enrich the whole experience of play."

The list is only a prediction from a panel of 20 retailers who meet in September, with no guarantee that they will become the biggest sellers.

Stricter rules on toy safety came into force in July, aimed at making it easier for consumers and authorities to trace the origin of toys.

Under the EU-wide regulations, importers are responsible for ensuring that toys they bring into the EU are safe.

Toys of the year from decades past

Toys that have previously won toy of the year






Action Man (1966)

Plasticraft (1972)

Rubik's cube (1980)

Nintendo Game Boy (1991)

Beyblades (2002)

Spirograph (1967)

Lego (1974)

Star Wars (1982)

Thunderbirds (1993)

Robosapien (2004)

Sindy (1968)

Peter Powell kites (1976)

Transformers (1984)

Power Rangers (1994)

Igglepiggle (2007)

Hot Wheels (1969)

Playpeople (1977)

Sylvanian Families (1987)

Furbys (1997)

Ben 10 (2008)

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