Retro toys making comeback this holiday season

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Exploding electronics and lead contaminated fidget spinners. Kids are starting to veer away from these toys and traditional items such as Gumby and Slinkies are making a comeback.

It's out with the new and in with the old. Retro toys and games are flying off the shelves early this holiday season.

"Stretch Armstrong, Sorry, Monopoly, Boggle, Yahtzee, those kinds of things are coming back out of the woodwork. We're excited to see a throwback with kids coming into the store," says Target Visual Merchandising Lead, Amber Zolondek.

Amber Zolondek works at Target. She's seeing what she calls, more artisan-styled games. These are classic board games made out of wood. Target isn't the only store offering more simple toys.

Herberger's has also jumped on the bandwagon. New this year is a line of traditional FAO Shwarz toys, train sets, classic RC racers, and tea party sets.

Why the sudden shift?

"It's something they can just hold in their hands and play with," says Shopper, Tiffany Uriell.

Electronics are still popular but the hottest ones are items combining some of the old with some of the new.

"A throwback to last year was the Hatchimals, we definitely had a lot of people coming in and asking for that. We've had our Beat Bugs, which are kind of an ode back to the Beatles. That's kind of a throwback to classic music and classic rock," says Zolondek.

But for one young girl, toys don’t mean anything to her.

"I don't care about the presents, I really care about seeing my family," says Young Shopper, Makaya Halvorson.

The spirit of the holidays alive and well in this young girl.

Last holiday season, toy sales increased by almost 7%. This far exceeded expectations from the NPD Group, that analyzes toy sales. Toys inspired by movies outperformed others on the market.