Countdown to Christmas begins as Top 12 toys unveiled

08 November 2021
The Toy Retailers Association says this year’s picks ‘capture the magic of Christmas’

The Toy Retailers Association has announced that film and TV are the driving force behind this year’s must-have Christmas toys, with Star Wars, Pokémon, Jurassic World and Paw Patrol all making its Top 12 Toys list at DreamToys 2021.

Perennial favourites such as Barbie, Hot Wheels and L.O.L. Surprise! also made the list, selected by an independent panel of retailers and industry experts. The TRA says is the ‘most authoritative list of what will be hot this Christmas’.

The Top 12 list is as follows (in alphabetical order):
- Barbie Dreamtopia Colour Change Mermaid – Mattel
- Bluey Family Home Playset – Moose
- CoComelon Deluxe JJ Interactive Doll – Bandai
- Gassy Gus – John Adams
- Hot Wheels Massive Loop Mayhem – Mattel
- Jurassic World Scorpios Rex – Mattel
- L.O.L. Surprise! Movie Magic Doll – MGA Entertainment
- Little Live Pets My Pig Piggly – Character Options
- Magic Mixies Cauldron – Moose Toys
- Paw Patrol Chase’s Deluxe Transforming Vehicle – Spin Master
- Pokémon 8″ Plush Pikachu – Character Options
- Star Wars Boba Fett’s Starship – Lego

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Gary Grant, chair of the DreamToys selection committee, said: “This year’s DreamToys list is an exciting blend of evergreen favourites and this year’s biggest brands, which we believe will be the most sought-after under the Christmas tree this festive season. Toys have played such a vital role in family life over the past two years and this Christmas will be no exception. That’s why the industry is working to overcome supply chain challenges to ensure there will be toys on shelves throughout the festive period.”