Star Wars Heads Top Christmas Toy Line-up

Other highlights include Thunderbirds, Frozen, 3D art and some LEGO sharks…

You can’t help but feel a stirring in the Force, as we approach that 17 December release date for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It seems toy retailers have felt it too. Each year the ‘DreamToys’ list predicts what the most popular Christmas purchases will be and this year sees Star Wars toys making up a quarter of that list. Given that the top 12 toys are decided by a panel of leading UK toy retailers (including Argos, Boots, Selfridges, Smyths Toys, The Entertainer, TK Maxx and Toys R US), and is seen as the most accurate and independent predictive list available, who are we to argue?

Millennium Falcon Star Wars The Force Awakens Hasbro

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Millennium Falcon
You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon? It’s the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. She’s fast enough for you old man… When Han Solo uttered the words “Chewie, we’re home,” sending shivers down the spines of millions of fans, we knew we’d be seeing the fastest ship in the galaxy once more. Naturally, that means a tie-in toy and Hasbro claims this is the most innovative and action-packed Star Wars vehicle it’s ever made! The battle action ship opens into a playset for your Star Wars figures and features a pop-up blaster that fires Nerf darts, a laser turret, light-up LED cannons, hyperdrive sound effects, as well as exclusive Chewbacca, Finn and BB-8 figures. “Want!” doesn’t quite cover it; we’re upgrading this one to “Need!”

Kylo Ren Command Shuttle Star Wars The Force Awakens LEGO

Star Wars Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle
LEGO Company
If every good guy is only as good as the villain he faces off against, we’re hoping dark-side loving, Vader fanboy Kylo Ren is as bad as they come. His highly detailed starship certainly looks the business, with front, rear and bottom storage bays; wing-mounted, spring-loaded shooters; detachable weapon racks and extending wings. Plus it comes with six minifigures, including Kylo Ren himself, General Hux and guards.

Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber Star Wars The Force Awakens Hasbro

Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber
Billed as the definitive lightsaber in the Bladebuilders system, this kit includes the components needed to create more than 100 different combinations of weapon. Naturally, it also features lights and sounds, for the desired lightsaber effect.

Thunderbirds Interactive Tracy Island Vivid Toy Group

Thunderbirds – Interactive Tracy Island
Vivid Toy Group
We got a sneak peek at this beauty at the London Toy Fair back in January and have been waiting to recreate our own International Rescue adventures ever since. You’ll need to buy the vehicles separately but they do interact with this playset and recreate the launch sequences seen in ITV’s show. A wearable communicator adds additional features and the island itself includes over 50 actions, lights and sounds.

Disney Frozen Sing-A-Long Elsa in Snow Queen dress with mic

Disney Frozen Sing-A-Long Elsa
Manufacturer: JAKKS Pacific
RRP: £39
Still not tired of Frozen’s iconic ballad Let it Go yet? Then you’ll love the chance to create the perfect duet with Elsa. When you place the microphone near Elsa’s mouth, she sings the full length award-winning song. If you sing the song yourself, then hand the mic to Elsa, she’ll pick up where you left off – passing the microphone back and forth for a proper duet. Elsa’s necklace and Snow Queen dress even light up as you sing.

IDO3D Deluxe 3D Design Studio by Flair Leisure Products

IDO3D Deluxe 3D Design Studio
Flair Leisure Products
Looking for a new way to get creative? Follow the templates included or let your imagination run wild, as you draw, set and connect your art to bring it to life. The kit includes eight pens, a UV light, a 3D guidebook and accessories, making up to 40 unique projects.

Little Live Pets Cleverkeet by Character Options

Little Live Pets Cleverkeet
Character Options
Give this interactive pet bird a name and watch him come to life – he talk, sings, dances and swings! He responds to your voice, answers questions and dances to the beat of your music. Detach the perch to carry him around.

PAW Patrol PAW Patroller by Spin Master Toys UK

PAW Patrol PAW Patroller
Spin Master Toys UK
The PAW Patrol’s ultimate rescue vehicle comes with Ryder and his ATV vehicle, has authentic sound effects and a working lift, and can hold three vehicles inside or display six vehicles when open.

Pie Face by Hasbro

Pie Face
Whether you load the hand with delicious whipped cream or a wet sponge, somebody’s going to get splatted! You score a point every time you turn the handle without getting pie-faced.

Shopkins Food Fair Scoops Ice Cream Truck by Flair Leisure Products

Shopkins Food Fair – Scoops Ice Cream Truck
Flair Leisure Products
Shopkins are super-cute, small characters that live in a big shopping world, and they’ve never been cooler than when they’re sitting under the umbrella in this playset, enjoying their tasty treats.

Toot-Toot Friends Busy Sounds Discovery Home by VTech Electronics Europe

Toot-Toot Friends Busy Sounds Discovery Home
VTech Electronics Europe
There are over 40 melodies, sounds and phrases to enjoy in this playset: press Miss Nora’s light-up button to hear her share her hobbies and perform two sing-along songs.

LEGO City Deep Sea Exploration Vessel

City Deep Sea Exploration Vessel
LEGO Company
We know we should be thrilled about the chance to recover sunken treasure with the remote sub and scuba scooter, but we’re way more excited about playing with the shark, swordfish and octopus figures!

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