Angus Dowe, 2, loves playing with the Thomas the Tank Engine toys, which still prove to amuse children.
Angus Dowe, 2, loves playing with the Thomas the Tank Engine toys, which still prove to amuse children. Dave Noonan

Toys of old find new popularity

NOW is the time to be looking for those Christmas bargains, as the holiday season is just around the corner and will be here before you know it, Toowoomba Toyworld retail assistant Michelle Ainger said.

Usually it is out with the old and in with the new, but this year toy stores are seeing a surge of parents buying the toys they used to play with for their children.

"All those toys, like the Smurfs, are still very popular," Ms Ainger said.

"And now is the time to start looking for presents. Keep an eye out for the bargains."

She said the most popular toys for Christmas for the girls would be Sylvanian family figurines, Schleck and Monster High dolls, Lala Loopsy and FurReal's Cookie My Playful Pup.

The boys would be amused for hours on end with the ever faithful Lego, remote control cars and helicopters, Thomas the Tank Engine, Transformers and the new Kre-O blocks.

She said the Sylvanian Family figurines were becoming popular again with brand new Meerkat, Hedgehog, Freisian Cow and Persian Cat Families hitting the market.

Ms Ainger said the Monster High dolls had also proved popular with their fresh take on a monster-Barbie type doll.


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