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Thursday 14 December 2017

Kids will be buzzing about this year's top toys

Edel O'Connell

SANTA will have to hitch an extra sleigh full of batteries to his reindeer this year as nine out of the top 10 toys have gone electronic.

Just one toy -- the Fliker 3 scooter -- can be powered by children themselves. The remainder of the top 10 are a whirr of barking dogs, crying babies, screaming guns and badly tuned music.

Even the traditional Monopoly board game has been revamped to drag it into the energy sector, complete with music and sound effects.

Stephen Tymlin of Smyth's Toystore said that despite the rise in battery-operated toys, they still served just one purpose. "With each generation comes new crazes and regardless of technological leaps, every toy has a foundation in a simple, trusted and much-loved premise -- play," said Mr Tymlin.

"Dolls, board games, toy guns, trucks and action figures all feature in this year's list and we're confident that there will be something new and exciting for all the family this year."

Number one on the list is a pint-sized, barking, walking pup called Fur Real Go Go Pup.

The toy -- which trots along with its remote-controlled leash -- will retail at €69.99.

It is just ahead of the Buzz Lightyear action figure, straight from this year's box office smash, 'Toy Story 3'.

Coming in at number three, is the fully automated boy toy, the Nerf N-strike Stampede, which is certain to blow all the competition away with its extended 18-dart clip and will have boys ready for an all-out assault.

Classics also feature, as dolls remain popular, with the doll of choice this year being the Baby Alive Bouncin' Babbles, who bounces up and down, gurgles and laughs like a real infant might in a crib.

The traditional board game Monopoly also features but this time in the shape of Monopoly Revolution, complete with a funky circular board, music and sound effects.

Irish Independent

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