Sunderland schoolchildren get to test top toys for Christmas

Toy testers Harley Brydon-Hill (left) and Rio Ellis trying out a music consol.
Toy testers Harley Brydon-Hill (left) and Rio Ellis trying out a music consol.
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SANTA’S little helpers have named this year’s most coveted toys.

Pupils from Hudson Road Primary School and youngsters from around the city visited The Bridges to test out the latest toys from shopping centre retailers including the Disney Store, Early Learning Centre, Debenhams, Build-a-Bear and The Entertainer, among others, to compile a definitive Christmas wish-list.

Some of the top-listed toys included motion-controlled battling robots Battroborg, an electric keyboard and drum kit and a Sully Scare Me soft toy, from Disney’s Monsters Inc.

Year Two Hudson Road Primary School pupil Farrah Roslyn, seven, said the testing session had helped her decide what she is going to ask Santa Claus for this Christmas.

“I’ve been trying Draculaura from Monster High, and been playing with Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony,” she said. “I’ve never been to anything like this before. I want to ask Santa for all the Monster High dolls now.”

Six-year-old Harley Brydon-Hill said the session was so good, he didn’t want to go back to school.

“I really enjoyed it,” he said. “I’ve never been a toy tester before.

“I’ve been playing with the drum kit and the tree house. The Battroborg was good as well. My friends enjoyed it.”

Elvis the crazy scientist and one of Santa’s elves were on hand to help the youngsters with the toys and decide which were their favourites.

Bridges centre director Andy Bradley said the event was a success.

“Some of the kids played with certain toys for ages,” he said. “They really enjoyed it – the toy testing was an absolute cracker.

“It was so exciting to be taking it out on the mall for the first time, with all our shoppers having their say too.”

The toy testing lab was open to the public for about five hours after Hudson Road Primary School finished their play time.

“The testers have provided a conclusive list that really showcases the must-have toys this Christmas,” said Andy.

Santa will set up his grotto in the central mall from Thursday, when The Bridges will begin opening until 8pm on Thursdays until Christmas.

Late nights will start from December 9 from 9am until 8pm and from December 16, The Bridges will be open until 9pm.

Top 10 toys, as voted for by Hudson Road Primary School pupils

1) BattroBorg, Debenhams, £70.

2) Scare Me Sulley, Disney Store, £11.25.

3) Draculaura, Debenhams, £23.

4) Twilight Sparkle My Little Pony, Build-a-Bear Workshop, £19.

5) Doctor McStuffin doll, Disney Store, £9.38.

6) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Build-a-Bear Workshop, £19.

7) NERF Stockade, The Entertainer, £12.50.

8) Remote Control Cobra, Early Learning Centre, £25.

9) Key-Boom-Board, Early Learning Centre, £40.

10) Minnie Mouse Teapot Play Set, Disney Store, £10.