Top toys for Christmas 2011 – retailer releases predictions

Although it may only be early September, retailers are already gearing up for the festive season, with one store issuing its top toy predictions for 2011. 

On September 5 online shopping site Littlewoods Europe, part of the Shop Direct Group, released its Dream Dozen toy predictions, a roundup of 12 toys which they predict will be top of every child's list this Christmas.

Some of the most popular toys this year adapt modern technologies such as digital photography and tablet computing for children. Examples of such toys on Littlewoods list include the Vtech Tablet (€59*) - a touch screen 'tablet' with an educational emphasis aimed at children aged four to nine and the Vtech Kidizoom Twist two-megapixel camera (€28).

Outside of technology, dolls dominate this year's list including Dance Star Mickey, a walking, talking dancing Mickey Mouse doll (€49); the Serafina doll from Figit Friends (€35) which dances to music; and Monster High dolls (from €14).

Other doll-related merchandise predicted to be popular this year is the Hello Kitty Coupe Dolls pram (€48) and the Ladybird Victorian House (€60).

The top 'toys for boys' on the Littlewoods list this year include the singing, talking Matchbox Smokey Fire Truck (€42); the Vortex Nitron ‘Nerf' gun (€39) which shoots foam missiles; the Fin McMissile spy car (€23) from the film Cars 2 and the Millennium Falcon (€160) from the Lego Star Wars range.   

Littlewoods also predicts that the favorite toy for the family at Christmas 2011 will be Monopoly Electric Live (€34), an updated version of the classic board game featuring infrared cameras and no dice.

In June this year, UK-based retailer Hamleys also released its predictions for the top toys of Christmas 2011. Like Littlewoods, Hamleys also believes that educational, technologically advanced devices that mimic tablet computers will be one of the major trends in Christmas 2011: the Finn McMissile spy car and Vortex Nitron Nerf gun also featured on the Hamleys list.   

The items included in the Dream Dozen toy predictions made by Littlewoods are available to buy from numerous other retailers including Amazon.      

*All prices shown are approximate based on RRP given by Littlewoods and Amazon.com.  

 

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