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Fun Facts About Christmas Toys

Christmas is almost here and it’s time to start shopping for your kid’s toys. Here are some fun facts about popular Christmas toys from the past:

  • Lionel introduced their first electric train set in 1900. They were originally to be used only as a storefront display. But, the demand was so high that they started selling them to the public.
  • Tinkertoys were invented in 1914. They were an instant hit and over one million sets were sold in the first year.
  • The Radio Flyer wagon was born in 1917. Their 100th Anniversary editions are now on sale!
  • Lego began producing plastic building blocks in 1947. As of 2011, Lego has produced enough bricks so that there are 52 bricks for each person on the entire planet.
  • Play-Doe was introduced for sale at Macy’s and Marshall Fields department stores, in 1956. Sales reached nearly 3 million in 1958.
  • The Barbie Doll was introduced in 1959. Over a billion of them have since been sold worldwide.
  • G.I. Joe was introduced in 1963. It has been called the most popular boys’ toy of the 20th century.
  • The Hot Wheels racecar set was introduced in 1968. Today, some collectors are paying more than six figures for these cars!
  • The Rubik’s Cube was a big hit in 1979.
  • Cabbage Patch Kids were must have Christmas gifts in the 1980’s.
  • Nintendo took the world by storm when it was released in 1988.
  • Beanie Babies became an obsession in the 1990’s.
  • Razor scooters were the hottest toy in 2,000 and over one million were sold that year.
  • Hatchimals were the hottest toy in 2016.