When it comes to festive toys, Leeds shoppers just can’t let its Frozen-mania go.
Toys from the blockbuster Disney film are the bestsellers and most requested items at The Entertainer at Trinity Leeds.
A straw poll carried out by the YEP found Frozen merchandise was the overwhelming choice for parents scurrying around for stocking-fillers, with the adventures of magical ice Queen Elsa and her sister Ana clearly still enchanting the city’s children a year after the film’s release.
Craig Lowe, events coordinator for The Entertainer toy shop, said: “Frozen is by far the biggest seller, with the Snow Glow Elsa being the must-have toy this year. To be honest anything Frozen is popular, from dolls to board games and puzzles to arts and crafts.”
Asked about other big sellers, he said traditional brands remained popular.
“Lego is still a popular brand with the likes of Lego Minecraft keeping the demand for the brand strong.
“The animatronic pets such as Furbys, Zoomers, and Teksters are again on many wish lists this year.
“We’re also now seeing an increase in board games sales as families pick the game for Christmas day.”
Other big hitters in Leeds include computer tablets, which are the sixth most requested gift in children’s Christmas wishlists this year. It’s the first time ever they have landed in the top requests list.
Leeds’s Frozen mania is bucking the national trend somewhat.
Research from Toys “R” Us has found that LEGO is officially the number one stocking filler for 2014 .
The Lego minifigures which retail at just £2.49 have outsold all other toys and spin-off TV and film merchandise to hit the top spot nationally.
Toys “R” Us has just released this year’s list of bestselling stocking fillers for under £10 as Santa prepares to embark on his global journey.
Hot Wheels miniatures and Minecraft action figures are battling it out for the number two spot.
Other toys expected to feature heavily in Christmas stockings include the amazing arts and crafts Cra-z-loom bracelet maker loom bands, the ever popular Play-Doh tubs that have been around since the mid-1950s and an old classic Top Trumps.
It’s also a good year for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Amazing Spiderman Web Blasting articulated figures.
Mike Coogan, spokesman for Toys “R” Us, said: “The toys that appear on this year’s list of stocking fillers identify characters and brands that have become household names through the years - Lego, Disney and Minecraft are in high demand and offer great value. We’re sure there will be plenty of happy children opening their stockings this Christmas”.