The egg – a twist on last year’s runaway Hatchimals success which sold out ahead of the big day – is expected to take the number one spot on the bestsellers table as kids have to nurture twin critters.
The wish list for Santa includes an interactive tiger cub Called Tyler by FurReal for £135 and a Luvabella doll for £100 which can play peek-a-boo, giggles when her toes are tickled and has a “heartbeat” and Barbie’s DreamHorse which has a £90 price tag.
Seven out of the ten toys are hi-tech and only two of the more traditional play things are under £25.
Veteran of the play world Nerf has updated its “blaster” to fire foam cars over obstacles and ramps with its Nitro Longshot for £22.
And Hasbro’s Get a Grip pits players against each other in a range of skills from drawing and sculpting to carrying out tasks without using their thumbs.
The game, complete with handbands to tuck thumbs away costs £21 and is likely to be the unexpected Christmas hit.
Victoria Kay, head buyer at Hamleys said: “We’ve seen a lot of tech for tech’s sake in the past few years with app extensions, but now, whether it’s a plush or a more sophisticated Lego build, they are getting smarter in how kids can personalise and programme them.”
An unlikely star of a TV Christmas ad could be the oddest hit toy of the year.
For Snot, a lime green blob, takes centre stage in the first festive ad of the year and is poised to be a sell out at Smyths as it beats the odds when it is created by a mistake at the toy factory.
Kicked out for failing to meet standards, Snot roams the streets and encounters a string of problems including being chased by a monster before finding refuge in the aisles of a Smyths store.
The 60 second ad goes out on Saturday night during a break in ITV’s X Factor and all proceeds from the £9.99 Snot toy will go to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
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