Star Wars fans are leading an 80’s revival, with sales of popular gadgets from the decade soaring in the run-up to Christmas.

Old favourites such as the ZX Spectrum and Meccano have seen a huge jump in sales as we ramp up our Christmas shopping in the final few days.

Electronics retailer Maplin has reported a 400% increase in sales of the classic stylophone over the past two months. While the interactive robot companion Meccanoid has seen a 100% increase over the same period.

Sales of the ZX Spectrum, a modern day take on the 80’s computer game device are also expected to increase by around 60%, compared to the month it was launched.

Other popular 80’s gadgets making a comeback include Pac-Man and Tetris products.

Pac-Man 80's classics

Last year, Maplin forecast 2014 as being the ‘year of the drone’ and went on to sell more than 17,000 of them.

Ben Winter, Buying Director for Maplin Electronics, said: “We’re seeing some of the ‘retrotainment’ gadgets flying off the shelves in the run-up to Christmas.

“Already, some have seen huge increases, and early indications suggest sales by the end of December will reach record levels.”

“The retro trend in tech is in many ways down to the ‘Star Wars effect’, putting the 80’s back in the cultural zeitgeist, leading parents to connect with our past in ways that are both nostalgic and interactive.”


Maplin’s top ten predicted retro 80’s best sellers

1. ZX Spectrum
2. Meccanoid G15 KS from Meccano
3. Meccanoid G15 from Meccano
4. Stylophone
5. ION Classic LP Player
6. GPO Empire Retro Turntable
7. Pac-Man ghost lamp
8. ION Max LP Turntable with speakers
9. Tetris Light
10. Real FX Racing Car

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