IN A world of iPods, laptop computers and tablets, you may be forgiven for thinking that more traditional toys will not feature on the Christmas lists of Wigan youngsters this year.
But according to a rundown of top toys released in the run-up to the festive season by a major toy store, dolls, figures and play-sets are still firm favourites.
A new incarnation of the Furby tops the list, issued by Smyths Toys, with the furry critters playing the cute card to entice youngsters to feed, speak to, tickle and play with their favourite electronic pet.
Also featuring in the top ten are the new range of Skylanders: Giants figures, waiting to fight epic battles in your front-room, and a range of Monster High Dolls that are slightly more ghoulish than your average Barbie.
Nathan Keller, duty manager at Wigan’s Smyths store on Robin Park says that more traditional toys are still snapped up with updated versions of an old favourite still flying off the shelves.
He said: “We ran an offer last week with 20 percent off featured items that included our full range of Lego and it was absolutely packed in here with customers getting the new Batman Batcave set.
“We couldn’t fill the rows up quick enough, the shelves go up to the ceiling and people were buying them in groups at a time. The Star Wars Millennium Falcons were also going at tens at a time. It was unbelievable, you couldn’t move in here for people, we got hammered, but in a good way!
“I think parents like to get a head-start ahead of the Christmas period and obviously it’s our busiest time by far. We are considering running another 20 percent offer soon after the popularity of the last one.”
For more tech-savvy kids, the InnoTab multi-media hand-held computer also makes the wishlist alongside the MEEP!, Kurio and Nabi interactive tablets.
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Smyths boss Gareth Chapman, said: “Technology might rule the list but the Lego range and children’s play-sets are still proving as popular as ever. Either way, we’re sure there will be several adults who are just as eager as their children to try out the top toys in the lead up to Christmas.”
2 Skylanders: Giants
3 Children’s tablet computers
4 Monster High Dolls
5 Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-fire
6 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Pirate Ship
7 Moshi Monsters: My Moshi Home
8 Lego Super Heroes: Batman Batcave
9 WWE Eliminaton Chamber
10 InnoTab 2 tablet