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Toys with hi-tech poise for Christmas

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 01:59

Always ahead of the game, retailers are already thinking about how they're going to cash in on Christmas. Hamley's Top Ten 'must-have' Christmas toys are high tech this year but can parents really afford the hefty price tags. Melanie Ralph reports.

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Meet Cayla...the toy that's topping Hamley's top ten Christmas list this year. She's a doll with a twist. Not only can you brush her long blonde hair, but she can also help with your homework. Cayla comes with an app that can search the internet, and SAY the answer. This year toy manufacturers are upping the ante when it comes to technology. Hamley's Category manager Natalie Rogerson: (SOUNDBITE) (English): NATALIE ROGERSON, CATEGORY MANAGER, HAMLEYS SAYING: I think this year "More than ever its innovative, its exciting. There really has been investment from the manufacturers and i think that's a reflection of where perhaps a few years we were struggling through recession and we were a bit scared perhaps of going too far in developing things that are a little bit risky, and actually it's taken a little bit of time to catch up." And catching up they are. With their target audience using technology from a much younger age, parents are looking for a bigger bang for their buck. PTC It may be months away from Christmas and at the beginning of summer but toy shops like this are already working hard behind the scenes planning for the event. And with toy producers going tech savvy this year, you might want to start thinking about Christmas start saving. This artificial intelligence car racing track will set you back over a hundred and fifty pounds. But maybe that's a price worth paying to stop the arguments in your house. Richard North is CEO of WOW Stuff which developed the Real FX Racing toy (SOUNDBITE) (English): RICHARD NORTH, CEO, WOW! STUFF SAYING: "If I come off at any point I can just hit the radio control button and I can drive it straight back on the track, because its artificial intelligence, all the time the computer system is working out how long I've been off the track and who's still in the lead, so you always know who's winning.'' Disney is sure to cash in this Christmas...this Frozen Snow Glow Elsa lights up, sings and talks. She's one of the cheaper items on the list coming in at 30 pounds. But demand is expected to be high...Hamleys assure they'll be fully stocked this Christmas. So it's going to be a tech filled Christmas this year, but sometimes it's the simple things in life that bring the most enjoyment.

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Toys with hi-tech poise for Christmas

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 01:59

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