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IF YOU’VE got some spare Christmas money left over from the inevitable festive splurge, then we might have found the toy to pour your last few coins into. And by last few coins,


we mean $9,000. Yes, this Louis Vuitton teddy bear, named DouDou, is a pricey limited edition plush which was originally ‘offered only to the top 500 Louis Vuitton VIPs worldwide and of which


TOYS GONE POTTY


BOWEL MOVEMENTS. There have been numerous attempts to zhush up the experience over the years. From licensed paper to comedy seats, even the toilets of Tokyo offer everything short of a firework display to accompany you on the throne. Now, an attempt to bring the potty training experience into the 21st Century has resulted in the worst toy of the 2013, the iPotty. We all know tech


toys are on the rise, but wielding a tablet


stand was, according to members of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, a crap idea in every sense.


To give it its catchy, full title, the 2-in-1 iPotty with Activity Seat for iPad, was voted for, for reasons including ‘trying to create a need where none exists’. A sentiment backed up by one Amazon reviewer who stated: ‘Upon


realising that this was not a joke, I was disheartened by the state of our society.’ But why stop at a 2-in-1


iPotty? Strap a microwave to it and let’s make standing up a thing of thing of the past for a generation of entirely self-sufficient toddlers. It’s the future.


FROM THE ARCHIVE... THREE YEARS AGO TOYNEWS FEBRUARY 2011


HTI REPORTS a 20 per cent increase in sales and appoints Mark Walls as UK managing director… Mothercare reports UK figures impacted negatively by bad weather… NPD reports toy market is back to pre- Woolworths level at £2.83bn… Classic Eighties toy Simon makes a comeback…. Neil Friedman leaves Mattel…. Mattel readies an Angry Birds board game…. Hornby appointed as master toy partner for Olly the Little White Van… Fox kicks off licensing plan for Avatar…


CHARTS


UK top 10 toys (November 2010 value) 1. Kidizoom Digital Camera ........................VTech 2. Kidizoom Video Camera ................................Vtech 3. First Steps Babywalker..................................Vtech 4. Toy Story 3 Deluxe Talking Buzz....................Vivid 5. Toy Story 3 Deluxe Buzz Jet Pack..............Mattel 6. Paper Jamz Guitar 5 Assortment ........Wow Wee 7. Baby Annabell 2009 White ............Zapf Creation 8. Pig Goes Pop Gam............................Drumond Park 9. Storio Reading system ..................................Vtech 10. Password Journal 5........................................Mattel


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Top 5 Properties (November 2010) 1. Toy Story 2. LEGO City 3. Star Wars 4. Peppa Pig 5. Zhu Zhu Pets


only 500 were produced in total.’ The Brown and Beige Monogram Bear is the only teddy bear made by Louis Vuitton in 150 years and was first seen during the 2004-05 Fall/Winter mens runway collection. So, if the piggy bank is struggling to cope with the load (or you have more money than sense) take the weight off its shoulders to the tune of $9,000.


TOY TALK TWEETPICKS


What the industry’s been tweeting this month…


@Sciencekits Thames & Kosmos Our new business cards have arrived! And they’re magnetic! Just in time for @toyfair2014 #excited.


@fleetstreetfox Fleet Street Fox, newspaper journalist Children on trains watching Nemo on DVD players. What happened to a book and a doll? Or headphones, come to that…


@billbailey Bill Bailey, comedian A farewell then to the Argos catalogue, or The Laminated Book of Dreams as I call it.


@simonpegg Simon Pegg, actor Here’s me as a Lego minifig reading a book about Lego minifigs in a Lego bookshop. This happened.


@realmievents MiEvents #Firsttweet from #miEvents new twitter account! @micommspr @cloudteneventsnb.


@LaurenLaverne Lauren Laverne, presenter Know how you always see those ‘top 10 Christmas toy’ lists? Here’s my top 3: LEGO, Play Doh, Playmobil. Could happily Oxfam everything else.


@Lsmedialtd Lesley Singleton, PR Bananagrams I’m too excited about this release. Too excited. LEGO The Simpsons images leaked on eBay.


@Halesworthtoys Halesworth Toy Shop Huge excitement in the toy shop now the new Tamagotchis have arrived.


@TheRealSupermum


Emma White, The Good Mother Project You Know You’re a Mum when ......You know how badly stepping on a piece of LEGO hurts.


@ConsumerFraudCt Consumer Fraud Centre Some good news finally as @Amazon and @Ebay move on #counterfeit Rainbow Loom, but is it enough? http://ow.ly/rTGzV via @toynewsonline.


@KatyHillTV Katy Hill Wow! Congrats @LetToysBeToys Over this M&S victory! x MailOnline.


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