It might still be more than six months to Christmas but it seems it’s never too early to start planning – or selling.

Argos has already released its predictions for this year’s must-have toys that kids will be whining/pestering/begging parents for or putting at the top of their list to Santa.

The selection includes a toy caterpillar that introduces infants to coding and a doll that carries the "authentic smell of a newborn". Lovely.

Familiar franchises including Lego City and Star Wars are also tipped to be under many Christmas trees come December 25.

Argos chief toy buyer Linzi Walker said: "This year's list shows just how much toys are evolving - lots of our top toys have their roots in parents' Christmas past.

"Now they've truly moved on, with more sophisticated tech, realistic life-like functions and up-to-date pop culture references.”

Browse our gallery above to see all he toys, and watch the video below to see them being revealed at a red-carpet event.