Over 2,000 toys and games were shown at the Waldorf Hotel in London, Non 4, in a Christmas preview display organised by the British Toy Manufacturers Association.
GV. Toy display, children round Christmas tree
CU. Sign "Buy a British toy".
STV. Adults and children around model train set.
SCU. PAN. Boy watches train.
SV. Two girls riding on horse roundabout.
SV. Children with pedal car and soft toys.
STV. Small girl with soft toy squirrel.
SV. PAN. Puppets.
CU. Sign "Plastic and rubber toys".
SV. Plastic cowboy and Indian models on turntable
CU. Sign "Mademoiselle Boutique for Fashion-Conscious Dolls".
CU. Doll in container including wardrobe.
SCU. Girl cuddling large doll.
SCU. Jet plane.
CU. 'Nike' model rocket kit.
CU. Winged missile kit.
CU. Space ship kit
CU. Atomic submarine.
LV. Group of children playing toy instruments.
CU. PAN. Ditto.
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Background: Over 2,000 toys and games were shown at the Waldorf Hotel in London, Non 4, in a Christmas preview display organised by the British Toy Manufacturers Association.
One of the most popular gifts - for sons and fathers alike - is still the model train. Young and old are attracted by the swift moving replicas of real life engines and carriages.
Soft, cuddly and squeezy-squeaky toys command a great deal of interest. Made of rubber, plastic and other synthetic materials they are ideal for the youngest, withstanding even the onslaught of baby's first tooth.
Every little girl's heart must be beating faster at the sight of this year's attractively made and adroitly dressed dolls. Daddy - poor man - will probably have to open his purse a little wider this Christmas for, as manufacturers assure us, 'dolly' has become fashion-conscious and will no longer be content with just "any old rag".
For the boy who is clever with his hands, there are do-it-yourself kits for building model missiles and space ships. And those who scorn a "Golden Hind" or "Mississippi Steamer" may be happier with an atomic submarine.
Finally, to ensure no doubt that Christmas merriness will find appropriate audible expression, manufacturers provide a wide range of toy instruments. May your Christmas be peaceful all the same!