Every year, esteemed members of the Toy Retailers Association sit down to ruminate, excogitate, deliberate, and do other things that don't end in "ate", in order to decide what toys released in the last 365 days will be the biggest attractions for keen kids and weary adults this Christmas.
The end result is the Dream Toys line-up, the top 12 toys money can buy for boys and girls. So, in alphabetical order, here are the official toy industry choices for what you should fill your kiddlywink's stockings with:
City Airport, Lego UK (£84.99)
Fireman Sam Deluxe Fire Station Playset, Character Options (£29.99)
FurReal Go Go Walking Pup, Hasbro (£59.99)
Jet Pack Buzz Lightyear, Mattel UK (£39.99)
Kidizoom VideoCam, VTech (£59.99)
Monopoly Revolution, Hasbro (£29.99)
Moon Dough Barn, Spinmaster Toys UK (£19.99)
Nerf N Strike Stampede ECS, Hasbro (£54.99)
Paper Jamz Guitar, Wow Wee Europe (£24.99)
Pocket-lint's review can be found here.
‘Pumpaloons’ – action game, Drumond Park (£19.99)
Sylvanian Families Motorcycle and Sidecar, Flair Leisure (£24.99)
ZhuZhu Grooming Salon, Character Options (£22.99)
As well as the top 12 toys overall, the Toy Retailers Association also picks its tips in several categories; Girls, Boys, Pre-School, Games, Creative and Cool Toyz. The winners of each can be found on the organisation's website.
However, as we're all big kids at Pocket-lint (some of us still wear short trousers to work - you know who you are), we're most interested in the Cool Toyz (apart from the name), so here's that specific list:
- Air Hogs Laser Zero Gravity, Spinmaster Toys, £39.99
- Air Hogs Vectron Wave, Spinmaster Toys, £24.99
- "Animatazz" - animated movie-making kit, Drumond Park, £24.99
- Barbie Video Girl, Mattel UK, £59.99
- Battle Machines, re:Creation, £59.99
- Bladez Micro Helicopter, Bladez Toys, £13.99
- Bop It!, Hasbro, £19.99
- Loopz, Mattel UK, £34.99
- Nerf N Strike Stampede ECS, Hasbro, £54.99
- Paper Jamz Guitar, Wow Wee Europe, £24.99
- Technic Buggy, Lego UK, £27.99
- Zinits, Flair Leisure, £9.99
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What's your tip for the top toy this Christmas? Let us know in the comments below...