Smyths announces Christmas predictions

Katie Roberts

By Katie Roberts

September 25th 2008 at 11:16AM
Smyths announces Christmas predictions

Retailer unveils its top ten most wanted toys for the festive season.

Hasbro’s life-size, interactive puppy, Furreal Biscuit has taken the lead on the list. The list also includes a number of licensed toys from the year’s hit films and TV series.

Star Wars Clone Wars, Transformers and Ben 10 products are set to be the must have toys for boys, alongside Bandai’s new electronic beast catching handheld game, Catchabeast.

As Spin Master's Bakugan hits the shelves and TVs next month, the starter pack of the game is also set to be a big seller, according to the retailer.

Smyths has predicted that pre-school property, In the Night Garden is also set to continue its popularity and has included the electronic Upsy Daisy in Her Bed in the list.

Tween brands Hannah Montana and High School Muscial also feature with a Secret Pillow and Sing Together Dolls. 

Classic board game, Monopoly also made the top ten in its latest guise, Here and Now World edition.

Stephen Tymlin, Smyths Toys said: “Unsurprisingly, the top toy list for Christmas 2008 is more technologically advanced than ever before. If your kids are looking for the best in fun and sophisticated software then this year’s top toys will not disappoint.”

He continued: “The list captures something for boys and girls of all ages and it’s also good to see the all-time classic board game, Monopoly, whose first-ever World edition is expected to be a big hit with families this Christmas.”

Smyths’ top 10 Christmas toys are:

1.    Fur Real Biscuit, My Lovin’ Pup
2.    Clone Wars Ultimate Lightsabre
3.    Transformers Roll Out Optimus Prime
4.    Bakugan Starter Pack
5.    Monopoly Here & Now World Edition
6.    Ben 10 Vilgax Battle Ship
7.    In the Night Garden Upsy Daisy and her Bed
8.    Hannah Montana Secret Pillow
9.    High School Musical Sing Together Dolls
10.  Catcha Beast           

The list of top toys has been compiled in association with Smyths Toys, which has 34 stores across the UK and Ireland, with three more due to open before Christmas.