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When you consider that toy retailers live and die by their ability to predict what will fire the imaginations of children at Christmas time, it's no great surprise that toy predictions have become something of an industry institution.

These "Top Toy" lists generate plenty of column inches for the industry - and whilst many of them are painfully transparent, there's always a few gems that warrant a closer look.

Argos was the first retailer to announce their 2019 Christmas predictions on the uncomfortably early date of 7th June. This doesn't quite pip Tesco's record though... In 2011 they announced theirs on 6th June!

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Holly and Phillip may not be experts in the toy industry but they have enough viewers for their top Christmas toy list to be taken seriously.

Squeakee The Interactive Balloon Dog (Character Options)
Gotta Go Flamingo (Character Options)
Present Pets (Spin Master)
Laser Battle Hunters (Character Options)
Star Wars The Child Animatronic Edition (Hasbro)
LEGO Adventure with Mario Start Course (LEGO)
Nintendo Switch Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Nintendo)
Fisher-Price Rollin’ Rovee (Mattel)
Screwball Scramble Level 2 (Tomy)
Kidizoom Studio (VTech)
Yoto Player (Yotoplay)
Smartibot Builder Kit (The Crafty Robot)

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Selfridges’ list this year features a range of classic, creative and sustainable gifts designed to keep kids engaged long after the holidays.

Barbie’s Dream House (Mattel)
Present Pets (Spin Master)
KidiZoom Studio (VTech)
Adventures with Mario Starter Set (Lego)
Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 (Lego)
L.O.L. Surprise! Doll Remix (MGA Entertainment)
Little Live Pets ‘Gotta Go’ Flamingo (Character Options)
Laser Battle Hunters (Character Options)
Paw Patrol Dino Patroller (Spin Master)
Peppa’s Shopping Centre (Character Options)

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Tesco expects kids to go “crackers” for nurse-themed gifts this Christmas after the NHS staff inspired them with their heroic work in the pandemic.

Other toys that make the grade include radio-controlled laser battle vehicles and evergreen classics such as LEGO and Pictionary.

Kindi Kids Shiver ’n’ Shake Rainbow Kate
Lego Super Mario Starter Course
Present Pets
L.O.L Surprise! Clubhouse Playset
Rainbocorns Sweet Shake Surprise
Paw Patrol Dino Patroller
Fisher-Price Rollin’ Rovee
Monster Jam Grave Digger
Laser Battle Hunters
Pictionary Air

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From clever tech to lovable animatronic pets and classic family games to be played around the table, Hamleys' top toy list is always one to watch. 

Hamleys' head buyer, Victoria Kay, said "creating some simple Christmas magic feels more important than ever this year and we think there’s lots of memorable and affordable fun to be had with our 2020 hot picks".

Osmo Genius Starter Kit (Osmo)
Laser Battle Hunters (Character Options)
Super Mario Starter Set Adventures (LEGO)
KidiZoom Studio (VTech)
Barbie 3-in-1 Dream Camper (Mattel)
Nerf Ultra One Blaster (Hasbro)
Fisher-Price Rollin’ Rovee (Mattel)
Monopoly for Sore Losers (Hasbro)
Greedy Monkey (Hamleys exclusive)
Ferrari Foldable LED Twist Scooter (Hamleys exclusive)

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Classic brands LEGO, Monopoly, Barbie mingle with new releases from L.O.L. Surprise!, Paw Patrol and Pokémon in this highly anticipated list from the Irish-based retailer.

WWE Wrekkin’ Slambulance (Mattel)
Pokémon Carry Case (Character Options)
Star Wars Mandalorian The Child Animatronic (Hasbro)
L.O.L. Surprise! O.M.G. Remix 4-in-1 Plane (MGA Entertainment)
Princess Adventure Prance & Shimmer Horse (Mattel)
Present Pets (Spin Master)
LEGO Super Mario Starter Set (LEGO)
Monopoly Sore Losers (Hasbro)
Paw Patrol Dino Rescue Dino Patroller (Spin Master)
5 Surprise Mini Brands Mini Mart (Zuru)

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First out of the blocks again, Argos's top Christmas toy list for 2020 is an attempt to gauge what will be on the top of children's wish lists in the run up to Christmas Day.

A nation that "has rekindled its love for toys,’through more time spent at home throughout lockdown" is how the list was heralded. Whether that rekinded love will stretch to shoppers forking out Ł350 for a LEGO Lamborghini however, is yet to be seen.

Design A Friend Sienna Doll
Fisher-Price Rollin’ Rovee
Hatchimals Pixies Crystal Flyers
Kidizoom Studio
Laser Battle Hunters
LEGO Adventures with Mario Starter Course
LEGO Technic Lamborghini
Little Live Pets Gotta Go Flamingo
L.O.L Surprise! OMG Fashion Dolls Series 3
PAW Patrol Dino Rescue Dino Patroller
Poopsie Dancing Unicorn
The Child Animatronic Edition

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