Christmas top toy sellers predicted
A dancing rubbish truck, a £460 toddler Ferrari and a wristband that unleashes alien sound and light effects will be the most popular toys this Christmas, according to a leading retailer.
Toy store Hamleys released its annual list of predicted top sellers on Wednesday, with the old-fashioned toy nostalgia of recent years making way for high-tech gadgets with hefty price tags.
Top of the list is £82 Stinky the Garbage Truck, which gobbles cars before breaking into a song and dance routine.
The £75 Vtech Kidizoom video camera allows "little ones" to capture their adventures with the help of a built-in video editor, digital zoom and colour LCD screen.
The Ben10 Ultimate Alien Disc Ultimatrix is a wristband that requires a mini disk to produce "alien sound and light effects" and sells for a relatively moderate £23.
Hamleys said the Ferrari F1 Electric Ride-On had been designed in conjunction with Ferrari engineers and assembled by hand "to ensure the precision, build quality and durability demanded by owners of an adult Ferrari is matched in the child version".
The car has a 12V motor and an electronic gearbox with two forward gears and reverse.
Also making the list is the £35 Turbo Twister, a remote-controlled car featuring flashing LED lights, and the £1,500 Swarovski crystal-adorned model of a Mercedes Benz SLS AMG.
Some old favourites return, complete with technology upgrades, including the Toy Story 3 Jet Pack Buzz Lightyear with afterburner jet lights and sounds, and a Barbie wearing a real video camera positioned inside her necklace and a screen encased on her back.
Other early favourites include the £25 Dave the Funky Monkey, who sits on the shoulder and interacts with passers-by, and the £13 Kung Zhu Hamsters, which wage war against each other in a miniature plastic arena.