A ROBOT fish and tractor toys will go head-to-head to win the hearts of Gloucester children this winter.
Predictions for this year's top Christmas toys were revealed yesterday by toy giant Hamleys.
It says the £14 Robo Fish, which swims in its own bowl, will be a hit and £75 virtual puppy pet Teksta will top the list.
Bosses at Toys R Us in St Ann Way say shoppers have already started looking for festive presents.
Assistant manager Stephen Hayes said: "We had a woman in today checking out our bargains for early Christmas presents. The end of September is when things usually start picking up though."
The national chain will release its own hot list in August and he predicted virtual pets would be on it.
He said: "The Robo Fish is in stores now and anything techy the kids love and makes their faces light up. But one of the biggest selling items here in Gloucester is actually tractor toys."
Over at Debenhams in King's Square, sales manager Tom Butler said family favourite Lego, which dates back to 1949, is still top of the pile.
"It always sells well. Probably because they keep up to date," he said.
"For instance at the moment there is Hobbit and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Lego."
Toys on the list range from £14 to a wallet-busting £125 and Hamleys say it encompasses 'newness and tradition'.
But health champions at Active Gloucestershire have lamented the lack of sporty toys.
Chief Executive John Stevens said: "We would encourage parents to buy presents for their children that help them to be physically active as opposed to presents that encourage sedentary lifestyles.
"We know 8.8 per cent of children entering Gloucestershire's primary schools are obese and this rises to 17.7 per cent on entering secondary school.
"It's important physical activity is built into young people's lives by whatever means possible."
THE HAMLEYS TOP 10
1. Teksta £75
2. Robo Fish £14
3. VIP Pets £14
4. Doc McStuffins Doctor’s Bag £26
5. Lion Chi Temple £125
6. The Monster High 13 Wishes dolls £23
7. The LeapPad £125
8. Chasin’ Cheeky Game £26
9. Sulley Monster Mask £40
10. Furby Boom TBC