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John Lewis has unveiled the top 10 toys for Christmas 2017… and they could just break the bank

IT’S only September and it might seem too soon to mention the C-word but there are only 90 shopping days to Christmas. Not surprisingly, those festive folk at John Lewis are already on the case – and they’ve unveiled their list of the top ten toys for the 2017 market. This year it’s all about […]

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IT’S only September and it might seem too soon to mention the C-word but there are only 90 shopping days to Christmas.

Not surprisingly, those festive folk at John Lewis are already on the case – and they’ve unveiled their list of the top ten toys for the 2017 market.

What will the kids be unwrapping on December 25 this year?
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This year it’s all about robots, with a few traditional toys thrown in.

But parents should be warned – this lot could seriously break the bank.

The top four all come in at over £100 and the year’s most popular toy, the Comzo Robot, is just a penny shy of £200.

John Lewis toy expert Harry Boughton told the Daily Mail: “This year we’re expecting to see a rise in the demand for toys that combine learning with fun and play.

“As technology continues to improve our day-to-day lives with the rise of smart home devices, tech toys have also seen a rise in popularity, and they’re set to be the biggest trend this Christmas.”

Fans of traditional toys will be pleased to see the old-fashioned dolls’ house, a pirate ship and a cash register making the list.

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Classic brands LEGO and Meccano also make an appearance but with new technology giving them a futuristic twist.

So, credit cards at the ready – here are the Top Ten Toys of Christmas 2017.

1 – The Comzo Robot, £199.99

The Comzo Robot is expected to be the top seller at the store, despite its hefty price
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2 – LEGO Boost, £149.99

Lego gets a robotic twist with this futuristic kit
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FurReal Roarin’ Tyler, £134.99

This cute tiger cub is bound to be a roaring success with the little ones
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4 – John Lewis Leckford House Wooden Dolls’ House, £100

The John Lewis dolls’ house has a less than tiny price tag
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5 – LEGO Winter Holiday Train, £74.99

LEGO-loving parents will have plenty of fun on Christmas morning helping the kids with this one
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6 – FurReal Proto Max, £89.99

A robot puppy is much less hassle than the real thing and this pooch lets the children create a perfect pet through a coding app, and even change its colour
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7 – Micro Scotter Mini Deluxe, £79.99

It wouldn’t be a Christmas without a scooter so this three-wheeler is a firm favourite
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8 – Mecanno Robot M.A.X, £139.97

Another robot to make the list but the children get to build this one themselves
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9 – John Lewis Cash Register, £20

A timeless classic for all kids who love playing shop, at least this £20 till will leave some cash in your pocket too
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10 – John Lewis Wooden Pirate Ship, £40

What kid doesn’t love a pirate ship? At £40 it’s a treasure
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Last week, John Lewis revealed it would be selling giant Kinder Easter Eggs – at Christmas.

They are also selling Christmas tree lights that can be customised from an app on yoru phone.

You can buy Christmas tree lights which are customisable using Twinkly app from John Lewis
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The new John Lewis Christmas advert is tipped to feature a ‘cuddly monster’… and families will love it

WHEN the John Lewis Christmas ad comes on TV you know that the festive season is just around the corner. Speculation is already rife as to what this year’s offering from the department store will feature. And now it has been rumoured that the 2017 TV spectacular will all be about a “cuddly monster” that […]

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WHEN the John Lewis Christmas ad comes on TV you know that the festive season is just around the corner.

Speculation is already rife as to what this year’s offering from the department store will feature.

Speculation is rift over what will feature in this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert
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And now it has been rumoured that the 2017 TV spectacular will all be about a “cuddly monster” that families will love.

A source close to John Lewis says the creative team for the brand has pulled out all the stops this year for the Christmas ad.

And they told OK! Online: “This year the John Lewis advert will revolve around a big cuddly monster. If you can imagine a cross between the Gruffalo and a huge cute teddy bear, that’s the angle they’ve gone for.

“Filming for the advert wrapped a couple of months ago but they’ve been doing a lot of post production to get the special effects just right.

Last year’s ad featured dog Buster the Boxer – and it delighted TV viewers
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The ad for 2016 saw Buster bounce up and down on the family trampoline
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“Families are going to love the finished product, it’s a really emotional advert with a lovely ending.”

Last year’s heartwarming ad saw fun-loving dog Buster the Boxer having a whale of a time bouncing around on a trampoline.

The ad prompted a wave of copycat puppy videos to emerge online over the festive season.

It wasnt just Buster, a whole host of animals had a go on the trampoline in last years John Lewis ad
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It is unclear when this year’s ad will first air, but if previous years are anything to go by, it should be on the second week of November.

Previously we told you how John Lewis are selling a GIN advent calendar with a hefty price tag.

We also told you the top 10 toys for Christmas 2017 on sale at the department store.

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Argos slashes toy prices including Nerf, Transformers and My Little Pony

ARGOS has slashed the prices on some of its must have toys as shoppers get ready for the expensive Christmas season. Parents looking to get ahead on their festive shopping will be able to get up to a third off coveted toys in the retailer’s half term sale. There are over 700 lines on offer […]

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ARGOS has slashed the prices on some of its must have toys as shoppers get ready for the expensive Christmas season.

Parents looking to get ahead on their festive shopping will be able to get up to a third off coveted toys in the retailer’s half term sale.

Some discounts on toys featured in Argos’ top picks for Christmas like the SoundMoovz Bandz and the Transformers Autobot Sqweeks robot.

There are over 700 lines on offer and most of the dealc are valid from October 11 until the October 31.

These include top brands like Nerf blasters, Little Pony playsets and Star wars. Transformers Autobot Sqweeks – which featured on Argos top picks for Christmas – is also on offer for £49.99 instead of £69.99.

Parents can also get 10 per cent off  SoundMoovz Muzical Bandz, another of this year’s Christmas must haves.

If you’re worried independent price tracking website Pricehistory.co.uk will help you work what’s a bargain and what’s not. The website tracks data for all of the items on the Argos website.

You can set-up price alerts so you can see when is the best time to buy and the site has a section which shows what items have been reduced each day.

We had a quick look and found out that –  as of July 2017 –  the best offer on the Transformer Autobot Sqweeks  was £79.99  – so the latest promotion is definitely a good deal.

Transformers: Autobot Sqweeks RC – Was £69.99 Now £49.99

The Transformers: The Last Knight Autobot Sqweeks RC is now £49.99

Autobot Sqweeks RC from Hasbro features motion and sound effects and kids can prepare for battle by switching him into blaster mode, using his movie-inspired blaster accessory.

It will be a favourite with fans of the latest Transformers movie and is suitable for kids aged 6 or more.

It is worth noting that although Argos’ offer is a good deal, you can also find the robot on online retailer Amazon where it is currently selling for £35.

Beat Moovz SoundMoovz Motion-Activated Musical Bandz & App – Was £49.99 Now £44.99

Musical children might like SoundMoovz Bandz, a wearable tech toy that allows them to create their own beats

Musical kids might like SoundMoovz Bandz, a wearable tech toy that allows them to create their own beats and rhythms as they move by using Bluetooth-connected bands.

Available in black, blue and purple – Argos is currently selling the bracelet for £44.99.

After a quick check online we couldn’t find a better deal at rival stores or on Amazon.

Nerf Doomlands Double Dealer Blaster –  Was £39.99 Now £19.99

Nerf Doomlands Double Dealer Blast is now selling for £39.99

Nerf continues to stay popular with kids as its latest model – the Nitro Long version – made the Hamley’s top toys list for Christmas 2017.

A good option for money-savvy parents, the blaster has a 24-dart capacity and can fire two darts at a time.

It is not suitable for children under 3 years old.

We’ve also checked previous prices on Argos and this has been its best offer on the toy since October.

My Little Pony Cutie Mark Magic Canterlot Castle Playset – Was £39.99 Now £29.99

In January, The My Little Pony Castle was selling for almost £80 at Argos

My Little Pony is a brand that continues to be a favourite with children throughout the years.

This tower of My Little Pony is three storey’s tall and it has a real working elevator to bring all the ponies to the second and third floor.

Parents should be aware that the ponies themselves are sold separately.

We’ve checked the prices on Argos and this is definitely the best offer the retailer had on the toy so far.

In January it was selling the castle for £79.99 before dropping the prices to £39.99 in March and raising them again in April.

The last time it reduced prices was in August when the popular was selling for £39.99 again.

Some shoppers are currently selling the My Little Pony product for nearly £120 on Amazon.

BABY Born Interactive Doll – Was £49.99 Now £39.99

The BABY born interactive doll could be a good alternative to the more pricey Luvabella

For parent who can’t afford the pricey Luvabella toy – which has been tipped as this Christmas must-have toy but cost a cool £100 – the BABY born interactive doll might be a good alternative.

The doll – made by toymaker Zapf Creation for kids aged three to five – has nine functions and comes with 11 accessories including a bottle, a nappy, and a potty.

A black version of the interactive doll also exist but it doesn’t look like it is available at Argos.


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Earlier this year, Tesco and Toys R Us were among major retailers dragged into a race row for selling black dolls cheaper than white ones.

Tesco was selling the white Baby Born Interactive Doll for £50 through Tesco Direct, but its “ethnic” counterpart was just £29.99.

Argos’s latest discount is a good price compared to Luvabella but it is worth noting that it was selling the doll for £10 cheaper in November last year.

This means it might be worth checking its website again to see if it will reduce prices further around Black Friday.

Before buying anything at Argos it is  also worth checking what other retailers have on offer.

Sainsbury’s this week also launched a massive sale on more than a thousand toys including – Lego, Chad Valley, Barbie and Nerf.

Meanwhile, Hamley’s released its top stocking fillings and they all cost under £5.


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Hard-up Brits’ pay falls yet again — and there’s no sign of a raise before Christmas

HARD-UP Brits face a Christmas crunch after job figures revealed spending power was back at levels last seen 11 years ago. Despite a 94,000 surge in employment in the three months to the end of August – fuelled by women taking full-time posts – pay rose by just 2.2 per cent. Given spiralling inflation, it […]

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HARD-UP Brits face a Christmas crunch after job figures revealed spending power was back at levels last seen 11 years ago.

Despite a 94,000 surge in employment in the three months to the end of August – fuelled by women taking full-time posts – pay rose by just 2.2 per cent.

Hard-up Brits face a Christmas crunch as we reveal that pay rose by just 2.2 per cent
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Given spiralling inflation, it means ‘real’ earnings have now fallen for six months in a row.

And average wages adjusted for the cost of living are the same as in February 2006.

Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn called for an immediate end to the public sector pay cap to reduce the pressure on millions.

In a bitter Commons exchange, Theresa May countered the Government was already acting to help by raising the tax allowance and freezing fuel duty.

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Jeremy Corbyn blasts the PM over failure to raise pay in bitter PMQs debate
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But Stephen Clarke at the Resolution Foundation warned: “Today’s figures confirm the big picture trend.

“The UK labour market is good at creating jobs but terrible at raising people’s pay.

"The scale of the pay squeeze over the last decade is vast.”

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Theresa May countered the Government was already acting to help by raising the tax allowance and freezing fuel duty
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Ian Brinkley, acting chief economist at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) added: “With no end in sight to this squeeze on living standards, many workers will be facing a Christmas period where they will once again be required to tighten their belts.”

Despite the wage blow, the job figures revealed yet another rise in the number of people in work and a fall in the jobless.

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Average wages adjusted for the cost of living are the same as in February 2006 - as people fear for Christmas budget
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Employment jumped by 52,000 to more than 32 million. The number of people with a job is up 317,000 in the past year, with 277,000 of the increase women in full time work.

The female employment rate is at a record 70.7 per cent.

Unemployment fell by 52,000 to 1.44 million – a 12-year low.

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Employment Minister Damian Hands defend Government record and says 'economy is helping to create full time, permanent jobs'

Employment Minister Damian Hinds said: “Our economy is helping to create full time, permanent jobs which are giving people across the UK the chance of securing a reliable income.

"We’ve boosted the income for people on the lowest pay by increasing the national living wage and delivered the fastest pay rise for lowest earners in 20 years.”


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