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Popular Toys Throughout the Ages

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the you-put-the-ball-on-the-string-in-the-cup dept.

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Ant writes "MSNBC has a story on the 'must-have' items from decades past. From the article: 'With so many new toys and games hitting store shelves every year, it may be a little surprising that many of the most popular playthings are actually quite old. But people have been playing for a very long time. In 4000 B.C., Babylonians played a board game that was probably the ancestor of chess and checkers. Stone yo-yos were first used in ancient Greece around 1000 B.C. Kites appeared in China around the same time, though historians speculate that they have probably been flown since before recorded history.'"

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finally (-1, Offtopic)

mrhellmann (311791) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278302)

fp?

Re:finally (-1, Offtopic)

Karma Farmer (595141) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278309)

fp?

No, I'm sorry. This is the first post.

ah yes (3, Insightful)

bLindmOnkey (744643) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278316)

almost all those toys survived through the entire century. I'm surprised barbie or hula hoops arn't on that list. Beanie babies and razors were definate fads though. Rubix cubes will live forever because it's especially educational for young ones but fun for people of all ages. Really though, iPod should be the most recent one.

Re:ah yes (1)

pintomp3 (882811) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278464)

i know this is /. and we want the ipod on top of every list possible.. but is it really a toy?

Re:ah yes (1)

oldwolf13 (321189) | more than 8 years ago | (#14279357)

I agree... IMHO the walkman had a bigger impact... (or walkman like tapeplayer...dunno if sony was 1st)

first real time you could have portable music. (without carrying around a heavy player)

Either way, a music listening device, while fun, isn't really a toy.

Re:ah yes (4, Funny)

pluggo (98988) | more than 8 years ago | (#14279424)

Beanie babies and razors were definate fads though.

Am I the only one who got some really interesting mental imagery the first time reading this?

Babylon? (4, Informative)

hunterx11 (778171) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278317)

It's pretty well accepted that the ancestor of modern chess, chaturanga, originated in India. A small minority disputes this, claiming that it originated in China, which is plausible if not as likely. But I've never heard of any evidence that chess originated in any form in the Middle East.

Re:Babylon? (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14278329)

Indians and Persians are descendants of the Aryans. Maybe chess actually originates from the Caucassus.

Re:Babylon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14278590)

Not all Indians are Aryans. A significant amount of Indians are Dravidians who are believed to have descended from the African race.

Re:Babylon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14278751)

Huh? You're out of your field so don't BS us like that.

Whippersnappers expect the world now (5, Funny)

eclectro (227083) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278318)


I remember when we had pong on TV. We watched the ball go back and forth. And we were grateful.

Re:Whippersnappers expect the world now (2)

BunnyClaws (753889) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278327)

Yes I can remember the feeling the first time I played pong. I thought it was the coolest thing. Then when the Atari 2600 came out "Combat" stole my heart.

Re:Whippersnappers expect the world now (3, Funny)

HD Webdev (247266) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278483)

I remember when we had pong on TV. We watched the ball go back and forth. And we were grateful.

And then, on the second day, the Pong-Lordeth Saeth, "Let there Be Sticky Paddles for the pong to sticketh to henceforth" and all of the people rejoiced.

Re:Whippersnappers expect the world now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14278539)

I remember when we had pong on handball courts. We watched the ball go back and forth. And we were very grateful.

Re:Whippersnappers expect the world now (1)

dawhippersnapper (861941) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278554)

Is the world so much to ask? Really?!

Missing data (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14278323)

Dildo sex toys were discovered to be used around 4000 years ago [wikipedia.org]

Re:Missing data (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14278698)

DAMN IT. i came in this thread just to make a troll about dildos being the most popular and oldest but you bastard had to go and post a wiki link and such. ARGH!

way more than 4000 years (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14278713)

at least 106,000 years...

http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/dildos/ [rotten.com]

Re:Missing data (1)

bmgoau (801508) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278725)

Remind me to get one for my kid for christmas.

Re:Missing data (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14279670)

It's OK, I already did.

The View-Master (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14278346)

During World War II, viewers were used in training for the U.S. military, and more than 1 billion have been sold thus far. The most popular View-Master reel? The scenic reel of Mecca.

So it's still being used for training the U.S. military?

Re:The View-Master (5, Funny)

sd_diamond (839492) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278749)

So it's still being used for training the U.S. military?

No, it's now used to make policy decisions.

What I didn't see... (5, Funny)

SeaFox (739806) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278362)

Was a nice game of Global Thermonuclear War.

Re:What I didn't see... (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278392)

That game had some unfortunate fallout.

On the other hand, it raised the background radiation level high enough for us to be where we are today. You know... evolved from single celled organisms.

Not even the Christians believe that could have happened naturally.

Re:What I didn't see... (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278729)

There was a game like that and it sucked [yahoo.com] .

Re:What I didn't see... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14278902)

Your sig is spot on. I've never quite been able to comprehend the irony of a warez group password protecting it's releases so that nobody else steals them

Re:What I didn't see... (1)

oldwolf13 (321189) | more than 8 years ago | (#14279326)

That is usually done by torrent sites, who password protect them so you have to visit their site to find the password...

What it means is more advertising dollars for them.

scum.

Man, this brings me down memory lane... (4, Insightful)

Starker_Kull (896770) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278377)

... But isn't it cool that 10,000 years ago, when angels pushed the planets around the earth, the sun was a glowing ball of rock a few hundred yards wide, and diseases were what you got if you pissed off the local god of leaf-hunting or whatever, people still needed something to challenge their minds when they had spare time. I think this is the greatest thing about the human race - we don't just live in the here and now, we need rules, structure, challenges, mystery, luck to entice us. Perhaps that is what really seperated us from the animal herd, is that we SEEKED out things to challenge us, whereas most animals (and let's get real, most humans, probably including me) would just be happy with lots of food and a nice warm sunny day.

I think games are the highest sign that there is intellegent life here after all.

Re:Man, this brings me down memory lane... (5, Funny)

Fennario (748680) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278435)

Perhaps that is what really seperated us from the animal herd, is that we SEEKED out things to challenge us...

Including grammar!

Re:Man, this brings me down memory lane... (1)

Starker_Kull (896770) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278448)

DOH!!!! Ok, I plead guilty of typing on slashdot after a really good bottle of Amarone and passing a checkride - forgive me for my grammatical sin! ;)

Re:Man, this brings me down memory lane... (0, Offtopic)

Godwin O'Hitler (205945) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278928)

OK, you take the grammar, I'll take the spelling: let's go!

Perhaps that is what really seperated us from the animal herd, is that we SEEKED out things to challenge us...

Re:Man, this brings me down memory lane... (2, Insightful)

owlman17 (871857) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278739)

Come to think of it, all life's a game. Except there's no load and save.

Re:Man, this brings me down memory lane... (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278794)

The other animals saw what happened to the curious cat.

$30 Billion??? (3, Insightful)

fuzzybassoon (728480) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278383)

The article claims that $4 million in 1952 is equivalent to $30 billion 2005???? I think someone made an order of magnitude error. Forbes seems to be really good with their money.

Re:$30 Billion??? (1)

DrJimbo (594231) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278694)

How right you are. Seems like someone over at Forbes is a Mr. Potato Head.

I don't think it is likely that every man, woman and child in the US, each spent the equivalent of $100 on Potato Head sets.

Apparently Forbes is maintaining their high standard of journalistic excellence. [groklaw.net]

Re:$30 Billion??? (1)

xtieburn (906792) | more than 8 years ago | (#14279407)

Well it is more along the lines of 30 million. Just a mix up between millions and billions isnt too bad. Its certainly a mix up id love them to make with my bank account.

Toys of practical use (4, Interesting)

core plexus (599119) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278385)

I have a few toys that could be considered prehistoric Alaska artifacts (over 2,500 years old). They seem to teach kids skills needed for hunting, shelter, and survival. I think it's a good idea, as I developed these skills at a very early age, and have put them to good use.

Alaskan Volcano Getting Stinky [suvalleynews.com]

Re:Toys of practical use (1)

Erik Hensema (12898) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278838)

What do you think current toys are for? They're for learning. Childhood is entirely about learning.

Re:Toys of practical use (2, Funny)

chillmost (648301) | more than 8 years ago | (#14279451)

I have a few toys that could be considered prehistoric Alaska artifacts (over 2,500 years old).

Dude, how old are you? Are you still living in your mom's basement?

I kid, I kid :-)

The Toy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14278390)

Everybody should own one: The Toy [imdb.com]

R.I.P. Richard Pryor

Lego lost to a potato? (5, Insightful)

br0pbr0p (887095) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278397)

What's with the kids in that era? How can you like a potato over LEGO?!?! Lego is the ultimate toy, hands down.

Re:Lego lost to a potato? (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278804)

We don't talk about Lego, it killed Meccano. Only the rich kids had Mr. P. Head the rest of us had marbles and hulla hoops.

Re:Lego lost to a potato? (2, Funny)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278893)

You've obviously never used a spud gun.

Re:Lego lost to a potato? (1)

PokerAndroid (928780) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278900)

The introduction of Mr. Potato Head could well be the point in history that future historians mark as the beginning of the end of western civilization. Perhaps we should choose elected officials based on whether they where lego or potato head users.

Re:Lego lost to a potato? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14279232)

You can't stab people with Lego!

(The original Mr. Potato Head consisted of pieces that you would stick into an actual potato, rather than a plastic potato with holes in it.)

Forbes and slide shows (4, Insightful)

chroma (33185) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278401)

You know, I like articles from Forbes, but those slideshow things they like to use have got to go. Did some editor actually think that they make the articles better?

Re:Forbes and slide shows (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14278619)

They're absolutely terrible. Slideshow, fine, its stupid but I can deal with it. But don't put 20 seconds worth of text under a picture that disappears after 10 seconds! Its the most infuriating way to look at an article.

Re:Forbes and slide shows (1)

jintxo (698154) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278812)

I think if they didn't reload the whole page, but only the part the picture and text (and made the refresh rate a bit slower) it would actually be OK.

jintxo

Re:Forbes and slide shows (1)

jesser (77961) | more than 8 years ago | (#14279091)

No. I want to go to the next "slide" when I'm done reading the text and any associated Wikipedia articles, not when an "average reader" is done reading the text.

Re:Forbes and slide shows (1)

jesser (77961) | more than 8 years ago | (#14279183)

It annoyed me enough that I wrote a Greasemonkey script [squarefree.com] to fix it.

Once you install Greasemonkey [mozdev.org] and my script, Firefox will automatically click the "Stop" link for you. For good measure, it also hides the slideshow-related links (slower / stop / faster), and copies copy the "previous" and "next" links to below the text so you don't have to scroll back up to click them.

Re:Forbes and slide shows (1)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 8 years ago | (#14279264)

Look, my ISP crapped out. Seems they moved to a slow backup line and now my net crawls like a snail. Effect? I click "slideshow". Wait for it to load. 3 minutes later it seems it started to actually load and I see the last page. I click "previous", after a moment of milling without displaying anything I'm back to the last page. I don't even get to click stop, it doesn't get displayed, before the page gets flipped and the next one starts loading.

Whoever made it was a total idiot.

Obligatory (4, Funny)

Council (514577) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278405)

Announcer: "Hey, kids of America, it's hand painted wooden ball-in-a-cup, Mexico's favorite toy for over 340 years. Who needs constant video game stimulation when theres ball-in-a-cup? You just toss the ball, catch it in the cup, dump it out of the cup, toss it, and catch it in the cup again. The ball is on a string and attached to the cup, so there's no worry if you dont catch the ball in the cup. And cleanup is as easy as catching a ball in a cup. So why spend another day not catching a ball in a cup when you can be catching a ball-in-a-cup?"
Jingle:" Ball in a cup, Ball in a cup, it's a ball in a cup!"
Kid: "Ball in a cup!"
Jingle: "Ball in a cup!"

Re:Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14278575)

Maybe it's because I've been studying to an EE final for the last 5 hours, but that was super funny

Re:Obligatory (1)

game kid (805301) | more than 8 years ago | (#14279456)

Cup sold separately. You put it together. Adult supervision required. Batteries not included.

You laugh, but.... (1)

microcars (708223) | more than 8 years ago | (#14279505)

my 3 grandkids (8, 10,11) actually like this thing!

Someone gave us a little box of "Olde Tyme" Wooden Toys and in addition to the cork "pop gun", there was...Ball In A Cup!

The boys will actually fight over it.

The "winner" sits there for a half hour or so tallying up how many consecutive "catches" he makes, then when he is "done", he passes it on, saying "Beat THAT SCORE!" to his brother.

and of course I will sit there (with a beer) and watch them play "Ball In A Cup".

Bubbles (1)

ryanov (193048) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278419)

I think soap bubbles fall into the yoyo category... that's got to be a huge moneymaker (as was mentioned I guess in the color bubble article), and they've been around for AGES.

Lots of great free toys that aren't on this list though.

the most popular toy (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14278426)

is Hopkin Green Frog. If I looking for frog. Him name is Hopkin Green Frog.

Sticks... (5, Interesting)

Valcoramizer (812232) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278452)

I contend that the stick is probably the oldest "toy" ever used (although it could be debated that it was only a tool). When humans first started using tools, they were in the form of sticks, rocks, etc. Children probably learned the use of these objects through play, so it is sensable to assume that ancient kids played with sticks. I know that when I was a child, a stick was one of my favorite toys (it could be used like a sword, drum stick, or almost anything)

Re:Sticks... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14278467)

Has anyone noticed how young boys at some stage like to drag sticks with them home?

Instinctive behaviour I suppose.

Re:Sticks... (1)

fremsley471 (792813) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278528)

Yeah, but what were they doing with them before the invention of the gun?

History of Stick Weapons (1)

uberdave (526529) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278567)

Modern day kids hold the stick like a sword and make light sabre noises.
WWI and II era kids would sight along the length of the stick and say "bang".
Kids from the middle ages would hold the stick vertically by the middle and say "twang"
Pre-historic kids would hold the stick by the end, and say "club".

Re:History of Stick Weapons (3, Funny)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278814)

...and everyone of them would sooner or later poke themselves in the eye.

Rubik's Cube? (3, Informative)

UglyRedHonda (893014) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278462)

Rubik's Cube may have been invented in the 70s, but it wasn't mass-manufactured until 1980. Seriously, it wasn't even called the Rubik's Cube until 1980. (It was originally called the Magic Cube.)

Re:Rubik's Cube? (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278822)

I thought that, but I live in Australia, it's so like the 1950's here we made Mr P. Head our prime minister.

Re:Rubik's Cube? (1)

Blondie-Wan (559212) | more than 8 years ago | (#14279628)

I wondered about that myself. The article's authors seem unable to choose between noting the decades certain toys debuted or the decades they became massively popular.

Also, IIRC, Star Wars action figures weren't actually available until 1978, not '77.

Pong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14278475)

Are any of these older than pong?

A Slashdot Classic (1, Funny)

charlie763 (529636) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278476)

This is a classis here on Slashdot: http://www.realdoll.com/ [realdoll.com]

Re:A Slashdot Classic (1)

6ame633k (921453) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278489)

ummm...not exactly what Gepetto had in mind....but I guess toyz arn't just fer kidz dagnabbit

Simple Toys Are Best (2)

Kristopher Johnson (129906) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278486)

I've scored mega points with my young nieces with the following simple toys;

- a tent ($15 at Walmart)

- Socker Boppers

- pretend picnic stuff

- pretend tools (hammer, screwdriver, etc.)

Re:Simple Toys Are Best (1)

megrims (839585) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278599)

You gave tools to a niece? That doesn't seem right.

Re:Simple Toys Are Best (2, Funny)

Oktober Sunset (838224) | more than 8 years ago | (#14279736)

Yes! Those girls should have been given toy kitchn utensils to condition them for thier future life of servitude to men. Giving them tools will just turn them into lesbians!

Re:Simple Toys Are Best (1)

bmgoau (801508) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278737)

Dude, globalisation is a GOOD thing.

Get your relatives a Gameboy.

Implications for Toys for Tots (-1, Troll)

javajosh (605786) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278507)

Toys for Tots was hawking toys outside of the local supermarket yesterday. They had one pile of toys on a table, and a bin of toys about 5 feet away. One of the three young women implored, "You look like a high roller, so" (yes, she really said this) "how about buying a toy for Toys for Tots?" I replied, "I'm a high roller when it comes to food, not inundating kids with Chinese plastic garbage when they probably have much more fun with a cork, 2 plastic straws and a styrofoam cup." There was a marine standing nearby who chuckled. I continued, "Besides, you just take the toys back out of the bin and put them back on the table to be sold again, right?" She looked aghast. "We would never do that!" I pointed out that they might as well rather than incur the cost of shipping the toys out to the store to be moved 5 feet and then shipped back to the Toys for Tots distribution center. She looked a little miffed. The marine looked amused and said, "I hear what you're saying, but..." I took one glance at the pretty young girls' consternated faces and said, "I know man, we're just a couple of assholes." The moral of the story is that kids will make toys out of anything, and there is essentially no need for Toys for Tots. Most of our 4000 year history has been devoid of a T4T charity, and somehow we turned out just fine, and in fact had plenty of toys. Give to cancer research, not to Chinese factories.

Re:Implications for Toys for Tots (4, Insightful)

apflwr (930636) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278696)

The moral of the story is that kids will make toys out of anything, and there is essentially no need for Toys for Tots.

Boy, someone's a Grinch.

Sure, Toys For Tots is a superfluous charity, but I really can't see any reason for such bile. I would imagine it's nice for a disadvantaged kid to get a brand new toy or two at Christmas. Might even make him or her actually forget they're disadvantaged.

If do don't agree, cool, put your money elsewhere. But AFAIK the charity's on the up-and-up and does some good. Lashing out at a couple of marines and volunteers like you claim you did does nothing but make you look like an a misanthrope.

Yeah, there is a need for this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14278916)

Yeah, there actually is need for this bile.
We keep codling these superficial charities which allow people to accomplish nothing (or accomplish the wrong thing) and feel good, while real solutions to problems go unanswered.

One of the worst is Sir Bob Geldof's Live Aid/8 stick. His solution for a continent with a high rate of AIDS, genocide, and corrupt dictators is to give them money, either via the public ticket payers or debt relief. Because nothing solves corruption like giving money to the corrupt. Let us not actually deal with the horrible horrible governments that are stealing the wealth of the African land and people, and abusing the population; let us throw cash at them.
But no. This Live Aid/8 stick is a good thing (TM). You must be an evil racist, closed minded bigot to be against it. Even though in the end all Sir Bob does is increase the misery of the African people.

But no we are supposed to go along with this type of cheap superficial charity. You know I am not going to support a charity that just claims to be good. I am going to ask myself if they are really solving a problem before I take money out of my pocket to help them.

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. You should look at where the charity is building their road to before you help them lay the bricks.

Re:Yeah, there is a need for this (1)

EvanTaylor (532101) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278992)

toys for tots is more about making sure every kid gets toys on christmas rather than them needing toys, to me at least.  And I can get behind that a little bit, but I hate christmas gifts now in my adult life.

I only beleive in giving legos to kids, so my nephews only get legos and other similar products (mostly bricks, not these crappy harry potter sets).  Anything where their mind is the toy.

Re:Implications for Toys for Tots (2, Insightful)

ultranova (717540) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278816)

Most of our 4000 year history has been devoid of a T4T charity, and somehow we turned out just fine, and in fact had plenty of toys. Give to cancer research, not to Chinese factories.

Most of our history has been devoid of cure for cancer. Coming to think of it, most of our history has been devoid of computers, and we've done just fine - so I guess you're just a hypocrite, saying that others should do without modern toys while using one yourself.

"I know man, we're just a couple of assholes."

You got that right. Merry christmas, and I hope that you get no presents since you're obviously doing so well without that stuff anyway, asshole.

Inflation worse than I thought (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14278526)

According to the article:

"Mr. Potato Head, made in 1952 by Hasbro's Playskool unit, was the first toy advertised on television, and it grossed more than $4 million in its first year (that's $30 billion in 2005 dollars)."

I had no idea that $1 in 1952 would be worth $7500 today.

Eureka! (y)-(f)=e (1)

Retrospeak (902942) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278532)

(Your favorite toys in your pre-Slashdot formative years)-(Forbes' most popular toys for your generation) = Essential toys for the advancement of civilization

uh huh (2)

djupedal (584558) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278535)

'many of the most popular playthings...'

...still walk the streets.

Popular toys of the last 100 years? (2, Funny)

Chaffar (670874) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278547)

What? No godemiché?

Oh, you mean kids' popular toys :(

What? No 6 Million Dollar Man? Or even Atari? (4, Interesting)

NeuroManson (214835) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278584)

One of the very few "interactive" toys of the time (the 1970s), it gave true geeks to be the inside view of life as a cyborg, between being able to physically change the cybernetic parts of Steve Austin, you could also have a view through the "eye" of the 6 Million Dollar Man, and even, via his "exercise station" view his exploits using a Fisher Price style 8mm film strip viewer. There were some cool electronic toys as well, but unless your parents were deep in cash, you didn't have it.

Sure, there was Micronauts, and even Battlestar Galactica toys at the time, but you could build stories and adventures around the Bionic Man. The others were primarily reenactments of the shows/commercials (even Micronauts didn't really have a story to speak of, until the Marvel Comics series that came out a few years later).

And of course there was the huge response to the Atari 2600 in the late 70s, in fact, it singlehandedly spawned an entire industry. Ignoring that little bit of history is like ignoring the discovery of electricity or fire, for that matter.

Re:What? No 6 Million Dollar Man? Or even Atari? (2, Funny)

mobby_6kl (668092) | more than 8 years ago | (#14279062)

Let me guess, you're 40 years old and a virgin?

Something wrong with poll (2, Insightful)

GunFodder (208805) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278610)

How can this poll possibly be correct when not a single game console made it? You'd think that one of the the Atari 2600, Nintendo Entertainment System, the Playstation or the Game Boy would have managed to at least earn an honorable mention. I read that the total video game industry is about the size of the movie industry, and growing faster!

Razor scooter - Present? (1)

lennywood1 (571226) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278711)

Uhm, ok, maybe a few years ago the Razor was hot shit, but I think more kids this year are whining for a 360.

Re:Razor scooter - Present? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14279317)

Doubt it - Razor's much more reliable and it can do 360s too!

Top 100 Toys of All-Time (1)

synnthetic (103582) | more than 8 years ago | (#14278763)

VH1 is preparing to run a show in February of 2006 called "The Top 100 Toys of All Time". My favorite is Wooly Willy. The man with "magnetic personality". He's still around after 50 years. Check out their website [smethporttoy.com]

duh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14278887)

ball in a cup!

Dont get your hopes up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14279018)

ONE toy is listed for every 10 years. Millions upon millions (even billions) of children having Christmas over 10 years...and yet it's been reduced to one frickin' toy???

There's not even any real mention of how they arrived at that one toy, other than a few sales figures.

What about the silicon explosion of the late 70's/early 80's?

Optimus Prime... (2, Funny)

PhotoBoy (684898) | more than 8 years ago | (#14279161)

Forget anything before or since, he's the pinnacle. A truck that tranforms into a fucking robot? Greatest. Toy. Ever.

This guy has quite a collection (1)

LaughingCoder (914424) | more than 8 years ago | (#14279227)

Check out Sam's Toy Box at:

http://www.samstoybox.com/ [samstoybox.com]

He even has a Mattel Powershop!

The Neolithic ipod.. (1)

saboola (655522) | more than 8 years ago | (#14279368)

They had ipod's during the Neolithic age. They consisted of two rocks, some twigs, coconuts for headphones. All this was basically held together by dried feces and were prone to scratching. So I guess much has not changed.

lame slideshow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14279391)

I hate your forbes. Why do you need to turn static pages into a Javascript only auto-advancing slide show?

F'ing web design morons from 1995.

No Slinky??? (1)

gagypsy02 (930184) | more than 8 years ago | (#14279472)

I can't believe it wasn't even mentioned.

Or Log (1)

Arnos (91951) | more than 8 years ago | (#14279595)

What rolls down stairs, alone or in pairs, rolls over your neighbors dog?

They forgot to mention Go (1)

smchris (464899) | more than 8 years ago | (#14279502)

Hard to imagine something that complex played in prehistory.

Sudoku is also just a Latin Square variation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14279521)

Another game/puzzle that has been extremely popular in the year behind - Sudoku [google.com] , is also just a variation of Latin Squares (also linked to Euler). Some Sudoku mods, like Killer Sudoku [google.com] , are somewhat different and more challenging, but it's still the same thing.

2 Toys that are always welcome: (1)

microcars (708223) | more than 8 years ago | (#14279524)

Walkie Talkies (even if they already have some)

Flashlights

Every year I give new ones (cheap ones) because the ones I gave them last year are:
Lost
or
Broken

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