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Young experts draw up the Christmas 'must-have' list; BOOTLE Lucky pupils turn testers.

A GROUP of schoolchildren has taken Christmas into their own hands this year by becoming toy testing experts and compiling their own "must have" children's Christmas wish list.

St Johns Shopping Centre invited 10 lucky pupils, aged seven to 11, from St Monica's Primary School in Bootle, to test the latest toys that are available in Liverpool in the run up to Christmas.

The donned special lab coats and had free reign to play with toys from top retailers including Modelzone, Argos, Wilkinsons and Game before voting on their favourites.

One of the most popular toys was Stephen Mulhern's All Time Classic Magic Set.

Ellie Kiernan, aged 10, said: "The Magic Set was my favourite toy of the day because it was good fun tricking people. You can do the magic tricks for your friends and family so it's fun for everyone. I think I will ask for it for Christmas."

Hot on its heels in second place was the Star Wars Remote Control Inflatable R2-D2.

Ian Ward, centre director for St Johns, said: "Our toy testing session this year was a huge success.

"It proved a unique opportunity for local school pupils to sample the must-have toys available right here in Liverpool and for them to get a glimpse of what they would like Father Christmas to bring them this year.

"The session has allowed us to produce a definitive list of toys that are going to be on Christmas wish lists this year. All the products on the list are available at stores within St Johns."

Top presents wanted by youngsters for this Christmas 1. Stephen Mulhern's All Time Classic Magic Set, available from Argos at PS9.99 2. Star Wars Remote Control Inflatable R2-D2, available from ModelZone at PS39.99 3. Nintendo 3DS, available from Game, prices start at PS134.99 4. Disney Princess Cinderella Keyboard, available from Argos at PS29.99 5. Lego Friends Horse Set, available from Argos at PS19.99 6. Wilko Just Girls Lexie''s Luxury Kitchen Playset, available from Wilkinson at PS12 7. Lamborghini, available from ModelZone at PS49.99 8. Wilkinson Big Rig, available from Wilkinson at PS15 9. Nikko Radio Control Cross Bike, available from ModelZone at PS39.99 10. Disney Talking and Singing Plush Dalmatian, available from Argos at PS17.99

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Below, the product testers at the centre

A magic show for teaching assistant Margie McKenna
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 11, 2012
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