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Hamleys says these are going to be the top 12 toys this Christmas

Now that autumn is here, retailers have been revealing their predictions for the most popular toys this Christmas. Hamleys is the latest store to share its top picks with a list of 12 presents selected by the brand’s buyers.
This year, the famous London-based store has noticed a trend for “imperfectionism” as children and parents increasingly resist the pressures of idealised perfection often promoted via social media. 
“We have cute; we have cuddly; we have fun; we have education, but this year in some of our toy categories we are also seeing an antidote to the highly polished perfectionism portrayed in many social media channels,” Victoria Kay, Head Buyer at Hamleys, commented.

“Importantly, these toys are being delivered with character, fun and cheekiness at their heart and we love them. It makes for a wonderfully diverse and interesting range this year – for kids and kidults alike.”
The kidults out there might want to keep an eye out for the new Cheaters Edition of Monopoly. It lets players steal money from the bank and even skip paying rent. If that doesn’t spark some healthy family competition on Christmas Day, then what will?
See the Hamleys top toys list in full below:

1) Crate Creatures

Collect six of these interactive characters, which come with over 45 creature sounds.

BUY NOW: Crate Creatures – Ages 4+, £40 

2) Boxer Robot 

Choose from 10 activity cards to play games and tricks with this friendly little bot.

BUY NOW: Boxer Robot, Ages 6+, £80

3) Monopoly Cheaters
The rules go out the window in this new edition of the iconic board game.

BUY NOW: Monopoly Cheaters – Ages 8+, £22

4) Elasti Plasti

This super soft plastic slime lets you blow bubbles with a regular straw.

BUY NOW: Elasti Plasti – Ages 5+, £13

5) Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Express 

The magic of the wizarding world lives on with this fun scene from Platform ¾.

BUY NOW: Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Express, Ages 8+, £75

6) Gravitrax

This interactive toy teaches kids about 'gravity, magnetism, kinetic energy and fun,' while creating a unique track design.


BUY NOW: Gravitrax – starter pack from £50, add on sets from £10
7) Hairdorables Assortment

This all-in-one set is a great starter pack for fans of these collectable dolls.

BUY NOW: Hairdorables Assortment, Ages 3+, £15

8) Ty Sequin Flippables

These 11 classic TY characters have been transformed with flippable sequins! Ages 3+, £8 and £15. Available from October.


9) L.O.L. Surprise! Eye Spy Under Wraps Doll Assortment

This assortment pack includes 15 new surprises, from a spy glass to a capsule carry case.

BUY NOW: L.O.L. Surprise! Eye Spy Under Wraps Doll Assortment – Ages 6+, £15

10) Nerf Laser Ops Pro Alphapoint 2 Pack

All you need for live-action laser battles.

BUY NOW: Nerf Laser Ops Pro Alphapoint 2 Pack – Ages 8+, £45

11) Hamleys Cuddly Paddington 

Fans of the films will love this brand new bear, complete with a Hamleys logo on his foot. Ages0+, £30. Available in October.

12) Hamleys Peppa Castle and Royal Guard Plush

These new Peppa Pig toys have had a London-inspired makeover.

BUY NOW: Hamleys Peppa Castle and Royal Guard Plush – 18 months +, £25 each