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Holiday Gift Guide SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2012


What’s old is cool again W

By STEVE MacNAULL The Okanagan Sunday

hen it comes to the toys kids want for Christmas, what’s old is new again. Barbie doll is a

perennial favourite, as are multi- coloured plastic interlocking bricks Lego and Furby, yes, Furby is making a comeback.

“Furby has made a new and im- proved resurgence,” says Jim Larsen, the manager at London Drugs in Kelowna’s Spall Plaza. “When it comes to toys there are just some that tend to be popular year after year.”

Barbie’s been around since 1959 and Lego since 1949.

But Furby — the plush little bug- eyed animal of undetermined ori- gin that talks and develops more of a personality as kids interact with it — is newer.

He — or she — had his or her first go-round 14 years ago and was wildly popular.

However, it wasn’t long before the little critter, priced now at $70, seemed to drop off the face of the earth.

But Furby’s back and raring to entertain boys and girls aged six to 11 with expressive LCD eyes and a range of emotions, conversation starters and dance moves. When it comes to the other toys kids want to see under the tree, the range is huge and so age and per- sonality targeted.

Parents and grandparents need to take their cues from what kids are begging Santa for.

Walmart and, of course, Toys R Us, are also huge in the toy catego- ry.

Some gifts seemlessly weave from childhood to adulthood. Adults could be just as excited to receive a Nintendo Wii video game console as a seven year old. And kids, tweens, teens and adults all seem to want the latest in cameras, smart phones, tablets and iPods.

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Karen Middlemiss of London Drugs in Kelowna shows off three classic toys that have made a comeback for this Christmas: Lego, Furby and Barbie.


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