Once upon a time, the 'Late Late Toy Show' was - quite honestly - a capitalist spendfest where you'd have Uncle Gaybo, and later Pat Kenny, come out and show you all the toys you could probably never afford.

It was truly just a toy show, but repeated viewings ingrained it into people's minds as the most important 'Late Late' of the year, so what's changed this time? Well, for sure, the show has shifted focus and made it less about the toys and more about the children.

That really is a good thing because, let's face it, we can all go online and see how these toys look and play now. It's no longer the resource, if you like, that it once was. So how does it stay valid in a time when we can all just check YouTube for toy videos? Which is a huge market on the website, as well?

You make it about the kids who play with the toys, not the toys themselves. Take Sophia, for example. Arguably one of the most important and truly wholesome moments in Toy Show history, done with a kind of honesty and courage that is really far beyond her years. As Sophia talked Pokemon and Pikachu, Ryan gently asked her about her worry ball and, from there, talked about "difference is a badge of honour."

Imagine being a child like Sophia, who was a little bit different, didn't like the same things as people in their school liked, who couldn't be anything else other than what they are and was bullied for it. Imagine what hearing something like that would do for them, and for their lives. That's better than any toy you can think of.

Another moment was when Ryan talked to a young girl whose younger brother, Cian, was in Crumlin's Children Hospital with leukemia. The toy she was presenting essentially allowed anyone to record a message by placing a figurine on top of a speaker, and the message was individual to each figurine. Again, there's a small demo but the thrust of it is showing the warmth and humanity of her being there for her brother.

As the segment wore on, Ryan talked about how it's OK to worry about her brother's health and that it means she's a good person. Was there any mention of the toy in the end? Do we even know the name of it? No, and it doesn't matter, because the gift is the kindness she gave to her brother.

Throughout last night's show, the one thing that shone through again and again was how empathy and kindness is more important than some toy. Even if it was something as seemingly simple as a family reunion, the genuine reaction just bursts out of the screen in a way that's indescribable.

It's so easy to recognise that kind of moment, and it's so hard to fake. It becomes something distinct from anything else, and is never to be repeated. How do you get all that from a show about toys?