Wishlist of the Century: The Top Christmas Toys of the Past 100 Years by Cash Generator

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An infographic created by Cash Generator, compiling the top Christmas toys of the past 100 years.

Our list seems to suggest that the simple ideas are the best. The toys that have survived longest have basic concepts that can’t be improved.

A brand new compilation of the top Christmas toys of the past 100 years highlights a host of golden oldies that are still best sellers.

The favourite 50 feature on a fun infographic by buy-and-sell specialist Cash Generator http://www.cashgenerator.co.uk/top-50-christmas-toys-of-the-last-100-years.aspx

The toy timeline starts with Christmas Past in the 1910s when the teddy was a must-have. The cuddly bear was inspired by President Theodore Roosevelt’s refusal to shoot an old black bear while on a hunting trip. The story prompted store owner Morris Michtom to stock “Teddy’s Bears” in his store. Now every child in the US and Europe has owned at least one teddy.

The nostalgic trip down the decades shows a string of survivors such as Crayola crayons from the 1920s, and perennially popular board games like Monopoly, still going strong 78 years after it was launched, Scrabble from the 1940s and Connect 4 from the 1970s.

The most glamorous toy of the century is 52-year-old Barbie, who is still at the top of children’s wish lists.

Although she was first popped into Santa’s sack in 1959, the blonde bombshell has been regularly updated and has enjoyed a variety of careers from Princess, pop star and architect to bus driver and vet.

The original dolls are now highly collectable as are many of the best sellers that have survived past playtimes. Last year an antique Steiff Harlequin teddy was valued at £80,000, while a Raggedy Ann from the 1920s can fetch £600 at auction.
The Cash Generator infographic also includes toys whose appeal hasn’t spanned the generations. Those that failed to make it to Christmas Present include the long forgotten Mysto Erector, invented in 1913, and the obsolete Easy Bake Oven from the 1960s.

Some play things that were tied to film and TV programmes haven’t fared well either. These include Teddy Ruxpin and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from the 1980s and the High School Musical dance mat.

Although electronic games such as PlayStation and Wii dominate the past decade’s Christmas lists, their appeal may be short-lived as new technology takes over.

Louise Bruchez, of Cash Generator, says: “Our list seems to suggest that the simple ideas are the best. The toys that have survived longest have basic concepts that can’t be improved.

“The new electronic games have their place in Christmas wishlists and are great fun but whether they will make it to Christmas Future remains to be seen.”

*Note to Editors: Publications are free to reproduce the infographic for their readers (please credit Cash Generator). We can send it to you in page ready format.


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