Better start saving now! Christmas toys already on sale

Better start saving now! Christmas toys already on sale
Hamleys entertainer, Amy Plume demonstrates Xeno – The Cheeky Interactive Baby Monster (Picture: PA)

It hardly seems possible. But with 180 days to go before Christmas, leading shops are already stocking ‘must-have’ presents for children.

The arrival of Xeno the cheeky interactive baby monster won’t fill cash-strapped parents with yuletide joy.

But Xeno, and a bunch of other bright plastic toys, are on Hamleys’ top ten list for 2014.

At £100, Xeno has more than ten emotions including happy, sad, playful, hungry and unwell, and at least 40 eye expressions

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26:  Jayla, aged 4, plays with a 'My Friend Cayla' doll in the Hamleys toy shop on June 26, 2014 in London, England.  The doll, which uses Bluetooth technology to connect to Android and iOS devices, retails for 75 GBP and is included in Hamleys' predictions for the top selling toys for Christmas 2014.  (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
Jayla, aged 4, plays with a ‘My Friend Cayla’ doll in the Hamleys toy shop (Picture: Getty)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26:  A 'Transformers Chomp and Stomp Grimlock' figure is displayed in the Hamleys toy shop on June 26, 2014 in London, England.  The figure, which retails for 115 GBP, is included in Hamleys' predictions for the top selling toys for Christmas 2014.  (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
A ‘Transformers Chomp and Stomp Grimlock’ figure (Picture: Getty)

If Xeno fails to grab your child then how about My Friend Cayla? This £75 indispensible companion uses speech-to-text Google software to look up answers to questions online.

Memo to parents: If that last sentence left you baffled, get your four-year-old to sync Cayla with a smartphone or tablet on December 25.

For those with less sophisticated needs, the £75 Teksta T-Rex walks backwards and forwards, moving his head.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26:  Tristan Robertson-Jeyes, aged 3, plays with a 'Teksta T-Rex' toy dinosaur outside Hamley's toy shop on June 26, 2014 in London, England.  The toy dinosaur, which retails for 75 GBP, is included in Hamleys' predictions for the top selling toys for Christmas 2014.  (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
 Tristan Robertson-Jeyes, aged 3, plays with a ‘Teksta T-Rex’ toy dinosaur (Picture: Getty)

Teksta does so while sniffing and chewing on a bone… and spits it out with a ‘giant burp’ when he has had enough.

The most expensive toy on the list is the £135 Leapfrog LeapTV, a gaming system for three to eight-year-olds. It features wi-fi and a camera which captures movement ‘for perfect pre-school gaming and activities’. Hamleys said: ‘This Christmas, toys will become truly 21st century and for the first time positively reflect the amazing world we live in.’

Three year old Tristan Robertson-Jeyes, from Dagenham, plays with the Teksta T-Rex one of the toys features on Hamleys top ten toys for Christmas 2014 list announced at Hamleys in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 26, 2014. See PA story CONSUMER Toys. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Three year old Tristan Robertson-Jeyes, from Dagenham, plays with the Teksta T-Rex(Picture: PA)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26:  Playmobil 'Royal Guards' are displayed in Hamley's toy shop on June 26, 2014 in London, England.  The figurine, exclusive to Hamley's in the UK and retailing for 6 GBP, is included in Hamleys' predictions for the top selling toys for Christmas 2014.  (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
Playmobil ‘Royal Guards’ (Picture: Getty)

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Source: metro.co.uk
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