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Early peek at Christmas best-sellers.

Byline: By TRYST WILLIAMS Western Mail

With 'only' five months to go until Christmas, toy experts have revealed their predictions for this year's best-selling children's presents.

Workers at the world-famous Hamleys toyshop in London say 2005's big sellers could once again be interactive robot toys.

And their early predictions could come as a welcome reminder for parents to start saving over the coming 150 or so shopping days, with one of this year's hot presents costing a whopping pounds 200.

Delia Bourne, Hamleys marketing manager, said the battle for number one spot could be between a new version of last year's biggest seller - the interactive robot Robosapien - and Amazing Amanda, an 18-inch talking toddler doll.

V2 Robosapien, which will set parents back about pounds 200, is a futuristic black and white plastic figure that can follow instructions, talk and even pick up items.

Amazing Amanda can also talk, as well as pull a range of facial expressions.

Among the store's other tips for Christmas Day were updated versions of the big crazes of yesteryear, such as cuddly robot Furbies and Japanese 'virtual pet' Tamagotchis.

Mrs Bourne said, 'Retro often does well at Christmas because uncles and aunts and parents often buy the presents they remember with nostalgia. But interactive electronic toys are going to be big sellers this year.'

Among the rest of the top 10 predictions were:

V Smile TV Learning System - and educational electronic toy for three- to six-year-olds;

Barbie purple horse head and fashion accessories;

Bratz Rock Angels dolls, complete with guitar and pop star outfits;

Monopoly's 70th anniversary London edition featuring updated pieces such as hamburgers and rollerskates instead of the more traditional boot and iron.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 29, 2005
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