December 13, 2010 06:05 ET

Top 5 Children's Toys for Christmas 2010

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 13, 2010) - As 2010 winds down, retailers are beginning to prepare for the Christmas shopping rush. Sales this year are expected to be higher as more consumers emerge from the recession with money to spare. Toy sales, in particular, are expected to increase and Hamleys, London's famous seven-story toy store, has reported that hi-tech toys are set to make a comeback this year, and will rank high on the Christmas wish lists of children throughout the UK. 

Traditional Christmas toys such as trucks, Barbie dolls and other figurines have received a makeover for today's tech-savvy generation of children, and now utilise the latest video and sound technology. A few popular examples of these were featured in a list of top toys for Christmas recently published by the Guardian.

The first of these great Christmas gift ideas for kids is the Barbie Video Girl. Barbies have always been among the best-selling Christmas toys for young girls. This year, Barbie is back and better than ever. The Barbie Video Girl features a real video camera that allows children to record, play back and edit images and videos to their heart's content. The camera lens is artfully disguised as a flashy necklace, while the screen is inserted in her back and can be hidden underneath stylish clothes.

A popular Christmas toy for boys this year is sure to be the Kung Zhu Pets Battle Arena Deluxe Playset. As one of the best-selling Christmas toys last year, the Kung Zhu Pets Battle Arena has been relaunched in 2010 with new features and accessories. Optimised to showcase the epic battles between the Kung Zhu Ninja Warrior and Special Forces Hamsters, the Battle Arena is the ideal gift for boys who want to enjoy their own martial arts showdown.

Christmas toys based on popular movie franchises are always in demand. This year is no different, and the popularity of the third instalment in the Toy Story series will have children clamouring for their own Buzz Lightyear figurines. This figurine can say a range of catchy phrases from the movie and features a rocket pack, laser arm lights, as well as a retractable helmet, making it a must-have for all young Toy Story fans.

Toys that are both fun and practical are often among the best-selling Christmas toys each year. One popular option in this regard is the Kidizoom Video Recorder. This child-friendly handheld video camera features an easy-to-use touch button design, photo capture and face tracking capabilities, allowing children to record all of their favourite playtime and family moments.

For a Christmas toy with a difference, consider Stinky the Garbage Truck. As an interactive robot vehicle, he can talk, sing and dance his way through his work. Children can feed him anything from toy cars to other small pieces of garbage and watch in amazement as he 'devours' them and spits them back out, loudly passing gas to indicate his satisfaction with the meal. Parents shouldn't worry though – Stinky doesn't actually smell.

These are just a few of the many hi-tech Christmas gift ideas for kids. With so many new toys on the market, parents are certainly spoilt for choice when it comes choosing Christmas toys for their children this year.

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