2. The Rocking Horse
Kids who had these were basically rock stars.
These became less popular after kids started losing fingers.
Nuts for Christmas? No wonder the country was headed for a depression.
6. The Radio Flyer
These were so popular that even during the Great Depression 1500 of these wagons rolled off the assembly line every day.
7. Joy Buzzer
I’m pretty sure they weren’t funny then either.
Demand for yo-yos was so high that the Yo-yo Manufacturing Company went from two employees to more than six hundred in less than a year.
10. Red Ryder BB Gun
Ralphie was but one of millions of little boys dreaming of this for Christmas.
11. Sock Monkey
A rival product, the Underwear Monkey, failed to catch the public’s imagination.
12. Army Men
RIP to all the army men who lost their lives to bottle rockets.
The most wanted toy of 1949 has never lost popularity, so much so that The LEGO Group is now the world’s most valuable toy company worth over $14.6 billion.
15. The Magic 8-Ball
Generations of kids have asked, “Does she/he like me as more than a friend?”
16. The Slinky
More than 330 million Slinkys have sold since its debut in 1945.
Looking under Barbie’s dress has been confusing kids for nearly sixty years.
19. Fisher Price Little People
Fisher Price was way ahead of its time by referring to them as “little people.”
20. Mr. Potato Head
The original packaging came only with body parts that were meant to be stuck into an actual potato! The now iconic plastic potato body was added in 1964.
22. Etch A Sketch
This classic was elected into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998.
23. Easy-Bake Oven
And thus began the tradition of little girls forcing their parents to eat disgusting, undercooked food.
24. G.I. Joe
Before getting streamlined in the Eighties G.I. Joe kind of looked like he belonged in The Village People.
26. Rubik’s Cube
You know how you solved these back in the day? By peeling off the stickers and putting them back on.
27. Nerf Ball
Kind of like Gremlins, bad things happened when you got these wet.
28. Star Wars Action Figures
Long before there was a Jar Jar Binks action figure, these were 100% cool.
30. Cabbage Patch Kids
At the height of their popularity there were widespread reports of parents breaking into fistfights over the last doll in stock.
31. Teddy Ruxpin
Did you feel like your Teddy Ruxpin watched you as you slept? Because I did.
If your parents couldn’t score you these at Christmas, you got stuck with Gobots. Stupid, Gobots.
34. Tickle Me Elmo
The demand was so high in 1996 that people were re-selling the doll for $1500, slightly more than the $28.99 suggested retail price.
These fur-balls sold over 15 million units in their first year alone.
Nintendo says they named it Wii because it “sounds like ‘we’, which emphasizes that the console is for everyone.” Good thinking, since pretty much everyone owns one.
These were like a karmic joke on every parent who said there would never be a doll worse than Barbie for little girls.
40. Razor Scooter
This .gif alone is reason why my kids will never have one of these.
42. LeapPad Ultra
These are probably as popular as they are because parents are desperate to stop their kids from hogging their iPads.
43. Furby Boom
LCD eyes and the ability to interact with an IOS app are a big reason for Furby’s resurgence.