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Toy-telligence the smart choice for children at Christmas
October 12, 2017 / 3:03 PM / 10 days ago

Toy-telligence the smart choice for children at Christmas

LONDON (Reuters) - Tyler the Playful Tiger, who roars, purrs and moves during play is among a group of animatronic toys tipped to be the most in demand for Christmas, according to the world’s oldest toy shop.

Five year old Tristan poses with a Lego Boost set which forms part of the selection of predicted top sellers this Christmas at the Hamleys toy store in London, Britain, October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Hamleys, where Britain’s Queen Elizabeth once bought toys for her children, are predicting the “toy-telligence” sector to prove the big hit of 2017, with the bulk of their top 10 for Christmas list featuring artificial intelligence or robotics.

“There is definitely a (tech) influence coming through in toys ... it has become very sophisticated,” Hamleys head buyer Victoria Kay told Reuters on Thursday.

“These toys learn and develop as appose to a tech toy which will always say the same thing back to you.”

A Luvabella Doll that learns phrases, reacts when you tickle its feet and plays peak-a-boo was also in the top 10, along with a globe that speaks facts and figures on different countries when tapped with a stylus pen.

With just 74 days before Christmas, many children were busy trying out the “toy-telligence” range at Hamleys’ 136-year-old flagship toy emporium in London on Thursday before finalising their wish list for Santa Claus.

“(I prefer toys) that talk back to me,” said six-year-old Lilly Hulkes-Dudman, clutching Tyler the Playful Tiger.

Writing by Patrick Johnston; Editing by Alison Williams

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