Oliver Humphry, 4, takes aim with a Nerf gun.
Oliver Humphry, 4, takes aim with a Nerf gun.

Top toys for good girls and boys

THE excited gleam in Oliver Humphry's eye as he checked out the latest offering of Nerf guns at Toyworld was a sure sign of the toy's popularity.

And if sales figures were anything to go by, there would be plenty of Central Highlands kids running around with the SuperSoakers this festive season, perhaps on their bicycles, of which sales have increased four-fold in the month leading up to Christmas.

"They are incredibly popular and are always a strong seller," Toyworld owner Kathy Peet said.

"Bikes have quadrupled this year as well, but are always a popular present."

Girls have a penchant for anything Barbie, and the Whipple brand has whizzed to the front of sales with increases this year. Cabbage Patch dolls are also making a comeback to the popular present aisle, while Moxie Girls and FurReal Frenzies are also filling spaces under Christmas trees.

But it's the LeapFrog LeapPad tablet that has taken kids nationwide by storm with reports that no more of the sought-after gifts will be available until the New Year.

"It's unbelievable just how popular they have been," Kathy said.

A MissionFutureToys.com.au survey revealed the top toys for boys and girls this Christmas (see factbox), but also delivered some interesting stats. According to the survey, just 6% of boys and 4% of girls admitted to being naughty rather than nice.

To meet the Christmas rush, Toyworld will be extending its trading hours and will open seven days a week, including Thursday nights.

It is a bittersweet time for Kathy who, last year, just days after holding the street party raffle draw for the $5000 stocking prize, watched as her shop went under floodwater.

She said she was "a bit nervous", but was determined to make this year's Christmas as joyful as possible.



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