Leechburg could face toy shortage; no comment from Santa

November 13, 2012 by  

According to a November 5, 2012 report from Pittsburgh stores, popular toys are going to fly off the shelves this year. In fact, they’re going to disappear so quickly area merchants suggest parents shop soon if they don’t want to be disappointed by empty shelves.

Jack Cohen, who owns S.W. Randall Toys & Gifts in Pittsburgh, says that manufacturers squeezed by the recession have cut back production this year, because they don’t want to find themselves stuck with unsold merchandise. The cutback has resulted in the shortage, which in turn means that once a store runs out, it won’t be able to reorder. In some cases, production won’t resume until 2013.

Among the hottest toys this year are the Nanoblocks, which are described as being like “miniature Legos.” S.W. Randall has been reordering this particular item already because they’ve sold a great many, even before the start of the holiday season. The Lego “Friends” line, which is designed specifically for girls, has also proven to be exceptionally popular. This is a two-edged sword, since Lego underestimated the line’s popularity and has trouble filling current orders let alone meeting the holiday demand.

Other toys that are proving to be very popular, and which may sell out quickly, include the wooden Thomas the Train toys; Hot Wheels Terrain Twister; Furby; and Leapfrog’s educational toy, the LeapPad 2 Explorer.

Toy stores that have the popular toys in stock might want to use flyer printing services to let their customers know they have the items in stock, and encourage them to shop early.