Following on from Toys R Us US' predictions for the top toys, released yesterday, Argos has had its say on what is set to top Christmas lists in the UK.
The retailer has predicted that talk-back toys are set to be 'the new toy craze' of Christmas this year, and as such the 'fab 15' list includes a number of such toys.
The list features a range of talkative toys including Dance Star Mickey, Let's Rock Elmo, Moshi Monsters Mosh'n'Chat and Fijit Friends.
Andrea Abbis, toys trading manager at Argos commented: "Many of this year’s top toys are almost like friends for children, with functions that allow them to talk and respond. They’re great for encouraging communication skills, interaction and a sense of friendship."
Argos' list is split into three sections - pre-school, boys and girls. For the boys Dr Who Children’s Dalek Ride-In, is set to be a hit.
Perennial favourite Barbie joins the girls list with Barbie Puppy Water Park and the pre-school chart features electronic learning toys, The LeapPad Explorer Tablet and the Kidizoom Twist camera.
Commenting on the selection of the list, Abbis continue: "We normally select a top ten but there was so much choice this year we opted for the Fab Fifteen, with five boys toys, five girls toys and five for pre-schoolers.
"As number one toy retailer, many parents and grandparents have come to rely on the annual list to get the inside track on what will be on Christmas lists and we wanted to provide them with as much guidance as possible.”
The Argos Fab Fifteen Toys for Christmas 2011:
Dance Star Mickey - Mattel
LeapPad Explorer Tablet - LeapFrog
Sesame Street Let’s Rock Elmo - Hasbro
Octonauts Octopod Playset - Mattel
Kiddizoom Twist Camera – VTech
Nerf Vortex Proton - Hasbro
Dr Who Dalek Ride-In - Kids@Play (currently limited stock, full stock available from October 10th)
Bop It XT - Hasbro
Disney Pixar Cars 2 Secret Spy Attack Finn McMissile - Mattel
LEGO Star Wars Sith Nightspeeder - Lego
Fijit - Mattel
Moshi Monsters Mosh’n’Chat - Vivid
Barbie Puppy Water Park - Mattel
Chad Valley Designa Friend - Argos
Baby Annabell (age three+) - MGA/Zapf
The Fab Fifteen for 2011 are available now in store or online at www.argos.co.uk and will be featured in the Argos Christmas Gift Guide out in October.
A competition to win ten sets of the top 30 toys (which will include the Fab Fifteen) is running on the Argos website as part of The Big Woohoo promotion, where children can also rate their favourite toys.
At Argos, the top 30 toys, including the Fab 15, will have 20 per cent off from September 22nd to October 12th 2011.