Surge in demand for top toys

THE pressure is on for Santa as many of the top toys on children’s lists are selling out fast.

Technology toys feature high on children’s wishlists this year with the LeapPad Explorer, a children’s equivalent to an iPad, one of the most popular toys.

Toy shops have reported a surge in demand for the console, which has over 100 games and applications and a curriculum which includes maths and science.

The LeapPad, which costs about €89.99, is flying out of toy shops all over the country and shops — and Santa’s elves — cannot keep up with demand.

“As soon as they come into the store they are gone. Loads of people are trying to get them and it’s impossible to keep them in stock. We have so many people waiting for them, the demand is massive,” one retailer said.

Another item high on Santa’s list this year is Amelia’s Dollhouse. Young girls are hoping to wake up Christmas morning to the sight of the wooden dollhouse stuffed under the tree. The dollhouse, which comes with over 15 pieces of elaborate furniture, is selling for €119.99 and toy stores are warning that the item is in serious demand.

However, Milky the Bunny and Fijit Friends, the must-have interactive pets this year, are still widely available. Milky the Bunny moves his eyes, ears and nose and even has ticklish feet. Fijit Friends, the interactive robots, chat with you and can reply to over 30 keywords with about 150 phrases.

Both of these toys are topping letters to Santa as they promise hours of entertainment. Fijit Friends cost about €54.99 while Milky is selling at about €60.

Flickers, the scooter that has taken the world by storm, is in demand again. The three-wheeled scooter is selling at €69.99 and is available in most toy stores.

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