What's the toy of the Millennium?; PLAY ALONG AND TELL US YOUR No1.
Industry experts drew up a short list of 12 - ranging from the evergreen Teddy Bear to younger upstarts the Beanies.
Britain's toy retailers will announce the winner in January after fans have voted via the Internet. But YOU can tell us NOW. Just dial the number - calls cost 10p - alongside your pick.
That's the easy bit. Choosing your favourite could be trickier.
Games lovers will be torn between Mastermind, Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit and Scrabble. Then there's Action Man, Barbie, Lego, Hula Hoop, Rubik's Cube and the Yo-Yo - first a hit in 1930 and again a best-seller last year.
This year's Christmas hot tip - fighting monster Pokemon - hasn't made the short list.
Retailers' spokesman Gerry Masters said: "Despite all the hi-tech toys available, kids still love traditional ones.
"Personally, I'd love to see the Teddy Bear win.
"TRIVIAL PURSUIT: Ever serious seller
TEDDY BEAR: Hugged since 1905
LEGO: Winner since the 50s
BARBIE: No signs of age
SCRABBLE: Wordy Top 12 contender
HULA HOOP: 1950s craze
MASTERMIND: 70s TV spin-off
BEANIES: Toy of Year, 1993
MONOPOLY: Property game
ACTION MAN: First a hit in 1965
RUBIK'S CUBE: Brain tester
YO-YO: Has spun back to new stardom
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Oct 22, 1999|
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