Customers queue to get hands on Fingerlings at Norwich toy shop on Black Friday

People queuing and buying Fingerlings at Langley's toy shop.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

People queuing and buying Fingerlings at Langley's toy shop. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

People flocked to a Norwich toy shop this morning to get their hands on this year's Christmas must-have.

People queuing and buying Fingerlings at Langley's toy shop.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

People queuing and buying Fingerlings at Langley's toy shop. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Fingerlings have been flying off toy shop shelves in the run up to the festive season, with most shops running out of stock.

But Langleys Toys, in the Royal Arcade, received a batch of 72 of the toys yesterday with eager customers queuing outside ready for the doors to open at 9am on Black Friday.

The store had a one Fingerling per customer policy, on a first come, first served basis and no reservations or pre orders were allowed.

After an hour of opening, the store announced on their Facebook page that they had sold out of the popular toy.

People queuing and buying Fingerlings at Langley's toy shop.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

People queuing and buying Fingerlings at Langley's toy shop. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Manufacturer, WowWee have said they will not be producing anymore Fingerlings until 2018 which is proving a challenge for many parents as these popular toys are on their children's Christmas lists.

Emma Brown, from Horsford, said: 'I came her to get one for my niece, they don't live in Norwich so when I saw the post on Facebook that Langleys had them in, I had to get here.'

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The small toys hang on your finger and know when they are bring touched, talked to or even when they are upside down. They are described to 'promise children friendship at their fingertips'.

Chris Goulding, manager of Langleys, said the shop had been using social media to get the word out about their new stock.

'Fingerlings are one of the most popular toys of the year. We've been promoting heavily on Facebook and it's one of the most popular things since the days of Teletubbies, when we had a massive queue right up to Primark.

'They are very difficult to get hold of. At the moment, we've only got the monkey available, there are unicorns and other animals coming out later.

'Last year, Hatchimals were the must-have Christmas toy, they were around £50, but Fingerlings are a really good value for money, selling at £14.99 so they're more accessible for families to purchase.'

Have you had to pay over the odds to get hold of a Fingerling? Let us know by emailing nadene.chandler@archant.co.uk

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