MAGAZINE: Leading UK Toy Retailer Argos Reveals Top Toy Predictions for Christmas 2016

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UK toy retailer ARGOS has today revealed its predictions for the toys destined for stardom on children’s wish lists this Christmas.

And to celebrate the release of the list, the toys were unveiled at a star-studded red carpet event.

The toys taking top billing this year include everyone’s Star War’s favorite BB8, LEGO and star in the making Snuggles my Dream Puppy.

Also in the spotlight, were tech toy favorite Fisher Price Codeapillar and making its debut, the SelfieMic.

Watch the exclusive red carpet reveal to see the stars of the toy world as they grace the red carpet.

Fast forwarding to Christmas Future, Argos polled 1,000 children aged five to thirteen for their insight into what toys will star on Christmas wishlist in a decade’s time.

Almost a quarter predict self-building LEGO (23%) and one in five believe that toys that can tidy themselves away will be festive must-haves in 2026. There’ll be more virtual reality games (41%), conversational robots (40%), toys that never run out of batteries (37%), and – for instant gratification – toys that appear magically in real life from their own imagination (10%).

The poll also revealed that construction toys are the most played-with toys (72%), with LEGO being named the favourite toy ever by 19% of kids. And Christmas toys are most certainly for the big kids too – a quarter of parents polled by Argos admitted to enjoying playtime with their kids’ NERF blasters!

Many parents also use toys to help inspire their children’s future careers, with over a quarter (27%) using science-based toys to set their little ones on a tech career path.

All toys will be available to buy via www.argos.co.uk from July 2016 onwards unless otherwise indicated.

The toys set to play starring roles on every kid’s letter to Santa this year are:

Zoomer Chimp, Spinmaster, £119.99, 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

Paw Patrol Air Patroller, Spinmaster, £39.99, ages 3+

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

LEGO City Volcano, LEGO, £79.99, ages 8-12

The must-have LEGO set for scientists big and small! Drive the mobile operations center to the volcano site and get discovering with the drone, excavator, 6 minifigures and accessories

VTech Toot Toot Drivers Goldmine, VTech, £52.99, 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

Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike, Hasbro, £59.99, 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

Tiny Treasures Baby Doll, Chad Valley, £39.99, 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!

SelfieMic, Worlds Apart, £19.99, ages 8+

The next evolution in karaoke is here! Wannabe pop stars and lip synch-ers can create their own music videos with this fun-packed selfie stick that features a karaoke microphone, ear piece and music app

Design a Friend Tiffany, Chad Valley, £49.99, 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!

Snuggles My Dream Puppy, Character Options, £49.99, ages 4+

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

Fisher Price Codeapillar, Mattel, £49.99, 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

BB-8, Hasbro, £59.99, ages 3+

This is the droid you’re looking for! Star Wars remains popular this year, and this remote control BB8 is the perfect gift for any fan of the movie franchise