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The Top 20 Childhood Toys

This article, entitled The Top 20 Childhood Toys, comes from Stacy Johnson at partner site MoneyTalksNews.com.

What was your favorite toy from childhood?

If a Nintendo Entertainment System doesn’t count, I’d have to say LEGO or Lincoln Logs. I’d probably still play with them today if I had them around. And that’s just the kind of toy the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis was looking for when they chose the 100 most iconic toys of the past century – toys with memories, stories, and intergenerational appeal.

Here’s the Top 20, as chosen by museum visitors and fans. We added a few tidbits ourselves – like when they first became widely available (according to Wikipedia) and how much they cost today. For bonus nostalgia, click the toys’ names to watch their classic TV commercials.

It’s worth noting there’s nothing more recent than 1984 at the top of the list, although new versions of many are still made today. And collector’s editions aside, they’re all pretty affordable today as well…

1. G.I. Joe

First widely available: 1964
Cost: From $4

2. Transformers

First widely available: 1984
Cost: From $2.50

3. LEGO Toys

First widely available: 1947
Cost: From 1 cent

4. Barbie

First widely available: 1959
Cost: From $9

5. View-Master

First widely available: 1966
Cost: From $7

6. Bicycle

First widely available: 19th century
Cost: From $40

7. Cabbage Patch Kids

First widely available: 1982
Cost: From $14

8. Crayons

First widely available: Crayola in 1903, but centuries ago
Cost: From $1.50

9. Play-Doh/

First widely available: 1955
Cost: From 70 cents

10. MONOPOLY

First widely available: 1934
Cost: From $10

11. Raggedy Ann

First widely available: 1918
Cost: From $8

12. Spirograph

First widely available: 1965
Cost: From $15

13. Etch A Sketch

First widely available: 1960
Cost: From $9

14. Little Golden Books

First widely available: 1942
Cost: From $4

15. Hot Wheels

First widely available: 1968
Cost: From $5

16. Lincoln Logs

First widely available: 1918
Cost: From $14

17. Candy Land

First widely available: 1949
Cost: From $11

18. Roller skates

First widely available: 1863
Cost: From $15

19. Silly Putty

First widely available: 1949
Cost: From $3.50

20. Mr. Potato Head

First widely available: 1952
Cost: From $9

What was your favorite toy growing up?


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