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With the festive season fast approaching and parents shopping for presents earlier than ever, eBay has revealed its top toy predictions for Christmas 2021.
According to the UK site, more than two fifths of the UK (41%) are planning to complete their Christmas shopping before December starts.
The online-marketplace giant has pinpointed toys that will go fast as the year comes to a close.
First of all, the craze for Fidget toys continues, becoming the second most searched term for toys on the site.
Plush brand Squishmallow has burst onto the scene as the eight most searched term, with hundreds of adorable soft toys to choose from.
Household names are still going strong this year, such as LEGO and Barbie.
Lastly, sales of ‘toys on wheels’, from Hotwheels to push-along motorcycles, are predicted to hit the roof this year.
Nouman Qureshi, Toys Category Manager at eBay UK, said: “With the current supply constraints heavily impacting the toy market, we’re urging parents to shop for Christmas gifts early, to avoid disappointment.
“It’s cars which are racing to the top of the toy charts.
“We predict Hot Wheels and Scaletrix will make a comeback, alongside LEGO technic kits of legendary models and racecars which are speeding into wishlists.
“Zooming to both cinema screens and shopping baskets, diecast models of vehicles from the upcoming 25th Bond film will also prove a hit with the kids.”
The top toys of Christmas 2021 – as predicted by eBay UK
Pop Push Fidget Toy It Bubble (£1.99)
This pop fidget is a great sensory tool you fidget with again and again.
Ever catch your children, or maybe even yourself, popping the bubble wrap right of the box of a package? Then you’ll love this bubble fidget.
Just press the mouse bubbles down and they make a slight popping sound; then flip it over and start again! Endlessly reusable and washable, too.
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Fulfil their need for speed with this ride-on motorbike from HOMCOM.
With a maximum speed of 3km/h, it goes fast enough for your child, without being too dangerous.
It has a working music and horn button built in, with working headlights for a interactive experience, whilst its pedals allows it to go backwards and forwards.
A large seat and handlebars allows them to sit and hold on, with the three wheels providing continual balance for ultimate safety.
Comes with a rechargeable battery – a full charge provides up to 45 minutes of play.
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Celebrate an icon of engineering excellence with the LEGO Technic 42096 Porsche 911 RSR.
Developed in partnership with Porsche, this authentic replica captures the vehicle’s powerful appearance with its sharp contours and aerodynamic detailing, including a rear wing with ‘swan neck’ mounts, extended rear diffuser and specially designed side mirrors.
Functions include a visible, working differential, independent suspension and a six-cylinder boxer engine with moving pistons positioned in front of the rear axle, while the accessible cockpit features a radar screen, working steering, fire extinguisher system and even a track map of the Laguna Seca circuit printed onto the driver’s door.
Black spoked rims, realistic head and tail lights and an authentic white, red and black colour scheme with sticker detailing add the final touches to this awesome LEGO Technic Porsche 911 RSR model.
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Get ready to spin!
This is the all new 12-volt ride-on toy that is going to be the hit of the season.
Like nothing you’ve ever seen before this 12V* ‘Waltzer car’ is going to make every day like a trip to the fair but without the queues, and don’t worry it even has its own music and lights to help authenticate the experience.
Fully rechargeable and powered by twin motors this fun 12v* Waltzer ride on toy car can spin a full 360 degrees with its simple joystick controls.
Find out more about it here.
Barbie 3-in-1 Dream Camper Vehicle (£74.09)
Bring your travel dreams to life with this pink vehicle toy, complete with hidden surprises and play areas, for hours of imaginative play.
This Barbie® DreamCamper™ features other concealed vehicles, including a boat and pickup truck toy, as well as a fun camping playset for Barbie® dolls to eat, sleep and play.
With 60 play pieces and exciting play areas, the storytelling possibilities are endless! Expand with other Barbie® toys to create your own Barbie® world!
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LEGO Flower Bouquet (£44.99)
Whether you’re treating a loved one, or are looking for your next creative project, this flower bouquet model building set lets you relax, unplug and create something wonderful.
When complete, the impressive flower display brings a touch of fun and colour to any room.
The adjustable stems make it easy to tailor the arrangement for any vase or container.
Each detail of the bouquet is made from LEGO components; all customizable to create a unique display.
Most of the flowers have petals that are positionable so you can have fun designing different arrangements.
Take the stems apart and recombine to adjust the height and shape of your flowers. Style flowers like a pro!
Part of the LEGO Botanical Collection for adults, this set includes several elements made from a plant-based plastic, produced using sustainably sourced sugarcane.
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Looking for the ultimate gift for a child or teen who loves supercar toys?
This LEGO Technic McLaren Senna GTR (42123) toy car building set is a great choice – and adult McLaren fans will love it too!
Packed with authentic features inspired by the original track-focused supercar icon, this collectible model toy is sure to set pulses racing.
Realistic details and powerful functions The McLaren Senna GTR is a car unlike any other. And this awesome LEGO Technic toy version is equally impressive.
Check out the V8 engine with moving pistons, iconic dihedral doors that open, plus authentic graphics and colours, just like on the real car.
Steer using the wheel, then put the model on display where it’s sure to draw many admiring glances.
LEGO Technic sets feature realistic movement and mechanisms that introduce LEGO builders to the universe of engineering in an approachable and realistic way.
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This twist on classic Monopoly gameplay features artwork, characters, and themes inspired by Nintendo’s Animal Crossing New Horizons.
In this edition of the Monopoly game, kids visit islands, collect resources such as bugs, fish, fossils, and fruit.
Then sell island resources for Bells, buy decorations, and earn Nook Miles to win.
Move around the board as one of 4 Animal Crossing New Horizons inspired tokens.
Besides the numbered dice, there’s a Nook’s Cranny dice that determines what type of resources can be sold!
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Make anything in your house a gravity drop with the Hot Wheels Track Builder Multi-Lane Speed Box.
Clamp the lid to any table, chair or shelf and use the 4-lane fair start gate to kick off the race.
Turn the box over and use the 4-lane jump on the bottom as an awesome finishing stunt. Use the single through-lane on the bottom of the box for another way to race your cars.
Customize and add flair to your tracks and stunts with 4 colourful flipper gates that spin when you race through Multi-use pieces can be used in nearly endless combinations to unlock creativity.
Great to store all your Hot Wheels track and accessories but the bin is also part of the build and enhances stunts with multiple points to connect track.
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He may look like “Baby Yoda,” but this lovable creature is called The Child – and now you can become his protector with this animatronic toy from Star Wars.
Touching the top of The Child Animatronic Edition’s head activates over 25 sound and motion combinations, including happy and excited sounds, giggles, babbles, and more, all while the figure’s head moves up and down, ears move back and forth, and eyes open and close.
Boys and girls ages 4 and up can pretend to harness the power of the Force as The Child toy closes its eyes, raises its arm, and sighs as if exerting a great amount of energy.
Includes a 3-in-1 carrier that can be worn on the chest or over the shoulder and converts into a sleeping blanket.
Find out more about it here.
This Scalextric Batman vs Joker Spark Plug has the themed Joker car, complete with a green roof, purple body and wide grin to mimic his famous look.
It also takes on the black Batman car, dark enough to hide in the shadows and pounce on one of his worst enemies.
This set also features 2 x Spark Plug Dongles, the latest innovation from Scalextric which allows you to race your car using your Android or IOS smart device. Simply plug the Spark Plug dongle into your Scalextric analogue powerbase rather than a traditional hand controller, download the app and race away meaning no more wires!
Other in app features include: Single Player or Versus Mode options. Bespoke DC themes skin, so you can pick your favourite hero or villain in Gotham Option to use smart device vs hand controller on single player option.
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