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UK's top toys for Christmas

2010-11-03 03:46:34 GMT2010-11-03 11:46:34 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Here's a toy set to put you in a spin.

The Vectron Wave UFO is one of 12 toys tipped to be a hit this Christmas.

Alan Simpson, Chairman of the UK's Toy Retailers Association, says the list includes toys for all ages.

SOUNDBITE: Alan Simpson, Chairman of Toy Retailers Association UK and Ireland, saying (English):

"Fireman Sam for the younger child, the Nerf Stampede for the older child, and the Lego set will cover all ages. It's a great balance I think that we're chosen. It's not an easy job when you see the vast array of toys here today and this really is a drop in the ocean of what's available out there."

Classics like Lego and Monopoly have been reinvented to appeal to the next generation.

SOUNDBITE: Alan Simpson, Chairman of Toy Retailers Association UK and Ireland, saying (English):

"Well, Lego is a great toy. It's a new toy everyday because it lets a child use their imagination to develop what they want to do. We have themed Lego this year with the airport, but last year it would've been something different and next year it'll be something else. Monopoly, the old version is still on sale. But the new version just brings it more up to date. Old Kent Road used to be 60 pounds, it's now 600 thousand. Now you don't get 200 pounds for passing go, you get 2 million. So it's just been brought into 2010."

And for parents who'd rather not expose their children to the world of finance just yet - there's always this.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) BUZZ LIGHT YEAR FAN KAILUM ALDEN SAYING:

"My favourite thing about Buzz Light Year, the new version from Toy Story 3, is the jet packs. Press that button, it's flames coming out. And as well, we've got a new laser and these three buttons which all make noises."

Also making penty of noise - PaperJamz - a range of electronic guitars and drums made entirely of paper.

SOUNDBITE: Alan Simpson, Chairman of Toy Retailers Association UK and Ireland, saying (English):

"It is so thin, the technology crammed into it unbelievable and it's 25 quid or thereabouts. That is, for the technology that's in it, superb. So that's one that is the dark horse."

They may be loud but with less money around this year many parents may just be willing to put up with noise.

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