With the holiday shopping season in full swing, toy stores everywhere are making sure they have the latest “must-have” item in stock in plenty of time for Christmas.
And like everything, these fads and trends tend to come and go from year to year. That hot new toy from last year—the one parents battled traffic jams and long lines at shopping malls to get— has probably already disappeared under the bed by January 1st, never to be seen again. Some never went out of style, and simply re-emerged decades later.
Here’s a brief look at the must-have games and toys that have been on every kid’s list over the last century:
Hopscotch, 3D viewers, Kewpie dolls, ping pong, Raggedy Ann, Teddy bears.
Tinker toys, Ouija boards, erector sets, Raggedy Ann dolls.
Crossword puzzles, mah-jongg, electric model trains, Crayola Crayons, Yo-yos.
Mickey Mouse, pinball, Shirley Temple dolls.
Hummel figurines, LEGOs, LP records, Magic 8-Ball, electric train sets.
Barbie dolls, Frisbees, hula hoops, Pogo sticks, Silly Putty, Slinkies, Chatty Cathy dolls, Gumby and Pokey, Play-doh, Pez, Mr. Potato Head.
GI Joes, Barbie dolls, lava lamps, Easy Bake Oven, troll dolls, Ouija boards, Flatsy dolls, Hot Wheels, Lite Brite, Barrel Full of Monkeys, Operation, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, Etch-a-Sketch, Mrs. Beasley, Twister, Candy Land.
Mood rings, Pet Rocks, Star Wars, Barbie dolls, Monopoly, Nerf, Duncan Yo-Yos, Stretch Armstrong, Chrissy and Velvet, Matchbox cars, Battleship.
Cabbage Patch dolls, Chia Pets, Rubik’s Cubes, Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Trivial Pursuit, skateboards, Nintendo, Smurfs, Jenga.
Beanie Babies, Teletubbies, Tickle Me Elmo, Furby, Barney, Power Rangers, computer games, rollerblades, Rug Rats, Pogs, American Girl dolls.
Razor Scooters, Pokemon, Bratz dolls, Teddy Ruxpin, LEGOs, Zhu Zhu pets, Baby Alive, Bobbleheads, iPods, iPhones, and iPads; Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Playstation, Guitar Hero, Finding Nemo items.
What’s in store for the decade ahead?