Children shun a high-tech Christmas

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New figures released from online retailer Amazon have suggested children aren't wishing for a high-tech Christmas this year.

According to the "Most Wished For" lists from France, Germany, Japan, the UK and the US, 44 percent of the most popular gifts for the second half of November were models, dolls or figurines. These types of toy are a firm favorite in Japan, where they occupied all of the top five most-wished-for spots. European brand Playmobil helped make figurines account for four out of the five most-wished-for in France as well.

Board games have proved consistently popular in Germany this holiday season, whilst high-tech toys are still most common in the lists of children from the US and UK.

Giochi Preziosi - Cicciobello Bobo (Dolls/Models/Figurines)
Playmobil - Grand Chapiteau Cirque (Dolls/Models/Figurines)
Tomy - Ardoise magique - Aquadoodle Arc en Ciel (Educational)
Playmobil - Clinique vétérinaire (Dolls/Models/Figurines)
Playmobil - Centre Equitation Moderne (Dolls/Models/Figurines)

Drei Magier Spiele - Das magische Labyrinth (Board Games)
Hans im Glück- Dominion (Card Games)
Ravensburger - Wer war's? (Board Games)
Kosmos - Ubongo (Strategy)
Kosmos - Keltis (Board Games)

Nendoroid Fate Testarossa, The 1st Movie Version (Dolls/Models/Figurines)
Petit Nendoroid Vocaloid Series 01 Box (Dolls/Models/Figurines)
Fireball Dorosseru (Dolls/Models/Figurines)
Toaru Majutsu no Index Model (Dolls/Models/Figurines)
Demonbane Al Azif Model (Dolls/Models/Figurines)

United Kingdom
Radica Games - 20Q Version 2 (High-tech)
Peterkin - Medical Carrycase (Dolls/Models/Figurines)
Hasbro - Pictureka Game (Board Game)
Stylophone - The Original Pocket Electronic Organ (Musical)
Hasbro - Bop It (High-tech)

United States
Spin Master - Bakugan 7 in 1 Maxus Dragonoid (Dolls/Models/Figurines)
LEGO - Ultimate Building Set - 405 Pieces (Blocks)
Hasbro - Nerf N-Strike Raider Rapid Fire CS-35 Dart Blaster - Blue (Gun)
Crayola - Glow Dome (Creative)
Mattel - Mindflex Game (High-tech)