However, traditional toys such as Lego and even Subbuteo are giving this Christmas’s toy lists a retro feel this year.
With help from Leicester’s Dominoes toy shop, John Lewis, Amazon and Hamleys, here is our own top ten toy list for 2012. Pay attention Santa:
1) Lego – Forest Police Station. Recommended by Dominoes Toys of Leicester, Lego never fails to please and this is a must-have set new for 2012.
2) Furby – A massive hit in the 90s, the Furby has been updated for today’s children and promises to keep them entertained for hours.
Its infra-red eyes have been replaced with two small LCD screens, its body has more motors and sensors than before and like so many toys these days, it comes with its own smartphone and tablet app, allowing for an even more interactive experience.
The app will even translate Furby’s weird language into English.
3) Tablets – Whether we agree with them or not, children as young as two are now playing with tablets and manufacturers have caught on to the fact.
Vtech and Leapfrog have launched children-friendly tablets with downloadable apps, educational games and even a built-in camera.
Tablets for kids are predicted to be a huge hit this Christmas by almost all major retailers.
4) Subbuteo – The retro finger football game is listed by Dominoes and Hamleys as being a big hit this Christmas.
5) Playmobile – Sets of any kind offer children hours of play to ignite their imaginations.
Of particular interest this year is the Playmobile Treasure Island.
With sets aimed at girls and boys, this is a toy youngsters under 10 will love.
6) Guess Who – This fabulous board game was popular when I was a child and still gives children of all ages hours of fun.
This year revamped versions include a Star Wars Guess Who.
7) Web shooting Spiderman – Another toy that crops up on most lists this year, this well-known action figure looks like being a big hit.
8) FurReal – Cute animals that move and respond to touch.
These have been popular for a few years now and look like they will be again for 2012.
9) Trampoline – Garden trampolines are great for families, even those with limited space and are a gift-list staple that promise to delight children of all ages from toddlers to teenagers and even grown-ups.
10) Barbie – The Princess and The Pop star interchangeable hair – another prediction from Dominoes and as the mother of a boy I’ll take their word for it.