Top 10 things you can expect at this year’s Toy Show

As the most-watched show on Irish television, here are ten things you can expect at this year’s Toy Show.

Christmas celebrations officially begin this Friday, 26 November, with the Late Late Toy Show, otherwise known as the most magical night of the year.

Today, we bring you some things you can expect at this year’s Toy Show based on previous years.

With so much to look forward to on this year’s Late Late Toy Show, we look back at previous years to predict what might happen!

From memorable moments to the old reliable mishaps, the Toy Show is bound to bring you a feel-good factor. Ahead of the big event, here are ten things you can expect at this year’s Toy Show.

10. A theme – the much anticipated grand entrance

The theme will be announced soon.
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Young and old will feel a sense of wonder and awe as the opening scene commences with children singing and dancing.

The costumes and music transport the audience into a familiar yet magical world where dreams do come true.

Tubridy makes his grand entrance as a central character in the opening scene, showing his childlike side. The theme is announced only the day before the Toy Show, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.

9. The Billie Barry kids – incredibly musically talented

The Billie Barry kids are one of the things you can expect at this year's toy show.
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The wonderfully talented Billie Barry stage school always seem to make an appearance on the Toy Show, much to the envy of us less gifted people.

Some of the past Billie Barry kids who appeared on the Toy Show have become famous, like Ryan O’Shaugnessy, Mikey Graham, and Samantha Mumba.

8. A reunion – get ready for tears at home

There's always an emotional reunion.
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Over the years, there have been many reunions that got the viewers at home in a flood of tears. Last Christmas, many people didn’t get to make the annual journey home from abroad last Christmas due to Covid-19.

As such, you can almost predict there will be some heartwarming moment where an unsuspecting child is surprised by their beloved family member.

7. Ryan’s jumpers – the talk of the nation

Ryan's jumpers are one of the things you can expect at this year's Toy Show.
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After every ad break, Ryan Tubridy will cause a stir on Twitter as the nation admires and or critiques his Christmas jumper choice.

However, Tubridy doesn’t hold back when wearing his novelty shirts and weird and wacky Christmas jumpers.

Although, over the years, there have definitely been some questionable choices. So, who knows what this year holds?

6. A brilliant cause – the nation coming together

The Toy Show always supports a brilliant cause.
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If there’s one night that can bring the people of Ireland together, it is the Toy Show. Last year more than €6.6 million was raised for children’s charities in the 24 hours after the Toy Show.

This year Revolut has partnered with RTE to make it easier for people to donate.

5. Stage fright – a camera-shy child

A stage frightened child is one of the things you can expect at this year's Toy Show.
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Unfortunately, one of the things you can expect at this year’s Toy Show is a child who has gotten stage fright.

While the rehearsal may have gone well earlier in the day, the prospect has now dawned on them that they are on live TV. One thing’s for sure, though, is that the child will win the hearts of the country.

4. A collision – it wouldn’t be the toy show without it

There will definitely be a collision.
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The cars, bikes, and trikes section of the Toy Show is one of the most chaotic moments of the night.

Anything that can go wrong will go wrong, from battery-powered vehicles unable to start to the unavoidable collision between a bicycle and a prop or camera.

3. One for everyone in the audience – the envy of everyone at home

One of the things you can expect at this year's Toy Show is something for the audience.
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While children dream of being a toy-tester on the Toy Show, adults dream of being an audience member for the free stuff!

Multiple times on Friday, you can be guaranteed that Tubridy will say “…and there’s one for everyone in the audience!”

In previous years, each prize has had a minimum retail price of €150, so being an audience member is definitely worth it.

2. A faulty toy – it worked earlier

There's always a faulty toy.
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One of the things you can expect at this year’s Toy Show is a toy that fails to work the way it should, if at all.

Much to the child’s amusement, Tubridy will struggle to figure out how to turn on or fix a faulty toy. Then commences a few seconds of improv with a toy the child hasn’t a notion about!

1. Meeting a hero – a heartwarming moment

Meeting your hero is one of the things you can expect at this year's Toy Show.
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As the Toy Show is the most magical night of the year, one lucky toy-tester may be surprised by their idol. Over the years, sportspeople and singers have snuck onto the set to create an unforgettable moment for one child.

This is certainly one of our favourite things you can expect at this year’s Toy Show.