Jarrod Weier checks out some of this year’s most popular toys.
Jarrod Weier checks out some of this year’s most popular toys. Renee Pilcher

Toys jumping off the shelves

THERE’S no way Jack of beanstalk fame would sell the family cow for a few beans in 2010, but he might be tempted to swap her for a double handful of Mighty Beanz.

Mighty Beanz are jumping off the shelves, says Louisa Corbet of Gympie’s Toyworld, and one of the more popular requests on the Christmas wish list this year.

The bean shaped characters can be played with and raced, collected and traded and the good news is they won’t break the bank.

Another hot toy in the inexpensive category are Zhu Zhu Pets - guinea pig-like plush toys which, according to ToyMadness.com.au, “don’t poop, die or stink” but they do “chatter, scatter, scoot n’ scurry just like real life guinea pigs” and come with a range of accessories.

More expensive, but loads of fun for the whole family this Christmas are NERF guns.

The range of plastic guns shoot foam like material (NERF stands for Non-Expanding Recreational Foam) and are increasingly popular with teenagers and adults.

“Another one that’s selling well is the Supa-splat Multiblaster paintball guns,” said Clinton Corbet.

“It’s a water-based paint that washes out in water,” he said.

Girls who prefer to side step the messy action toys are hoping to find the Go Go Walkin’ Pup from FurReal Friends under the Christmas tree.

The good news is whether parents are opening their wallets a little or a lot, there’s something that will put a smile on kids’ faces this Christmas.

Gympie Times


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