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This year’s must-have Christmas toy is Fijit – a squishy "robot" which can reiterate built-in phrases and which is capable of responding to something that the viewer is watching on TV.
Brightly-coloured Fijits use cutting edge technology to give them word recognition capability. They can also perform dance moves.
Yes, it is only June but the pink and blue creatures are number one in a poll of top ten toys for Christmas compiled by Tesco.
At No 2 is the next generation of children's cameras – the VTech Kidizoom Twist features a revolutionary rotating self portrait lens that allows users to view videos and photos on the screen as they shoot them. The two megapixel digital camera also has five built-in games. At No 3 is a Barbie Doggie Water Park complete with dogs and pool as well as a bikini for Barbie.
No 4 is Transformers 3 Optimus Prime – the latest version of the toy which changes from a robot into a hi-tech trailer when pushed along.
No 5 goes to Baby Anabell, who comes complete with a range of fashionable baby clothing outfits. Bob the Builder makes a comeback at No 6 with a Construction Tower which enables tots to use a crane in order to build a three storey building. No 7 goes to Lego City Police Station and the latest version of the popular Bopit game Bopit XT - which can be played solo or with others - is at No 8. At No 9 is the Nerf N Strike Night Finder – a toy gun which shoots a beam to 35 feet and also works in the dark. And at No 10 is the latest twist on the old favourite – Monopoly Electronic Banking London Edition - including a cash card which can be loaded up with money instead of using notes.
Tesco senior buying manager John Stanhope said: “The Fijit is going to be this year’s must-have gadget. Children across the nation will want to enjoy all the fun of interacting with the cute and cuddly creatures which have an amazing capability to react to programmes on television as well as spoken commands. Other big hits this Christmas are likely to be the fantastic Kidizoom camera which enables you to watch videos you have just shot. There really is something for every child in our top ten toys for Christmas and the standard of toys on offer this year is second to none."