AMAZON has revealed its top 11 toys that it reckons will be a hit this Christmas, and prices start at £10.
The online retailer predicts that these gizmos and gadgets will be the most popular under the tree this winter, and they include an updated version of Pictionary, L.O.L. Surprise O.M.G. Dolls, and a robot elephant.
Amazon releases a list of its predictions for the most popular toys every year, and last Christmas it correctly predicted the L.O.L. Surprise! Bigger Surprise! would be top of the wish list.
While it may feel too early to start thinking about Christmas, now might be a good time to bag some pre-season bargains.
The cheapest toy on the list is the Blume doll, priced at £9.99, compared to the most expensive one, Juno the elephant, which costs a penny-pinching £89.99.
But before splashing your cash, remember to check sites such as Price Spy and Price History to find out if you can buy items cheaper elsewhere, or whether the price is likely to drop if you hold off a bit longer.
Here's what Amazon thinks will be popular on the playground this year.
Pictionary Air, £19.99 – buy now
Players will have to ditch the paper and pens to play this latest version of family favourite, Pictionary.
Pictionary Air requires an "air pen" and a tablet.
One player sketches their creations in the air, which will miraculously appear for other gamers to see on the app that they've downloaded to their phone, tablet or TV.
You can also buy the game in Smyths Toys, Sainsbury's, Argos and Very for the same price.
Bank Attack Game, £24.99 – buy now
Sticking with the board game theme, families will have to work as a team to try and crack the code to win big (fake) money.
Players have five minutes to work out the puzzle. You'll have to pick a player – the hacker, money man, look out or explosives expert and choose a level.
You'll need to grab the right tools, pass them on the right moment and use them quickly to grab the cash.
If you make a mistake, you'll trigger the alarm and – busted!
This version of the game is only sold at Amazon so we couldn't find a better price elsewhere.
Harry Potter Dobble, £14.99 – buy now
Dobble, a simple yet challenging game, was the retailer's biggest selling board game in 2018, so it's not surprise that there's now a Harry Potter version too.
Each card features eight Harry Potter symbols, varying in size from one to the next.
Any two cards have exactly one symbol the same – and it's your job to spot it before the other players.
We actually found that you can buy the cards £3 cheaper from magicmadhouse.co.uk but you'll need to factor in the £2.20 delivery charge.
L.O.L. Surprise! O.M.G. Doll, £29.99 – buy now
It's the brand that kicked off the unboxing craze – L.O.L. Surprise is back but this time there are four O.M.G. dolls to collect.
Each doll is wrapped in boxes that come with 20 surprise accessories, plus the packaging doubles up as reusable dressing room play set.
You can buy the dolls for the same price from Argos, Smyths Toys and Asda.
Treasure X Aliens, £14.97 – buy now
Fancy unboxing something that's a bit more messy? Treasure X aliens are surrounded in layers of slime that you'll need to get through first.
There's a secret toy hidden inside the alien too – and it can all be put back together again so you can start the fun again.
You can buy them for the same price at Asda, or at Argos where they cost £15 each.
Blume Doll, £9.99 – buy now
If you're looking for a doll to unbox with a smaller price tag than the L.O.L. Suprise then why not try Blume?
All you need to do is add water to the toy and she will grow before our very eyes.
She also comes with a handful of outfits that you can mix and match too.
These are also available to buy from Mothercare, Myths and The Entertainer for the same price.
Linkamals Smooth Moves Sloth, £34.99 – buy now
Linkamals are the newest range of sensory toys from Fisher-Price for babies ages nine months and older.
The interactive sloth claps its hands and bobs its head along to fun lights, songs and music.
Pressing its feet will reveal songs and phrases about numbers, colours and the alphabet, while the light up belly is sure to keep them entertained.
We actually found that you can save £5 on the toy if you buy it from Smyths Toys where it costs just £29.99.
Linkamals Lights and Colours Llama, £17.99 – buy now
The llama version in the range is made up of colourful, stackable rings that light up.
The toy also plays music to stimulate your baby's mind. Plus it will interact with other toys in the range.
It available to buy from Argos and Very too, although you'll save £4 if you buy it in the Smyths Toys' price drop sale.
Owleez, £50 – buy now
If you've ever fancied a pet owl without the hassle, then this is definitely the toy for you children.
The interactive toy can actually fly – but you'll need to teach it how to first, and the more you practice the better it will be.
It responds to your touch, movement and care and will need its berries fed to it when it's hungry.
The £50 price tag does mean that it's on the steeper end of the toys list, and unfortunately we couldn't find it cheaper elsewhere.
Boppi the Booty Shakin' Llama, £19.23 – buy now
Boppi the llama plays three of her own songs which she loves to dance along to.
She's programmed to shake her booty and spin her head in time with the tunes, although it's worth noting that it's not suitable for children under three as it comes with small pieces.
Smyths, John Lewis and The Entertainer all sell the toy for the same price, although Littlewoods is stocking it for £10 more at £30.99.
Juno baby elephant, £89.99 – buy now
Juno the elephant is the most expensive toy on the list this year and makes real elephant sounds.
The animatronic can use its trunk to pick things up and play games with you.
You can actually save a tenner if you buy it from Argos where Juno costs £80.
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