Argos has released a top ten list of what it believes will be its top selling toys this year, and the new tech-enhanced Furby from Hasbro has topped the predictions.
The updated furry friend has LED eyes and a smartphone app which kids can use to feed the pet.
Andrea Abbis, toys trading manager at Argos, said: “The past few years have seen technology move into the toy arena meaning the two work in tandem. Now the key to a 'top toy' is a physical one that can link to an online world giving them greater longevity so they can evolve and grow as children do.”
Like other toy retailers, Argos believes the kids electronic learning tablets will be a hit once again this Christmas, with sequels LeapPad2 and InnoTab2 making the list.
All-in-all, three Hasbro toys were included: Furby, Web Shooting Spider-Man, and Twister Dance – an electronic, Britney Spears-endorsed version of the classic party game.
The Monster Fighters Ghost Train play-set from Lego's own IP Monsters made the list, while Mattel was represented with 'The Bat' from The Dark Knight Rises and Fallen Angel from its new Stardoll range.
Richard Woolfson, leading Child Psychologist said: “Most of the toys on the list reflect the impact of the digital dimension in children's lives, yet children will still interact with them using their imagination in traditional ways. They will invent their own adventures with the toys, make up new imaginative play sequences, extend their creativity and have great fun at the same time.”
The Argos Top Ten Toys for Christmas 2012:
Furby – price available from September 2012
Web Shooting Spiderman - £34.99
Lego Monster Fighters Ghost Train - £59.99
LeapPad 2 - £89.99
Batman ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ The Bat - £34.99
Cinderella Feature Doll - £29.99
Star Doll Fallen Angel – £23.99
Vtech Innotab 2 - £84.99
Minnie Mouse Precious Pets Tour Van - £29.99
Twister Dance - £26.99
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