Published: 08/12/2018 13:00 - Updated: 07/12/2018 11:49

Top Christmas toys picked by kids at Eastgate Centre

Written byVal Sweeney


Brothers Connor and Aaron Macrae and Eastgate Centre manager Jackie Cuddy enjoy the popular wall-climbing car.

A WALL climbing car has been voted the top Christmas toy by Inverness youngsters for a second year running.

Local children and shoppers were invited to have their say on a selection of popular gadgets and gizmos during the annual toy testing workshop at the city’s Eastgate Shopping Centre.

More than 100 enthusiastic participants joined two elves to find out which toys were the most fun and to get an idea of what they would like from Santa this year.

The wall climbing car from Menkind emerged the winner. It enables operators to drive on the floor, wall and even the ceiling.

The Slime Lab from Waterstones was in second place. The slime-making kit can be used to create items such as a glow-in-the-dark alien, bouncy putty ball and gummy bug.

In third place was Menkind’s motion control drone which works using hand gestures.

Adele Newlands, Eastgate’s marketing and promotions manager, said the workshop was held on the mall opposite Waterstones which meant shoppers could stop by and join in the fun.

“The toy testing workshop was very popular,” she said. “The children loved having the chance to play with the toys and test them out for free.

“I’m sure parents will be really pleased to see the results from the helpful children’s rigorous testing of some of this year’s most popular gift ideas.”

Aaron Macrae (4) was the winner of a £50 Eastgate voucher in a prize draw after picking the wall climbing car as one of his top five toys. He is now looking forward to spending his vouchers on the toys he tested.

Completing the top 10 Christmas toys chosen by Inverness children were: Motion robot (Menkind); Flying car (Menkind); Pop up Pirate (The Entertainer); Racing truck (Menkind); Aventador Lamborghini (The Entertainer); 360 (The Entertainer ); and Pomsies (The Entertainer).

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