Preview: Autumn Fair, NEC, Birmingham

While many are still basking in the glow of the summer break, others are already compiling wish lists for Santa.

Preview: Autumn Fair, NEC, Birmingham

Wheelie excited for Christmas – Nicki Cox from The Entertainer with the Minions skateboards

And with the Autumn Fair opening at the NEC this weekend, organisers have been predicting the festive top 10 must-haves.

According to 30,000 buyers planning to visit this year’s fair, the M:Tech Sky Drone Pro toy is set to be the best selling children’s Christmas gift. 

The drone will set you back £129.99, but isn’t the most expensive – that honour goes to a £300 rocking horse. Fair, event organisers monitor product interest using a new technology built into the website, which enables them to forecast the hottest products.  Also making the top 10 are 3D wall lights shaped like Darth Vader and Olaf from Frozen, Pokemon Monopoly, and a caterpillar shaped push-along rider.

The cheapest item on the list is the TY Beanie Boo walrus toy ‘Tusk’ at £4.99, with a Minions skateboard at £10. 

Also on the list is a £12 DIY model of a Millennium Falcon..

Staff at The Entertainer toy shop in Wolverhampton are preparing for the Christmas rush and expect Star Wars merchandise to be popular as the new film is released  later this year.

The store was opening early at 8.30am today to cope with the influx of sci-fi fans eager to get the latest models.

Manager Dawn Davey said: “It’s a very exciting time for us. We think of ourselves as Santa’s little helpers.”

The Autumn Fair runs from Sunday to Wednesday at the NEC.

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