What’s hot on kids’ Santa lists

South Waikato News - - Motoring - CHLOE WIN­TER

Fe­ro­cious pets, minia­ture dolls wrapped in a ball, and baby mon­keys which grip your fin­ger are tipped to be at the top of Kiwi kids’ wish lists this Christ­mas.

Trade Me has com­bined pop­u­lar searches on its site, with na­tional and in­ter­na­tional trends, to come up with a list of toys New Zealand chil­dren want in their Santa sack for 2017.

Tak­ing the top spot are Feisty Pets, cute and cud­dly plush an­i­mals that turn into an­gry an­i­mals with sharp teeth and shifty eyes with a sim­ple squeeze of the head.

Next are LOL Sur­prise Dolls, a seven-layer ball that is un­wrapped layer-by-layer to re­veal seven sur­prises. The jumbo sur­prise dolls, which have 50 lay­ers and re­tail for $130, are also a big hit. The toys have al­ready sold out in parts of the US.

Trade Me spokes­woman Mil­lie Sil­vester said there had been more than 3500 searches for the dolls in the last two weeks.

‘‘LOL Sur­prise Dolls have be­come hugely pop­u­lar on Trade Me re­cently and it looks like Kiwi kids around the coun­try will be spend­ing ages un­wrap­ping the lit­tle dolls on Christ­mas morn­ing.’’

Some of the lim­ited edi­tion su­per-sized LOL Sur­prise Big Sur­prise dolls have al­ready popped up on the auc­tion site for al­most twice the re­tail price, Sil­vester said.

‘‘With another four weeks un­til Christ­mas, we’re ad­vis­ing par­ents to get in quick and ex­pect more of th­ese lim­ited edi­tion dolls to pop up on-site.’’

De­spite the dolls’ pop­u­lar­ity, Feisty Pets were hold­ing on to the top spot, she said.

‘‘Be warned though, th­ese lit­tle crit­ters have been used to frighten the life out of un­sus­pect­ing fam­ily mem­bers so make sure any­one with a ner­vous dis­po­si­tion is fore­warned.’’

Some toys from the 2016 list are back.

Hatchi­mals, large plas­tic eggs with train­able baby birds in­side of them, was the must-have toy in 2016 which caused a world­wide short­age prior to the big day. Last year, Trade Me re­ported peo­ple were buy­ing Hatchi­mals for close to $300. The toys re­tailed for $88.

This year the toys are back, with the re­lease of Twin Hatchi­mals.

‘‘Furreal Friends have brought out a se­ries of poop­ing pets. Th­ese pets re­quire walk­ing and feed­ing, plus you need to tidy up af­ter they’ve di­gested their din­ner.’’

Lego had also re­tained its place in the hearts of Kiwi kids, she said.

‘‘Lego has rein­vented it­self time and time again, it’s pop­u­lar all year round on Trade Me but es­pe­cially at Christ­mas. Par­ents will be pleased that this year’s Lego craze is de­signed to keep the bricks off the floor.

‘‘Lego Tape sticks to most sur­faces so kids can be even more imag­i­na­tive.’’

Trade Me spokes­woman Mil­lie Sil­vester says th­ese ‘‘two-faced soft toys turn from dar­ling to de­monic with a quick squeeze’’.

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