Old school favourites to battle it out with kids' computer tablets for share of Christmas toy market

18 Dec 2013

It will be a case of old school versus new school in the battle for this year’s Christmas toy market. New versions of 90’s favourites Furby and Teksta will be up against kids’ tablets LeapPad Ultra and Innotab 3S, while evergreen Lego is also expected to have a very strong presence this year.

It will be a case of old school versus new school in the battle for this year’s Christmas toy market.

New versions of 90’s favourites Furby and Teksta will be up against kids’ tablets LeapPad Ultra and Innotab 3S, while evergreen Lego is also expected to have a very strong presence this year.

That’s the prediction of trend experts at Tesco – who have announced their Christmas toy wish list.

Tesco toy buyer Laura Metcalfe said:  “Electronic toys will be in great demand with children’s tablets such as the LeapPad Ultra and Innotab 3S expecting to be on many children’s toy lists. 

“ We expect  to see quite a few familiar names on wish lists such as 90s favourites Furby, Teskta and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and think the new Furby Boom, will be the toy most children hope to find wrapped up under the Christmas tree.

“Lego will also be extremely popular this Christmas judging from strong sales throughout the year. It has a universal appeal that can bring the whole family together and for that reason we think that many parents will include a Lego toy in their shopping list.”

Tesco’s experts say that characters from films such as Planes, Monsters University, and Little Mermaid will prove a popular choice on children’s wish lists as well as toys associated with children’s TV programmes such as Doc McStuffins and Peppa Pig.

The full Tesco Christmas toy wish list is as follows:

1.      Furby Boom   

The ever popular Furby mechanical toy with a personality that is shaped by the way you play with it.

2. Teksta Puppy

Teksta is a life-like robotic puppy that responds to your voice, physical gestures, lights and sounds.

3. LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra  

 A web tablet for youngsters with a 7" touch screen, 2x2 megapixel cameras and video recorder.

4. Vtech Innotab 3S

InnoTab 3S is an all new children’s multi-media tablet featuring many extras.

5. Vtech Kidi Zoom Twist Plus

A children’s camera with many special effects.

6. Lego City Coast Guard Patrol

A special Lego patrol vehicle with many extras such as submarine launcher and radio antenna, helicopter, submarine, dinghy, lighthouse with rocks and three sharks.

7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Raiser Vehicle  

An armoured vehicle toy for the ever popular action figures.

8.  Lego Friends Heartlake City Pool

This Lego toy includes pool, diving board, water slide, changing room and snack bar, café table and mini-doll figures.

9.  Lego Star Wars Duel on Geonosis 

Lego and Star Wars combine in this action packed toy.

10.  Monster High Colour Me Creepy Design Chamber

A monster creating toy  with colour-change doll, wig, and fashions.

Note to editors:

Tesco sells 40 million toys a year across more than 850 of its UK stores. It features more than 7000 toys in its Direct online business.

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