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The great Christmas toy test

From updated Barbie to classic cartoon figures, our reporter gets the low down from the experts on this year's must-have toys

Published 25/11/2015 | 02:30

Leon Daly with the Pieface toy. Photo: Damien Eagers.
Leon Daly with the Pieface toy. Photo: Damien Eagers.
Alisa Cirnat, 5, with her Barbie Pony toy. Photo: Damien Eagers
Isobel O'Dwyer with the Despicable Me 2 fartblaster gun. Photo: Damien Eagers.
Cian Smyth with his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys. Photo: Damien Eagers.
Holly Clarke with her toy. Photo: Damien Eagers.

He's making a list, and checking it twice, now Santa's set to discover how the boys and girls at Temple Street Children's Hospital have been not naughty - but nice. With just 31 more sleeps to go, Frozen, Star Wars and LEGO are some of the top toy requests currently flooding into the North Pole.

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At the national children's hospital in Dublin however, little heroes from throughout the land will be hoping to get the gift of life-saving medical equipment this Christmas.

Together with Tesco, Temple Street has just launched an adorable toy review video in a bid to raise €100,000 towards treating the thousands of sick kids who attend the hospital each year.

So when the man in the red suit needed some assistance putting some of the year's most coveted toys to the test, we knew exactly where to turn for help.

Here, five Temple Street VIPs - Very Important Patients - give their verdict...

All toys available from selected Tesco stores nationwide from November 16-December 24 2015 while stocks last. Check out the Temple Street Toy Review video online at http://bit.ly/1R4SNtK Text TEMPLE to 50300 to donate €4 to Temple Street Children's Hospital

Name: Leon Daly

Age: 6

From: Coolock, Dublin

Tested: Pie Face!, €28.99


"I could play with this game all year. You put the cream on the hand, put your face in the hole and twist the handle. Then - splat! - you get cream in the face. There's a dice to say whose turn it is, but I lost it. I'm going to try it on my big sister when I get home. I was going to ask Santa for this. Now I have it - so I'm going to ask for R2-D2 instead. I can't wait to see the new Star Wars movie."

Psst! Mums and Dads: Stock up on squirty cream to avoid disappointment on Christmas morning as the game doesn't come with any.

Name: Isobel O'Dwyer

Age: 7

From: Fairview, Dublin

Tested: Despicable Me 2 Fart Blaster, €26.99


"This year, I asked Santa for headphones, a music player and a goldfish. But I like this Minions fart blaster too. It's funny.

"You just press the button and it sounds like someone is farting.

"It's also got flashing lights and tells jokes.

"I already have a small fart blaster at home, so Mammy doesn't mind the noise. I don't think I'd be allowed to bring it to school though."

Psst! Mums and Dads: Batteries are included with this toy, which takes two AAA batteries, meaning you won't have to raid the remote control on Christmas morning.

Name: Holly Clarke

Age: 5

From: Lusk, Dublin

Tested: Disney Frozen Elsa Styling Head, €19.99


"I've seen Frozen a million times. Elsa is my favourite character. Last year, Santa got me a big Elsa doll that skates and sings. This one, you can do her hair, like in a curly bun like mine.

"Mammy did my hair this morning - but I can do it myself too. I prefer my own Elsa doll because you can put lipstick on her. I hope Santa brings me some Doc McStuffins stuff."

Psst! Mums and Dads: Sure to be a sell-out, get your request for the latest Frozen doll in early with Santa - or your own little princess may never Let It Go.

Name: Alisa Cirnat

Age: 5

From: Clane, Kildare

Tested: Barbie Saddle 'N Ride Horse, €72.99


"I have tonne of Barbies at home. But this horse one is definitely my favourite. I like it because the horse walks by itself when you press a button. So Barbie can actually sit on her back and go horse riding. There's also a brush so you can brush her tail. I love horses. Once, I went on a pony ride at the circus in Blanchardstown. I really, really enjoyed it."

Psst! Mums and Dads: With some small, detachable parts, Barbie and her horse Tawny aren't suitable for aspiring Michelle Paynes under three, according to Santa.

Name: Cian Smyth

Age: 5

From: Newbridge, Kildare

Tested: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Flingers, €10.99 each


"I always watch the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon on television.There's four of them: the orange guy is Michelangelo. But the blue guy, Leonardo, is my favourite and I have a toy of the purple guy, Donatello, at home.

"This one has wheels on the bottom so you can wheel him along. Then you put discs in the top and they come flying out like 'hi-yah!'".

Psst! Mums and Dads: Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael are sold separately, so make sure Santa gets the right one if you want to be a hero in a half shell this December 25.

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