The Most Popular Christmas Toy From The Year You Were Born
Forget iPhones, tablets and Xbox's - back in our day the Christmas gift list was a lot simpler. Have a look at what the most popular Christmas toy for the year you were born here.
1963: Easy-Bake Oven. Fun fact: The first Easy-Bake Oven was heated by two 100-watt incandescent light bulbs.
1964: G.I. Joe. Fun Fact: Action figures already existed in 1964, but the G.I. Joe was a big deal because it had "twenty-one moveable parts".
1965: Operation. Fun Fact: The "patient" in Operation is nicknamed "Cavity Sam".
1966: Twister. Fun Fact: Twister was originally named Pretzel and was criticized in the '60s for being "sex in a box" by competitors.
1967: Battleship. Fun Fact: Battleship had existed as a pencil and paper game since the '30s when Milton Bradley released it as a board game in 1967.
1968: Hot Wheels. Fun Fact: There were 16 cars in the original Hot Wheels lineup, and they were all based on an actual customized vehicle. Today there are more Hot Wheels models than real cars in the world, with an estimated 4 billion toy cars in existence.
1969: Chemistry Set. Fun Fact: The popularity of chemistry sets is significant because it marks the first time American toys were marketed with the goal of "improving" children for success later in life.
1970: Lite-Brite. Fun Fact: You don't have to worry about losing all the pegs these days — there's now a Lite-Brite iPad app.
1971: Fun Fact: "Space Hoppers" was a popular term in the UK, while in the US they were more commonly referred to as "hippity hops" or "hop balls".
1972: Uno. Fun Fact: A barbershop owner thought up Uno and originally sold the game out of his shop.
1973: Walkie Talkie Sets. Fun Fact: The first walkie-talkies were developed during World War II.
1974: Tonka Toy Trucks. Fun Fact: The name comes from the Dakota Sioux word "Tanka" or "Tonka", which means "great" or "big".
1975: Pet Rock. Fun Fact: Pet Rocks were only wildly popular for about six months, but 1.5 million were sold for $4 each during that time, making creator Gary Dahl a millionaire.
1976: Connect Four, Fun Fact: Connect Four might seem like a simple game, but did you know there are 4,531,985,219,092 possible game board positions?
1977: Star Wars Figurines. Fun Fact: The demand for Star Wars action figures was incredibly high around the holidays in 1977, so Kenner created an "early bird" package, which means kids could send away for the first four action figures and receive them in early 1978. After that, 8 more action figures were released. These original figurines retailed at $9.99 and are now worth a ton of money.
1978: Simon. Fun Fact: Simon was launched at Studio 54 in New York City in 1978 and retailed for $24.99, which is the equivalent of $91 in 2015.
1979: Atari VCS. Fun Fact: Over 1 million Ataris were sold in 1979 and the console was the best-selling gift of the holiday season.
1980: Rubik's Cube. Fun Fact: The Rubik's Cube is widely recognized as the world's top-selling puzzle game and toy — as of 2009, over 350 million have been sold worldwide.
1981: Lego Train. Fun Fact: Lego's first powered train was introduced in 1966, but the version that debuted in 1980 had far more bells and whistles.
1982: BMX Bike. Fun Fact: The first BMX world championships were held in 1982.
1983: Cabbage Patch Kids. Fun Fact: These dolls were originally called The Little People. The name changed in 1982.
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