Dublin: 13 °C Saturday 20 July, 2024

As it happened: The Late Late Toy Show 2017

It’s time!

WE LAUGHED, WE cried, and we cried some more. If you missed the Late Late Toy Show this year, you missed a seriously memorable one.

From Ryan dragging a small child around the studio, to the loveliest family reunion, this year had it all.

Is it too late to change my Santa list?

Here’s how it all went down.

Well, we can’t wait any longer. The live blog is fired up, and my annual feast of a Monster and a family bag of Tangfastics are in front of me. What kid is gonna become a meme this year? What jumper is Ryan going to wear? It’s all ahead of us folks, get excited.

If you’re out of the country and this is all you have to follow the night’s proceedings, I apologise. Here’s a full guide on how you can attempt to tune in.

QUICK, the ads are on.

People all over Ireland are settling down for the TV event of the year, and some of their setups are FAB.

Keeping it simple here:

Mine looks a bit shite in comparison.


So, what do we know so far…? Well, the theme is The Little Mermaid, and there’ll be more than 200  young performers and 28 toy testers taking part.

Nope, you’re still not on the list there. Please go home, it’s been 20 years.

HERE WE GO. What an opening. It had it all! Visual effects that will no doubt be nominated for an Oscar this year.


Ridiculously talented kids. Ryan dressed as a big crab. Beautiful. We’re in for a serious night here lads.


So we’re all crying over little Flounder, aren’t we?

Toy Show Opening12 Andres Poveda Andres Poveda

So Ryan has gone with the indie Christmas shirt for the second year in a row. What do we think? Clashing a bit there, but we’ll allow it.


Oh, the first audience gift of the night. It’s grand guys, it’s a doll. We’re not seething quite yet.

Jammy, jammy, jammy, jammy.


This child, Lila, is showering her doll.

Why are we crying?


Ryan, that’s enough shampoo.


Can Lila just take over presenting duties from here? What a little star.

Ryan has truly lost it with little Tagh here, who only wanted to demonstrate his superhero toys.




Don’t worry, Tadgh got his comeuppance. He’s shooting Ryan with some kinda Batman machine.


It was touch and go there for a bit.

Wow, if we weren’t crying before, we are now. True Colours by the Holy Family Junior Deaf Choir.


Did you catch this moment when Ryan gave them the dolls?



Kyle from Westmeath is up next! He’s the token tiny farmer of the year, look at how smart he looks!


The standard of cuteness this year is seriously top notch. GOOD LUCK 2018 kids.

I’m sorry, what is going on this year? Ryan just got the shite bet out of him by this tiny farmer.


OK he was pretending to be a cow, but history (me) will not remember it that way.

The audience clap in unison as a small boy and Ryan Tubridy have a cow milking competition on our national broadcaster.

I am so proud to be Irish.


How are we all doing out there? I’m hearing reports of people completing the drinking game already. Poor souls.

Ryan’s got a new jumper, what do we think?


The Star Wars segment is lit. Little Thomas is not messing around AND he got the first Lego Skellig Michael in the country. We’d be jealous if we weren’t so happy for him.


More violence! Honestly, is this year rated R?



A Moana song. We could have guessed. How Far I’ll go is an absolute tune in fairness.


Yis are LOVING IT.

Maeve made her own dress. You can barely even dress yourself.

She loves making things and she is NOT impressed with Ryan’s attempts to help her.

Sure look, he can’t cook. He probably has a personal chef or just exclusively eats in the RTÉ canteen. Maeve’s face says it all.


This is what it’s all about lads. Mia just got a trip to Legoland in Florida and she’s only CHUFFED.



Make sure you don’t step on any.

Bobby loves cars, but he wasn’t the slightest bit impressed with the Back to the Future Delorean that Ryan surprised him with.


Sure it’s not even REAL, you’re dead right Bobby.


Who does he remind us of though…?


THIS IS LIT. We’ve got a mashup of Symphony by Clean Bandits and Shawn Mendes’ Holding Me Back.

We are being served so many moves, I cannot actually gif them all.


Please tell us who this angel is.


We’ve got a new jumper folks. Stay tuned for the fashion roundup tomorrow morning on


Lol joking.


Or am I?

Brb, just adding this to the list of things I never want to see again.


Ryan is about to get a makeover from little Brooke and Amber and he’s already being slagged to bits. Love them.

These two are gas, and Tubs is having none of their lovely bath bombs.

Leave the kids alone man!


Future beauticians all the way.

Nikki is showing Ryan how to make tiny Christmas list decoration and is basically the cutest human to have ever existed.


Can everyone in the audience give HER things?

Charlie is a tiny Elvis impersonator and he’s rocking it in fairness.

The King of Rock n Roll, and Offaly.


There’s more dry ice in here than your average country disco!

It’s THE VEHICLE SEGMENT. This is the best, well, after the book segment.


These two were just surprised by their dad who has been off in Africa with the army.



Who needs Ed Sheeran or Dermot Bannon?


Seriously lads. SOS. This little lad sobbing after Don’t Rain on My Parade after getting a standing ovation.


I’m in bits.

I’ve lost the will to be sarcastic.

Oh my GOD. This is a rollercoaster. Little Daniel built Croke Park in Minecraft. What a legend.


He even built Ryan. Uncanny.


Daniel is getting to a training session in January with his Galway hurling heroes.


His one question?

How are you so good?


The book segment is finally here! Call me a nerd, but it was my favourite part as a child.

Look, they’ve already reverted back to last year’s Jungle Book theme.


Listen, I’m not gonna lie. I’m emotionally exhausted. What a rollercoaster it’s been. I feel like Nemo right now.


What is the Late Late Toy Show all about?




These lil gals just got surprised with a day of being a zookeeper, and a visit to a book publishers in London.

So pure.

So, are we all agreeing that this is one of the best Toy Shows in YEARS? And not an RTÉ canteen dweller in sight!

Here’s the final jumper. Read it and weep. The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Ryan is currently making slime with little Ayesha. Apparently that’s a big thing now. Slime-making. God, I’m getting old.


Ryan has absolutely lost it and is screaming OH YES! while he slimes the audience. They deserve it though.


Ryan is having SO MANY PINTS after this.

Well, we laughed, we cried, we cried a load more, and we still are kinda crying now? What a Toy Show, it genuinely was one of the better ones.

Now, off to bed with you all! Santy is watching.


Your Voice
Readers Comments
This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
Leave a Comment
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.

    Leave a commentcancel