Must-have toys for children this Christmas - VIDEO

Early predictions: Toys on show at Meadowhall. Picture: Steve Parkin.
Early predictions: Toys on show at Meadowhall. Picture: Steve Parkin.
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CHILDREN are already drawing up their Christmas lists and toymakers have revealed the must-have toys which look set to be 2011’s hottest festive purchases.

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The Toy Retailers Association put them on show at Meadowhall shoppuing centre in Sheffield.

And youngsters have been getting the chance to test the toys and games for themselves before choosing which ones they’ll be asking Santa for.

The list is full of the latest technology designed to attract kids’ attention - but the favourite item proved to be the classic toy Lego.

Harry Pearce, aged six, said: “I like the Ninjago dragon temple, because you get some figures to play with it. And Super Racer - a car that fires guns.

“If I could get anything for Christmas it would be those and GX Buggy - a little remote-controlled car.”

Harry’s younger sister Georgia, four, also loved the Ninjago, but was impressed with the more typically ‘girly’ toys too, such as a pink rabbit from the Fijit Friends collection.

Georgia said: “I like Milky the Bunny because she blinks, flaps her ears and kicks her legs. I played with the pink bunny too, but it just keeps on going - it doesn’t shut up!”

Their dad Darren Pearce, Meadowhall centre director, said the event was ‘great’, adding: “It’s all about getting parents down to see some of the top toys for Christmas.

“What you find is that the more traditional toys are still popular, such as timeless toys like Lego, which is also great for building the kids’ skills.

“People can come down here and test the toys with their kids.”

The Nerf Vortex Nitron Blaster - a large plastic gun that fires milk bottle top-sized discs - was also a hit, as was a game based on the top iPhone game Angry Birds, in which children can fire the birds from a mini-catapult.

The association has been predicting kids’ Christmas lists for more than 40 years - and the festive toy market is big business, raking in £2.9bn last year.

Star Wars toys continue to be popular, with a new lightsabre and Lego Millennium Falcon - although the latter is pricey at £129.99.

Ewan Davenport, 11, said: “I like the Angry Birds game. I’ve played the computer game version, but this is better, because after a while of playing on the computer my eyes hurt.

“I like Doggy Doo too - you put playdough into its mouth and press it as many times as you can on your turn without it pooing.”

The ‘poo’ in question is lurid yellow gunge.

CHRISTMAS 2011 TOP TOYS LIST:

Dream Dozen, in alphabetical order

1. Doggie Doo, £22.99

2. Fijit Friends, £54.99

3. Fireman Sam Pontypandy Rescue Set, £29.99

4. Kidizoom Twist, £49.99

5. LeapPad Explorer, £79.99

6. Lets Rock Elmo, £69.99

7. Milky the Bunny, £59.99

8. Monster High Lagoona’s Hydration Station, £39.99

9. Moshling Tree House, £18.99

10. Nerf Vortex Nitron Blaster, £44.99

11. Ninjago Fire Temple, £91.99

12. Star Wars Ultimate Force Tech Lightsaber Assortment, £39.99

Dream Dozen as chosen by children:

1. Angry Birds, £19.99

2. Bop-It! XT, £27.99

3. Fab Effex Variety Pack, £19.99

4. Flufflings, £19.99

5. Gelarti Designer Studio, £19.99

6. GX Buggy, £39.99

7. Hot Wheels Wall Tracks, £29.99

8. LeapPad Explorer, £78.99

9. Milky the Bunny, £59.99

10. Nerf Vortex Nitron Blaster, £44.99

11. Star Wars Millennium Falcon, £129.99

12. Top Agents Super Racer, £19.99