Top toys for 2010 kids

2010-12-12 14:05

Santa’s list of toys has been ­updated this year to include the new ­favourite – Chatimals.

The small fluffy toys repeat whatever you say to them in funny voices, either high-pitched or low and deep. These modern versions of a parrot are available at retailers, such as ToysRus and Reggie’s, for about R150.

Other popular choices for this year include the Zyclone (R200 at ToysRus), a gun that shoots foam rings; Bakugan! (R100 at Peggity’s Toys), a ball that turns into a warrior; Playmobil (from R70 at The Toy Shop), the new take on Lego; and those miniature animals of the Littlest Pet Shop (from R40 at Peggity’s Toys).

However, there are some toys that never go out of fashion.

Pat McCallum of The Toy Shop in The Pavilion, Durban, says: “You can’t go wrong with Transformers, Lego, books and remote-controlled cars.”

Electronic gifts are also an ­option, with Nintendo consoles ­remaining the most popular, say toy store workers.

The Leapster Explorer, available at Toy Zone for R799, is an alternative educational gaming console. But if you’re looking for something extraordinary, try Timeless Toys in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, for wooden, metal toys.

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