The technology they use may be rapidly quickly - but children’s tastes in Christmas toys have a familiar ring this year.
The 12 top toys that retailers believe will be featuring on letters to Father Christmas this year include products connected to well-known names such as Star Wars, Thomas the Tank Engine and Lego.
Details have been revealed at DreamToys, the annual festive event at Meadowhall hosted by the Toy Retailers Association.
But while some perennial favourites are not changing, the top must-haves for this Christmas also include new interactive toys such as Hatchimals and Snuggle My Dream Puppy.
There is also the SelfieMic, designed for the talent show stars of the future.
Darren Pearce, Meadowhall Centre Director, said: “As a key retail destination for shoppers in the region we are delighted to be part of the Toy Retailers Association DreamToys event once again.
“There’s a real sense of family fun at the heart of many toys represented this year – great value toys and games that all the family can play.”
Gary Grant, Chair of the DreamToys selection committee, said: “The 2016 Top 12 list is incredibly diverse, with familiar names appearing alongside some clever innovations that will ensure these toys will be on Christmas wish lists up and down the country.
“It’s also great to see that, in these uncertain times, this is a very affordable DreamToys list.”
The full top 12 toys for Christmas 2016 are (in alphabetical order):
All prices quoted are recommended retail prices
*Friends Amusement Park Roller Coaster (Lego) - £89.99
*Hatchimals (Spin Master Toys) - £59.99
*Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage (Mattel) - £89.99
*Nerf N-Strike Elite Hyperfire (Hasbro) - £49.99
*Paw Patrol Air Patroller (Spin Master Toys) - £39.99
*SelfieMic (Worlds Apart) - £19.99
*Shopkins Chef Club Hot Spot Kitchen (Flair Leisure Products) - £24.99
*Silly Sausage (John Adams) - £19.99
*Snuggle My Dream Puppy (Character Options) - £49.99
*Speak Out (Hasbro) - £19.99
*Star Wars Rebel U-Wing Fighter (Lego) - £69.99
*Thomas & Friends TrackMaster Sky-High Bridge Jump (Mattel) - £99.99