These are the toys that will top wishlists this Christmas

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So it’s only July, we know, but that doesn’t mean talking about Christmas is totally off the menu. In fact, even Argos has already revealed their predictions on what will be the biggest must haves on children’s wishlists this year. And if recent years are anything to go by, getting in there early might not be a bad idea.

Linzi Walker, Chief Toy Buyer for Argos, said this year’s list has shown just how much toys are evolving. “They have truly moved on, with more sophisticated tech, life-like functions and up-to-date pop culture references.”

Despite that, popular toys such as NERF, LEGO and Star Wars continue to feature prominently in the wishlists for this year.

And in a survey conducted by Argos, it was found that Irish parents think LEGO will still be big in ten years’ time, with predictions that Christmas 2026 will see LEGO that can build itself be a toy of the future. They also reckon their children will be able to have a toy robot they can talk to, and they’ll have toys that never run out of battery.

 

As predicted by Argos, here are the top toys for Christmas 2016:

 

Zoomer Chimp, Spinmaster, €179.99, ages 5+

Kids will go bananas for this fun robotic pet, boasting a host of life-like movements, voice command recognition and over 100 tricks.

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Paw Patrol Air Patroller, Spinmaster, €84.99, ages 3+

Everyone’s favourite rescue dog, this Robopup pilot comes with his own jet complete with lights, sounds and cool rotating propellers.

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LEGO City Volcano, LEGO, €119.99, ages 8-12

The must-have LEGO set for scientists big and small.

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VTech Toot Toot Drivers Goldmine, VTech, €79.99, ages 1-5

Steaming ahead of its rivals, VTech’s latest offering for little ones is a trainset with mine and drop chute, as well as a motorised engine to climb slopes.

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Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike, Hasbro, €89.99, ages 8+

The first NERF with three ways to blast. An Elite Dart blaster, the MEGA Dart Barrel Extension, and a mighty Missile Launcher Stock.

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Tiny Treasures Baby Doll, Chad Valley, €59.99, ages 3+

The most lifelike 18” baby doll – which is weighted like a real new-born – is exclusive to Argos. Boy or girl, it features sleepy eyes, silky new-born hair, super-soft skin and an authentic scent of baby aroma.
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SelfieMic, Worlds Apart, €29.99, ages 8+

Wannabe pop stars and lip sync-ers can create their own music videos with this fun-packed selfie stick that features a karaoke microphone, ear piece and music app.
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Design a Friend Tiffany, Chad Valley, €74.99, ages 3+

Exclusive to Argos, this Chad Valley Design a Friend doll is all set for the red carpet in her dazzling evening dress, sparkly glitter sandals and pretty clutch bag. She also has an extra outfit, perfect for strutting her stuff on the carry-case catwalk packaging.

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Snuggles My Dream Puppy, Character Options, €74.99, ages 4+

With his super-soft fur, nodding head and tummy that moves when he breathes, this cute pooch will brings smiles aplenty at Christmas.

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Fisher Price Codeapillar, Mattel, €74.99, ages 3-6

Set to inspire a new generation of super-coders, this motorised caterpillar can be programmed to move through obstacles, accompanied by colourful lights, music and fun sounds effects.

 

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BB-8, Hasbro, €89.99, ages 3+

Star Wars remains popular this year, and this remote control BB8 is the perfect gift for any fan of the movie franchise

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