Top 11 toys your children will want for Christmas 2013: Dream Toys list reveals all
The Toy Retailers Association has held its annual Dream Toys event at which it reveals all the top products in several different categories that kids will most be excited to find under the tree this Christmas.
Judges choose 50 toys in total, across six categories, and generally come up with a definitive Dream Toys Top Ten from that. But for some reason this year, even though it's still called the Top Ten, the organisation has listed 11 of them. Not that we're complaining mind, that's an extra surprise present lurking behind the baubles. And who doesn't like extra surprise presents.
In no particular order, these are the toys that made the final cut.
Teksta Robotic Puppy
Also known as Tekno in the US, the Teksta Robotic Puppy is an interactive electronic friend that Hamleys claims is rapidly selling out. It barks, communicates through its eyes and even performs full backflips.
It comes with interactive bone and ball accessories and can connect wirelessly to an iOS or Android application in order to be controlled and played with remotely. Pink and blue Teksta puppies are available, priced at £60.
Hasbro's Furby electronic toys returned a year ago, and like the Teksta can be hooked up to smartphone or iPad apps. This year's model is the Furby Boom, a toy that also connects to an application, although also offers the chance to hatch virtual furblings in the game through care of the real-world creature.
The new Furby can then interact with the virtual Furblings too. It also carries a £60 recommended retail price.
V-Tech InnoTab 3S
V-Tech's third-generation tablet for kids has a 5-inch touchscreen and really ups the stakes with a 2-megapixel camera that can either face front or back.
A game, e-book and Kid Connect app are included, and it can connect wirelessly to V-Tech's Learning Lodge in order to download TV shows, music, additional e-books and more. It has 4GB of storage space and a microSD card slot for expansion. Stockists will charge around £100 for it.
Like the InnoTab 3S, LeapFrog's LeapPad has been around for three generations. The LeapPad Ultra, which comes in green or pink, has a 7-inch touchscreen and also comes with "kid-friendly" Wi-Fi.
Two 2-megapixel cameras are on board, one front one rear, and it has 8GB of storage space. It comes with 11 apps and 10 songs pre-installed, but also has access to LeapFrog's learning library of 500+ educator-approved games, apps and more. It retails for around £120.
Robo Fish are this year's Hexbug. They are dormant out of water, but submerge them and they randomly swim like real fish, even bobbing to the top of the bowl and down to the bottom as if feeding.
There are four fish and four sharks to collect in the range and the bowl is included in one pack so that you don't have to scare your real goldfish with an automated friend on Christmas Day. The Fishbowl costs £15 but be aware that each fish also costs around the same amount.
Nerf N-Strike Elite Rapidstrike CS-18
By the time you've managed to say the name of the latest blaster from Nerf you'll have a mouth full of 18 darts, as it comes with a mighty see-through clip containing just that amount.
It's also light and easy to carry for smaller Nerf-meisters, so watch out. It retails for around £40.
Lego City Coast Guard Patrol
No Christmas wishlist can be complete without some Lego and this year's top treat is the City Coast Guard Patrol.
It includes three sharks, six minifigs, and constructs not only a patrol boat but a submarine and helicopter. That's a fair amount of fun for £60.
A fresh take on the old classic, instead of streets, utilities, train stations, houses and hotels, you can own the biggest brands in the world.
Samsung, Xbox, Beats by Dr Dre, Coca-Cola, McDonald's and more are up for grabs. It's like an IPO without the usual bad feeling. Expect to pay around £20 for the new set.
Doc McStuffins Doctor's Bag Playset
Based on the Disney Jnr children's series, this set is the ideal way to set your kid on the path of a career in medicine.
It contains a play thermometer, syringe, blood pressure cuff with working gauge, otoscope, bandage cuff, sticker sheet (as in plasters) and a magical light-up stethoscope. It doesn't come with the promise of a pay rise that sadly doesn't materialise because the hospital board decide to hand out bonuses at management level instead. It costs around £20.
Monster High 13 Wishes Doll
We'd be lying if we said that we knew much about Monster High, save for the fact that the TV shows and toys are hugely popular, especially with young girls.
The new range is based on characters from the new Monster High movie. Each doll comes with a brush, doll stand and lantern accessory. There are three in the range, Clawdeen Wold, Draculaura and Frankie Stein and they cost around £23 each.
Flying Fairy by Flutterbye
It's a fairy doll but with a decent amount of tech inside. The charging station launches it into the air and as you move your hand underneath it flies higher in the air as if by magic.
It's basically a fairy-shaped helicopter with a sensor and we're genuine impressed. Expect to pay around £35.