Christmas may still be a few months off, but every holiday season there is always that one toy that every child just needs to have. Parents have gotten into fistfights in the aisles trying to make sure their kids have that toy under the tree. Some toys have an impact that lasts throughout the years and on that note, here are some of the most influential toys of all time.
Everybody had Lego and that has turned Lego into the largest toy company in the world with annual revenues of more than $2 billion dollars. These tiny colorful blocks have spawned action figures, fan conferences, television shows and even a movie. Lego has been around since the 50’s and have inspired kids to create everything from a simple lego house to the Death Star from Star Wars. Every engineer you have ever known started out playing with Lego.
Hands down the most popular toy ever sold for girls, while Barbie may not be as influential as she used to be there is still a Barbie doll sold every three second. There has been a Barbie that has represented every career imaginable and it was the first doll that allowed girls to think about what they wanted to be when they grew up. Barbie has embraced cultural diversity including making an African American doll in the 60’s long before any other toy company. Mattel, the parent company has tried to make the doll evolve with the times.
3. GI Joe
What Barbie is to girls, the GI Joe action figure has been to boys, first introduced in the middle of the cold war GI Joe paved the way for an entire section of toys. Action figures of all sorts are now common toys for both boys and girls and this is thanks to GI Joe. Despite the many action figures that followed none sold quite as well as this one.
4. Rubik’s Cube
Invented 40 years ago by university professor Erno Rubik this puzzle cube has sold more than 350 million units. It spawned annual tournaments that offers prizes to those that can solve it quickly. This was a staple in Christmas stockings and under trees throughout the 80’s.
5. Star Wars Action Figures
If you have ever wondered why every action movie now comes with its own set of toys then you can thank Star Wars for that. As part of the marketing campaign for the blockbuster film you could buy boxes that had coupons for collectible toys it created a whole new phenomenon. Not only are action figure toys sought after as toys they are also highly collectible.