The Warehouse toy tester Maya Satake (6), of Dunedin, has
been busy rating the latest children's products in the
lead-up to Christmas. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Barbie and Ken step aside - Zelfs, Furbys and Moshi
Monsters are likely to be at the top of children's Christmas
wish lists this year.
Dunedin youngster Maya Satake (6) has the privileged task of
assessing the latest products available through The Warehouse
as one of four official toy testers for the company.
She has been sent a box of various toys each month since
August and to date the troll-like characters Zelfs have been
Maya has a Zelf salon, in which the miniature trolls get
their fluoro hair twisted by a Venus flytrap.
She preferred medium-sized Zelfs, but also had large and
small varieties, and recommended them as presents for girls
Moshi Monsters, tiny collectable creatures, would also
satisfy girls aged between 5 and 7, she said.
Those a bit younger might like Doc Mcstuffins - cute and
cuddly characters suitable for 3-year-olds, Maya said.
She suggested the Nerf Rebelle crossbow for older girls and
demonstrated the firing power available in pink and purple.
Other toys rated by Maya included make-it-yourself plastic
jewellery, an Xbox and games, My Little Pony products and a
Monster High Doll with blue hair, flashing bones and
Boys would enjoy playing with an interactive Angry Birds game
which connected to iPads, and siblings could share a Disney
Infinity Xbox game, Maya said.
What did she want for Christmas?
''Kittens,'' she said.
As part of her toy tester role, Maya and her parents will
soon travel to Disneyland, in the United States, after which
they will spend Christmas with family in Canada before
returning to Dunedin.