With just over four months to go until Christmas, Argos has announced its top toy predictions for 2020.
Among the toys expected to feature on thousands of children’s Christmas lists across the UK this year are a LEGO Lamborghini, a flamingo that sits on the toilet and poos, a dancing unicorn and an animatronic doll of ‘The Child’ from Disney’s The Mandalorian – affectionately known as Baby Yoda.
According to new research conducted by the toy retailer, the time we’ve been spending at home has generated a strong sense of nostalgia for our favourite toys.
Half of parents reminisced about their old toys at some point during the nationwide lockdown, and as a result, more than one-fifth plan to gift their child something that conjures memories of their own childhood this Christmas.
As such, toys that have stood the test of time make several appearances on the Argos rundown, combining classic choices with something fresh and modern.
An animatronic doll of The Child from The Mandalorian – affectionately known as Baby Yoda, the diminutive star of the popular Star Wars spinoff that came to the Disney+ streaming service during lockdown – is expected to be one of this Christmas’s biggest hits. The doll (£45) moves, gurgles and even ‘summons the Force’.
Nintendo and LEGO, both of which have maintained their popularity for several generations, have collaborated to release the LEGO Adventures with Mario Starter Course (£50), offering the chance to recreate the iconic platform games in physical form, collecting coins and squashing enemies.
This year’s top 12 toys
- Design A Friend Sienna Doll
- Fisher-Price Rollin’ Rovee
- Hatchimals Pixies Crystal Flyers
- Kidizoom Studio
- Laser Battle Hunters
- LEGO Adventures with Mario Starter Course
- LEGO Technic Lamborghini
- Little Live Pets ‘Gotta Go Flamingo’
- L.O.L Surprise! OMG Fashion Dolls Series 3
- PAW Patrol Dino Rescue Dino Patroller
- Poopsie Dancing Unicorn
- The Child Animatronic Edition