Ready to flash back to the best Christmas of your life? We’re unwrapping a whole lot of nostalgia with this roundup of the most popular Christmas toys from years past. Featured are a few of our favourite dolls (more than a couple with creepy electronic talk tracks), an iconic root vegetable with a perpetually changing and sometimes missing altogether facial expression, and some strange circular things called Pogs.
Come take a stroll down the crowded toy aisles of memory lane as we recall some of the most OMG-Mom-I’ve-got-to-have-that toys from holidays past.
Remember these best selling toys from Christmases past?
Mr Potato Head, 1952Bet you didn't know Mr Potato Head was a senior citizen. Poor guy never gets any respect. He graduated from root veggie to toy in '52, but didn't meet his life partner and best spud, Mrs Potato Head until '53.Hasbro
Barbie, 1957Say what you will about the long limbed plastic doll, when Mattel introduced Barbie to the world in her black and white chevron swimsuit and retro do, the Christmas lists of little girls around the world changed forever. #DollGoalsMattel
GI Joe, 1964Toymaking Goliath Hasbro saw Barbie blowin up the spot and wanted to get some of the action on the boys' side. So, they moulded together the first G.I. Joe toys, and with them an iconic piece of Americana. They were literally the original “action figure."Hasbro
Lite-Brite, 1967Go ahead and run up to the attic to see if you still have yours--we'll wait. Not there? Well, Hasbro is still making them, but we don't think they're quite as cool as the original. Your daughter might, though.Hasbro
Nerf Ball, 1970When toy scientists realized they couldn't get children to stop chucking balls at each other's faces, they flipped the script and made the balls softer. Smart. Dodgeball was never the same.Hasbro
Slime, 1977Mattel hit on a real simple, real popular recipe with the green goo Slime. If you were into chasing your schoolmates around the playground with gross stuff in 1977, this was probably in your arsenal.Plaid Stallions
Cabbage Patch Kids, 1983You know the movie Jingle All the Way with Arnold Schwarzenegger, where he tramples everyone to get that one toy for his kid? Well, Cabbage Patch Kids were basically its inspiration. So successful was the media build-up that the toys were literally fought over. That shiner your dad had that Christmas...it wasn't from squash.Mattel
Teddy Ruxpin, 1985We get nostalgic for cassettes alone, but stick one of the intended tapes into our 1985 bestie and we're liable to tear up. So what if his mouth doesn't match the words and his eyes move in super creepy ways, we'll never stop loving Ruxpin!Wicked Cool Toys
Pogs, 1991Now these were the good old days, when toys didn't all have a USB port and bluetooth capabilities. Nah, back then we got down with glorified milk caps and one slightly heavier milk cap. We can't remember exactly how we played, but we remember it was awesome.World Pog Federation
Beanie Babies, 1995If you're like us, you've got a shameful number of these now-mostly-worthless little bean-filled babies in your closet (okay, your parents' closet). Don't feel too silly, they had us all fooled. Far from appreciating, Beanie Babies are pretty much only good for...um…Fine, you can throw them out, Mom.Ty Inc
Tickle Me Elmo, 1996It seems that kids just really love battery-powered talking dolls. Elmo is still the coolest Muppet on Sesame Street, but he was even cooler in '96. The kids tickle, the doll talks, and the parents assault each other over the limited number in stores. Ah, the holiday season brings the best out in us all.Wicked Cool Toys
Furby, 1998Remember this cute little guy? The owl/hamster thing that learned your language over time was all the rage in 1998, quickly selling out of its original production run of two million. The next year, however, they managed to move 14 million. Furbies for all!Tiger Electronics
Razor Scooters, 2000Razor Scooters wheeled kids into a frenzy in 2000, and they've done a pretty good job of sticking around since. Fine, we'll admit it: we still totally ride our kid's around on the weekend.Razor USA