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Furby revamp makes for an appy Christmas

Thursday, November 01, 2012 - 01:21

Nov.1 - Toy companies unveil what they think will top childrens' Christmas lists this year, as old favourites with mobile and tablet apps lead the way. Ciara Sutton reports.

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Whether Father Christmas will be using a mobile app to receive wish lists this year remains to be seen. But many of the toys set to top the most wanted list, work in conjunction with smartphones and tablets. The gremlin-esque Furby is back - and now you can feed it using your smartphone. Mars Penhallo is from the UK's Toy Retailers Association. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARS PENHALLO FROM THE TOY RETAILERS ASSOCIATION, SAYING: "Ever wondered what Furby was saying? I know I did. Now it's got a translator. Bring out your iphone, your ipad and you can find out what Furby is actually saying to you. That is interaction, that is a fantastic new development that actually increases the play value, of something that was always a wonderful toy." The Dream Toys 2012 event in London is where manufacturers and retailers unveil what they think will be the big hitters this Christmas. Toy versions of the tablet computer look set to soar. The toy market has held up well during the recession as the pressure to provide a full stocking on Christmas day hangs over parents. Old school favourites such as Twister are embracing technology - the revamped dance version comes complete with flashing lights. But there are some classics which seem to endure. Cabbage Patch dolls and Lego look set to remain festive favourites - although even they have apps available for download as part of the range.

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Furby revamp makes for an appy Christmas

Thursday, November 01, 2012 - 01:21