Toy prices will soar this Christmas due to problems getting products from China

TOY prices will soar this Christmas, parents are being warned.

Barbie dolls are likely to cost an extra £10 while Transformers could jump by as much as 30 per cent.

The rises — also hitting My Little Pony and Nerf guns — are blamed on problems getting products from China where 80 per cent are made.

A shortage of containers means it costs £14,480 to hire a 40ft one compared with £3,000 in 2019.

Ynon Kriez, boss of Barbie, Hot Wheels and Fisher-Price maker Mattel, warned: “We’ll be looking at increasing prices.”

Rival Hasbro, which makes Transformers, My Little Pony and Nerf, confirmed it was also raising prices.

Expert Peter Jenkinson predicts a Barbie Extra will cost £39.99 instead of £29.99 and a Scalextric Batman vs Joker £59.99, up from £49.99.

The Matchbox Maverick Top Gun Aircraft Carrier will leap £16.95 to more than £40.

Analyst Frederique Tutt said: “They’ve no choice.”

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