Toys had always been around to entertain children. However, toys were only mass produced and gained popularity in the early 1900s. Until today, millions of toys had been produced, and its popularity never seems to cease. With more and more demand for toys, many manufacturers are busting their skulls to come up with the next top toy. Take a look at the top 10 toys of the last ten decades.
1920s - Yo-Yo
The Yo-Yo had been around the Philippines even as far back as 500 B.C. However, yo-yo only raised to popularity in the 1920s, when Pedro Flores, a Pilipino who was working as a bell boy in the United States saw potential of commercializing the toy. Until today this toy still remains popular with cult following.
1930s - Army Men
There is not one person who does not know what army men are, even in today's generation. This toy had been a part of popular culture since its release in the 1930s. Army men come in various poses, and today there are enemy troops and vehicles as well.
1940s - Lego
Lego blocks allow children to be creative, building anything with their unlimited imaginations. Even until today, this toy from the Danish giant, Lego Company is still one of the most popular toys all year round.
1950s - Mr. Potato Head
Mr. Potato Head is basically facial features that children could plug into real potatoes. Hasbro later invented a plastic spud just so real potatoes don't go to waste. This toy is so popular, it is even featured in Pixar's hit animation film, Toy Story.
1960s - Barbie and Ken
Barbie first made an appearance in 1950s, and became widely popular making a rather large comeback in the last 10 years. She discovered her boyfriend Ken in the 1960s, and the both of them became even more popular. Barbie and Ken are both still immensely popular among girls.
1970s - Rubik's Cube
Rubik's cube is a color coded puzzle which was a great hit then, and again made a big comeback recently - spawning thousands of international competitions to see who has the fastest hands to solve the cube.
1980s - Cartoon Based Toys
In the 1980s, cartoon on television had boomed, and because of that, toys based on cartoon characters were immensely popular such as Care Bear, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and so much more.
1990s - Furby
Furby was an animatronics pet creature that spoke 'furbish' and it had the ability to interact with children. Over 16 million toys were sold in only one year, making it a phenomenal success.
2000s - Zhu Zhu
The Zhu Zhu pets are affordable robotic hamsters that emulate real ones - without the stench and the mess. Thousands were being sold everyday online and offline, and it was 2009's most wanted Christmas toy.
2010s - ?
The decade is still far from over. With plenty of exciting toys that were announced at the 2011 toy fair, one can only guess what will come in this coming decade, but you're kids are bound to be impressed.
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February 09, 2014