Question of the Day: Favorite Toy of All Time

Which toy stands out as the best of all time?

For every decade, there were certain toys children clamored for:

  • 1940s: Bubble Solution, Little Golden Books, Slinky, Magic 8 Ball, Legos
  • 1950s: Mr. Potato Head, Play-Doh, Frisbee, Hula Hoop, Barbie
  • 1960s: Etch A Sketch, Lite-Brite, Hot Wheels, Playmobil, Slip ‘n Slide
  • 1970s: NERF Ball, Baby Alive, Rubik’s Cube, Stretch Armstrong, Simon
  • 1980s: Cabbage Patch Kids, Polly Pocket, Koosh Ball, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Skip-It
  • 1990s: Beanie Baby, Super Soaker, American Girl Doll, Tickle Me Elmo, Furby
  • 2000s: Bratz, Mindflex, Zhu Zhu

In the spirit of gift-giving, we want to know: What is your favorite toy of all-time? Was it a popular item, such as the ones listed above? Tell us in the comments.

Joe Dowd (Editor) December 21, 2011 at 06:17 PM
Now, I'm dating myself, but my favorite is off the list: Marble Raceway (by Ronco.) I imagined the marbles as horses and learned how to lay odds from that game. Can't find one anywhere. Wish I had one now. I'd bet the blue.
Elena DiMarco December 21, 2011 at 06:19 PM
Being a child of the 90s, the American Girl Doll and Beanie Babies were - hands down - my favorite. I still have them! Can you recall your favorite toy growing up, in the days before iPhones and Kindles?
Elena DiMarco December 21, 2011 at 06:22 PM
Too cool! Love it.
Rich Jacques (Editor) December 21, 2011 at 06:34 PM
Electric Football
John Cocchiola December 21, 2011 at 07:01 PM
A different version of this was my favorite. Same toy, but I had the Coast Guard rescue version. The adults liked it a lot too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSQQo5S5yd0
Jason Molinet December 21, 2011 at 08:54 PM
70-80s Star Wars action figures.
Rob Germino December 21, 2011 at 11:37 PM
G.I. Joe from the 1980s.
Bob Shane December 22, 2011 at 12:08 AM
Can't name just one; no matter how hard I try. There's always something else that pops up to share that coveted first spot. So, in no particular order, I'll name several toys that were my favorite at different times: Rock-Em Sock-Em Robots NHL Table Hockey Hot Wheels Matchbox Hess oil truck Aurora AFX Race Track -- had those cars flying off the table. Viewmaster NERF products -- several Knock-Hockey Atari-2600 ColecoVision -- a step up from the Atari-2600. Got it over at Lafayette's in Syosset. Loved those days. Can I please go back .... but not have to do the school thing again? :) ~ Bob Shane
Elena DiMarco December 22, 2011 at 06:00 AM
Great answers everyone! I enjoyed reading all of your responses.
Phil Kirk December 22, 2011 at 04:27 PM
In my opinion, being a child of the 60's-the Duncan Yoo-yoo. It was inexpensive, could be used everywhere and it tested your skill
David December 22, 2011 at 05:45 PM
Matchbox cars along with lincoln logs
Mike Bruschini December 23, 2011 at 01:36 AM
Batman with his Grappling Gun
katie baiata December 23, 2011 at 04:37 AM
i was a member of the cabbage patch craze, i can at any given second recall the scent of those dolls. and koosh ball, brilliant- how could that die out. i'm bringing those things back.
Elena DiMarco December 23, 2011 at 02:54 PM
I agree -- let's bring them back!


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