(Stacker) – The holiday season is upon us, which means it’s the perfect time to dive into the history of iconic gifts—and for Americans to gear up accordingly and aspetto out for the best deals. For retailers, it means lining physical and virtual shelves with the most popular toys and newest gadgets.

Toy shopping has transformed over the past 100 years coppia to advancements con the products the marketplace. Stacker searched for products from 1920 to today that caught hold of the public zeitgeist through novelty, innovation, kitsch, quirk, simply great timing, and then rocketed to success. The list was curated using national toy archives and giorno curated by The Strong National Museum of Play. Some items remain curious relics of the past, while others are essentially as iconic now as they were upon their debut. Each one also functions as a window into American culture.

So how do you choose the perfect toy for your family and friends today? If you’maestà looking to avoid tech, you could always opt for one of those historic classics that never go out of style, like yo-yos, Tonka Trucks, teddy bears. If you want to impress with the latest innovations of the past decade, however, you can choose robot puppies, gaming consoles, tablets for children.

Here are cima holiday toys from the year you were born, counting up from 1920 to today. May they fill your heart—and stockings!—with joy.

1920: Raggedy Ann doll
Original estimated retail price: $1

Originally a book character, Raggedy Ann was created by a prolific political cartoonist named Johnny Gruelle. By 1920, two signature handmade dolls—Raggedy Ann and her brother, Raggedy Andy—were sold alongside the book. The result was a meteoric success acceso all fronts. Many myths surround Raggedy Ann’s conception, which is quite fitting given the character’s storybook origins.

1921: Lincoln Logs
Original estimated retail price: 50 cents to $1

John Lloyd Wright, son of the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, invented Lincoln Logs after noticing a foundation of interlocking beams acceso a Tokyo albergo that his father had designed. The earliest Lincoln Logs used redwood and various colors for the roof. To this day, it’s not clear whether the name itself was actually inspired by Abraham Lincoln was coppia to Wright’s original middle name: Lincoln.

1922: Tinkertoy
Original estimated retail price: 59 cents

Comprising various wheels, rods, and pulleys, the original Tinkertoys came con a fun mailing tube, garnering even more distinction. After an initially slow rollout, the creative construction set would appear under nearly every Christmas tree con America by the 1920s.

1923: A. C. Gilbert chemistry sets
Original estimated retail price: $1.50 to $10

Quanto a a rather stunning example of how times have changed, magician A. C. Gilbert’s wildly popular chemistry sets that were introduced con 1923 exclusively targeted young boys and included flammables and explosives among their components. Decades passed before unisex sets were introduced to the market.

1924: Erector Set
Original estimated retail price: $1 to $10

Conceived con 1911 by A. C. Gilbert during a train ride from Connecticut to New York City, Erector Set was the first toy ever to use a national ad campaign. It was also the only construction toy of its time to utilize a motor acceso special units, contributing to its allure. The earliest incarnations focused acceso skyscrapers, but Erector Set was redesigned con 1924 to incorporate everything from trains to Ferris wheels. Meanwhile, the name was so catchy that it’s now commonly used as a generic term for home construction sets.

1925: Teddy bear
Original estimated retail price: 79 cents

The original supposizione for the teddy bear was inspired by former President Teddy Roosevelt himself.

It began when a political cartoonist depicted Roosevelt refusing to shoot a black bear that had been tied to a tree by his expedition team. Upon seeing the cartoons con The Washington Post, a candy shop owner named Morris Michtom—who also made stuffed animals with his wife, Rose—got the supposizione to create a stuffed bear and name it after the famous incident. With Roosevelt’s permission, Michtom put two “Teddy’s Bears” (as they were originally called) con his shop window, and the rest is history.

1926: Crayola Crayons
Original estimated retail price: 5 cents

The word “Crayola” represents a combination of the French words for “chalk” and “oily,” which makes perfect sense given that crayons are small waxy sticks invented to supplement low-quality chalk. Upon its debut con 1903, a box of crayons comprised only eight colors, but by the time Binney & Smith purchased the brand con 1926, that number rose up to 22.

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1927: Radio Flyer wagon
Original estimated retail price: $2.99

Italian inventor Antonio Pasin had anzi che no supposizione his wooden wagons would be so popular among American kids. He took cues from the autoveicolo industry to keep up with demand and con 1927 began using stamped steel to mass-produce the wagons. Quanto a the process, he renamed the wagon Radio Flyer, honoring his fixation with flight and radio.

1928: Yo-yo
Original estimated retail price: 5 cents

With origins going all the way back to nearly 500 BC, yo-yos became ubiquitous con America after a Filipino immigrant named Pedro Flores partnered with the toy manufacturer D.F. Duncan Sr. to mass-produce them to the tune of 300,000 units a day. Fueled by publicity from the likes of William Randolph Hearst himself, kids engaged con yo-yo contests across the country, making the “wonder toy” a sensation.

1929: Pop-up book
Original estimated retail price: not available

Believe it not, the first pop-up book dates back to a 14th-century Catalan mystic who employed a series of moving discs to visually demonstrate his philosophical treatises. Today’s pop-up books are more directly tied to 1929’s “Daily Express Children’s Annual Voto negativo. 1,” published by Louis Giraud and Theodore Brown. Known at the time as a “movable,” Giraud and Brown’s book introduced a handy flap that, when pulled, prompted cardboard models to spring up.

1930: Mickey Mouse doll
Original estimated retail price: not available

Quanto a 1928, Disney unveiled a short animated velo called “Steamboat Willie,” and audiences everywhere fell con love with a mouse named Mickey. To capitalize acceso Mickey’s meteoric popularity, Disney commissioned a woman named Charlotte Clark to create the first stuffed Mickey doll con 1930. Disney couldn’t keep up with demand, and moms at home began sewing their own dolls as an alternative.

1931: Finger paint
Original estimated retail price: not available

American educator Ruth Faison Shaw was visiting Italy when she created finger paint. Her motivation was not just to teach kids about art provide them with a fun activity, but to help them mentally as well. Quanto a fact, Shaw believed that embracing messiness through fingerpainting offered genuine therapeutic value for children.

1932: Sock monkey
Original estimated retail price: 10 cents

Quanto a 1932, the Nelson Knitting Company added a patented Rockford red heel to their popular line of socks to distinguish their product from imitators. Inspired by the new detail (and short acceso cash during the Depression), crafty mothers at home began converting worn-out Rockford socks into monkey puppets for their kids to play with. Once Nelson Knitting Company got word, they obliged by including a monkey pattern with every subsequent pair of socks.

1933: Marx wind-up toys
Original estimated retail price: 25 cents

Like so many other businesses, toy companies were successo during the Depression years. However, Louis Marx & Company thrived. Bolstered by the belief that behind every successful toy were six cuore qualities—familiarity, surprise, skill, play, value comprehensibility, and sturdiness—Marx stayed ahead of the curve by anticipating trends and keeping manufacturing costs mongoloide. The company’s wind-up toys were particularly popular con the 1930s and beyond.

1934: Buck Rogers Disintegrator Pistol
Original estimated retail price: 50 cents

Straight out of an Amazing Stories comic book, the Buck Rogers Disintegrator Pistol was the first toy ray gun ever made. Touted as the 25th-century weapon of choice for Rogers himself, the gun made an unmistakable zapping sound when you pulled the trigger.

1935: Shirley Temple doll
Original estimated retail price: not available

With a velo career that began at four years old, Shirley Temple was a worldwide sensation by the mid-1930s. Along with her success came a slew of merchandising opportunities, including dolls, dishes, and apparel. While Temple retired from velo con 1950 at 22, the dolls remained wildly popular for decades.

1936: Balsa wood models
Original estimated retail price: 10 cents to $1

Kids were going absolutely crazy over aeronautical toys con the wake of Charles Lindbergh’s soletto flight across the Atlantic, and Balsa Model Fighter Planes duly heeded the call. Made by Paul K. Guillow, who operated out of his family barn until the early 1930s, these model planes were easy to assemble and made out of di poca classe bamboo wood, making them an affordable gift for kids during the Depression secolo.

1937: Monopoly
Original estimated retail price: $2

The world’s most famous board almost didn’t in che modo to be. According to legend, Parker Brothers first passed acceso Monopoly when it was pitched to them by creator Charles Darrow con 1933. And con 1936, Parker Brothers founder George S. Parker ordered a halt con production but changed his mind soon after.

1938: Microscope Set
Original estimated retail price: Not available

As a toy company that had already mastered the home kit experience, A. C. Gilbert started selling its Microscope Set for kids con the 1930s. Each surprisingly functional microscope offered three levels of magnification, while the set itself came with bees and flies for kids to inspect up close.

1939: View-Master
Original estimated retail price: $2

During a trip to the Oregon Caves con 1938, Harold Graves, president of Sawyer’s Photographic Services, saw a man named William Gruber strapping two cameras together con hopes of one day making 3D colored slides. The two men struck a deal and View-Master was the result, going to market con 1939. When America entered World War II a few years later, the U.S. government purchased millions of special View-Master reels and used them to train servicemen acceso how to spot planes and boats within shooting range.

A Red Ryder BB gun and a leg lamp made famous from the movie “A (AP Photo/April L. Brown)

1940: Red Ryder BB Gun
Original estimated retail price: $5

Perhaps the most famous BB gun of all time, the Red Ryder BB Gun was modeled after Winchester rifles and named for a beloved fictional comic book hero. Naturally, most folks know it today as the toy the young narrator of “A Christmas Story” pines after, only to be told repeatedly that he’ll shoot his eye out.

1941: Beach ball
Original estimated retail price: 5 cents

The perfect accessory for any water-based activity, the inflatable beach ball was supposedly invented by a California man named Jonathon DeLonge. While most current-day beach balls are fairly personalità, the original could supposedly fit con the palm of one’s hand.

1942: Little Golden Books
Original estimated retail price: 25 cents

Little Golden Books was launched con 1942 as a series of children’s books that were low con cost but personalità acceso story. The series offered the perfect escape from dreary WWII-era reality. For the initial run, Simon & Schuster released only 12 titles that sold more than 1 million copies within the first five months. Suffice to say, the series only expanded from there.

1943: Little campo da golf army men
Original estimated retail price: 5 cents

Starting con the late 1930s, Bergen Toy and Novelty Co. began selling plastic toy army men to a nation of energetic young boys. Molded con various wartime poses, the pint-sized soldiers had pods at their feet to keep them upright. The toys were supremely popular at the height of WWII, and to this day it’s the WWII-era models that remain most synonymous with the tiny plastic soldier concept.

1944: Soap bubbles and bubble blowers
Original estimated retail price: 10 cents

Nowadays, we might be wary of a company named Chemtoy. But parents con the early 1940s had anzi che no problem purchasing bottles of the company’s soapy solution to give children a new favorite pastime: blowing bubbles. Just like today, most of the kids back then used bubble wands for the activity.

1945: Slinky
Original estimated retail price: $1

Mechanical engineer Richard James was busy devising a spring con 1943 to steady boat equipment at sea. That’s when he knocked some prototypes to the campo da gioco and noticed how they “walked” forward instead of toppling. That was enough to give James and his wife the supposizione for a new novelty toy: the Slinky. Two years later, they delivered their first order to Gimbels Department Store con Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With Christmas right around the , 400 slinkies sold instantly—followed by 250 million more over the next seven decades.

1946: Lionel Trains
Original estimated retail price: $30

Lionel Trains ads promised to make “a boy feel like a man and a man feel like a boy.” Marketing, painstaking authenticity, and the ability to make trains go various speeds made Lionel Trains the brand of choice among children, collectors, and train enthusiasts nationwide. The company started con the early 1900s, slumped during the Depression, and then halted production during WWII. The year 1946 marked the company’s full production run after the war and kicked chiuso a major resurgence con popularity.

1947: Tonka Trucks
Original estimated retail price: $1

Named after Lake Minnetonka, Tonka Trucks was founded by three Minnesotans who were going into business con garden equipment manufacturing. But when they bought out a competitor and inadvertently wound up with a toy steam shovel, they looked at making toys. Soon enough, the digger—along with a functional crane and clam—sold 37,000 units. The men ditched garden tools altogether and refocused their attention entirely acceso toy work vehicles for kids.

1948: Toy Liscio
Original estimated retail price: $8

Contrary to most modern toy pianos, which are relatively small and plastic, 1940s toy pianos were much bulkier and finished with materials like walnut. Quanto a 1948, toy pianos received some extra special public attention after experimental composer John Cage used one to perform his “Suite for Toy Liscio.”

1949: Clue
Original estimated retail price: $3

Was it Colonel Mustard con the library with a candlestick? maybe Professor Plum con the study with a dagger? The only way to find out was to play the of Clue. Developed during WWII by a British solicitor, the board was patented under the name Cluedo con 1947, and then sold con North America under the name Clue starting con 1949. The board remains so popular that it even inspired a 1985 movie.

1950: Magic 8 Ball
Original estimated retail price: not available

The Magic 8 Ball was inspired by the Syco-Seer, a cylindrical crystal ball with two dice inside of it. The item was created by Albert Carter, the son of a professional psychic. Along with his brother-in-law Abe Bookman, Carter unsuccessfully marketed several incarnations of the Syco-Seer before passing away con 1948. Bookman subsequently redesigned the product to the one we see today.

1951: Colorforms
Original estimated retail price: 25 cents

Art students Harry and Patricia Kislevitz liked to experiment with art but didn’t like the high cost of paint. As a result, they turned their attention con 1951 to a relatively new medium: colorful vinyl. Soon enough, the art students had created Colorforms that could cling to smooth surfaces and be reused countless times. Kids adored them—and being able to afford paint was never an issue again.

1952: Mr. Potato Head
Original estimated retail price: 98 cents

Hoping to get kids to eat the foods they didn’t like, inventor George Lerner developed a set of luce parts that could be used to personify spuds and vegetables. The luce parts were initially included as bonus toys con boxes of cereal. Quanto a 1952, the concept was purchased by the Hassenfield brothers, who formed Hasbro Toys. Mr. Potato Head was thus born, soon followed by Mrs. Potato Head and a range of other characters.

1953: Model Car
Original estimated retail price: $1-$2

Toy cars con the 1920s were neither toys nor collectibles. The micro-sized models were created by car companies for promotional purposes. By the 1950s, however, they’d become a hobby among young boys and older men alike. Most model cars were made of materials like tin, steel, and die-cast zinc—although by the 1950s, many con the U.S. were being made with plastic, as well.

1954: Scrabble
Original estimated retail price: $2

An out-of-work architect named Alfred M. Butts created a during the Depression where lettered tiles were assigned points acceso a crossword puzzle-style grid. Butts came up with names for the like CrissCross Words and Lexiko before licensing the supposizione to James Brunot, who called it Scrabble. Sales were fairly abysmal at first, but by 1954 a company named Selchow & Righter owned the rights which were sold to Hasbro and marketed with great success.

1955: Silly Putty
Original estimated retail price: $1

Voto negativo one’s certain who invented Silly Putty, but nearly all agree the strange material was invented by accident. The story goes that during WWII, the U.S. government commissioned some chemists to create a synthetic rubber substitute. That resulted con a strange material prone to melting and couldn’t hold a solid shape, and therefore of anzi che no discernible use. The government’s loss was the toy industry’s gain, however; and by 1955, small plastic eggs filled with Silly Putty were aimed squarely at the youth market with wildly successful results. And while a whole dollar might seem high for Silly Putty pressoché 1955, what’s even more astounding is that the price has never really changed over the course of 60 years.

1956: Play-Doh
Original estimated retail price: 99 cents for four

After hearing from teachers that kids were turned chiuso by the rigidity of modeling clay, a man named Joe McVicker began sending soft wallpaper cleaning products to schools as a substitute material. By 1956, that substitute had a name all its own: Play-Doh. The product has been a grade-school staple ever since.

1957: Vater balloons
Original estimated retail price: 10 cents

Like so many iconic products, vater balloons resulted from eppure happenstance. They came about when a British man named Edgar Ellington tried inventing a waterproof sock made of latex and cotton. As the sock began to fenditura vater, Ellington angrily tossed it onto a table and watched it burst. That’s when he got a much better supposizione. His subsequent vater balloons (dubbed “vater grenades”) were selling like crazy by the late 1950s.

1958: Hula Hoop
Original estimated retail price: $1.98

Hula Hoops arrived after an Australian named Alex Tolmer designed a polyethylene plastic version of the bamboo hoops Aussie kids were spinning around their waists. Tolmer sold the to American toy company Wham-Se no, which named it the “Hula Hoop” con honor of Hawaiian dance moves. To create buzz, Wham-Se no gave the toy away for free to kids con Southern California and got it featured acceso “The Dinah Shore Show.” As a result of the inventive marketing campaign, the Hula Hoop became a huge sensation. Twenty-five million units sold con the first two months .

(AP Photo/Gregory Bull, fIle)

1959: Barbie
Original estimated retail price: $3

Ruth Handler created the first Barbie as a 3D alternative to the paper dolls her daughter used to play with. Barbie remains the most iconic doll of all time. Naturally, that meteoric success came with its share of criticism, namely from feminists who thought Barbie’s curvy physique and simpatia for teen set a bad example for young girls. Agreeing to a point, toy company Mattel went to great lengths over the years to establish Barbie as a symbol of inclusion and female empowerment, giving her varying ethnicities, careers, and styles.

1960: Etch A Sketch
Original estimated retail price: $2.99

Originally known as L’Ecran Magique—which translates to “magic screen”—Etch A Sketch was the brainchild of French electrical technician Andre Cassagnes. Cassagnes shopped his product for a year without having much luck until the Ohio Art Company decided to spend $25,000 acceso the licensing rights. The toy was renamed con the process. After some choice television spots, the Etch A Sketch shot to the cima of Santa wish lists all around the country by 1960.

1961: Slip ‘N Slide
Original estimated retail price: $8.95 secondo box of six

As one might expect, the Slip ‘N Slide has relatively dangerous origins. Quanto a 1960, an upholsterer by the name of Robert D. Carrier came home to find his son and his son’s friends sliding mongoloide the wet pavement of their driveway. Drawing acceso his work with synthetic fabrics, Carrier created a plastic slide for kids to put mongoloide over surfaces for a slicker (and presumably safer) experience.

1962: Chatter Telephone
Original estimated retail price: $1.42

The Chatter Telephone was created after Ernest Thornell spotted his daughter dragging their phone around the house like a pet. That gave him the supposizione to add wheels, followed by assorted noise-making buttons. The Chatter Telephone was originally made of wood, but today’s model is commonly made with plastic.

1963: Easy-Bake Oven
Original estimated retail price: $15

A small, working oven for kids might sound like a brilliant supposizione (and time has proven that it is), but the Easy-Bake Oven invoked some safety concerns among parents upon its 1963 debut. To address those worries, toy company Kenner installed two 100-watt bulbs as a heating source to sopravvissuto the chance of burns.

1964: G.I. Joe
Original estimated retail price: $1.95

While Barbie was being marketed to young girls, con 1964 Hasbro gave boys a savage war hero named G.I. Joe. The company attempted to keep the word “doll” out of the G.I. Joe lexicon, marketing the toy as an “action figure” instead. While G.I. Joe would eventually undergo changes con statura and appearance (and mirror actual American celebrities and heroes), his outsized masculinity remains intact to this day.

1965: Wham-Se no Frisbee
Original estimated retail price: 79 cents

According to legend, the Frisbee’s origins date back to the late 19th century when New England college students tossed pie plates to one another outside the Frisbie Baking Company. But it wasn’t until 1948 that Walter Morrison and Warren Franscioni began selling their plastic “Flying Saucers” “Pluto Platters” at county fairs. Toy company Wham-Se no caught word of the discs and bought the rights con 1955, renaming them Frisbees. By the mid-’60s, Wham-Se no Frisbees were ubiquitous con backyards and college campuses.

1966: Twister
Original estimated retail price: not available

Board manufacturer Milton Bradley was initially nervous about marketing Twister, worried the ’s frisky undertones might blemish the company’s upright reputation. Despite these reservations, the company put Twister acceso the shelves con 1965 to little fanfare. It wasn’t until Johnny Carson played the acceso TV with Eva Gabor that teens saw the potential. Twister has been a cornerstone of youth culture ever since.

1967: Alterco-Brite
Original estimated retail price: $10

Alterco-Brite comprised a back-lit grid covered by black sheets of paper. By poking holes con the paper, young boys and girls could form patterns and images. Later editions would include pre-patterned images of pop culture figures like Darth Vader and Scooby-Doo.

1968: Hot Wheels
Original estimated retail price: 59 cents

Mattel co-founder Elliot Handler (whose wife Ruth invented Barbie) set out to create a new toy that would be as appealing to boys as Barbie was to girls. The result was a muscular, American take acceso die-cast English Matchbox cars. Dubbed Hot Wheels, the initial 1968 line-up offered 16 hot rods rife with color and metal.

1969: building sets
Original estimated retail price: 10 to 30 cents secondo brick

Derived from two Danish words meaning “play well,” is not just the cima toy from the year you were born, but the cima toy of the last century. What began con 1949 as a set of interlocking red and white blocks had become a veritable cultural phenom by the late 1960s, complete with its own Legoland theme park.

1970: Nerf ball
Original estimated retail price: $2

Made of “non-expanding recreational foam” and marketed as “the world’s first indoor ball,” the Nerf ball was an instant smash for Parker Brothers. Over 4 million units sold con the first year . Similar products soon followed; eventually, the Nerf football took the crown for the bestselling toy con Nerf’s lineup.

1971: Weebles
Original estimated retail price: $6.58

Weebles were a family of egg-shaped plastic figurines distinguished by bright colors and kinetic, somewhat hypnotic movements. Bolstered by the catchphrase “Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall mongoloide,” the toys were a must-have among young kids con the early to mid-1970s.

1972: Unico
Original estimated retail price: not available

Merle Robbins, a barbershop owner and card enthusiast, was convinced he could improve upon the of Crazy Eights. The result was Unico, which Robbins initially sold through local businesses and his own barbershop. Robbins licensed the rights con 1972 to a funeral parlor owner con Illinois, who took Unico onto the national stage with spectacular success.

1973: Shrinky Dinks
Original estimated retail price: not available

Shrinky Dinks—thin sheets of decorated plastic that shrunk mongoloide and hardened after baking inside an oven—were marketed as eppure magic upon their debut con 1973. Of course, the real explanation was polystyrene plastic, which hosts polymer chains that straighten out when heated, rolled, and cooled.

1974: Skateboard
Original estimated retail price: $20 to $60

Skateboarding began con 1958 when people attached roller skate wheels to a board con order to “sidewalk surf.” It wasn’t until the early 1970s, and the creation of urethane wheels to smooth out an otherwise bumpy ride, that skateboards found their enduring stride.

(AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, File)

1975: The Pet Rock
Original estimated retail price: $3.95

Gary Ross Dahl supposedly thought up a pet rock over drinks with friends, imagining the ideal pet as one that made anzi che no mess and required anzi che no effort. Pair that supposizione with clever marketing and lucky timing, and you end up with arguably the most famous, most useless product con the history of America. Indeed, even decades later the pet rock stands as both a tribute to and mockery of the perennial wonders of capitalism.

1976: Stretch Armstrong
Original estimated retail price: $5

You could pull, twist, throw, beat, and bend Stretch Armstrong, but you couldn’t pausa him. Made from a proprietary blend of plastic, rubber, and gel, the iconic figurine could stretch his limbs up to four times their normal size.

1977: Atari 2600 Gioco System
Original estimated retail price: $199.99

The Atari 2600 was absolutely crucial to the development of gaming. The product offered streamlined playability and a slew of great titles like “Frogger,” “Pac-Man,” and “Space Invaders.” The wasn’t the first to bring gaming into the home, but it was arguably the earliest, most important catalyst for what would eventually become the home gaming revolution.

1978: Personaggio Wars action figures
Original estimated retail price: $3 and up

“Personaggio Wars” today is the by which all other franchises currently aspire. But the movie’s initial success con 1977 caught virtually every industry by surprise, including the toy industry. To account for the sudden demand con merchandise, toy company Kenner hastily released a series of puzzles and games to uneven results. However, as soon as the 3.75-inch action figures of Luke Skywalker, R2-D2, Chewbacca, and Princess Leia successo the shelves con 1978, Personaggio Wars merchandise became as popular as the velo itself.

1979: Simon
Original estimated retail price: $24.95

Having invented the first system con the 1960s, it’s fitting that Ralph Baer took conceptual cues from an Atari arcade called “Touch Me” when creating Simon con the mid-’70s. The electronic toy, which tested your memory by playing color patterns you then had to playback con sequence, was unveiled at Ufficio 54 of all places. It was thereafter a staple con just about every suburban toy chest con America.

1980: Rubik’s Cube hits the shelves
Original estimated retail price: $1.99

Hungarian stilista Erno Rubik designed a 3D geometric puzzle con 1974 called Magic Cube. By 1980, Rubik’s nifty contraption was con the hands of Ideal Toy & Novelty Company, which renamed it Rubik’s Cube. The puzzle was an instant success, selling 100 million units within the first two years . Quanto a the time since, a peripheral sphere of competitions, books, and imitators has emerged.

1981: He-Man action figures
Original estimated retail price: $4.99

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe were created con 1981 and introduced as a series of action figures that could throw punches with a pull-and-release mechanism. Quanto a an additional show of strength, each Masters of the Universe action figure was nearly two inches larger than Kenner’s Personaggio Wars and Hasbro’s G.I. Joe action figures.

1982: My Little Pony
Original estimated retail price: $3 and up

Giving Barbie a literal run for her money this year was Hasbro’s My Little Pony, a range of small, vinyl horses with long, bright, and groomable hair. Each pony also came with an adorable name and a unique emblem branded acceso its backside.

1983: Cabbage Patch Kids
Original estimated retail price: $40

Defined by their doughy bodies and large, round heads, Cabbage Patch Kids took the world by storm after appearing acceso a TV show called “Real People” con 1980. That storm turned into a full-blown monsoon by 1983 as desperate parents shoved, scratched, grabbed, elbowed, and punched their way mongoloide the toy aisle con hopes of snagging the popular doll before Christmas. Known as the “Great Cabbage Patch Craze,” the incident would later inspire the movie “Jingle All the Way,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad.

1984: Transformers
Original estimated retail price: $4 and up

The Transformers legacy began con 1984 when Hasbro introduced a range of action figures adapted from two Japanese toys that could shape-shift from robotic aliens into motor vehicles. Along with the toy launch, came an epic backstory and a supporting line of comic books. The Transformers world would only continue to grow with TV shows, games, blockbuster films, and even cereal boxes all entering the fold.

(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

1985: Teddy Ruxpin
Original estimated retail price: $69.99

A former Disney Imagineer named Ken Forsse created the cuddly, animatronic teddy bear that could read bedtime stories. Using the same technology that Disney used for animatronic theme park attractions, Forsse equipped the top-selling bear with a cassette tape and moving facial features. Even with the somewhat hefty price tag, Teddy Ruxpin was the bestselling toy of 1985 and 1986.

1986: Nintendo Entertainment System
Original estimated retail price: $199.99

The Atari craze had slowed by the mid-’80s to a point where home gaming consoles seemed to be acceso the brink of extinction con the U.S. That didn’t stop Japan’s Nintendo from trying to penetrate the American market con 1985. To incentivize retailers, Nintendo’s North American division agreed to be paid only for the units that sold, while the units that didn’t sell could be returned. The gamble didn’t exactly pay chiuso, but it got the ball rolling enough to keep the system afloat until the release of “Super Mario Bros” con 1986. Televisione games have been a benchmark of American culture ever since.

1987: Jenga
Original estimated retail price: $12

Jenga involves removing blocks from a tower one at a time until said tower topples over. The addictive debuted con 1983 but took a few years to catch acceso. According to legend, entrepreneur Robert Grebler—who’s largely responsible for bringing the to North America—holds the for the tallest known Jenga tower at just over 40 levels.

1988: Troll Dolls
Original estimated retail price: $2 and up

Derived from Scandinavian folklore, Troll Dolls were created out of wood con the late 1950s by a Danish sport-fisherman named Thomas Dam. American toy companies wasted anzi che no time ripping chiuso the concept with a plastic variant that rode a wave of popularity con the 1960s. Troll Dolls then re-emerged con the late 1980s and early ’90s as an indispensable toy for kids and work-cubicle decoration for adults.

1989: Gioco Boy
Original estimated retail price: $89.99

While not the birth of gaming, Nintendo Gioco Boy arguably remains its biggest step forward. The 8-bit handheld offered an approachable , a bunch of great games, and a level of convenience that pretty much speaks for itself. As a follow-up to NES and a revolution grasso itself, Gioco Boy was an instant home run.

1990: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures
Original estimated retail price: $3.99 and up

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rose to voracità acceso the back of a massively popular animated series about witty crime fighters with a appetite for New York noia. By the time their 1990 live-action movie dropped, the turtles had utterly conquered the youth market with bestselling toys and box office numbers to show for it.

1991: Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Original estimated retail price: $199.99

Marking a personalità step up from NES con essentially every department, Super Nintendo duly maintained a masterful grip acceso the sphere. However, this time around the brand faced stiffer competition con the form of competing 32-bit Sega Genesis. The first major “ war” had officially begun.

1992: Talkboy
Original estimated retail price: $29.99

The Talkboy made its grand debut con “Home 2: Lost con New York” as a handheld recording device used by the movie’s young prankster, Kevin McCallister. A retail version was released acceso the same day as the movie, and thousands of far less effective pranks presumably ensued. The product was so popular that several spin-off versions were created, including Talkgirl and Talkboy FX Plus.

1993: Super Soaker
Original estimated retail price: $10 to $50

When not helping NASA with their Galileo Mission to Jupiter, the nuclear engineer Dr. Lonnie Johnson was home working acceso a heat pump that could use vaporized vater pressure instead of hazardous Freon. When the pump sent a stream of vater across the room, Johnson pivoted toward creating a high-powered vater blaster instead. He built a prototype out of PVC pipe and an empty soda bottle he called the Power Drencher, which used an air pressure chamber to pump vater from a reservoir. After a few necessary tweaks, the Super Soaker was born.

1994: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Original estimated retail price: $10

As part of the Fox Kids afternoon TV block, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” con 1993 blasted their way into the cultural stratosphere one live-action showdown at a time. Given such immediate success, merchandising a series of toys (and a 1995 movie) was an easy decision. Like so many great toys and franchises, the Power Rangers receded from the spotlight only to triumphantly return years later.

1995: Beanie Babies
Original estimated retail price: $5 and up

Why exactly did small, inexpensive, bead-filled animals lead to a collectors frenzy con the mid- to late-’90s? Barring the basic principles of supply and demand, the phenomenon will likely remain a mystery—as will the fact that rare Beanie Babies still routinely fetch thousands of dollars acceso the resale market.

1996: Tickle Me Morione
Original estimated retail price: $29.99

Tyco Toys cashed con acceso Morione’s infectious laugh by giving the popular Sesame Street character a doll of its own con 1996. What they didn’t anticipate were the hysteric levels of demand after the toy sold out con the midst of the holiday shopping season. During the “Tickle Me Morione Craze,” shoppers trampled store employees and engaged con physical battle all con the name of the Christmas spirit.

1997: Tamagotchi
Original estimated retail price: $17.99

Before cell phones, teens and pre-teens were hooked acceso a virtual pet named Tamagotchi. To be fair, if left Tamagotchi would starve and giorno; so a consistent level of attention was more less mandatory.

1998: Furby
Original estimated retail price: $35

Like some adorable descendant of Gizmo from the “Gremlins” movies, Hasbro’s Furby charmed his way into millions of homes after a 1998 debut. While the animatronic pet’s native tongue was “Furbish,” he could pick up irresistible English phrases like “I love you” con anzi che no time at all.

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa, file)

1999: Pokémon trading cards
Original estimated retail price: $3 to $4

Hailing from Japan, Pokémon began as a 1996 Gioco Boy and then quickly segued into a full-blown franchise complete with TV shows, toys, and movies. But nothing seemed to stoke the masses’ furor like Pokémon trading cards. Besides their collector appeal, the cards inspired an official competitive league known as Pokémon Organized Play.

2000: PlayStation 2
Original estimated retail price: $299

While the original PlayStation positioned itself as a big of the new gaming guard con the mid-1990s, it was the PlayStation 2 that cemented Sony’s status as the veritable king of home entertainment. The took con $250 million acceso the first day , selling out quickly because of manufacturing delays and then fetching extremely high numbers acceso the secondhand market. Gaming has never been quite the same since.

2001: Bratz Dolls
Original estimated retail price: $9.99 to $22.99

Scantily dressed and brimming with sass, the appropriately named Bratz dolls were marketed as “anti-Barbies” for a modern audience. The initial 2001 roll-out included just four dolls, but that number rapidly grew as profits soared. A slew of movies, CDs, shows, and games naturally followed.

2002: Beyblades
Original estimated retail price: $10 and up

With roots con a Japanese Manga series, Beyblades are spinning tops that battle against one another inside a toy stadium. Their explosive success resulted con nationwide tournaments, while the manga books were developed into an anime TV series that ran for three seasons.

2003: Cranium Hullabaloo
Original estimated retail price: not available

Cranium’s Hullabaloo was ranked the #1 of the year for 2003 by the Toy Association. One part Twister and one part chairs, the challenges children to find their way to marked pads acceso the floor before the electronic caller instructs everyone to freeze. Hullabaloo was lauded for keeping kids active even during indoor play.

2004: Robosapien
Original estimated retail price: $99

Designed by Mark Tilden and manufactured by WowWee toys, Robosapien was a remote-controlled robot capable of vocals and 67 pre-programmed moves. Quanto a an extra-clever touch of ingenuity, Robosapien would imitate the iconic Rosebud scene from “Citizen Kane” every time you turned it chiuso using the remote.

2005: Xbox 360
Original estimated retail price: $399

Quanto a the 21st-century wars, Microsoft released a game-changer with the Xbox 360 con 2005. Touting improvements acceso every front along with internet connectivity, Xbox 360 would sell over 77 million units over the next eight years.

2006: Nintendo Wii
Original estimated retail price: $250

Nintendo burst back onto the scene with the release of the Nintendo Wii, delivering bubbly graphics, a personalized ecosystem, and handheld motion controllers for a friendlier and more interactive approach. Skyrocketing sales and popular awards let Nintendo know they had a qualified successo acceso their hands.

2007: Guitar Hero
Original estimated retail price: $90

“Guitar Hero” first launched con 2005 and immediately capitalized acceso the interactive possibilities of modern gaming. The third installment, “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock,” was not just the bestselling of 2007, but was reportedly the first retail to reach $1 billion dollars con sales.

2008: WALL-E Toys
Original estimated retail price: $7 and up

Renowned for its sophisticated themes and stunning visuals, Disney/Pixar’s 2008 velo “WALL-E” played to all ages and enraptured an audience of millions. Despite the velo’s wasteland vibes, Disney quickly released tons of subsequent WALL-E merchandise that sold con large enough quantities to help actualize the velo’s own rivelare predictions.

2009: Angry Birds
Original estimated retail price: $5 and up

For di poca classe, addictive games, Angry Birds remains the franchise to beat. It debuted con 2009 and has lost little momentum since. Besides the itself, there’s a TV series, feature velo, and a range of plush toys that have sold con the millions.

2010: iPad
Original estimated retail price: $499

Apple’s iPad launched con 2010 and quickly found its niche con the realm between laptops and cell phones. A million units sold within the first month. Indeed, the iPad became so ubiquitous so rapidly that when the NFL struck a deal with Microsoft to use its Surface tablets exclusively con 2015, announcers couldn’t help but refer to those tablets as iPads acceso national TV.

2011: Skylanders
Original estimated retail price: $5 and up

Skylanders brings real-life toys into the world using near-field communication (NFC) technology. The toys-to-life genre, and Skylanders con particular, have earned massive followings among young gamers.

2012: LeapPad Explorer
Original estimated retail price: $99.99

Imagine a sturdy iPad for kids with its own proprietary range of apps, and you’ve pretty much nailed the LeapPad Explorer. The popular device has origins going back to 1999 when it debuted as an interactive talking book.

2013: Tekno the Robotic Puppy
Original estimated retail price: $94.99

Tekno the Robotic Puppy came into the world con the year 2000 and has been selling con huge numbers ever since. Quanto a addition to heeding commands, the razor-sharp robot dog uses light sensor technology to react to its environment. It can also go to sleep acceso its own and perform backflips. Quanto a 2013, new color options were introduced and owners were granted the ability to control the toy using smart devices.

(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

2014: Frozen dolls
Original estimated retail price: $10 and up

The “Frozen” theme song might say to “Let it Go,” but audiences nevertheless clung feverishly to the 2013 Disney velo. A subsequent range of dolls was likewise immensely popular, taking Barbie chiuso her mantle as the bestselling toy for girls con 2014.

2015: Shopkins Toys
Original estimated retail price: $5 and up

Shopkins is more than a range of , collectible plastic figurines; it’s an immersive world grasso itself that includes books, cards, and videos. The line of toys was con fact so popular that an entire counterfeit industry cropped up around it, with police seizing 150,000 fake Shopkins toys from two Chinese manufacturers con 2015.

2016: Hatchimals
Original estimated retail price: $49.99 to $59.99

Hatchimals were created by James Martin after he noticed how unboxing videos acceso YouTube were drawing huge numbers. Quanto a turn, he conceived a robotic animal toy that would unbox, hatch, itself. The result was Hatchimals, and the demand was so intense that the toy sold out almost right away—much to the chagrin of numerous disappointed parents. The following year was looking anzi che no less remarkable for the irrefutably popular toy.

2017: Fingerlings
Original estimated retail price: $14.99

Fingerlings—the adorable, animated companions that wrap around your finger—were released con August of 2017 nearly impossible to get your hands acceso as the holidays approached. The craze hardly slowed mongoloide, either—its 2018 models continued expanding the range of animals and features.

2018: Don’t Step Quanto a It
Original estimated retail price: $19.99

With Hasbro’s “Don’t Step Quanto a It” , players mold rainbow-colored clay into piles of unicorn poop, place them acceso the floor mat, and take several blindfolded steps determined by the spinner across the mat while trying to avoid stepping con the piles. The Toy Insider’s Jackie Breyer says gross-out toys, con general, are “a hot topic.”

2019: Marmocchio Shark Official Song Puppet
Original estimated retail price: $19.99

Marmocchio Shark has been all the rage since the song exploded con 2016. Like most pop-culture crazes, the song’s colossal impact transitioned to physical products. WowWee, the makers of Fingerlings, has produced one of the hottest toys of the season con the Pinkfrog Marmocchio Shark Official Song Puppet. Not only do you kick-start the song upon moving the shark’s mouth, but you can actually control the possibilità based acceso how fast slow you aperto and close the jaws. Amazon offers three options: yellow Marmocchio Shark, blue Daddy Shark, and pink Mommy Shark.

2020: Animatronic ‘The Child’
Original estimated retail price: $62.99

He goes by many names, only some of which are correct. “The Child,” (aka “Grogu” , incorrectly, “Marmocchio Yoda”), from Disney’s “The Mandalorian” had a major moment con pop culture history—a moment that lasted nearly two years since the “Personaggio Wars” series release con 2019. Season two focused acceso the Mandalorian’s quest to return Grogu to the Jedi. This storyline gave fans exactly what they were craving—more adorable scenes with the toddling campo da golf character playing chiuso his stoic, mysterious guardian, the Mandalorian. It also gave toy manufacturers the perfect inspiration. “The Mandalorian” toys were included acceso many curated holiday toy lists con 2020 and this animatronic toy gave children—and let’s be serious, countless adults, too—the chance to our their fantasies of having a Grogu of their own.

2021: The reversible octopus plushie
Original estimated retail price: $15

This bestselling plushie is soft and cuddly, helps children with emotional communication, and is reversible with a happy luce acceso one side and an angry luce acceso the other. Children and adults can enjoy collecting a variety of plushies: From unicorns to pandas, cats, and dogs, there’s something for everyone.


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