Hottest toys on kids' wish lists
DOLLS, remote control cars, Nerf guns and nifty robotic plush pets and bugs - these are just some of the items on the Christmas wish lists of Ipswich children this year.
Mr Toys Toyworld Redbank Plaza co-manager Sandra Nixon said her store's biggest sellers were a mix of classic and new toys.
"We're selling a lot of Cabbage Patch and Baby Born dolls as well as hopper balls, which have been around for ages," Ms Nixon said.
"But we're also seeing remote control cars and boats, Nerf guns, nano bugs (Hex Bugs Nano), Zhu Zhu pets (robotic plushies) and Geleez - these do-it-yourself peel-off gel stickers - sell a lot."
Pint-sized shoppers Jack and Chloe Wolters were checking out toys to add to their Christmas lists with their grandparents.
Jack, aged 7, picked out a remote control boat with a $299 price tag as one of many items he wanted this year.
"I want everything!" he said, when asked what was on his list.
"Also big things like a new bike and scooter."
Sister Chloe, aged 6, was happy with a Baby Born doll, which was on special for about $30.
Chloe was looking forward to being surprised this Christmas, but said she was also hoping for a new bike, scooter and Nintendo DS from Santa.
Ms Nixon said shopping and spending seemed to be the same as last year.
"We're seeing a lot of big purchases at the moment.
"Parents come in and buy in bulk because it's their last chance before their kids finish school," she said.
"There's also the older age group, where Nerf guns are bought as joke presents - they're the sort of presents that guys joke about wanting but get really excited when they actually get them."
- Mattel ToyLab has named Toy Story, Dora the Explorer and Cars 2 as some of their top 12 toys for Christmas.
- An Australia-wide poll by Mission Australia revealed the Razor RipRider was the number one boys' toy this year.
- Top girls' toys included Disney Rainbow Fairies and Squinkie cupcake and salon playsets.
- The Razor Junior Scooter was the top preschoolers' choice.