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Rappy Scratchy Christmas everyone!

Rappy Scratchy Christmas everyone!

Christmas is coming and the big toy chains are getting fat. Predictions for the big winners among toys this year include dolls, Lego and some new technology as always.

The Toy Retailers Association have published their annual Dream Toys chart, where they list the predicted bestselling toys this Christmas. This year, for Christmas 2014, they have highlighted toys ranging in price from £7.99 for a Minecraft mini-figurine to a £99.99 dinosaur. In previous years, the Toy Retailers Association have proven to be spookily accurate – foreseeing the popularity of the fabulous drawing set Spirograph in 1967 (and still popular when I was a youngster) and the Nintendo Game Boy games console in 1991.

Little Live Pets Bird Cage. Cute!

Little Live Pets Bird Cage. Cute!

Perhaps the quirkiest toys available this year include Little Live Pets Bird Cage which features a battery-operated bird that talks and whistles and will set parents back £19.99.

Passing resemblance to Miss Piggy or is that just me?

Passing resemblance to Miss Piggy or is that just me?

Technology features large on the list. For £34.99 you can purchase a Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll who is of course connected to the blockbuster Disney film. She speaks and her dress shines and she costs £34.99. Or for boys (or girls who like this kind of thing) there is the Nerf Demolisher gun, which for £44.99 will fire two different types of ammunition. If you can’t afford a Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll then you might want to consider one of the Frozen Sparkle Dolls which sell for a more reasonable £16.99 each.
Prepare to meet your maker Nerf gun!

Prepare to meet your maker Nerf gun!

Remote controlled amazingness!

Remote controlled amazingness!

The heavyweight toys on the list are the dinosaurs. From Transformers (again a film franchise) there is the Stomp and Chomp Dinosaurs for £89.99. Boomer The Zoomer Dino is the most expensive of all at £99.99, but then he is remote-controlled which is pretty awesome.

Always popular, Lego makes an entry on the list with Benny’s Spaceship Lego for £79.99.

Total brilliance and endless hours of 1980s fun.

Total brilliance and endless hours of 1980s fun.

But my absolute favourites would have to be the Toot-Toot Animals Safari Park play set featuring various sound effects for £39.99. I would have loved that as a kid. Or the Bop-It! Beats machine which is a game where players have to follow the commands given that retails at £21.99. That reminds me of Simon from back in the day. Anyone else remember Simon?

It’s a tough market place out there this Christmas. The big supermarket chains have been struggling this year and are desperately discounting toys as a way to get some of their market share back just in time for Christmas. Added to that many people are still being canny about what they spend and are shopping around accordingly and comparing prices. Sensible Christmas toy shoppers will buy some larger items and combine those with some smaller Christmas stocking purchases to make their money go further this Christmas.

Don’t despair though. There is room at the lower end of the retail market for toy and novelty sellers, and as I said in a recent article read it here if you market yourself in the right way people will recognize what you are trying to do.

Here at Wholesale Clearance UK we do have some really great stock that should sell well for you in the run up to Christmas. Take this Job lot of 5 interactive Musical Play Mats! For example take these. Each play mat offers a built-in amplifier and speakers and a microphone headset that can be used for Karaoke. There are 24 Key control buttons, with 8 musical instruments, 4 different drum sounds and 3 scratch sound effects. How’s that for a rappy Christmas?

Here's Gupi the Guinea Pig! Yay!

Here’s Gupi the Guinea Pig! Yay!

And OK, we don’t have a Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll or a Toot Toot Animal Safari Park but we do have these – Wholesale job lot of 30 realistic robotic Baby Gupi (guinea pig). Yes, a guinea pig that reacts to sound and also snores. Gupi can be petted and loved and at only £2.10 per unit you have a bargain stocking filler in your hands! Here’s Gupi

Monsters Inc. zoomies!

Monsters Inc. zoomies!

There’s also this One Off Job lot Of 67 Monsters Inc. University Toxic Race Play sets. The 67 sets included here recreate the exciting underground race from Monsters Inc. University. Place Scully at the top of the track and then watch as he flies down the course and pops open at the finish line. See it here

There’s plenty on the Wholesale Clearance UK website to consider so come and have a look and stock up now on toys to sell for Christmas.

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