Christmas comes early at the annual Toy Fair held in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin.

The 11th annual Toy Fair taking place in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin is believed to be the largest exhibition of toys ever held in Ireland. With 263 days to Christmas, toy manufacturers attending the Toy Fair are competing to get their goods into the shops come December. For many retailers the Christmas trade accounts for 60 percent of their annual turnover.

Video games may be all the rage for the older child but for younger people the cuddly toy is hard to beat.

Musical animals from Japan are a novel take on the cuddly toy. Manufacturers are keen to point out their toys conform to current Irish safety standards. Also on display at the Toy Fair is,

The perennial favourite, the LEGO train set.

From America, scented dolls with food themed names are demonstrated by Elaine McDonnell, Shay McDonnell and Patricia Egan dressed as characters Raspberry Tart, Huckleberry Pie and Strawberry Shortcake.

For more conventional tastes, Irish made rag dolls are available. Also made in Ireland are outdoor toys such as climbing frames, swings and slides.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 6 April 1982. The reporter is Caroline Erskine.