Barbie and Ben 10 shine

Mattel and Bandai products named amongst the top gifts for girls and boys this Christmas by the TRA.
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Mattel's Barbie ranges remain a firm favourite with girls, while Doctor Who, Transformers and Ben 10 will charm boys this Christmas, according to the Toy Retailers Association.

Barbie Princess Rosella doll - inspired by the latest Barbie DVD - made the girls top 12 toys for Christmas listing, alongside other Mattel products My Baby, Polly Pocket Race to the Mall and Puppy Grows and Knows Your Name.

Vivid's Bratz and Zapf's Baby Born and Baby Annabel were also singled out.

The full girls list is:

Baby Annabel New V4 (Zapf); Baby Born Magic Eyes Boy (Zapf); Barbie Princess Rosella Doll (Mattel); Bratz the Movie Funky Fashion Makeover Body (Vivid); Grand Hotel from Sylvanian Families (Flair); Littlest Pet Shop Display and Play Pet Town Playset (Hasbro); My Baby (Mattel); My Little Pony Ponyville Teapot Palace (Hasbro); My Take Along Dolls House (Playmobil); Polly Pocket Race to the Mall (Mattel); Puppy Grows and Knows Your Name (Mattel); and Rose Petal Cottage (Worlds Apart).

Meanwhile, a range of TV and film-inspired toys will top boys' wish lists this festive season. Bandai's Ben 10, plus Hasbro's and Character's excellent Transformers and Doctor Who lines were all named.

The full boys list is:

Ben 10 Alien Laboratory (Bandai); Ben 10 Omnitrix F/X (Bandai); Cars Mega Mack Playtown (Mattel); Creator Monster Dino (Lego); Dr Who Dalek Sec Hybrid Voice Changer Mask (Character); Dr Who Figures assortment (Character); Spider-Man Ultimate Web Blaster (Hasbro); Stretch Power Ranger (Character); Transformers Movie Leader: Optimus Prime (Hasbro); Transformers Optimus Prime Voice Changer Mask (Hasbro); Transformers Ultimate Bumblebee (Hasbro); and WWE Money In The Bank Ladder Match Playset (Vivid).


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