With just over four months to go until Christmas, Argos has revealed the toys it predicts will be the best sellers this year (yes, we know it's August, we like to be prepared).
Look out for requests from your little ones that include a LEGO Lamborghini, a pooing flamingo, a dancing unicorn, and an animatronic doll of ‘The Child’ from Disney’s The Mandalorian, aka Baby Yoda.
The top toys list also reflects the rise of TikTok and YouTube. KidiZoom Studio, £60, has entered the top 12, following a 12 per cent increase in orders for kids' vlogging equipment on the Argos website this year. The high-definition camera kit will suit aspiring influencers who want to film their own unboxing videos.
Research by the store has shown that lockdown has influenced what we plan to buy our kids this year. Half of parents surveyed revealed they have been reminiscing about their old toys while they’ve been stuck at home and, as a result, 22 per cent plan to give their kids gifts that remind them of their own childhood this year.
If that’s you, along with the animatronic Baby Yoda, £45, look out for the collaboration from Nintendo and LEGO. LEGO Adventures with Mario Starter Course, £50, offers kids (plus nostalgic grown-ups) the chance to play the iconic platform games in physical form, collecting coins and squashing enemies.
Argos also found that 40 per cent of parents want to purchase more toys that encourage active and imaginative play than they did last year. But fun is – of course – also on the agenda with Little Live Pets Gotta Go Flamingo, £33, an interactive flamingo that tells kids when it has to sit on its potty, and Poopsie’s Dancing Unicorn, £50, a new version of the Poopsie Slime Surprise Unicorn that was one of the biggest hits of 2018.
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LEGO Super Mario Adventures Starter Course | £50 (opens in new tab)
The LEGO Super Mario Starter Course features a highly interactive LEGO Mario figure. He collects virtual coins as he runs and jumps from the Start Pipe to the Goal Pole, touching seven action bricks for different interactions.
Designafriend Sisi Doll | £35 (opens in new tab)
With a soft body, this doll is great to hug, but can also raise her arms and legs in lifelike positions. She comes with a silver Designafriend charm bracelet and is carefully packaged in a boutique style box with Designafriend wrapping paper.
Hatchimals Pixies Crystal Flyers | £35 each (opens in new tab)
Now Hatchimals Pixies can fly! Kids can launch theirs from the base or lift her into the air, then use their hands to guide her. When she’s not flying she can be displayed in her crystal egg. Oh, and there are no batteries needed with a USB charging cable included.
LOL Surprise OMG Fashion Dolls | £32 each (opens in new tab)
There are four LOL Surprise OMG Fashion Dolls to collect in the series. Kids can slide the pack apart to see the doll’s picture and open the garment bags to reveal surprises. After that, they can open the dressing room to dress her, and have her strike a pose on the included stand.
Fisher-Price Rollin’ Rovee Activity Toy | £60 (opens in new tab)
Get kids moving with an interactive friend that keeps playtime exciting as baby grows from infant to toddler to preschooler. Each of its four interactive play modes is filled with music and fun activities that encourage little bodies into action.
KidiZoom Studio | £60 (opens in new tab)
Kids can be the stars of their own videos with this top toy. They can set up the included tripod to film unboxing videos or use the flip-up lens and handle to capture on-the-move selfie video. There are 20 animated backgrounds for video adventures included.
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