Time Magazine has released its list of all-time 100 greatest toys. The list covers each decade from the 1920s until now.
Being a child in the 1980s, I was drawn to that decade's list. I was thrilled to see My Little Pony and Pound Puppies, my childhood favorites. Don't worry, ladies, Cabbage Patch Dolls made the cut. I just can't claim those adorable dolls as my favorites because my mother wouldn't let me have one. She thought they were creepy. Mom, I'm still mad! Everyone (yes, mom, everyone) I knew had a Cabbage Patch Doll except me.
I also fondly remember playing with my friend's Transformers and having delicious treats that she made with her Snoopy Sno Cone Machine and Easy-Bake Oven (from the 1960s list). Her house was so much cooler than mine!
At this point my mom would probably remind me that my sister and I had tons of toys. If fact, we had so many toys that they covered the entire bedroom floor. And we did have lots of My Little Pony (1980s) figures and the very special My Little Pony Castle (not on the list) with a drawbridge. Plus we had several Barbie dolls (1950s) and Barbie's Dream House (1960s). We also had a lot of toys from the 1970s list including Simon, Paddington Bear, Paint-by-Numbers, Hula Hoops, Frisbees, Colorforms and Fisher Price Little People. Even the 1940s were represented in our house with the many Legos scattered around. O.K. mom, you win.
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It's fun to look at the list and remember favorite childhood toys. The 1950s list has the most toys, closely followed by the 1960s list. Interestingly, few toys from the earliest decade (1920) and the most recent (2000) made the list.