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Ten Most Popular Christmas Toys Since 1950

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Kids today might think they have great options to choose from when it comes to Christmas presents. But any adult knows that the Christmas presents we got as kids were way cooler. And according to this list, we’re right.A department store in England looked at its records dating way back to 1950, and came up with a list of the most popular toys that have been sold during the holidays. Here are the top ten.

After looking at the list, do you recall getting any of these as christmas gifts? Do you have one gift that stands out in your memory?


Cabbage Patch Dolls



Cabbage Patch Dolls are a line of dolls  created by American art student Xavier Roberts in 1978. It was originally called “Little People”. The original dolls were all cloth and sold at local craft shows. The doll brand went on to become one of the most popular toy fads of the 1980s and one of the longest-running doll franchises in America.

Cabbage Patch Dolls


Rubik’s Cubes



Rubik’s Cube is a 3-D combination puzzle invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Emo Rubik. Originally called the “Magic Cube”, the puzzle was licensed by Rubik to be sold by Ideal Toy Corp.  As of January 2009, 350 million cubes had been sold worldwide, making it the world’s top-selling puzzle game.

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Monopoly  is an American-originated board game, originally published by Parker Brothers, subtitled “The Fast-Dealing Property Trading Game,” the game is named after the economic concept of monopoly — the domination of a market by a single entity. It is produced by the United States game and toy company Hasbro. Players move around the game board buying or trading properties, developing their properties with houses and hotels, and collecting rent from their opponents, the ultimate goal being to drive them into bankruptcy.

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Credit- lcruise iStock


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures



The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or TMNT (for short) are a fictional team of four teenage anthropomorphic turtles, who were trained by their anthropomorphic rat sensei in the art of ninjutsu and named after four Renaissance artists. During the peak of its popularity in the late 1980s through early 1990s, the franchise gained considerable worldwide success and fame.

Teenage Ninja Turtles


Buzz Lightyear



Buzz Lightyear is a fictional character in the Toy Story franchise. Buzz is a toy space ranger hero according to the movies and action figure in the Toy Story franchise. Along with Woody, he is the favourite toy of Andy. He also appeared in the movie Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins. 

The Toy Industry Showcase Buzz Lightyear


Barbie Dolls



Barbie is a fashion doll manufactured by Mattel. Launched in March 1959. American businesswoman Ruth Handler is credited with the creation of the doll using a German doll called Bild Lilli as her inspiration. Barbie has been an important part of the toy doll market for over fifty years, and has been the subject of numerous controversies and lawsuits, often involving parody of the doll and her lifestyle.

Barbie Dreamhouse Experience





British children’s TV series targeted at pre-school viewers and produced from 31 March 1997 to 5 January 2001. The toys hit the stores soon after and were a huge success as well, but just like Barbie, they had their own world of controversy.  Many of the toys you can find on Ebay or Amazon.

Teletubbies - Lets Dance - Photocall





Furby (Furbys or Furbies) are electronic robotic toys resembling a hamster or owl-like creatures which went through a period of being a “must-have” toy following its launch in the holiday season of 1998, with continual sales until 2000. Over 40 million Furbies were sold during the three years of its original production, with 1.8 million sold in 1998, and 14 million in 1999. Its speaking capabilities were translated into 24 languages.



Calico Critters



Welcome to the cute and cuddly world of Calico Critters. Designed with remarkable attention to detail, these adorable miniature animals live in precious homes decorated with lifelike furniture and accessories. been around since the late 1960’s.

Calico Critters of Cloverleaf Corners





Legos are a  popular line of  construction toys manufactured by The Lego Group, a privately held company based in Denmark. The company’s flagship product, Lego, consists of colourful interlocking plastic bricks and an accompanying array of gears and various other parts. Lego bricks can be assembled and connected in many ways, to construct such objects as vehicles, buildings, and even working robots. Anything constructed can then be taken apart again, and the pieces used to make other objects. Lego began manufacturing interlocking toy bricks in 1949.


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