Tesco predicts its best-selling toys for Christmas gifts

Tesco is predicting techie toys will be the best-selling gifts, with the LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer 2 and the new Vtech Innotab 2 coming in at numbers one and three respectively, this Christmas.

John Stanhope, toys category manager for Tesco, said: “It’s no surprise that technology is at the top of the list – the LeapPad and Innotab are like kids’ versions of the tablet computers that many parents will be hoping to find under the Christmas tree.

“But it’s great to see some classic toys on the list too, such as Barbie and Monopoly, which bring families together. We work hard to make sure our Christmas toys offer parents something to suit all ages and budgets.”

With over 108 careers under her belt, Barbie is at number two and is the perfect gift for kids who loved Britain’s Got Talent winner Ashleigh and her dog Pudsey, as the Barbie Puppy Play Park lets the iconic doll teach her puppies new tricks with the clap of her hands.

Not to be outdone in the retro toy stakes, the best seller from Christmas 1998 is making a comeback – the Furby is at number five. The mechanical, furry creature has had a makeover which is being kept under wraps to be revealed in the not so distant future.

Building on the success of the Moshi Monsters Treehouse last year, the monsters and moshlings have stepped on to the property ladder and now have their own home – Moshi Monsters My Moshi Home is at number four.

Despite a strong showing from digital toys, more traditional options are still up there on the best-seller list with a perennial favourite board game making the cut. Monopoly Millionaire is at number six, giving families the chance to live the high life by purchasing skyscrapers and private jets.

Lego people now outnumber real people, so it should come as no surprise that Lego City’s new bigger and better offering, Lego City The Mine is at number seven, letting kids take an excavating adventure around the workings of a mine.

Thanks to the buzz around the release of the new Spiderman film Webshooting Spiderman is at number 10. This hero keeps baddies at bay with motorised web blasters that shoot from his arms.

Nerf Elite Hail-Fire is at number nine – this toy for older kids releases 24 darts in under 20 seconds. And the Air Hogs Hover Assault is at number 11, a remote control device that not only speeds across the ground, but can also fly and jump across terrain – the ultimate hybrid toy.

The top toys for toddlers include the Fisher Price Disney Sing Along Choo Choo at number eight, a best seller from last year that now features Disney characters including the Dalmations and Dumbo.

The OctoAlert has been activated and Barnacles and Kwazii from the popular kids TV show set off on their underwater adventure with the Octonauts Octopod Playset at number 12 on the list.

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