Nearly 100 children took part in the St Marks Shopping Centre Toy Lab ‘experiment’.
After four hours of role-play involving a team of three professional actors, the popularity of five different toys was tested by a vote after time in the toy laboratory.
By a single vote, a mini remote-controlled car took the honours ahead of an Angry Birds-themed Connect 4 game, the latest Lego offerings, a Nerf target gun game and a beat-box musical composer.
All the toys had been provided by retailers at the complex including Debenhams, Argos and The Entertainer.
Bristol-based performers Dr Terry Toys (Gary Albert Hughes), Gloria Game (Rachel Cohen) and Sam Scientist (Andy Kelly) provided a fun environment for the toys to be tested.
Andy Kelly said: “We got one eight-year-old who got three bullseyes on the gun game and admitted he played computer games quite a bit. But we also had quite a few budding designers who had suggestions for their own games, which was very encouraging.”
Rachel Cohen added: “It was interesting to see that traditional games are still very popular with the children.”
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