Your daily guide to the Top 10s for Christmas: Must-have toys

Prince Charming Matt Milburn with this year's Christmas toys at Langleys in the Royal Arcade. Photo: Bill Smith Prince Charming Matt Milburn with this year's Christmas toys at Langleys in the Royal Arcade. Photo: Bill Smith

Saturday, December 7, 2013
6:00 AM

Christmas is just around the corner and we’ve got a stack of fantastic goodies to give away in our annual Langleys Toys and Norwich Theatre Royal competition. Win one of the top 10 toys for 2013 and tickets to this year’s pantomime, Cinderella, and light up the faces of the little ones in your life. STACIA BRIGGS and Prince Charming present some fantastic Christmas prizes.

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Prince Charming Matt Milburn with this year's Christmas toys at Langleys in the Royal Arcade. Photo: Bill SmithPrince Charming Matt Milburn with this year's Christmas toys at Langleys in the Royal Arcade. Photo: Bill Smith

He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice, he’s going to find out who’s naughty or nice…Santa Claus is coming to town.

For those hoping to lighten the load of the Christmas shopping basket, we have teamed up with Langleys Toys in Norwich’s Royal Arcade to give you the chance to win one of 10 fantastic toys, including some of the year’s must-haves such as the Teksta robotic puppy, the Furby Boom, Lego Coast Guard, Robofish and the Nerf Rapidstrike.

Founded by James Langley in 1883, Langleys has been part of Norwich life for well over a century. Langley bought out a local competitor, Galpins, in 1925 and took over its store based in the splendid art noveau-style Royal Arcade from where the current owner, John Fielding, still trades.

The store was originally at the opposite end of the Arcade to the position it holds today, including the building where Jamie’s Italian now stands. When the shops in the arcade were converted into smaller units around 30 years ago, Langleys moved into its current home.

And although toys come in and out of fashion over the decades, the old favourites are still on sale – pocket money marbles, dot-to-dot books, magnets, stickers, bouncy balls: the shop is heaven for the under-sevens and their older siblings in addition to stocking a large model section for older customers who are young 
at heart.

John said that one of the biggest sellers for this Christmas was proving to be an old favourite that many parents will remember from their childhood.

“Spirograph is back and it’s really popular – it’s quite different to how we remember it because there are more shapes to play with and you can even make 3-D images that glow in the dark,” he said.

“I think people like going back to the toys they remember from when they were children because they remember the fun they used to have with them and want to pass that down to their own children.”

In addition to a whole host of toys – showcased here by Cinderella’s Prince Charming, soap star Matt Milburn – we also have five sets of family tickets (two children and two adults) up for grabs. You will go to the ball with tickets to the pantomime on December 19.

1 Leapfrog LeapPad Ultra, £79.99: Built to be ultra-tough for children, your little ones can play, draw and write on the seven inch high-resolution screen, create their own photographs and movies, learn songs or listen to their own music with the built-in MP3 player. There are more than 800 educational apps that you can buy to use with your LeapPad which has allows your children to access the internet in a completely controlled, safe way. For children aged four to nine.

2 HolograFX, £29.99: 
An interactive entertainment show designed to make the user the star of their very own holographic show. Create holographic effects using a smartphone or iPod Touch and watch the characters come to life as holograms and help Jett save the world from the forces of Selektra with 20 incredible holographic and illusion effects. Suitable for children aged eight and above.

3 Teksta Robotic Puppy, £35.99: Teksta is an eight-week-old lifelike robotic puppy that responds to your voice, physical gestures, lights, sounds and even an app on your tablet device. Engineered with state-of the-art artificial intelligence programming, Teksta will bark, cry, whine and change his eye patterns in ways to show you how he’s feeling. He even falls asleep when the sun goes down and wakes up happy to see you. Suitable for children aged five and above.

4 Nerf Rapidstrike, £29.99: The Nerf N-Strike Elite RapidStrike blaster delivers motorised rapid-fire blasting for fantastic dart-firing action with a distance of up to 20 metres. It’s fast and easy to get ready, get moving and get blasting – just load the 18 foam Elite Darts into the see-through clip, attach the clip to the blaster and then hold the acceleration trigger to power up the motor. Suitable for children aged over eight.

5 Robofish set, £22.99: 
One of 2013’s surprise hits, the Robofish playset includes a fish tank with an aquatic robot toy which springs into life once it hits water, swimming in a way that’s almost indistinguishable from a real fish. Remove the fish from water and dry to deactivate, ready for use next time. Each pack contains one Robofish with batteries, spare batteries and a clear Robofish bowl. You can also buy extra fish to add to the bowl. Suitable for ages five and above.

6 Furby Boom, £60: Another wish list must-have, the Furby Boom is the newest member of the Furby clan. A new generation is hatching on the free Furby Boom app where you and your Furby 

Boom can collect digital eggs, hatch them and raise a city of virtual Furby Furblings. Your Furby Boom responds to you, changes personalities based on how you treat it, dances to your music, speaks Furbish and wants to connect with its owner! Suitable for children aged six and above.

7 Monster High 13 Wishes, £16.99: Almost the anti-Barbie, the Monster High dolls are anything but pink princesses. 
The fully-articulated dolls can be posed in many different ways and come with a host of accessories, such as shoes, jewellery and hairbrushes. Suitable for ages six and above.

8 Minions Backpack, £19.99: From the film Despicable Me 2, you can now own your very own minion. Made from wonderfully soft plush fabric, this backpack has a handy zip compartment for storage. Suitable for children aged three and above.

9 Lego 60014 Coast Guard, £49.99: There’s a couple stranded at sea and they’re surrounded by sharks! Speed out as far as you can with the patrol boat, help the coast guards take off from the helipad in the helicopter and launch the submarine for the rescue party. The set contains two water cannons, a submarine launcher and radio antenna, helicopter, submarine, dinghy, a lighthouse with rocks, three sharks and six mini-figures. Suitable for children aged five and above.

10Monopoly Empire, £17.99: It’s the classic fast trading property game with a brand new twist. When you play Monopoly Empire you’ve got a tower to fill with billboards and you can buy your favourite brands. Every time you pass ‘go’, you collect the current value of your tower, so every brand you buy makes you richer. Wheel and deal your way to the top! Suitable for ages eight 
and above.

How to enter:

For a chance of winning one of these fantastic toys, simply send your name, address and a daytime telephone number with your choice of toy (one choice per entry) to Stacia Briggs, Langleys Toy Competition, EDP features, 
Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE.

Entries must arrive before December 13, normal Archant competition rules apply, no cash alternatives available.

You must be able to collect your prize from our Prospect House office during office hours. 

Langleys Toys is at 12-14 Royal Arcade in Norwich, 01603 621959,

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