CHRISTMAS 2015: Top toys for children this December

Which toys will you be buying this Christmas?
Which toys will you be buying this Christmas?

Star Wars and Thunderbirds are leading the way for the top toys this Christmas, industry experts have revealed.

The Toy Retailers Association (TRA) said this would be a "vintage year" for toys as it released its annual DreamToys list of predicted top sellers, with three of them connected to the new Star Wars film The Force Awakens, due out in December.

Vintage toys are making a comeback this Christmas, with Star Wars and Thunderbirds popular.

Vintage toys are making a comeback this Christmas, with Star Wars and Thunderbirds popular.

They are the Bladebuilder Jedi Master Lightsabre, by Hasbro, and Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle and the Millennium Falcon, both by Lego.

The Thunderbirds Interactive Tracy Island Playset has also made the list, alongside favourites such as the Disney Frozen Sing-a-long Elsa.

Lego's City Deep Sea Exploration Vessel is also expected to dominate Christmas lists, while Little Live Pets, Paw Patrol, Shopkins and the Vtech Toot Toot Friends toys are likely to top lists for younger children.

Rounding out the top 12 are the IDO3D Deluxe 3D Design Studio and the Pie Face family game.

Frozen Sing-A-Long Elsa is expected to popular this festive season.

Frozen Sing-A-Long Elsa is expected to popular this festive season.

The list is decided by a panel of leading toy retailers in the UK including Argos, Boots, Selfridges, Smyths Toys, The Entertainer, TK Maxx and Toys R US.

Frederique Tutt, toy industry analyst for the NPD Group, said British retailers were hoping for a record year after Disney's Frozen, Minions and Minecraft boosted sales by 6% since the start of 2015.

He said: "With other licensed merchandise such as Star Wars still to come, the market could expect to grow by over £100 million at retail to reach £3.2 billion by the end of the year."

Gary Grant, chairman of the DreamToys committee, added: "Strong entertainment brands like Frozen, Thunderbirds and Star Wars are appearing alongside creative brands like Little Live Pets and classic evergreens such as Lego, ever more stimulating play sets for under fives such as Toot-Toot or Paw Patrol and family games like Pie Face.

Will you be buying these toys this Christmas?

Will you be buying these toys this Christmas?

"While the blockbuster licences may steal the headlines, it is exciting to see innovation throughout the list with manufacturers successfully combining this with traditional play in, for example, the IDO3D craft set, and Shopkins has become the new craze of the year, embracing all that is good about toys."

Lego toys are popular this year too.

Lego toys are popular this year too.

Here are the top toys for 2015's Christmas presents.

Here are the top toys for 2015's Christmas presents.