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Christmas 2016 top selling toys tipped to be Lego, Star Wars and Nerf blasters

Isabella Parlour, 7, plays with the Lego Friends Amusement Park Roller Coaster
Isabella Parlour, 7, plays with the Lego Friends Amusement Park Roller Coaster
The SelfieMic and, below, Star Wars Rebel U-Wing Fighter are top sellers
Lego Star Wars
Speak Out

By Josie Clarke

Star Wars, Lego and Nerf guns will be the top-selling toys this Christmas, according to the Toy Retailers' Association (TRA).

The TRA said a mixture of well-loved brands and increasingly popular collectable ranges dominated its annual DreamToys list of predicted top sellers.

The £60 Nerf N-Strike Elite Hyperfire foam dart blaster, £90 Wheels Ultimate Garage and the £100 Thomas & Friends TrackMaster Sky-High Bridge Jump are among the dearest on the list.

Lego's £70 Star Wars Rebel U-Wing Fighter and £90 Friends Amusement Park Roller Coaster also make the list, as does the £40 Paw Patrol Air Patroller.

The £60 Hatchimals and £50 "no mess" Snuggles My Dream Puppy are predicted to be big sellers, as is the Shopkins Chef Club Hot Spot Kitchen, all highlighting collectables as a driving force in the market, the TRA said.

The £20 SelfieMic, which has an adjustable selfie stick with karaoke microphone and which allows users to create their own music videos, and the family games Speak Out and Silly Sausage, complete the top 12.

The list is decided by a panel of leading toy retailers including Argos, Boots, Selfridges, Smyths Toys, The Entertainer, TK Maxx and Toys R US.

DreamToys selection committee chairman Gary Grant said: "The one unifying thing that I see in the DreamToys selection this year is a sense of real family fun at the heart of many of the toys represented."

Frederique Tutt, toy industry analyst for The NPD Group, added: "We're forecasting a very merry Christmas for the toy industry - expecting annual sales to reach 400 million toys for the first time ever, which will potentially see the industry achieve an all-time record high in 2016, going over the £3.3 billion mark."

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