In North America, the most popular toy is the PlayStation 4, which was named as the most popular in 9 countries. However, the PS5 is higher in the US and Canada favors Xbox Series X. Mexico's favorite is Funko Pop, Haiti chose Barbies, Guatemala's favorite is Hot Wheel cars and Guadalupe chose Scrabble. When we passed in the early 1900s, we began to see toys more advanced for the time.
This included dolls, toy horses, pedal cars and a variety of different types of children's play equipment. Little girls played with wooden or porcelain dolls in the 19th century, and they usually had doll houses. The children had different toys, such as marbles and toy soldiers, and some even had toy trains. The twentieth century then saw a large increase in the different types of toys produced.
For example, plasticine was created in 1897, a toy that is still popular even today. Train games would start to become even more popular in the 1920s, and children would start playing with more things like teddy bears and other stuffed toys. The influential LEGO began to become popular during the 1950s, a toy that allowed people to create their own buildings with bricks that could be fitted together. Barbie dolls and action men began to become more popular in the late 1950s.
Nowadays, virtual reality is something that practically everyone knows. However, in the 1980s, it was a little more foreign. The View-Master concept was designed long before it hit the market. It dates back to the 1930s in Portland, Oregon.
The idea was put into practice by William B. Graves, and was originally created to be an educational tool that later evolved into something completely different. It was even used to detect artillery and aircraft identification in World War II. After that, in 1951 Sawyer took over the Tru-Vu stereo Film Company.
This means that the company would have the rights to the Disney and Stereochrome characters. This is essentially the first debut of the View Master in the world of children's toys. The toy became a resounding success, especially during the 80s. Many of these toys would even come free with a comic book or a copy of a television newspaper.
Cabbage Patch Kids was a big hit in the 80s. Children during 1983 went crazy for these cabbage-faced dolls. Some stores during the Christmas period were completely sold out and by the end of 1983, more than 3 million Cabbage Patch Kids had reached the arms of loving children. These dolls were about 16 inches tall and had a plastic head, a body made of cloth, and hair made of yarn.
They were unique-looking dolls, although many would say they were a little strange. One of the main tricks behind these dolls was that customers would “adopt” them by buying them, and each doll had a small birth certificate with the name and middle name of the doll. This didn't help people who thought they were strange, as you can imagine. However, Cabbage Patch Dolls have a rather sinister story behind them.
While the narrative that feeds the public states that Xavier Roberts was the true creator of Cabbage Patch Dolls, this is not entirely true. In fact, the concept of cabbage dolls actually came from Martha Nelson Thomas, an American folk artist. She ended up suing Roberts as a result. Transformers were said to be cars or other vehicles that could become robots, hence the line of robots in disguise.
The toys were introduced to the United States in 1984 by Hasbro, Inc., and were extremely popular action figures. One of the most interesting things about these toys is that you can literally turn them from one thing and then to another, giving children hours of play with just one toy. However, the story of the Transformers does not end there. Hasbro gave these toys a backstory and all the robots had their own character profiles, allowing children to relate and connect more with them.
Transformers are said to come from a planet known as Cybertron, and there are good and bad robots. His backstory is quite intense, in fact. The main Transformers consist of the Autobots, which are mainly led by Optimus Prime. On the side of evil, you have the Decepticons led by Megatron.
These robots are looking for new energy sources outside of Cybertron for more power to embark on their classic fight “good versus evil”. This eventually led them to Earth, where the fierce battle would spread. The Etch A Sketch was made somewhere between 1955 and 1956 by Andre Cassagnes who was working as an electrician at the time. It was a product born of pure curiosity since Cassagnes coined the idea of Etch a Sketch as a result of his experience working with an electrostatic charge.
Initially, it was a box that had a small traction system inside which operated a special stylus to remove any aluminum dust from its screen - an operation which is quite similar even now! The prototype was purchased by Ohio Art Company but when it was initially released in Germany in 1959 it wasn't an incredible success until Ohio Art Company took over Etch A Sketch which launched it into popularity! It appeared in commercials everywhere and its animation was particularly eye-catching for children who wanted to let their imagination run wild! The Etch A Sketch still exists today although it has come a long way since Cassagnes' prototype made in 1950s! For example Etch A Sketch has partnered with several big brands and television shows such as Disney's Frozen movie to create an Elsa & Olaf themed framework! They have also created other products such as Doodle Sketch & Plug & Play Etch A Sketch which you can essentially use to draw on your TV screen! Nowadays there is even an Etch A Sketch mobile application!.