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TOP 10: TRENDY TOY CRAZES OF ALL TIME

Rubik's Cube is celebrating it's 40th Anniversary. The Cube was created in 1974, in Soviet-controlled Hungary. It eventually became licensed to the Ideal Toy Corp in 1980. It was originally called the Magic Cube, but was rebranded with the more memorable name we have now. Since then it’s sold over 350 million units, making it the best-selling toy ever, though it’s not as popular as it once was. The world record for solving the Rubik’s Cube is held by Mats Valk, a Dutch teenager who managed to complete the cube in just 5.55 seconds.

 

TOP 10: TRENDY TOY CRAZES OF ALL TIME

 

1) Cabbage Patch Kids - The fugly-cute dolls that you don't just buy but adopt become all the rage in the mid-80s, even making the cover of Newsweek in 1983.

2) Tickle Me Elmo - Tickle Me Elmo, a giggling, vibrating plush toy version of the red furry monster, was introduced in 1996 and became an instant success. Due to unexpectedly high demand, the toy, which retailed for $28.99, fetched as much as $1500 in re-sale.

3) Furby - The nation came down with Furby fever during the holiday season of 1998, when it became the toy on the top of every kid's wish list. The part owl/part hamster/part Yoda robot critters spoke their own language -- Furbish, of course -- but gradually "learned" English the more you played with them.

4) Beanie Babies - In the mid-90s, animal-shaped bean bags called Beanie Babies had that special unknowable something. By limiting supply amidst growing demand, and continually retiring lines, parent company Ty stoked a fervor among collectors.

5) Rubik's Cube -This iconic 3-D puzzle has been around since 1980, with more than 350 million sold worldwide, and is generally considered to be the world's best-selling toy. 

6)  Pogs - Commercialized in the 1990s, Pogs are small discs you stack, then hit with a slammer that causes them to scatter. Pogs started being manufactured with themes -- movies, sports, famous world leaders, even anti-drug messages. 

7) Zhu Zhu Pets - These interactive toy hamsters are as cuddly as the real thing but come in pink and don't smell! Low supply in 2009 made these a hot and hard-to-get toy, but bigger shipments caused the hysteria to die down a bit in 2010.

8) Pokémon - Pokémon are creatures that you catch and train to fight other Pokemon trainers in a complex virtual world.

9) Webkinz - This toy with an online component revolutionized the industry when they were introduced in 2005. Cute stuffed animals come with a secret code that you enter into the Webkinz World website, which allows kids to play with and take care of a virtual version of their animal. 

10) Tamagotchi - A virtual pet! The egg-shaped handheld, which had its heyday in the mid-90s, lets you name your pet, feed it, clean up its poop, give it medicine, and get it to bed. Fail to take proper care of it, and it dies  just like the real thing, only a lot less traumatic.

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