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Christmas has come early for 'tile' toy firm

A TRADITIONAL toy created by a tiny company has beaten off giant rivals to scoop the prestigious Hamley's Best Toy 2005 award.

Crazy Frog to star in children's Xmas lists

MODERN menace the Crazy Frog sits alongside traditional favourites such as Barbie in an experts' list of toys tipped to be bestsellers this Christmas.

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Barbie dolled up to top Christmas toy wish list

THE Crazy Frog and Barbie are being tipped to rub shoulders on children's Christmas lists this year by Britain's toy sellers.

Jobs on line as Lego shuts units

LEGO, the Danish toy-maker said it plans to close two Swiss plants and five European distributions centres next year, affecting around 600 jobs.

Cuddly chav, gay and disabled dolls to hit shelves

LITTLE Britain character Daffyd is set to become the only gay in the toybox with the launch of a range of dolls based on characters from the top BBC series.

Marbles craze hits Capital store

TOY store Toys R Us at Kinnaird Park is to stage a marbles tournament on Saturday 9.

Children play with a small fortune

BRITAIN'S children have turned their toy boxes into treasure chests - amassing £11,000 of goodies by the time they are 16, according to new research.

Forget the mobile, Simon Says is better

SIMPLE toys from the 1970s and 1980s are making a comeback as parents fight a battle of the playroom against modern, gadget-led alternatives such as video games, robots and mobile phones.

Cabbage Patch Kids ploughing a new furrow

CABBAGE Patch Kids are predicted to be among the best-selling gifts for children this Christmas, industry experts said today.

Britain's adults vote Lego as their favourite toy

MORE than 70 years after it was invented, Lego has been voted the favourite toy of Britain’s adults.

Tiny, but virtually certain to be big hit

• Lives in bubble and needs constant love

Scalextric set to make a net gain

FANS of the Scalextric model racing car system will soon be able to compete against each other by connecting their layouts to the internet.

It's full steam ahead for model students

SECRETLY, everyone loves a dose of Bargain Hunt, the opportunity to learn how to make some dough on seemingly old and worthless items and discover some real antiquated finds. Or the long-standing institution that is the Antiques Roadshow, whereby old household items which have been gathering dust in an attic for 50 years and were believed to be worthless, are revealed as extremely valuable, and stunned owners suddenly find themselves in the money.

'Must-have' Christmas toy fails to emerge

THE lack of a single "must have" toy this year has given parents a welcome break from the annual shopping scrum.

Toys plea as appeal begins

EDINBURGH residents are being encouraged to "detox" their toy box and donate good quality toys and games to the Forresters Toy and Christmas Appeal for Barnardo’s.

Why not toy with the presents of Christmas past?

FOR every parent across the country, the pressure is on. And if you haven’t yet found that fabulous present for the kids, ’tis the season to pull your hair out.

Why Santa can rest easy this Christmas

AS HE browses the toy shop shelves clutching his children’s Christmas wish list, David Copland feels strangely relaxed.

Investing in toys is child's play

THOUSANDS of toys being wrapped and put under the Christmas tree this weekend could turn out to be investments for the future, judging by the recent saleroom appeal of Star Wars figures and My Little Pony to name but two.

Traders selling deadly toys targeting Capital

ROGUE street traders selling potentially deadly toys are targeting the city centre in the run-up to Christmas.

Lazy Guide to Net Culture: Bricking it

If you want to appear like you’re at the cutting edge of net culture but can’t be bothered to spend hours online, then never fear. Scotsman.com’s pathetic team of geeks, freaks and gimps will do the hard work for you. While you sip wine, read a book or engage in normal social interaction, they will burn out their retinas staring at badly designed web pages and dodge creeps in chatrooms to prepare for you: Scotsman.com’s lazy guide to net culture.

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