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Christmas comes early at London's Hamleys toy store

Friday, June 28, 2013 - 01:28

June 28 - What are the must-have toys for Christmas 2013? According to world famous toy store Hamleys of London, toddler tablet computers and robotic puppies will be among this year's hot favourites. Ivor Bennett reports.

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They say a dog is for life and not just for Christmas. But it seems that might not be true this year. This Teksta puppy is one of the must-have toys for this coming Christmas. It responds to commands, and can even play music downloaded from an iPad. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LAURA OLVER, HEAD BUYER, HAMLEYS TOY STORE: "Teksta comes as an eight-week old puppy and reacts to interaction in terms of voice, in terms of gestures, even light and dark and you can train him like your own little pet." Laura Olver is head buyer at Hamleys in London. The world-famous toy store is known for its early Christmas stock - yes, even in June. Also expected to be popular is a tablet for toddlers. 8 gigabytes of memory and with a 7-inch touch screen - it's practically unbreakable and comes pre-loaded with child-safe internet settings. But shopping here doesn't come cheap. The Leap Pad Ultra will set you back 125 pounds... ...And this Swarovski-encrusted handmade tutu is double that. And then of course there's the Prancing Pony. All 850 pounds of it. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LAURA OLVER, HEAD BUYER, HAMLEYS TOY STORE: "It's almost life-sized -- pretty wow as a toy this Christmas, I'm not sure it would fit in a stocking though!" (Reporter: You could almost buy a real pony for that?) "Almost but this one's a lot lower maintenance than a real pony." Maybe so. But if your child wants one, you should start saving soon.

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Christmas comes early at London's Hamleys toy store

Friday, June 28, 2013 - 01:28