The Biggest Toy Fads Ever!

Toy fads have existed and though parents try to tell their kids that their newest must have toy is silly most parents when they were kids behaved the same.

Toy fads have existed for years and though parents try to tell their kids that their newest must have toy is silly most parents when they were kids behaved the same.
Do you remember trolls? Or those cabbage patch kids to name a few? They were much loved and overly collected for months on end.
Here are some of the biggest toy fads ever!
  • The slinky is an incredibly simple toy but the world went mad for them way back in the 1950’s. A slinky is perfect for throwing down the stairs it also had loads of more possibilities. You could pop it on tables, chairs, shelves or anything that could be used as a surface to send a slinky rocketing to the floor. However, if the bloody thing got knotted or tangled up it was considerably irritating to detangle it. It took ages too and lots of kids cried over it causing parents much anxiety and stress.
  • While they first became popular in the 1960s, Troll dolls seem to have a return to popularity every now and again. The look of the Troll toys was largely unchanged up until last year when DreamWorks gave them a revamp with a movie named Trolls! With their colourful hair and array of styles they were great fun for 90’s kids especially.
  • Mood rings first became popular in the 1970s, but as with a lot of '70s trends they ended up making a comeback in the 1990’s just in time for the All Saints craze. Apparently, they were able to evaluate your mood but in time it soon transpired that they were taking your body temperature! Of course, this didn’t stop the sales and nearly every girl in town had one or a few. They were cheap enough to buy too.
  • For a few years in the early '80s, Rubik's Cubes were the toys that everyone had to have. What kicked off its popularity was a string of best toy and game of the year awards in the US, France, Germany, and the UK. Later in the years there was a revival in the early 2000s, and they've stuck around ever since. They are a great way to keep kids busy for a few hours in fairness, and everyone hopes to break the world record!
  • Furby - Furby is still popular today and is like a computer now but years ago when they first exploded onto the toy scene they were simpler creatures. In 1998 they were heralded as a little owl-like creature, within three years they sold over 40 million and it was a huge success. This has led to many reboots and the latest offering is Furby Connect.
  • Tamagotchi - This little digital pet was launched in 1997 and fast became a must have toy. Long before tablets or Nintendo pets this was a perfect accompaniment to kids who wanted a pet. Offering lots of fun and games they are not as popular now as they once were but still the memories will last a lifetime.
Recent fads have been loom bands causing elastic bands to be found all over kid’s bedrooms and now slime which is causing parents fury as it gets all over the place! The joys!
Written by Emma Hayes, Staff Writer, with Family Friendly HQ. 


Emma Hayes

Emma Hayes is a busy mum to two girls aged 17 and 11 and is married to her childhood sweetheart.

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