Old favourites including Lego, Twister and the Cabbage Patch Kids are set for Christmas return

 

Old favourites Lego, Twister and the Cabbage Patch Kids are among the toys being tipped for the top this Christmas.

The predictions were unveiled by the Toy Retailers Association at a Dream Toys event in London today.

Alongside interactive electronic gadgets, the list features many classics of which parents will have fond childhood memories.

This Christmas also hails the return of the Furby, the enormously popular Christmas trend from 1998.

The electronic owl-type creatures sold more than 40 million units in their first three years of production.

Now they have received a 21st century update, sporting expressive LCD eyes and the ability to adapt their personality in reaction to user behaviour. They even have their own iOS app.

The revival of more traditional toys was hailed by Miles Penhallow, of the Toy Retailers Association, as "nostalgia with a twist".

Mr Penhallow was part of the selection panel which chose the top 13 toys of 2012.

He said: "We're really proud this year to state that this was the most representative of the toy trade of any committee that's ever sat round one table.

"We have representatives from large multiples to small independents and online retailers, so this was a really good and difficult selection process - hence we've ended up with a top 13 rather than a top 12."

The festive season means big business for the toy industry. The UK toy market is the biggest in Europe, with an estimated worth of £2,969 million in 2011. Thirty-four percent of UK toy sales occur within the Christmas season, totalling around £1,013 million last year.

Top 13 toys of 2012:

Cabbage Patch Kids, Jakks Pacific, RRP £29.99

Furby, Hasbro, RRP £59.99

InnoTab 2, VTech, RRP £84.99

Jake And The Neverland Pirates - Pirate Ship Bucky, Mattel, RRP £49.99

LeapPad 2, Leapfrog Toys, RRP £89.99

Lego Friends: Olivia's House, Lego, RRP £69.99

Lego The Lord of the Rings: The Mines of Moria, £68.99

Mike The Knight's Deluxe Glendragon Playset, Character Options, £29.99

Monster High Ghouls Rule Dolls, Mattel, RRP £22.99

My Moshi Home, Vivid Imaginations, RRP £39.99

Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire, Hasbro, RRP £44.99

Twister Dance, Hasbro, RRP £26.99

Web Shooting Spider-Man, Hasbro, RRP £34.99

PA

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