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Published March 25th 2018
Bags of Fun
Look cool with showbags, pink hair and green sunnies (by Sydney Royal Easter Show)
With almost 400 showbags to choose from and over a million expected to sell, you'll have plenty of choice from the confectionery, sport, video games, fantasy heroes and lifestyle themed bags at this year's Sydney Royal Easter Show. Fast track your search for the best with this top 10.
Cheapest - Bertie Beetle Blue $2
Feast (slowly) on 4 Bertie Beetle chocolates, 2 chewy, stretchy, classic Redskin sticks and 2 fruity lollipops.
Perhaps one of Australia's favourite showbags since its arrival in 1970, the Bertie Beetle uses honeycomb and coconut from Aussie Violet Crumbles, with hundreds of thousands sold throughout Australia as it has remained at $2 for over a decade. If you're feeling special, you can upgrade to the Gold bag for $3.
Star Wars 7 - The Force Awakens or Trolls for $30
After Star Wars showbags sold out in record time last year, go back to a galaxy far, far away your choice of a Darth Vader, Chewbacca or Storm Trooper backpack.
The Star Wars bag has a large Darth Vader-tipped 6 colour pen, scrapbook and a study kit with pencils, 3D sharpener and eraser and a ruler.
In the Trolls backpack, you'll get a purse, glittery tattoos, soft toys, hair clips and bands and arty foil, all based on the wild haired dolls and the hit animated film.
Elle offers one of the best value bags at the show, with over $700 worth of products and vouchers. In your gold or silver tote bag, you'll get the latest Elle and Harper's Bazaar mags with a notebook or sunnies.
Accentuate your good looks with eye shadow, lipstick and nail polish before your photography session at Studio1000 with a $495 voucher.
Eat the sweet treats in your showbag then ride it home (by Max Pixel)
Doctor Who $26
While it can't transport you through space and time on an adventure with friendly and not-so-friendly aliens, the Doctor Who backpack, worth $62, is bigger on the inside than it appears on the outside.
In the Tardis backpack, you'll get the space-time bending travel mug, a retro tote bag, watch for telling the time on any planet, cap, reading light and stationery kit for recording your adventures.
AFL Sydney Swans $25
Just in time for the new season, the black Swannies sportsbag contains a mini footy, cap, tumbler and torch (perfect for finding the exit during a blackout at Adelaide Crows games).
It's also got a pencil case and most importantly, stickers and a car flag for marking your spot during local derbies against the Giants.
If you're not loyal to the Swannies, there are matching bags for all the other teams in the league, including the 2017 premiers, the Richmond Tigers.
Skylanders Supercharger $5
Skyland is in peril again, needing heroes to stop the Doomstation of Ultimate Doomstruction.
The Superchargers are a new team of elite vehicles fighting on land, sea and air and you can join the team with this showbag worth $55.
The showbag is a backpack with cap and frisbee, keyring, 3D lenticular drink tumbler and a sticker sheet.
Gag Magic $10
Become the new Dynamo with this bag of tricks worth over $90.
With your magicians' hat and magic wand, you'll amaze your friends with card tricks, a twisty worm, magic sand and a rope trick.
After sitting on the whoopie cushion, reveal the future with the prophecy answer ball.
Don't open your showbag in zero gravity (by NASA)
The Greatest Showbag on Earth $25
Until the greatest showbag in the galaxy arrives, this showbag contains enough confectionery to keep you awake all night with 74 sweet treats.
The sugar rush and dentist's dream includes fizzy splash chew bars, little ripper fruit sticks, brain blaster sour chews, bubble gum and sparkling candy.
The bag also has a 26" inflatable hammer plus your choice of a blaze storm white gun, remote control 4wd red car, portable party speaker with lights, remote control mini quadcopter, singing plush toy or an inflatable unicorn.
Better Homes and Gardens $16
Autumn is the perfect time for home renos but before you dig up the backyard, grab the BH&G tote bag, with over $165 worth of lifestyle products.
Browse the latest editions of the Better Homes and Gardens, New Idea and that's life magazines. Invigorate with skincare and moisturisers, tackle the washing-up and laundry with Fairy Dishwasher Tablets and Cuddly fabric softener. Nibble on savoury snacks, sauces and chocolate treats after using the Nutrimetics and Sydney Big Ticket vouchers.
Men's Health $26
Keep fit with over $240 worth of Men's Health swag in a barrel bag.
You'll get the latest Men's Health magazine, towel, protein shaker and cap for the gym. Spruce up with deodorant, moisturiser and hair gel then fuel up with Sirena tuna, noodle snacks and water infused with pear and elderflower.
There's also $80 in vouchers for Nutrimetics, Sumo Salad and Just Cuts and passes for free classes at Q-Max and YogaBar.
What's your favourite bag of fun at the show? Please let us know with a comment.