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Dream Toys rates the most lovable toys of this Christmas


11-12-2016 01:07 BJT

Retailers in the UK have just revealed their top twelve 'must have' toys for boys and girls this Christmas. The toy industry is predicting bumper sales, although it admits the US election of Donald Trump and Britain's EU exit vote earlier this year could lead to higher prices in 2017.

This is the toy everyone is raving about in the run up to Christmas.

Hatchimals respond to nurturing and warmth until eventually the egg cracks open and you have a new chick to take care of.
It's one of twelve toys which have made it to the list of Dream Toys which are selected each year by the industry.

"So it can walk and then it sings Happy Birthday sometimes as well and then the eyes light up in different moods and stuff," said Tiana Wilson,a school girl.

"In all the years I've been selling toys, you know we've chased around Tracy Island, we've chased around Care Bears and Cabbage Patch Kids, but this seems to be just gone to another level and the thing is about Hatchimal, it comes as an egg, by nurturing it and keeping it warm the chick inside the egg starts to become warm, starts to become alive, starts to make noises and after a while it starts to spin around inside the egg and it starts pecking and it starts to break the egg open and then literally you hatch the egg," said Gary Grant, chairman of Dream Toys' Selection Committee.

Securing a Hatchimal this year might be tricky. According Gary Grant, the chairman of Dream Toys' selection committee, there is already a worldwide shortage of the toy because the factory can't make enough of them.

A lot of interactive, or responsive toys like Hatchimals are most popular this winter, although the old favourites like Thomas the Tank Engine and Lego have secured places on the top toy list.

Toys like Furby have been updated with new technology so they are connected to computers via bluetooth.

One of the less expensive toys making the list this year is the Silly Sausage which tests your dexterity.

This is the new Barbie range developed to reflect the diversity in our societies.

Analysts say 2015 was a record year with the global market valued at 86 billion dollars with an average growth of 7% across all the major markets.

This Darth Vader is more of an adult toy. Hidden sensors mean he can call out when you least expect him to.

Although there's the same old excitement about the approach of the winter holidays and the biggest gift buying time of the year, the industry is concerned about what lies ahead.

They say a puppy isn't just for Christmas, but sometimes they are.

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