Sunday, April 3, 2011

Top 100 Toys: 1920s Through 2000s


I was recently browsing through Time Magazine's website and came across an article that really brought me back to my childhood. The article is titled All-Time 100 Greatest Toys and covers toys from every decade from the last century starting in the 1920s. You can find the original article by following the title link.

I've chosen my favorite toy from each decade and will share them with you in this blog post. While I wasn't alive when the majority of these toys were released, I still played with some form of them when I was a kid.

Prepare for nostalgia blast off....5....4....3...2....1



And we have lift off:

1920s

Ah, the Yo-Yo. While the one pictured obviously isn't one from the 1920's, it is more like one that I played with when I was younger. I remember always wanting to become a Yo-Yo master, but always ended up hurting myself instead. I gave up on Yo-Yoing really quickly. Haha.

1930s


Second on the list. Army Men. This one is definitely one of my all-time favorites. I had a huge tin of old school Army Men that my grandfather gave me when I was about 6 years old. I played with them every chance I had. As a matter of fact, I might go dig them out of the attic after this post. :)

1940s

This one has to be on everyones list. Who never played with Legos? That's a stupid question, everyone played with Legos when they were little. I often times made forts out of Legos for my Army Men. Yeah, I thought I was the coolest kid on the block.

1950s

Play-Doh. I also got a huge bucket of this stuff from my grandfather when I was little. I thought I was going to become the next Michelangelo. I also know that I wasn't the only one who tried to eat this stuff despite the nasty salty flavor. Over and over.

1960s

Rock'em Sock'em Robots. Honestly, I don't know why I enjoyed playing with these so much. I rarely ever convinced anyone to play with me. Probably because I'm too boss. So I ended up playing with myself. Not boss. Anyways, this is definitely a staple of my childhood.

1970s
Stretch Armstrong. Simply addictive. I also don't know why this caught the hearts of many aspiring kid wrestlers. But it did, and I loved it. Often I would devise ways to rip his arms and legs off, but to no avail.

1980s

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Enough said. 
Am I right?

1990s

Super Soaker! Living in Florida, this was the thing to have. I used mine practically every day of summer with every kid on the block. Until one day, some creeper came by in his car and started spraying kids with a urine filled super-soaker. True story. 


ALRIGHT. THAT'S IT! 
I didn't do the 2000s because all of the toys from that section were lame.

Let me know which toys you loved best from your child hood.
Either from the list in the article here or just from memory.
Hope you guys enjoyed.

64 comments:

izzfoshizzz said...

what ever happened to super soakers? :(
kinda sad

JapRoulette said...

Hahaha water pistol brands make them sound so cool

Dazza said...

so many memories....

psyke said...

I remember my water cannon. I used to get all my neighbors soaking wet!

The Game Store Guy said...

I actually had all of those...Although I remember my army men and legos were the most played with. I, amazingly, developed a set of rules for my army men very akin to Warhammer 40k (before I knew what it was) just because I hated not winning because no one could decide who "I shot you first" was.

Mo said...

amazing! that's a great post

MrBunni said...

I only had Lego and Supersoaker, but i loved to play with em!

Claude said...

Everything before the 1950's was great. Oh, and of course the supersoaker :)

Timon said...

Ohhh thanks for reminding me those years

FOLLOWED

SOMS said...

the yo-yo and the supersoaker are the ones i love the most here

CandleintheDark said...

This is so awesome. Nostalgia abounds

Niek said...

Super soaker. Fuck yeah.

DVNO said...

Great stuff! Following.

mac-and-me said...

great post, so many good memories

Megan Hansen said...

i love these! i hope you don't mind if i hijack a few for my nostalgia blog, these are too good to pass up

The Old Master said...

Totally agree with Mac!

BTN Hip Hop said...

some awesome toys there man

jmacabroad said...

thanks for sharing.

Toto said...

nice!
followed!

http://all-around-toto.blogspot.com/

VersionDouble said...

haha wow this is brilliant

Jennifer Black said...

I guess I was a geek then. I always loved meccano, my amature chem set and scalectrix.

NHM said...

Lego and super soaker all the way!

Banacek said...

I used to have a lot of He-Man stuff but G.I. Joe was my favorite.

mikkello said...

what has happened to super soakers?

BORIS said...

Awesome article

Wintermute said...

I played with almost all of those toys.

King Elysium said...

I loved my legos lol

Stare Dad said...

the last story: It was me :)

TheMonopolyGuy said...

Yo-Yo's are the bomb!
Also, those furry worm thingies which you control with a string around your finger are also freaking awesome!
& I also remember furbies as being pretty cool (somehow)

Danny Murphy said...

Good stuff mate, some prick did something similar to me with water balloons filled with piss

Fishy Corporation said...

Haha i almost had all of these even though im from the 90-ties. Guess things comming back.

Mr. Dough said...

They certainly don't make them like they used to.

duffboi said...

love me some army men! :)

Anonymouse said...

some good stuff, cool.

Endless said...

Legos 1940 - 2000!

thenitefalls said...

Lego have been the biggest toy for me, but I grew up in the 90s. Great list I had a lot of these toys. They have been running this long because they are classic.

cool_cicler said...

Some of these bring back some good memories. Thanks for posting this dude.

MuteMath Fan (& news junkie too!) said...

Love it! My friend had a Rockem Sockem and I was sooo jealous of him!

Leestander said...

Lego, yo-yo, army men and super-soaker is the best toys i think, i miss to be 4-9 years

Snoopaloop~! said...

Yoshi Gocart DOO WANT!

pezasied said...

Love the post man, I think you definitely nailed it

SOMS said...

Posts like these is why i followed you! Love it!

Moob said...

this is very interesting; the similarities and differences

J. Reaper said...

Awesome blog, awesome pictures, awesome toys. I love it all! Following =D

Ares said...

Teenage mutant ninja turtles! I got Michelangelo for my birthday when I was like 10 haha.

Andre said...

I want one
How to Hack Life.

Trelin said...

Centurians! Military guys that had military vehichle parts teleported onto their body. fun stuff.

ed said...

damn, i didnt know yo yos existed for that long

Jim said...

Oh my god beanie babies haha. I remember everyone collecting those.

hoaks2 said...

I believe all toys after Legos are obsolete.

Erika said...

I think I just nostalgia'd everywhere on everything.

Followed.

POP! said...

I miss my toys :(

Jennifer said...

All of those played huge parts of my childhood. I loved them. Nice reminiscent post. :)

The Game Store Guy said...

@Waywardly
@GodsSin.blogspot.com

I actually already do. My focus and priority for the game reviews are on M-Rated titles that are going to be popular over anything else so that parents know exactly what they are looking at when they purchase a game.

(feel free to delete this as soon as you wish)

Frothman said...

Super soakers were the best. I feel as if I forgot about their existence haha

Sam said...

Oh yeah! I remember playing with yoyos, army men, legos, playdoh, TMNT and those water guns too!

Joe said...

Power rangers were much better than tmnt there i said it.

Mr Bouchard said...

I didn't know that Legos were that old!

ExoticBlogger said...

nice post, will check out toys!

Kenzie said...

LEEEGGGGOOO!!

ExoticBlogger said...

so many memories!

Clueless Dolphin said...

water gun is probs the most perverted toy ever

Patres said...

Legos, cars, and action figures. More weirdly, building Airfix models

Tim said...

Great post! The photo of the Play-Doh sea monster, under "1950s", is a picture I took of one of my kids' inventions. Can you add photo credit to Tim Pierce, with a link to the original image at https://www.flickr.com/photos/qwrrty/1872810999/? Thanks :-)

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