Formerly known as Furbies, these multi-hued, befuzzed, motorized robots had us at chirps like Hee-haw!
Multi-colored rubber bracelets shaped like anything and everything? What's not to like about entertaining your kids for only $2.99-ish?
A zillion-dollar franchise built around small round plastic magnets that unfurl to reveal monsters on metal surfaces.
Who didn't collect these saggy cuties in the '90s? And believe it or not, these PVC-pellet stuffed animal bean bags still fetch upwards of $375 on eBay!
If you are even remotely coordinated, this rotatable, plastic ankle ball can give you one heck of a workout!
This owly-looking Zhu Zhu predecessor forecasted more than $300M in sales back in 1999 and spoke Furbish, plus 40, count 'em, 40 other languages!
A handheld egg that eats and plays, providing kids with a digital spin on the circle of life.
The original blonde plastic icon and her spiffy entourage have helped little girls play big for over 50 years.
The endless array of cards, video games and accessories can ignite a young kid's imagination for hours upon hours. And seriously, how much fun would it be to sit around conjuring names like Pikachu, Koffing and Weezing all day?
See a laminated board? Stick vinyl shapes, forms and figures on that laminated board where you can make them do all kinds of things. So simple, yet oh-so entertaining.
An eight ball that tells your fortune through the arbitrary positioning of a floating octagon? Talk about a profound lesson in synchronicity!
Without a scientific explanation for exactly how this portal channels messages from the great beyond, color us M..Y..S..T..I..F..I..E..D.
The notion of cooking actual food by light bulb is every bit as fun and fascinating today as it was in 1963.
Little girls just can't resist mothering a baby doll that can drink, burp, giggle, and coo just like they used to.
This game may be just what it sounds like — 50 multi-colored sticks that you have to pick up — but playing is a terrific way for kids to hone fine motor skills.
The classic way to build a whole new world in primary colors.
An early lesson in cool, these cute mini-skateboard replicas are designed to encourage your mini-Tony Hawk to scale mini-skate ramps with their ever-so dexterous mini-fingers.
Emblazoned with random elements and Chinese symbols to evoke the stuff of legends, these colorful, collectible vending machine martians are an el cheapo way to ignite the imagination.
They may look like your run-of-the-mill adorable stuffed animals, but the ability to adopt and nurture Webkinz online forges a sweet, special connection for your kid.
Between the dolls and various spinoffs, the Cabbage Patch brand was the obsession of a generation, raking in around $2 billion in sales since the '80s!
Whether you're prepared to acknowledge it or not, watching a large head float atop a really small body can be kind of funny.
Any marketer that convinces thousands to BUY ROCKS earns snaps for his or her sheer genius.
Rugged, rustic and charmingly old school, what school-age kid can resist the lure of designing their own little cabin retreat?
A bald figure that bounces six feet in the air on impact? Wheeeee!!!
These mesh finger traps, available in a vast array of bright, primary colors, make for an inviting challenge to anyone in the single-digit age bracket.
Can you believe these cheeky Gen X trading cards are still hot stuff?
One must pay reverence to the granddaddy of all electronic games, because without this bad boy, there would be no Mario Kart.
A variation on the Scrabble concept, this spelling game is totally portable (always a plus for parents!) and can be enjoyed by 1-8 players.
This hollow ball made with faux-plastic string is easy to catch — the perfect esteem booster for younger ball players!
This harmless fun gun shoots balls of air up to 20 feet.
The epic blue wooden choo-choo and his free-tooting comrades consume a considerable amount of space in every preschooler boy's brain.
Foam balls that you can whip, hurl and toss with all your might without costly residual damage? True love for both kids and parents!
It's a monster! No — it's a monster truck! Wait — it's a monster! Transformers retained their cool status for over 25 years while impressively making their mark on the film, TV and publishing industries.
An automated way to whip a marshmallow at your brother with all your might? Priceless!
One cruise on this eco-friendly wooden balance bike and you'll hear your proud trainee shout, "Look mom! No pedals!"
The cute factor of this palm-sized bear makes it hard to stop at owning just one.
A scooter that consists of a bicycle seat, handle bars and a bar that holds them together. Wheeeeeee!
A wireless paintbrush that allows you to virtually paint, draw, splat, spin, spray and play on your TV screen? Woot! Who isn't madly in love with no-mess art supplies?
With all kinds of nifty design boosts and customizations, Life (age 150!) and Monopoly (age 75!) are no-fail ways to stay entertained on rainy days.
These tiny dolls and their tiny little worlds are not only adorable, but they're also fantastically collectible and won't dominate the toy bin.
A middle-aged classic constructed of lightweight plastic, this trike gave many of us our first taste of the open road. No wonder it's the No. 1 selling ride of all time!
This classic plastic/wooden push toy has simultaneously captivated and thrilled toddlers for over half a century.
An oldie but goodie from 1943, Silly Putty is comprised of a palm-sized, flesh-colored, sticky silicone-based substance that can both alleviate stress and lift images from newsprint!
So ugly, they're adorable.
In the '90s, we couldn't get enough of a game comprised of slamming bottle-cap-like cardboard discs on tables. Why? Because it's way too much fun to slam things!
Your great-grandma had one. Your grandma had one. You had one. Now your kid has one. After 95 years on the planet, the quintessential redheads cannot be denied their rightful place on this list.
Kids love these teeny, tiny little fuzzy animals and their delicate array of teeny, tiny accoutrements so much, they make big bank!
How DO our children learn to balance and ride two metal bars with two small wheels so fast?
Another oldie but goodie, the art of placing facial features, limbs and accessories on a plastic potato never wears on a newly nimble two-year-old.
These cute thumb-sucking dolls have charmed millions since their inception in '70s Japan — and they're STILL for sale!
Zhu Zhu Pets
Magic 8 Ball
Baby Alive Doll
Pick Up Sticks
Bok Choy Boys
Cabbage Patch Dolls
Garbage Pail Kids
Thomas the Tank Engine
Fisher Price Corn Popper
Mr. Potato Head