Toy store Hamleys has revealed its predicted top 10 sellers this festive season, and it would seem that Father Christmas is having an off year.
The £25 Pieface Showdown is already a hit on social media, with posts abounding of youngsters enjoying a face full of cream, while the fourth edition of the BeanBoozled spinner game, also £25, will have players risking eating jelly beans flavoured to taste like rotten fish and milk that has gone off.
Star Wars remains a likely top seller, with a £15 C-3PO-inspired virtual reality headset that works with the Star Wars website and the Works with Google Cardboard accreditation programme predicted to prove a hit with children aged eight and over.
The £80 Star Wars Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle is this season’s must-have offering from Lego, allowing the recreation of scenes from the forthcoming film Rogue One.
The £90 Nerf Mega Mastodon is the first motorised blaster in the range, and comes complete with a shoulder strap and 24 darts.
Children who enjoy gentler pastimes might find a £50 DreamWorks Trolls Hug Time Poppy under the tree, which can speak 25 phrases on a press of its tummy and plays songs from the film in which it starred.
The £70 Paw Patrol Zoomer talks, moves on its own and responds to touch and movement and the £50 Fisher-Price Think and Learn Code-A-Pillar gives children aged three and up the chance to spend their Christmas developing skills like problem solving, planning and sequencing and critical thinking.
The ever-popular V-Tech Kidizoom Smart Watch is also back in the top 10, and the £43 gadget for youngsters aged four and up allows them to monitor their activity with a pedometer.
Hamleys also believes its £20 Magic Showcase set, which includes an app allowing children to perform 3D interactive tricks with a phone or tablet, will be a top seller.