Every year as the days grow shorter and the nights colder, we look forward to a tradition in which we all get together of an evening, virtually or in person, to watch the one and only Late Late Toy Show.

This year, 2020's Toy Show was pericularly special. Constrained by the ongoing restrictions around you know what Ryan Tubridy and his crew managed to put together a truly wonderful show filled with songs, chats with amazing kids and of course loads of cool toys.

Toy Show Appeal #

Among all the amazing moments the biggest one was the launch of the RTÉ Toy Show Appeal. During the show the appeal managed to raise an amazing €5.2 million to support a range of charities all around Ireland.

Rule The World #

A highlight of the show was the amazing Rule The World song that featured Gary Barlow on piano and included greetings from Irish families all over the world.

Fantastic Mr Fox and the Twits #

The theme of the show was Roald Dahl. From the introduction and throughout the show there were costumes of all sorts of characters from his books. The show also features loads of other great books, as well as toys, so let's take a look at what was featured!

Books #

Since the show featuring books, I thought I'd do a quick roundup of all the books mentioned before moving on to the toys. Here we go:

Cá Bhfuil Puifín Beag? by Erika McGann at Shop Ireland

Cá Bhfuil Puifín Beag? by Erika McGann

An Irish translation of a classic puffin adventure!

See it here

Mythical Irish Oddities by Mark Joyce at Shop Ireland

Mythical Irish Oddities by Mark Joyce

Connemara man Mark Joyce tells of Irish legends.

See it here

Once Upon a Reader by Lorraine Levis at Shop Ireland

Once Upon a Reader by Lorraine Levis

A lovely guide to raising young readers.

See it here

The Great Irish Farm Book by Darragh McCullough at Shop Ireland

The Great Irish Farm Book by Darragh McCullough

Everything you could ever want to know about Irish farms, and more!

See it here

The Haunted Lake at Shop Ireland

The Haunted Lake

A ghostly love story set in a spooky, underwater world.

See it here

David Walliams #

It was great to see the wonderful David Walliams making an appearance. Here's the books he mentioned:

The Boy in the Dress at Shop Ireland

The Boy in the Dress

David's first novel - a charming, funny debut.

See it here

CodeName Bananas at Shop Ireland

CodeName Bananas

1940's based adventure featuring Gertrude the Gorilla.

See it here

Some other books #

I tried to spot as many books as I could in between buffering the stream. Here are some I noticed:

Kay's Anatomy at Shop Ireland

Kay's Anatomy

A Complete (and Completely Disgusting) Guide to the Human Body.

See it here

Kindness Grows at Shop Ireland

Kindness Grows

A Peek-through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup.

See it here

Kay's Anatomy at Shop Ireland

Finding Nutmeg

Join Sean on a magical journey to the North Pole.

See it here

Did you spot any others I missed? Let me know if you did! Now then...

Toys #

The toys featured in the 2020 RTÉ Late Late Toy Show!

Thw show opened with a hoovering competition featuring this Henry Vacuum Cleaner. It wasn't plugged in on the show, but it's an actual working replica!

Casdon 728 Henry Vacuum Cleaner Toy, Red at Shop Ireland

Casdon 728 Henry Vacuum Cleaner Toy, Red

See it here

We also saw some Dyson handheld vacuums featured, but they weren't nearly as charming in my opinion.

Inflatable costumes #

Bodysocks Kids Inflatable Green Dinosaur Costume, One Size at Shop Ireland

Bodysocks Kids Inflatable Green Dinosaur Costume

Fits kids aged 5 to 11

See it here

Bodysocks Inflatable Deluxe Dinosaur Riding Costume (Adult) at Shop Ireland

Bodysocks Inflatable Deluxe Dinosaur Riding Costume (Adult)

Adult sized version

See it here

You can find loads of other examples, including Santa carrying an elf, unicorns, inflatable pigs, cows and more.

Tobar 23072 Bubble Machine, Mixed at Shop Ireland

Bubble Machine

The bubble machine that almost didn't work!

See it here

Toyrific Pogo Stick for Kids Boys and Girls, Daisy Crushaz design at Shop Ireland

Toyrific Pogo Stick for Kids Boys and Girls, Daisy Crushaz design

See it here

Here's a blue version too.

I'm A Girly doll in Toys & Games at Shop Ireland

I'm A Girly fashion dolls

A great range of looks and styles.

See it here

Pheasant at Shop Ireland

Pheasant

It's a pheasant.

See it here

Fitbit Ace at Shop Ireland

Fitbit Ace

Designed to help kids get more active.

See it here

Thomas & Friends Storytime Thomas at Shop Ireland

Thomas & Friends Storytime Thomas

See it here

Back to the Future DeLorean - Playmobil at Shop Ireland

Back to the Future DeLorean - Playmobil

See it here

Board games #

Monopoly As Gaeilge at Shop Ireland

Monopoly As Gaeilge

See it here

Scrabble As Gaeilge at Shop Ireland

Scrabble As Gaeilge

See it here

Adam's Space Section #

Kids Karaoke Microphone Speaker at Shop Ireland

Kids Karaoke Microphone Speaker

Ground control to Major Tom!

See it here

Ride-ons (AKA Christy Moore section) #

Audi Kids Electric Ride-On Car at Shop Ireland

Audi Kids Electric Ride-On Car

See it here

Rollplay 35541 Powersport ATV Electric Car at Shop Ireland

Rollplay 35541 Powersport ATV Electric Car

See it here

My Lovely Llama 12V Powered Ride On at Shop Ireland

My Lovely Llama 12V Powered Ride On

See it here

Kraftz Realistic 12v Ride On Fire Truck at Shop Ireland

Kraftz Realistic 12v Ride On Fire Truck

See it here

Inline Skates at Shop Ireland

Inline Skates

See skates here

Micro-deluxe scooters at Shop Ireland

Micro-deluxe scooters

See scooters here

Dawes 12 inch Lil Duchess Bike at Shop Ireland

Dawes 12" Lil Duchess Bike

See it here

John Deer Ride ons at Shop Ireland

John Deer Ride-Ons

Loads of cool options for the young farmer!

See John Deer ride ons here

Essential painting tools #

Relaxdays Fitness Trampoline at Shop Ireland

Relaxdays Fitness Trampoline

See it here

Listen again #

The amazing Michael Maloney performance become even more wonderful when Dermot Kennedy himself turned up! Here's his album.

Without Fear by Dermot Kennedy at Shop Ireland

Without Fear by Dermot Kennedy

See it here

Other toys spotted on the set #

Lola, the pink squishmallow unicorn at Shop Ireland

Lola, the pink squishmallow unicorn

See it here

Playmags 50 Piece Set at Shop Ireland

Playmags 50 Piece Set

See it here

Slush Husky at Shop Ireland

Slush Husky

See it here

Helena Husky at Shop Ireland

Helena Husky

See it here

Rabbits toys at Shop Ireland

Rabbits soft toys

See Rabbits here

Catacorns toys at Shop Ireland

Catacorns soft toys

I'm sure I saw a few of these around!

See Catacorns here

Squish A Boo toys at Shop Ireland

Squish A Boo soft toys

See Squish A Boo toys here

Eeyore Plush toys at Shop Ireland

Eeyore Plush Figure

See it here

Shark stuffed toys at Shop Ireland

Shark stuffed toys

See shark plushes here

That's it for this year! #

I hope you had as much fun watching this year's Late Late Toy Show as I had compiling this list of amazing books and toys! If I missed anything, please do get in touch and let me know.

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