Step Aboard the Toy Time Machine to Re-visit Your Childhood

It's a while yet till we'll know what the must-have toys for this Christmas will be, but the fantastic new My Little Pony range being launched prior to the film comes out in October is sure to be up there.  The girls are loving this moving, talking Princess Twilight Sparkle they were recently sent.  But did you know My Little Pony topped the toy charts back in the 1980s too?  Star Wars, Mutant Ninja Turtles and Teletubbies toys have also seen a resurgence in recent years, whilst some toys, like LEGO and Barbie, have never really gone away.  But what was the must-have toy of your childhood?

What of the must-have toys of years gone by?  Many will remember the frantic queueing for Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teletubbies, and most famously Buzz Lightyear toys in the late 1980s/early 1990s.  Apart from a Furby crisis around the turn of the century, the frantic days of Christmas toy buying seem to be over, but some toys truly stand the test of time.  Meccano, Hornby, Barbie, and LEGO are household names whose popularity shows no sign of waning, and the continual evolution of the Star Wars franchise means the toys are rarely out of the shops.  But what about Shirley Temple dolls, Sindy and Snakes & Ladders?  Have a look through this infographic from What2buy4kids for a trip down memory lane, and to find out what toys your parents, grandparents and even great grandparents enjoyed playing with.

toy time machine infographic

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  1. It's funny how some toys never age. I loved My Little Pony when I was young and my son is currently obsessed with Hornby and Rubiks Cubes!

    1. I'd forgotten that Rubik's Cubes have come back! Yes, they do definitely all come round again, although maybe not the Shirley Temple doll...

  2. My daughter would love this toy. She is currently obsessed with the My Little Pony show.


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