Retro toys make a come back on children's Christmas wish lists
SANTA must be feeling a sense of déjà vu this Christmas as the toys children want most are retro classics which would have been on their parents' Christmas lists.
Furbies, Twister and Cabbage Patch Kids – these are some of the most popular playthings this year – no doubt delighting parents who can relive their childhood.
The enduring toys have been ranked among the 13 most desirable this Christmas by the Toy Retailers Association.
Furbies – cuddly robots which speak and display facial expressions – were first released in 1998 but are once again the must-have toy this Christmas.
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The 2012 Furby has expressive LCD eyes and a wide range of motions.
Lindsay Porter, the manager at The Entertainer shop in Cheltenham High Street, said the Furbies had been flying off the shelves.
She said: "Furbies are definitely the most popular this year.
"I sold my last one on Tuesday morning, but there are more coming soon.
"We sold six on Saturday and 20 in the last week. They really are in demand.
"They are popular mostly with girls and adults. A lot of women are coming in and saying to their partner that they want one for Christmas."
Twister, a giant board game where players have to contort their body to place their hands and feet on coloured circles, dates back to 1966.
This year the game has a modern twist, with players having to step on the circles in time to music in Twister Dance.
Cabbage Patch Kids dolls have been popular since 1978, and the 2012 versions are similar to the original creations.
Lindsay said she was not surprised that toys which had been popular for decades were once again favourites.
She said: "The toy industry is very cyclical. Things go in and out of fashion and you get kids wanting them for the first time and adults wanting them for the second or third time.
"Thundercats toys came out last year and we had lots of men coming in to buy them out of nostalgia."
She added: "Hello Kitty is always popular with women, and girls too, of course."
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail Fire gun, which shoots sponge darts with a range of up to 75 metres, is also among the favourites and is proving popular with boys.