07 August 2020 08:38
With just over four months to go until Christmas, Argos has announced its top toy predictions for 2020. Among the toys expected to feature on thousands of children's Christmas lists across the UK this year are a LEGO Lamborghini, a flamingo that sits on the toilet and poos, a dancing unicorn and an animatronic doll of 'The Child' from Disney's The Mandalorian – affectionately known as Baby Yoda. According to new research conducted by the toy retailer, the time we've been spending at home has generated a strong sense of nostalgia for our favourite toys. Half of parents reminisced about their old toys at some point during the nationwide lockdown, and as a result, more than one-fifth plan to gift their child something that conjures memories of their own childhood this Christmas. As such, toys that have stood the test of time make several appearances on the Argos rundown, combining classic choices with something fresh and modern.
An animatronic doll of The Child from The Mandalorian – affectionately known as Baby Yoda, the diminutive star of the popular Star Wars spinoff that came to the Disney+ streaming service during lockdown – is expected to be one of this Christmas's biggest hits. There's still 140 days left until Christmas - but Argos has chosen one of the hottest days of the year to unveil its top 12 toys for Santa's list. While families swelter in sizzling temperatures of 37C today (Fri), bosses at the chain are already predicting that a dancing unicorn, a flamingo that poos and a walking, talking Baby Yoda from Star Wars will be the runaway winners. At £45 animatronic Baby Yoda or The Child, is expected to fly off shelves and has already sold out at Disney stores in the US. But parents should start saving now if they want to make sure their child gets Lego's must-have supercar, the Technic Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 which has a hefty £350 price tag.
There are 12 toys in the round up with prices ranging up to £350 for a Lego Lamborghini set. 13 Prices range from £33 all the way up to £350 in Argos' Christmas round up Parents will need to start saving now as the cheapest item on the list is £33 for a flamingo toy that sits on its own toilet - yep, you read that right. Remember, when comparing costs, sites such as Pricespy.co.uk and Google Shopping will be able to tell you if you can buy goods cheaper elsewhere. Meanwhile, price monitoring site PriceHistory.co.uk will be able to let you know if Argos has ever stocked the same toys for less to give you an indication of when is the best time to buy. The toys that have already launched are available to buy in store and online - you can find your nearest branch on the Argos website. It costs £3.95 for a fast track same day delivery option, or you can click and collect in store for free. 13 You can save £20 on the toy if you buy it from Amazon The most expensive toy on the round up is a 3,696-piece Lego replica of a Lamborghini Sian FKP 37. The set is already available to buy for £350 at Argos but you can actually save £20 by purchasing it from Amazon where it costs £331.15, plus free delivery. Lego Super Mario Adventures Starter Course Toy Game You can build your own Lego assault course with this game - and it even comes with an animated Mario figure. The set is available to buy from Hamleys and Very for the same price, so you won't find it cheaper elsewhere online. 13 The toy is yet to launch at Argos but you can already buy it elsewhere If your child is a Star Wars fan then they'll love playing with this animated Baby Yoda toy. It's not actually landed in Argos stores yet but you can already buy it from Studio - although you should expect to pay an extra £15 (£59.99) for it if you want it early. 13 The Gotta Go Flamingo comes sitting on its own toilet The toy is battery operated and is suitable for children aged four-years-old or above. The Sisi Doll is suitable for children aged three or older, and has a soft body so they can hug her tight. We couldn't find this exact doll available to buy anywhere else so you'll be getting a good deal at Argos. 13 The pixie dolls are sold separately and cost £35 each The toys are also available to buy at Smyths toys where they cost £34.99 - only 1p cheaper than at Argos. LOL Surprise OMG Fashion Doll 13 The LOL Surprise OMG fashion dolls are sold separately The unboxing trend continues with the LOL Surprise OMG fashion dolls, with four to choose from. Each doll comes with 20 "surprises" in the box, ranging from outfits to accessories. You can buy the same dolls from Very for £31.99 - 1p less than Argos - we couldn't find them cheaper anywhere else. This toy hasn't been released yet so it's not available to buy anywhere else so we haven't been able to compare prices. Argos is selling this PAW Patrol set for £65 - around the same price as competitors' Smyths and Very, where it costs £64.99 and £65 respectively. The motorised rescue vehicle has room for all six PAW Patrol pup characters to sit in it as well as a T-Rex figurine. Fisher-Price Rollin' Rovee Activity Toy 13 The Fisher-Price toy is ideal for babies and will last until they grow to be a pre-schooler The Fisher-Price Rollin' Rovee activity toy has four interactive play modes and is filled with music and fun activities that encourage little bodies to get moving. Smyths Toys is selling the toy for £59.99 - 1p less than at Argos. This high-definition camera kit comes with everything your child needs to make their own shows at home - including a green screen. You can also buy the toys at Smyths or Very where they have the same price tag. Some savvy parents have been showing off their festive hauls three months before Christmas after bagging goodies in toy sales. The Entertainer has also slashed prices by up to 90 per cent across its toy ranges.