Traditional and modern techno toys are a hit
WHAT would you like to find wrapped under the tree on Christmas morning – a Playstation 4, Barbie, a Wi-Fi tablet, Nintendo games or Lego?
These are some of the most popular toy requests Father Christmas received at his address in the North Pole this year.
kalahari.com, South Africa’s leading online retailer, has been in touch with the old man in red and his helpers to find out what’s popular at the moment.
Good old-fashioned Lego and the forever youthful blonde Barbie are predicted as some of the country’s top stocking fillers while the 20-year old Sylvanian Family also features on the list of favourites.
However, tech gifts will again dominate over traditional board games with the new gobii 7” touch tablet expected to be the top seller.
The Top 10 items expected to make kids of all ages happy this year, include:
1. gobii – an Androidbased tablet retailing at R1 399;
2. Lego ( pictured right) – the all-time colourful blocks from the Danes have kept kids of all ages around the world happy for over 60 years;
3. Barbie ( pictured left) – the popular doll with acces
sories and designer cloth- ing is a perennial favourite. She comes with her own DVDs and other paraphernalia;
4. LeapPad Ultra ( pictured right) – A tablet device developed to fit little hands and stimulate their minds;
5. Sylvanian Families – collectable animal figurines including hedgehogs and rabbits;
6. Skylanders – the video game in which toys come to life thanks to technology. Expect characters to merge into “one” with mix-andmatch abilities, giving players new and different ways to counter anything the Skylanders universe can throw at them; 7. Fifa 2014 – Virtual football brings 33 leagues, 600 clubs and over 16 000 players to life in the comfort of your home;
8. Tekno Dog – A toy dog that walks and barks – no house training required;
9. Robosapien – A robot that is more than a mechanical companion – he comes with feelings and says “Ouch” when tipped over;
10. Syma Bubble- blowing Helicopter ( pictured below right) – a remote-controlled helicopter that actually blows bubbles.
Kirby Gordon, marketing manager at kalahari.com says “Lego and Barbie remain firm favourites, we were, however surprised that Lego Friends, which includes Lego targeting girls, was such a hit.
Previously considered a boys’ toy only, Lego is growing in popularity with girls.
Lego is usually selected by parents who see their children as aspiring architects and designers.
Building things with their children is a wonderful way for parents to bond with them, develop their fine motor control and encourage creativity.
The possibilities are endless with Lego.
Of course Barbie remains popular after all these years.
Her enviable wardrobe makes her a star year after year – and all the plastic helps, she certainly doesn’t look 54!
Toy trends have definitely shifted towards electronics.
The LeapPad is
and the Tekno Dogs
are s napping at the heels of Santa’s