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Toys of yesteryear make a spectacular resurgence

TOY HEAVEN: Cassidy Manttan got his hands on all the latest toys at Mr Toys Toyworld on Tuesday.
TOY HEAVEN: Cassidy Manttan got his hands on all the latest toys at Mr Toys Toyworld on Tuesday. Rob Williams

REMEMBER when plush toys, silly board games and the amazingly advanced Furby were enough to keep kids amused?

Well, it turns out they still are.

New model Furby toys, special edition Lego sets, colourful soft toys and collectable miniatures are among the most popular toys at Mr Toy's Toyworld in Ipswich, manager Mel Daniell said.

"Big toys this year are Star Wars-themed Lego, pillow pets, Trash Packs, which are made up of little toys that kids can swap and trade, and toys like Furby and Baby Butterscotch that are like pretend pets," Ms Daniell said.

"Baby Butterscotch is like a pretend foal that makes noises, and we also have Robo Fish that swim around in water, and almost everyone knows what a Furby is."

"We've sold out of some of the toys and are waiting on the next delivery; Christmas shopping has started earlier this year than it did last year."

Ms Daniell said shoppers spent an average of about $100 per visit on Christmas gifts.

"Mums would spend about $100 on toys, but they often control the Christmas budget so they know what can be spent.

"A lot of families really try to make Christmas for kids."

Major retailer Target also reported Christmas presents this year had a noticeably nostalgic theme, and put it down to a generational cycle.

"With the children of the '70s and '80s now the parents of today, there has been a resurgence in updated popular gifts from those decades," Target managing director Dene Rogers said.

He said skateboards were another top toy, with kids keen to get outside and learn tricks.

"Products such as Soda Stream and Slip'n'Slide have also been updated for the festive season, making this year's Christmas reminiscent of Christmas 30 years ago," Mr Rogers said.

Mr Rogers said do-it-yourself and outdoor toys were typical of Australian Christmases.

"Instead of snowmen and roasting chestnuts by the fire, our Christmases are usually about water fights, barbecues and backyard cricket after lunch," he said.

RETRO XMAS

  • Furbies, write and wash toys, Lego and board games are among the toys predicted to sell out this Christmas.
  • Movie franchises such as Toy Story and Star Wars have enjoyed a return to fame, making related merchandise popular.
  • Plush toys and fake pets are also popular.

What is Santa bringing your children this year?

This poll ended on 13 December 2012.

Furbies - 50%

Lego - 0%

Pillow Pets - 0%

Toy Story merchandise - 50%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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