Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Toy Story 2004

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Toy Story 2004

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Byline: By Amy Cartmell

They are a far cry from Christmas past.

Bratz dolls and Robosapien are top of children's Christmas lists this year on Tyneside.

Fenwick's department store in Newcastle's Eldon Square and the MetroCentre both say they are their top-selling toys.

But traditional board games and retro toys, including the Cabbage Patch Kids, are also making a comeback.

The Newcastle/Gateshead Monopoly set makes it on to Fenwick's list.

Matthew MacWhinnie, toy buyer at Fenwick, said: "Robosapien is the toy of the moment and Bratz Dolls are very big this Christmas. The retro toys such as the Cabbage Patch Kids, My Little Pony and Tamagotchi are also in great demand and the traditional board games like Monopoly, especially the Newcastle Gateshead Edition, and Scrabble are perennially popular.

"The educational but fun toys like Vsmile and Leapster are also proving very popular, particularly with parents!"

Fenwick's merchandise manager Diane Whiting, who was toy buyer for 14 years, said: "When I was a child it was dolls, dolls' prams, dolls' houses with all their miniature pieces of furniture and tea sets. …

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