Toys R Us releases its Hot Toy List for the holiday season as experts tip Star Wars gadgets and Barbie dolls to fly off the shelves this Christmas

  • Last year Barbie was knocked off her No.1 spot by Frozen's Elsa toys
  • But Barbie is set to gallop back to the top on her new Saddle 'N Ride Horse
  • Lego and Guitar Hero computer games are also expected to be popular
  • The list of what children are most likely to ask for at Christmas was compiled by the retailer's toy experts based on current trends

Children may have only just headed back to school after the summer break but toy retailers are already preparing for the Christmas rush.

Toys R Us has revealed its 'Hot Toy List' for the coming holiday season, with Star Wars gadgets and Barbie dolls predicted to fly off the shelves.

Merchandise from the Disney film Frozen topped the charts last Christmas, with one in five parents rushing out to buy Elsa dolls.

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The Barbie Saddle 'N Ride Horse is among the 15 highest rated toys for this holiday season, according to experts at Toys R Us. The doll, which comes in pink and purple, is currently retailing at $44.99

The Barbie Saddle 'N Ride Horse is among the 15 highest rated toys for this holiday season, according to experts at Toys R Us. The doll, which comes in pink and purple, is currently retailing at $44.99

Star Wars R2-D2 Interactive Robotic Droid: Price not yet known
Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber: $49.99

The R2-D2 Interactive Robotic Droid (price not known) and the Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber ($49.99) are among the Star Wars toys predicted to do well

Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo: $37.99
Fisher-Price Smart Toy Bear: $99.99

Toys aimed at younger children include the colorful Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo (left), which is priced at $37.99, and the Fisher-Price Smart Toy Bear (right), which is $99.99

Fisher-Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex: $94.99
Journey Girls 2015 Italy Holiday Doll - Giovanna: $49.99

Also making the list are the Fisher-Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex (left) at $94.99 and the Journey Girls 2015 Italy Holiday Doll - Giovanna (right) at $49.99

Computer games are also predicted to sell well, with Lego Dimensions ($99.99) tipped for success

Computer games are also predicted to sell well, with Lego Dimensions ($99.99) tipped for success

The movie's huge popularity saw Barbie knocked off the top spot for the first time in 11 years, but the Mattel doll could yet again be the bestseller.

The Barbie Saddle 'N Ride Horse is among the 15 highest rated toys for this holiday season, according to experts at Toys R Us.

The doll, which comes in pink and purple, is currently retailing at $44.99.

Star Wars toys are also predicted to see a surge in popularity, thanks to the latest film in the epic space series - Star Wars: The Force Awakens - coming out a week before Christmas.

Two toys from the franchise have made the Toys R Us top 15, including a Star Wars R2-D2 Interactive Robotic Droid which is yet to hit the shops.

Also on the list is the Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber, on sale for just under $50.

Guitar Hero Live for PlayStation and Xbox is up for sale for $99.99 for children with rock star ambitions

Guitar Hero Live for PlayStation and Xbox is up for sale for $99.99 for children with rock star ambitions

Old school: Nerf guns are set to make a return, toy experts say, including the Nerf N-Strike Modulus ECS-10 Blaster ($49.99)

Old school: Nerf guns are set to make a return, toy experts say, including the Nerf N-Strike Modulus ECS-10 Blaster ($49.99)

Bargain: The cheapest pick is the Shopkins Fashion Boutique Playset, which comes with a changing room, elevator and slide for $34.99

Bargain: The cheapest pick is the Shopkins Fashion Boutique Playset, which comes with a changing room, elevator and slide for $34.99

Flying off the shelves: The Little Live Pets Clever Keet ($50.99) is likely to be wrapped under thousands of Christmas trees come December 25

Flying off the shelves: The Little Live Pets Clever Keet ($50.99) is likely to be wrapped under thousands of Christmas trees come December 25

Sales drive: The Paw Patrol - Paw Patroller lorry ($51.99) was also on the list of 15 hottest toys for the holidays

Sales drive: The Paw Patrol - Paw Patroller lorry ($51.99) was also on the list of 15 hottest toys for the holidays

Toys aimed at younger children to make the list include the colorful Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo ($37.99), the Fisher-Price Smart Toy Bear ($99.99) and the Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Take Care of Me Lambie ($49.99).

Computer games are also predicted to sell well, with Guitar Hero Live for PlayStation and Xbox and Lego Dimensions both on the list at $99.99.

The most expensive toy to make the cut this year is the Meccano MeccaNoid G15, which children can build before putting the motorized robot through its paces, for $179.99.

Parents who really want to splash out this holiday season can buy the taller G15 KS version - but it does not come cheap at $399.99.

The cheapest pick is the Shopkins Fashion Boutique Playset, which comes with a changing room, elevator and slide for $34.99.

Toys 'R' Us said in a statement: 'Following months of carefully identifying, researching and experimenting with hundreds of toys, Toys'R'Us experts have selected items sure to be at the top of kids’ wish lists. 

'Determining our annual Hot Toy List is a year-long selection process we take very seriously. It is our mission to identify the very best playthings, giving parents and gift-givers the inside scoop straight from the toy experts on coveted items sure to leave kids smiling on Christmas morning.

'We are proud that customers rely on the Toys“R”Us Holiday Hot Toy List as a trusted and valuable resource to help navigate the holiday shopping season even before kids start writing their wish lists.' 

The toys are not listed in any particular order by the retailer. 

THE TOYS'R'US 'HOT 15' LIST FOR THIS HOLIDAY SEASON*

Pricey option: Meccano MeccaNoid G15 is $179.99

Pricey option: Meccano MeccaNoid G15 is $179.99

Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo: $37.99.

Fisher-Price Smart Toy Bear: $99.99.

Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Take Care of Me Lambie: $49.99.

Barbie Saddle 'N Ride Horse: $44.99.

Little Live Pets Clever Keet: $50.99.

Shopkins Season 3 Fashion Boutique Playset: $34.99.

Journey Girls 2015 Italy Holiday Doll - Giovanna: $49.99.

Paw Patrol - Paw Patroller: $51.99.

Fisher-Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex: $94.99.

Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber: $49.99.

Star Wars R2-D2 Interactive Robotic Droid: Price not yet known. 

LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack: $99.99.

Guitar Hero Live: $99.99.

Nerf N-Strike Modulus ECS-10 Blaster: $49.99.

Meccano MeccaNoid G15: $179.99.

*Not listed in any particular order 

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