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Furbies are topping our Christmas lists

Some of the best-selling Christmas toys at Toymaster, Blackpool (Birley Street).  Elaine Ogden with Peppa Pig and Woolly and Tig and (below) is a Furby Boom.

Some of the best-selling Christmas toys at Toymaster, Blackpool (Birley Street). Elaine Ogden with Peppa Pig and Woolly and Tig and (below) is a Furby Boom.

While Father Christmas frantically makes his list and checks it twice, it seems the boys and girls of the Fylde coast are going crazy for Furbies.

One toy shop is already reporting it has sold out of the robotic critters, as children clamour for this year’s must have present - which first hit the shelves back in the late 1990s.

Conway Toys, on Birley Street, says it has also run out of Teksta Puppy - a cyborg dog which does tricks.

Andy Chadwick, store manager, said: “These things come back and a lot of them are out of stock now.

“We have things called Flutterbys as well, which are things you hold in the palm of your hand, and they kind of fly away on their own.”

Furbies first became the top selling Christmas toy in 1998, joining a list which includes the Rubiks Cube (1980), BMX bikes (1982) and Nintendo Gameboys (1989).

But besides high-tech gizmos, Mr Chadwick says the usual fayre of traditional toys are also selling well in the run up to the festive season.

He added: “Lego is always popular, it generally goes well across the board.

“We’re selling a lot of things like train sets and Scalextric as well.”

According to the John Lewis website, this year’s top 10 toys are: Monopoly board game and travel set, Whistle and Go Pup, Kurio 4S Touch, Mini Kitchen playset, 50 Pice Brick Tub, Lego Creator Winter Village Cottage, Maxi Micro Scooter in red, Snake and Ladders/Ludo, Furby and Giant paino mat. Ladders/Ludo, Furby and Giant paino mat.

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