It's looking a lot like Lego and Looms for Christmas as traditional toys are back
Published 06/08/2014 | 02:30
Loom bands, Lego and Monopoly will challenge more high-tech toys to be the topselling presents this Christmas.
Traditional toys are taking on digital gadgets in the Christmas predictions of retailer Argos for this year's best-sellers.
And in good news for cash-stretched parents, they are cheaper than the gadgets on offer.
Given the loom-banding craze that's swept the nation in 2014, it's no surprise that Cra-Z-loom Bracelet Maker is one of the predicted big sellers.
At just €18.99 it also has a modest price-tag for the hours of fun kids will get from it - though of course many other loomband kits are also available.
My Monopoly - a version of the classic boardgame that allows players customise street names by printing out their own stickers - is also expected to be a huge seller this year priced at €29.49.
Meanwhile Lego City Arctic Base Camp (€91.99) allows young builders to create their very own Polar exploration centre.
The ongoing obsession with Disney movie Frozen in reflected in the fact that Disney Princess Snow Glow Elsa is expected to be on many children's wish list.
Argos chief toy buyer Linzi Walker said that traditional themes were set to be huge this year.
"Toy trends develop and change every year, and although tech is now given a heavy focus, toys based on more traditional themes such as arts and crafts are a phenomenal trend this year," she said.
Even the technologically advanced doll My Friend Cayla (€79.99) - which can answer questions and play games - was based upon a simple classic, she added.
A smartwatch for children - the VTech Kiddizoom Watch -which is a wearable camera with an inbuilt clock is expected to be a big seller this year at €52.49.
Parents who want to encourage their kids to run around more are predicted to opt for the Leapfrog Leap Band Green (€39.49), a children's armband tracking physical activity.
The Transformers Stomp & Chomp Grimlock, a 50cm robot/dino for €119.99, a Nerf Demolisher gun (€59.99) and Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow (39.99) are also predicted to sell well.
Also in the top 10 are Xeno interactive monsters (€106.49), Teksta T-Rex Dinosaur (€79.99) and Little Live Pets Birds (€13.49).