Disney's 2013 smash hit movie 'Frozen' and its merchandise is expected to be one of this Christmas's biggest-selling toys

Frozen beating out Barbie atop girls’ wish lists this Christmas

VIDEO: Familiar favourites like video games, scooters, iPads, and walking, talking stuffed animals should once again reign, too.



So, the annual Christmas question: what’s the most popular toy on kids’ wish lists this holiday season?

Of course, video games should stay strong. There are family games, which are popular presents to keep mom, dad, and everyone else camped around the fire. Scooters, headphones, and iPads make the grade as well, according to the tykes quoted in the video above.

In 2014, there are Lottie Dolls and Little Live Pets, this year’s version of the always-popular ‘stuffed animals come-to-life, walk and talk’ genre.

And then there’s any toy from the movie Frozen. The Disney smash hit’s main character Elsa is the trendy toy this Christmas, with the movie’s merchandise beating out Barbie as the holiday season’s top gift for girls for the first time in 11 years (according to a study by the National Retail Association).

According to the survey, 20 per cent of parents questioned plan to buy dolls of Elsa and Frozen‘s other characters – sister Anna, plus Olaf the snowman – versus 16 per cent for Barbie.

“The Elsa takeover of the toy aisle has been months in the making,” writes Forbes‘s Clare O’Connor in the link above. “In the weeks leading up to Halloween, Frozen costumes were the most-searched online by a wide margin despite the film being almost a year old at the time.

But as O’Connor notes, it’s not as if Frozen‘s Elsa and Anna aren’t Barbies of their own version. And while the movie has received praise for an ending that promotes a healthier, less dependant-on-men message for young girls, it’s also been criticized for adding another couple of thin-waited, beautiful women/girls to Disney’s ever-growing lineup of princesses.

“Those who’d rather their girls dispensed with dolls entirely, Barbie or otherwise, may be heartened to hear that the number six toy on the NRF’s list for girls is LEGO,” she writes. “This bodes well for startups like GoldieBlox, the toy construction sets encouraging girls to get interested in science and technology.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Victoria’s plastic bag ban ended by Supreme Court of Canada

City’s leave to appeal lower court’s decision denied

Victoria man charged after dog killed

Brandon Norman Bartlett, 39, faces one charge of killing or injuring an animal

Royal BC Museum’s Woolly the Mammoth turns 40 years old

The museum is hosting a party on Jan. 26

Sooke boardwalk reopens to public

Downed tree damages structure during last week’s wind storm

James Bay to host third annual Window Wanderland display

Residents are encouraged to get creative with their designs

B.C.-based firefighting plane crashes in Australia, killing three

Three people are confirmed dead in the crash in New South Wales

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Jan. 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

One person in Vancouver being monitored for coronavirus, feds say

Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu said five or six people are being monitored in Canada

Gap between cost of legal and illegal cannabis keeps growing: Stats Canada

In B.C., legal pot cost $9.32 per gram when bought legally

The word ‘landlord’ is too negative, one B.C. councillor says

Coun. Dave Loewen says term should be replaced by ‘rental housing provider’ in new housing strategy

“Major road failure” shuts down highway in and out of Tofino-Ucluelet

A rock crashed down onto Hwy. 4 early Thursday morning.

Canada prepares as WHO decides whether to declare global coronavirus emergency

The city of Wuhan, China, has shut down outbound flights and trains

Survey finds support among Canadians for broader assisted-dying law

The survey was conducted Jan. 17 to 21 among 1,552 Canadians eligible to vote

Veteran B.C. journalist battles cancer through pioneering immunotherapy treatment

Vancouver Island rallies around JR Rardon and family during stay in Seattle

Most Read