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Top Christmas toys 2017

Pens and pencils at the ready – it's Christmas list time. We've heard it from the chap at the North Pole that these will be the most coveted presents for kids this December – so get ordering, before they sell out (we're looking at you, Hatchimals).

Enchantimals Playhouse Panda Set, £21.48

Enchantimals Playhouse Panda Set, £21.48

This multi-level playhouse set comes with an exclusive Prue Panda doll and her little panda friend. The playhouse has all the mod cons: a swing, kitchen, bathroom, lift, and bunk beds for the doll and her panda bestie.

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LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi BB-8 Toy, £83.33

LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi BB-8 Toy, £83.33

This LEGO set for slightly older builders contains over 1,100 pieces for you to tread on and stands over 25cm high. It's a challenging and impressive build that is full of surprises: you can rotate BB-8's head and open a hatch to access his (non-functioning, thankfully) blow torch.

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Laser X 2 Player Pack, £52.99

Laser X 2 Player Pack, £52.99

Gone are the days of old-fashioned playground games – tag just got high tech. These laser guns come with receiver vests that allow your kids to 'tag' their friends from up to 60m away. The vests also come with coach guidance and lighting and sound effects.

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Toilet Trouble, £19.72

Toilet Trouble, £19.72

If toilet humour is appreciated in your household, this game is sure to be a winner over the Christmas break. Players take turns spinning the loo roll, flushing the toilet, and hoping they don't get splashed. Simple, but highly effective.

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FurReal Roarin' Tyler, £89.49

FurReal Roarin' Tyler, £89.49

Tyler the tiger (yes, really) is a playful jungle pet who responds to his surroundings. He roars back when you talk to him and plays with his chicken toy. He even bows to let you know when he wants to play.

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Hatchimals Surprise Playset, £74.99

Hatchimals Surprise Playset, £74.99

The sell-out success of 2016 is back and better than ever. For those of you not in the know: Hatchimals are interactive toys that you “hatch” yourself – they respond to your voice and touch. The new Hatchimals Surprise are tipped to be different from any Hatchimals seen before and boast a new egg, new hatching process, and never seen before species. 2017 truly has been the year of the Hatchimal and the craze shows no signs of slowing down – the new generation are set to be even more popular than the last.

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WowWee Fingerlings Pet Baby Monkey, £14.99

WowWee Fingerlings  Pet Baby Monkey, £14.99

Fingerlings are interactive pet monkeys that will react to kisses, your voice, and being hung upside down by their tails. They blink, grip with their hands and – if your kids collect more than one – even sing to each other. Available in a range of colours. Earplugs for you, not included.

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LEGO Classic Creative Bricks, £9.99 (was £12.99)

LEGO Classic Creative Bricks, £9.99 (was £12.99)

This 221-piece kit contains all those bits and bobs – like windows and wheel axles – that are essential to manifesting your kids' artistic visions in Lego. Trust us, soon you won't know how they ever managed without them. The open-ended creativity of this motley assortment of bricks is a nostalgic nod back to Lego's roots.

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Hatchimals Colleggtibles, £9.99 for a pack of 4

Hatchimals Colleggtibles, £9.99 for a pack of 4

ALongside the wildly popular full-size Hatchimals, there are over 70 different Hatchimal Colleggtibles to collect and they are also tipped to be a sure-fire hit this Christmas. Simply hold the egg in your hands, rub the heart and, when it changes from purple to pink, your Hatchimal is ready to hatch. But, if you have a school-age child, chances are you already know that.

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Disney Cars 3 Movie Moves Lightning McQueen, £29.95

Disney Cars 3 Movie Moves Lightning McQueen, £29.95

Complete with working headlights, tailights and even moving eyes, this Lightning McQueen toy is guaranteed to impress. It reacts to motion and can go forwards, backwards, left and right, as well as producing over 65 iconic phrases and sounds.

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Paw Patrol Sea Patroller Playset, £64.93 (was £69.99)

Paw Patrol Sea Patroller Playset, £64.93 (was £69.99)

Yep, that's right. This Christmas your children are going to be asking for an amphibious vehicle. The Paw Patrol Sea Patroller can transform from coast to land vehicle in a matter of seconds and comes with a moveable crane – perfect for completing dangerous missions and securing a few hours of peace and quiet on Christmas Day.

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SoundMoovz Wearable Motion-activated Music Band and App, from £37.82 (was £49.99)

SoundMoovz Wearable Motion-activated Music Band and App, from £37.82 (was £49.99)

Instead of moving the beat, these wearable bands allow you to make the beat with your movements. Perfect for music and dance-mad kids, the bands connect to an app which can produce over 400 sounds and can be paired with bluetooth speakers for higher quality music.

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Exploding Kittens: A card game about kittens and explosions and sometimes goats, £20

Exploding Kittens: A card game about kittens and explosions and sometimes goats, £20

Exploding Kittens is describes as a card game “for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats” which roughly translates to “fun for the whole family.” If you were first to the party and have already played this hilarious game, there's now an expansion pack and a NSFW expansion pack just for adults.

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Mattel FFB15 Bloxels Build Your Own Video Game, £39.99

Mattel FFB15 Bloxels Build Your Own Video Game, £39.99

A great way to introduce kids to the world of coding, this playset allows you to build your own platform video game using a mixture of physical and digital tools. The kit includes designs to help your kids get the hang of the technical process, but they ultimately have complete imaginative freedom to create their ideal game.

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Luvabella, £99

Luvabella, £99

Create that calendar reminder now – this interactive doll is tipped to be HUGE this Christmas. Luvabella is -scarily-extremely lifelike: you can feed her, tickle her, play peek-a-boo with her, listen to her heartbeat and even teach her over 100 words and phrases. She is supposed to provide kids with a “natural, nurturing experience” – all we know is that she's sure to sell out so don't hang around.

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Transformers: The Last Knight Autobot Sqweeks RC, £59.99

Transformers: The Last Knight Autobot Sqweeks RC, £59.99

This little guy is remote-controlled and can be switched into either blaster or dance mode – each with accompanying lights and sounds. Perfect for fans of Transformers: the Last Knight.

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Chad Valley Tiny Treasures Twin Babies Bumper Set, £79.99

Chad Valley Tiny Treasures Twin Babies Bumper Set, £79.99

The trend for incredibly lifelike dolls continues: these twin dolls are weighted to feel more like a real newborn and are even scented to smell like a real baby. They come with hospital tags, a birth certificate, and a car seat to carry them around in.

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Dobble card game, £10.99

Dobble card game, £10.99

Dobble is a portable game where players race to match the identical symbol between cards – the catch is that every card is unique and has only one symbol in common with any other in the deck. Suitable for ages 6+ and playable by 2-8 players, Dobble is simple to learn, quick to play but a challenge to master – the whole family will be hooked.

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Star Wars BB-8 App Enabled Droid, £99

Star Wars BB-8 App Enabled Droid, £99

What better Christmas present than your very own droid? You can control BB-8 from your smartphone and tablet but he also has a mind of his own and will react autonomously to his environment. You can record and view holographic videos with your BB-8 and his personality will develop the more he gets to know you.

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Vtech 507503 Kidizoom Flix Playset, £46.98

Vtech 507503 Kidizoom Flix Playset, £46.98

The VTech Kidizoom is part first camera, part interactive toy. It can take photos and videos on its 2 mega pixel camera as well as being able to detect human faces, remember phrases and repeat them back to you in a funny voice – it can even be used to play games. A great choice if your kids are always asking to borrow your phone…

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Cozmo by Anki, £199.99

Cozmo by Anki, £199.99

Cozmo's creators describe him as a “supercomputer and loyal sidekick all at once” – he can express hundreds of emotions and get to know your name, face and personality. Play games with him in gaming mode, guide him and see what he sees in explorer mode, or have Cozmo do something completely new using his Software Development Kit. All you need to get your robot sidekick going is a smartphone and the free Cozmo app.

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Hasbro Pie Face Sky High Game, £17.99

Hasbro Pie Face Sky High Game, £17.99

This hilarious game provides a bit of old-fashioned, messy fun amongst all the gadgets and gizmos kids get for Christmas. The object is simple: give your opponent a face-full of whipped cream using and old-school carnival strength tester set-up. Boxing Day activity sorted.

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Little Tikes Princess Cozy Chariot, £91.35

Little Tikes Princess Cozy Chariot, £91.35

If your child has asked for a pony for Christmas, this is probably the next best thing. Complete with reins and a horse-clopping sound, but with the added benefit of cup-holders, this chariot is sure to be a hit on Christmas morning.

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LEGO 17101 Boost Creative Toolbox, £140

LEGO 17101 Boost Creative Toolbox, £140

Everyone – young and old – loves Lego but, if your kids are after something more challenging than a traditional build, this is the kit for them. The Lego Boost Creative Toolbox allows them to build and customise a robot named Vernie, code its behaviour and complete fun activities with the included play mat. Even better, if they get bored they can simply rebuild Vernie to create the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4), Guitar4000, or Frankie the Cat.

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Melissa & Doug Freestanding Wooden Chef’s Kitchen Play Space, £127.51

Melissa & Doug Freestanding Wooden Chef’s Kitchen Play Space, £127.51

This easy to assemble wooden kitchen is highly realistic and was created with great attention to detail – right down to the working ice cube dispenser in the fridge door. A great gift for any aspiring chefs or mini Great British Bake Off fans.

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Nerf Nitro MotorFury Rapid Rally, £43.49

Nerf Nitro MotorFury Rapid Rally, £43.49

Why just play with cars when you can fire them out of a gun? This Nerf gun lets kids blast toy cars through obstacle courses and into elaborate stunt set ups of their own creation. The Rapid Rally set comes with 9 cars and will probably require some adult supervision (but it is brilliant fun).

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