Top 50 Christmas Toys Of The Last 100 Years
Over the past 100 years, the toys on children's Christmas wishlists have changed dramatically. From longing for a teddy bear to hoping for the latest games console, the popular toys of today are a fact cry from those a century ago.
- The early decades of the twentieth century featured a low of interactive toys, which allowed kids to build and create - a reflection on the real world, where construction was rife. For example, the Municipal building and Woolworth
Building were completed in 1913, no doubt inspiring a generation of children.
- Teddy Bear. The story about president Theodore Roosevelt refusing to shoot a black bear inspired Morris Michtom to create a stuffed bear for his toy store. The rest is history... for more than 100 years practically every child in the
US and Europe has owned at least one teddy bear.
- Erector Set. This is one of the most popular toys of all time. Today children still find building and creating new things an adventure, using a toy that their great-great-grandparents played with.
- Lionel Trains. The first Lionel train was designed to attract window-shopping New Yorkers using the power of animated display. But it was not long before consumers wanted toy trains in their own homes.
- Crayola Crayons. Crayola boxes included only eight crayons up until the 1930's. Today there are over hundred different types of rayons and the product became a necessity in every classroom.
- Tinker Toys. Designed for children too young for Erector Sets, Tinker Toys were made with little hands in mind.
- Raggedy Ann. Newspaper cartoonist, Johnny Gruelle had this doll made for his daughter and decided to begin selling copies. Those copies have found their way into countless homes, even
- Games for leisure became popular during these decades, with the launch of monopoly and Scrabble. The Second World War meant there were fewer toys in production too.
- Monopoly. Originally rejected by the game manufacturer, more than 200 million Monopoly board games have been sold globally - and more than 5 million little green houses "built" since 1935.
- View Master Slide Viewer. Even though the Viewmaster wasn't originally marketed as a kids' toy it became a must-have on every child's Christmas list.
- Scrabble. On the board of 15-by-15 squares, Scrabble continues to challenge and delight players to form words across and down using the lettered tiles.
- The Slinky. Designed to be affordable as well as fun, more than 300 million Slinky units have been sold worldwide.
- Silly Putty. Originally created by accident, Silly Putty became popular because it bounces, bends, transfers newspaper images and more.
- Alongside traditional toys like Yahtzee and Play-Doh, manufacturers were beginning to target games separately at boys and girls. The Barbie doll was introduced in the 1950's and the Easy bake Oven in the 1960's, both becoming
extremely popular with girls. for the boys, there were G.I. Joe, Action Man and robot-themed toys to enjoy.
- Yahtzee. Roll the dice and score depending on the combination (5-of-a-kind is a Yahtzee). Still popular, 50 million games are sold each year.
- Barbie. The first barbie wore a black and white swimming costume and was available as a blond or brunette. named after its creator's daughter, more than one billion dolls have been sold worldwide.
- Play-Doh. Although originally made as wallpaper cleaner in the 1930's, this modeling compound is still loved by children of all ages,
- Easy Bake Oven. Originally heated by two light bulbs, the toy oven now features a heating element and is sold with cake mix and miniature pans.
- Action Man. The UK version of Gi Joe, the first Action Man figures were Action Soldier, Sailor and Pilot.
- G.I. Joe. Government Issued (GI) Joe was marketed at boys and called an "action figure" not "doll". The first figure were Action Soldier, Pilot, Marine and Sailor, with Action Nurse launching later.
- Etch a Sketch. Turning the two control buttons, horizontal and vertical patterns are created on the toy's grey screen.
- Rock "Em Sock" 'Em Robots. Kids control either the Red Rocker or Blue Bomber, and do battle until one of the robot's head is knocked off!
- These decades was popularity split between puzzle games like the rubik's Cube and electronic toys like Speak & Spell. The first commercially successful computer game, Pong, landed in 1976 too, marking the start of a change in
favored kids' toys.
- Uno. Popular with children, there is also the Uno World Championship (UWC) which is held each year in Moscow, Russia where more than 71 countries compete.
- Dungeons & Dragons. It is estimated more than 20 million people have played this game, making it one of the most popular role-playing games of all times.
- Star Wars. The George Lucas-created film series began in 1977 and by 2008 had generated $4.41 billion in box office revenues.
- Pong. One of the first arcade video games, Pong used 2D graphics and paved the way for the future success of video games.
- Connect Four. This disc-based game also goes by other names including the slightly random Captain's Mistress as well as Pilot Four and Four in a Line.
- Speak & Spell. One of the first handheld electronic toys with a display, two further models (Speak & Read and Speak & math) were later added to the range.
- Rubik's Cube. Originally called the Magic Cube, more than 350 million cubes been sold worldwide.
- Koosh Ball. named after the noise it makes when it lands, the Koosh Ball is made from around 2000 rubber strings.
- My Little Pony. The first-generation range of ponies ran from 1983 to 1995 and inspired an animated film and TV series.
- Teddy Ruxpin. The talking bear had an inbuilt tape back in his back and delighted children by ''reading" books.
- Transformers Optimus Prime. Despite his aggressive appearance, Optimus Prime's character in the Marvel Comics was weighted down by self-control.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Named after four renaissance artists, the Ninja Turtles first appeared in comic books before starting as toys, and in video games and films.
- Lego. With its name taken from the abbreviation of two Danish words "leg godt" meaning "play well", Lego is now the world's fourth largest toy manufacturer in terms of sales.
- Computer games consoles soared to the top of wish-lists during this decade, with sports-related gadgets like the Razor scooter, TV-based toys like High School Musical dance mat and Ben 10, as well as fashion dolls, continuing to
- Game Boy. Together with the Game Boy Color, the Game Boy has sold almost 120 million units. Tetris is its most popular game. The Game Boy became the must-have toy of the 1990's, with TV and film-inspired toys also doing well.
- POG. Introduced initially as a tool for teaching math, POG dates back to the 1920's in Hawaii but gained popularity in the 1990's among school children.
- Beanie Babies. These bean-stuffed toys ran from 1993 to 1993 - until customer demand led to a new line launch in 2000.
- Furby. The Furby electronic toys proved popular, and more than 40 million units were sold in the first three years.
- Power Rangers. A range of action toys were launched to celebrate the success of the Power rangers TV series and films.
- Buzz Lightyear. With its name inspired by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the Buzz Lightyear toy originally appeared in Toy Story.
- Razor Scooters. compact and folding, the Razor Scooter is a popular toy and the Pro model version is popular with freestyle scooter fans.
- Bratz Dolls. In the first five years, 125 million of these fashion dolls were sold and in 2005 worldwide sales hit $2 billion.
- Nintendo DS. The best-selling handheld games console, more than 149 million units have been sold. The DS stands for "Developers' System" and "Dual Screen".
- Playstation 2. The best-selling games console ever, 150 million Playstation 2's have been sold and more than 1.5 billion PS2 games sold.
- Robosapiens. This robot can be controlled by a remote control and has up to 67 commands, including imitating the death scene from Citizen kane when turned off.
- Xbox 360. In year one, the Xbox 360 launched in 36 countries - more countries than any other console during the first year - and almost 60 millions units have sold since.
- Tamagotchi Connexions. Using infrared technology, the Tamagotchi players connect to other tamagotchi owners.
- Playstation 3. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) connected 1.760 Playstation 3's to create a supercomputer, in November 2010 - it became the world's 33rd largest supercomputer.
- Nintendo Wii. Standing out from the competition with a wireless Wii remote that lets you motion the moves as you play, global sales have exceeded more than 90 million units.
- The High School Musical Dance. part of the High School Musical crave, this dance mat lets kids perform the routines to the show's hit songs.
- Ben 10: Alien Creation Chamber. Kids can create the alien of their imagination using this tpy.
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