Parents will feel full force of a Furby Boom this Christmas

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Mums and dads across the UK could wake to the sounds of phrases like “wee-tee-kah-wah-tee” as kids up and down the land unwrap this year’s hottest toy, the Furby Boom, this Christmas.

The Hasbro-made furry friend is the 1/2 favourite to generate the most sales this festive season, meaning parents may see any seasonal cheer washed away by hours spent listening to the Owl-like robot reel off its ‘unique’ brand of incomprehensible Furby-speak.

First introduced into the public consciousness way back in 1998, the Furby appears to be the toy craze that just won’t die.

This latest incarnation, the Furby Boom, offers youngsters a brand new way to enjoy cuddles and conversation with the robot pet via a special app that allows users to collect digital eggs that then hatch into yet more virtual Furbies.

So families everywhere had best get used to an imaginative vocabulary of Furbyisms that include the words “doo”, “boo” and the rather surprising “yoo” as they tuck into a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

Robotic pets certainly seem to be the order of the day this December, with the Teksta Robotic Puppy, the current second favourite to be the biggest seller at 6/1, and this could prove popular among parents keen to avoid the kind of clean up and care associated with a real dog.

Families eager to promote learning over the holiday may favour the 10/1 Innotab 3s educational gaming system, while the 12/1 priced Robo Fishbowl is another hassle-free pet alternative.

The 16/1 shot Doc McStuffins toy repair set could bring out the GP in young girls everywhere, while the 20/1 backed Nerf N-Strike elite looks set to see young boys and even a few dads engage in some good, clean dart gun fun this Christmas – much to the annoyance of mums everywhere.

A few old classics remain in the running, with the revised version of the Monopoly Empire backed at 50/1 to have parents everywhere breaking the bank this festive season.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.