Christmas toy rush continues

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times

The Christmas rush is far from over according to Bunbury’s top toy stores, which have seen a resurgence of some old gaming favourites and a surge in a new phenomenon.

As mums and dads are (hopefully) ticking off the last items on their Father Christmas lists this week, Bunbury retailers have revealed what is flying off the shelves this festive season.

Target and Toyworld Bunbury have felt the world-wide shortage of the latest toy craze Hatchimals.

People have been “crying out” for the popular toy, according to Target toy department manager Leigh Matthews.

But you might have to ask for a Christmas miracle to get your hot little hands on one of the mystical creature toys, with the latest craze selling out at most stores across Australia.

Toyworld Bunbury owner Rick Baker said his store had received phone calls from across the country requesting the toy every day.

Mr Baker said other popular choices included Little Live Pet Snuggles puppies, Lego and the ever-faithful board games.

“Board games have made a bit of a comeback,” Mr Baker said.

“Cards Against Humanity is a big seller.”

Brain Spice owner Colin Scanlan also revealed his Bunbury store, which specialises in science toys, gadgets and games, had also experienced a similar resurgence.

“We are selling a lot more board games,” Mr Scanlan said.

“There has been a world-wide resurgence in tabletop gaming and we sell a wide range of modern games.

“I think people are rediscovering the joy of sitting down to a social event with friends and family.”

He also said the store’s “floating UFOs” were hugely popular.

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