Toy shop owners predict this year’s Christmas top seller – and it won’t be Barbie

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The hit Barbie movie will not make the dolls the must-have children’s present this Christmas, say toy shop owners.

Film-themed Lego is their top choice to fill stockings.

And also tipped are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figures following the new blockbuster movie. Paul Carpenter, 70, owner of Totally Toys in Bristol, predicts that Lego “will feature really highly”. He added: “We sell a lot across the range.

“I think Star Wars, Marvel and Ninjago Lego sets will do well.”

Paul added: “I haven’t seen a big upsurge in Barbie sales at the moment but I like to think it will be a good Barbie year – I think the dolls will start selling better in a couple of months.”

the hit Barbie movie will not make the dolls the must-have children’s present this Christmas, say toy shop owners.

Film-themed Lego is their top choice to fill stockings.

And also tipped are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figures following the new blockbuster movie. Paul Carpenter, 70, owner of Totally Toys in Bristol, predicts that Lego “will feature really highly”. He added: “We sell a lot across the range.

“I think Star Wars, Marvel and Ninjago Lego sets will do well.”

Paul added: “I haven’t seen a big upsurge in Barbie sales at the moment but I like to think it will be a good Barbie year – I think the dolls will start selling better in a couple of months.”

Laurie Poulter, 50, of Jake’s Toys in Petersfield, Hants, agreed that Lego sets remain a favourite, saying: “Barbie is starting to pick up a little bit but Lego is always the biggest seller all-year round, and nothing tends to beat that.

“Star Wars Lego is probably a best bet for best-seller for Christmas – or some other kind of Lego set.

“However, I think sales of figurines will always increase off the back of a film.”

Olivia Amphlett, of Toytastik in Chepstow, South Wales, said she does not sell Barbie but “games always sell well for us at Christmas. We also sell a lot of animal craft sets for stocking fillers – they fly out for us.”

Simon Seddon, 55, of QT Toys & Games in Clapham Junction, south-west London, has been in toy retail for over 20 years.

He said: “It’s possible that figurines or dolls will be the bestseller as they are in line for a resurgence – we hope Barbie will reintroduce an interest in it.

“What I’m expecting is the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures to be popular again.”

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem film is now in cinemas.

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