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Revealed: The 12 'must-have' toys for Christmas in 2017

By Andrew Turton | Lifestyle | Published:

It’s that time of year again and now parents will be on the search for that must-have Christmas present.

Louise Edwards, 9, plays with the FurReal Roarin' Tyler

The latest Nerf blaster, the original Stretch Armstrong action figure and the sequel to last year’s Hatchimals are the topping the list this Christmas as parents prepare to spend an average of £121 on each child.

Family games, collectibles and movie blockbuster characters also dominate the Toy Retailers Association (TRA) annual DreamToys list of predicted top sellers.

Lego’s £84.99 Star Wars BB-8 and the £69.99 Paw Patrol Sea Patroller make the list, as do the £49.99 high tech tag game Laser X and the £74.99 Hatchimals Surprise.

The relatively inexpensive £9.99 collectible LOL Surprise dolls are predicted top stocking fillers, while the most expensive toy on the list is Hasbro’s £134.99 FurReal Roarin’ Tyler tiger featuring 100 sound and movement combinations.

This season’s must-have family game is the £17.99 Toilet Trouble, which sprays unfortunate players with water.

The list is decided by a panel of leading toy retailers in the UK including Argos, Boots, Selfridges, Smyths Toys, The Entertainer, TK Maxx and Toys R US.

Frederique Tutt, global industry analyst for the NPD Group’s toy division said: “The £3.5 billion-strong British toy market is holding on to its position as the largest market in Europe and the fourth biggest worldwide.

“This year, British kids aged up to 11 years will receive on average 11 toys for Christmas, worth collectively £121.

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“All year, affordable collectibles have topped the best-seller lists, with seven out of the top 10 best-selling toys since the beginning of 2017 retailing for under £10.”

The 12 predicted top-selling toys this Christmas

Enchantimals Playhouse Panda Set, Mattel, £32.99

Enchantimals Playhouse Panda Set from Mattel

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Fingerlings, Jazwares/WowWee, £14.99

Abigail Silverlock, 9, plays with the Fingerlings toy during the unveiling of the annual DreamToys list compiled by an independent panel of retailers

FurReal Roarin’ Tyler, Hasbro, £134.99

Louise Edwards, 9, plays with the FurReal Roarin' Tyler

Hatchimals Surprise, Spin Master Toys, £74.99

Hatchimals Surprise is still a favourite

Laser X – 2 Player Pack, Character Options, £49.99

Laser X - 2 Player Pack from Character Options

L.O.L. Surprise Series 2, MGA Entertainment, £9.99

Natasa Neocleous, 7, plays with the LOL Surprise Series 2 during the unveiling of the annual DreamToys list compiled by an independent panel of retailers which predicts the top Christmas toys on show at St Mary's Church, in Marylebone, London

Nerf Nitro Longshot Smash, Hasbro, £21.99

The Nerf Nitro Longshot Smash will be high on youngsters’ Christmas list

Paw Patrol Sea Patroller, Spin Master Toys, £69.99

Paw Patrol Sea Patroller from Spin Master Toys

PJ Masks Headquarters Playset, Flair Leisure Products, £49.99

The PJ Masks Headquarters Playset

Star Wars: BB-8, Lego, £84.99

Star Wars: BB-8 from LEGO

The Original Stretch Armstrong, Character Options, £21.99

The original Stretch Armstrong is still a favourite

Toilet Trouble, Hasbro, £17.99

Toilet Trouble from Hasbro
Andrew Turton

By Andrew Turton
Digital Journalist

Digital journalist based at the Express & Star's head office in Wolverhampton. Interested in breaking news and social media. Get in touch on Twitter @aturton_star or andrew.turton@expressandstar.co.uk

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