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Top 10 toys your ankle-biters will want this Christmas

Let’s face it – Christmas shopping is terrifying. Take out the guess work with Toy Show Experience’s selection of top ten toys for this year…

YES, WE KNOW it’s only November – but as any parent will tell you, Christmas is a serious business.

To help you dodge the minefield of gift-buying and avoid, um, “scenes”, around the Christmas tree this 25 December, the Toy Show Experience has predicted the top ten toys for this year.

10. Monopoly Electronic Banking: Irish Edition

The perennial favourite is still tipped to be in demand this Christmas, despite the property downturn – with the new electronic version doing away with paper money and mimicking our modern love of plastic instead.

The Irish version of the game has been updated to include changes in Dublin’s landscape, and now features The Convention Centre Dublin and uses the RDS as the point of ‘GO’. What’s more, it’s manufactured in Waterford – so you can support Irish workers as you force friends and family into destitution. Hurrah!

Video shows non-Irish edition

Video by PASSGOMOMOPOLY via YouTube

9. Bop IT! XT

Test your speed and co-ordination with the well-known Bop IT! series. The concept remains the same in the latest version – players are instructed to pull, twist, flick, spin the game – and will now also be challenged to “shake it” (note to parents: this is not an invitation to dance).

Video by via YouTube

8. Kidizoom Twist

Have a budding David Bailey on your hands? Embrace your little photographer’s talents with this chunky, robust snapper.

The best thing about it? It keeps curious, chocolate-covered fingers away from your camera.

Video by  via YouTube

7. Baby Annabell Function Doll

The Baby Annabell doll has been on the top ten Christmas list for almost ten years now – proving to be a real hit with little girls who just can’t seem to get enough of feeding, burping and soothing a screaming baby.

Video by DuncansToyAdverts via YouTube

6. Let’s Rock Elmo

Elmo loves you… Elmo also loves to rock.

Video by via YouTube

5. Sylvanian Families

Even if it makes us old fogies, we have to admit it’s comforting to see that the wholesome, idyllic world of Sylvanian families is still loved by children. The Friesian cow family, the dalmation family, the hamster family, and the golden Labrador babies are marked as particularly in demand this year.

Video by via YouTube

4. Monster High Dolls

Definitely the coolest ghouls in school, Monster High Dolls include such characters as Draculaura, Clawdeen Wolf, Frankie Stein, Lagoona Blue, Ghoulia Yelps, Cleo de Nile, and Holt Hyde. Not just for Hallowe’en.

Video by worldstoys via YouTube

3. Lego Police Station

An all-time classic, Lego will never go out of fashion. This 597-piece set includes a helicopter, motorcycle, police van, five officers, two police dogs, and two baddies. Awesome.

Video by  via YouTube

2. Transformers Ultimate Optimus Prime

If you don’t know it already, Optimus Prime is a badass. Ultimate Optimus Prime makes short work of his enemies with blasting battle sounds, glowing weapon lights, and dramatic launching missiles. Popular with children everywhere… as well as more adults than is strictly reasonable.

Video by transformers via YouTube

1. Fijit Friends

Tipped to be the number one selling toy this Christmas, Fijit Friends are little dancing robots that can speak over 100 phrases and respond to music. They all have soft, tactile skin as well as their own personality and colour. Apparently they also tell jokes… but, unfortunately, we can’t testify to their drollness.

Video by OfficialFijitFriends via YouTube

The Toy Show Experience will allow children of all ages to play with thousands
of toys, games, dolls, action figures, bicycles, hi-tech gaming and gadgets, educational toys, musical
instruments, sports equipment, soft-toys, books and craft sets in the Dublin Convention Centre from From Friday 4th to Sunday 6th November 2011.
The Toy Show Experience will allow children of all ages to play with thousandsof toys in the Dublin Convention Centre from From Friday 4th to Sunday 6th November 2011.

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