Published: 23/12/2017 13:00 - Updated: 20/12/2017 09:14

Family event sees toys put to the test

Written byVal Sweeney


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Natan and Marcel Juszczak with the top-selling Slime Lab toy.

YOUNG toy testers in Inverness have voted a stunt car and a creative slime pack as the top must-have items this Christmas.

Dozens of youngsters and their families took part in two popular toy-testing workshops hosted by the city’s Eastgate Shopping Centre.

They were given the chance to get their hands on a broad range of items including remote-controlled cars, interactive toy dogs and creative play items supplied by a variety of stores. 

Following rigorous testing, the assessors awarded joint first place to a slime laboratory kit, which provides the opportunity to make tubs of goo, and a stunt car which impressed spectators.

Other items which made it into the top 10 included a tent, a soft toy dog and a toy helicopter.  

The participating stores were The Entertainer, Debenhams, Menkind, Trespass, Waterstones, Smiggle, Argos and HMV.

The centre’s marketing and promotions executive, Jordan Cooper, said more than 100 youngsters and their parents were involved.

Feedback from stores had also been positive with reports of increased sales while some toys had even sold out.

The Inverness branch of Waterstones had to place additional orders for Slime Lab, for example, after selling out.

Manager Toby Ritty said it was the shop’s bestselling toy.

"It has become a huge thing – everyone seems to be crazy for it," he said.

Mr Ritty also revealed that the shop’s bestselling children’s books were The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stane, the first book in the Harry Potter series to be translated into Scots.

The top title for adult readers was the new edition of Inverness Remembered published by the Inverness Courier while a specially-commissioned book, written by Jim Miller to commemorate the paper’s 200th anniversary, was also proving popular.

The store’s second bestseller for adults was The Other Mrs Walker by Mary Paulson-Ellis, Waterstones Scottish book of the year.

The Inverness branch of The Entertainer, the UK’s largest independent toy retailer, said there had been a great reaction to its toys at the workshop.

Manager Gemma Nisbet said: "It was great to see the kids hands-on with some of the toys as the whole philosophy of The Entertainer is to provide a child-friendly environment where the kids are at the heart of everything."  

Debenhams said the toy-testing workshop had been very successful. It found sales of Lucy, an interactive dog, had been particularly good as a result.

Top toys

1= 360 car (Menkind)

1= Slime Lab (Waterstones)

3 Nerf gun (Argos)

4 Speedway racer (Debenhams)

5 Helicopter (Entertainer)

6= Drone (Menkind)

6= Minion (Entertainer)

6= Lucy Dog (Debenhams)

9= Tickle Me Elmo (HMV)

9= Tent (Trespass)

11 My Little Pony (Argos)

12 3-D headset (Menkind)

13 Handbag gun (Entertainer)

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