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Byline: on the money WITH RUKI SAYID AND TRICIA PHILLIPS

WITH the toy industry's Dream Dozen for Santa's wishlist unveiled, we've turned to the experts - kids - to find out which ones have the X-mas factor and which are best left in the box.

We teamed up with high street and online giants Argos and a panel of young consumers to put the top 12 to the ultimate test.

The Toy Retailers Association compiled the list and have tipped L.O.L Surprise, Hatchimals and FurReal Roarin' Tyler as this year's must-haves that Santa will be delivering. But did our testers agree? With PS1.2billion expected to be splurged on toys this Christmas, you may want to read their verdicts before splashing out.

Here's what they said ? All prices correct at time of going to press Toilet Trouble, PS17.99, Argos Sienna Golder, aged nine, says: "My whole family would enjoy playing with this, especially my dad and brother. It catches you out when it suddenly squirts you with water and is so funny to watch when it gets another player. But the flush got stuck a few times."

Verdict: Messy Score: 8/10 Laser X Two Player Pack, PS43.99, Argos Ollie Butler, aged 10, says: "Having the target on your chest makes it easy to aim for and I like that it lights up so you can play it in the dark and sneak up on your friends as you can hear their beeps too."

Nerf Nitro Longshot Smash, PS19.99, Argos Zain Davies, aged six, says: "I love that it goes really fast and shoots really high. I like it when the car zooms up the ramp and over the barrels - it's so exciting." Verdict: Fantastic Score: 10/10 Fingerlings, PS16.70, amazon.co.

Aden Smith, aged nine, says: "The monkeys interact with each other and they remind me of the little koala pencil toppers from Australia. They're really cute but I prefer robots and drones."

Verdict: For younger kids Score: 9/10 PJ Masks Headquarters, PS36.99, Toys R Us Kitty Trouse, aged seven, says: "I like the switch that changes the scenery and the light-up controls, but the slide comes off and other bits kept falling off. I think I'd prefer a Stretch Armstrong as I don't watch PJ Masks."

Verdict: A bit wobbly Score: 6/10 Star Wars: BB-8 Lego, PS64.99, Smyths Phalgun Deevanapalli, aged 10, says: "I think this looks exactly like a BB-8 and I like that it moves on its own when you turn it. It reminds me a bit of the X-Wing fighter Lego Star Wars set. It was great to build."

Verdict: I want one Score: 10/10 FurReal Roarin' Tyler, PS99.99, Smyths Hudson Meale, aged four, says: "I hope Santa brings me him for Christmas. I like him purring and it's funny when his ears wiggle and his tail wags. He's so soft and falls asleep if you stop playing with him."

Verdict: Rahhhh! Score: 10/10 L.O.L Surprise Doll, sold out but twinpack PS25.49, amazon.co.uk Micah Williams, aged eight, says: "I liked unwrapping it as it takes quite a long time to get through the layers and the little extras included are cool. I prefer Superhero Mashers but this is fun too."

Verdict: Lots of fun layers Score: 7/10 Hatchimals Surprise, PS55, asda.com Darcy Trouse, aged nine, says: "They remind me a bit of a Furby. I like how colourful and cute they are - and they're twins. I do love looking after things but once they've hatched they're not as exciting any more." Verdict: Good for sharing Score: 9/10 The Original Stretch Armstrong, PS19.99, Argos Anaya Odedra, aged seven, says: "He's squidgy, stretchy and really good at gymnastics. But once you've pulled and stretched him for a bit, he doesn't do anything else."

Verdict: My brother would like it Score: 8/10 Enchantimals Playhouse Panda Set, PS23.99, The Range Maliyah Williams, aged five, says: "There's so much to do with the doll. It can play on the swing or go in the different rooms. There's a tree house and cute little cups to use in the kitchen. The doll reminds me a bit of Monster High dolls."

Verdict: I love it Score: 10/10 Paw Patrol Sea Patroller, PS55.50, tesco.com Holly Thomas, aged six, says: "I like the moving crane part but I think it could wind up instead of just hooking on - it'd be good to pick things up and wind it up to move it. I like the octopus and I also like that the Sea Patroller moves on wheels."

Verdict: I'd prefer a doll for Christmas Score: 5/10

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