Tra­di­tional and mod­ern techno toys are a hit

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPOSTER - JBJ REPORTER

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.

kala­, 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 kala­ 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

f avourite

a firm

and the Te­kno Dogs

are s nap­ping at the heels of Santa’s

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