Toys on your shopping list
Go to Farm & Fleet’s website, and the store has a countdown clock to the opening of its Christmas season Toyland, now just 25 days away, on Oct. 20.
That soon-to-open toy section occurred to me as I read the story in Sunday’s Gazette Marketplace section about the hot new toys that Toys R Us will allow early shoppers to “reserve.” The list includes computer tablets for kids, fashion dolls that aren’t Barbie or G.I. Joe but those resembling the boy-band One Direction, and retro hits such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Furby.
That story also brought to mind a discussion Tim Beggs was leading one recent morning on WCLO. Tim was detailing a list, compiled in an online poll by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, of the top 100 toys, or “iconic objects,” that have defined American childhood the past century.
The top five? The aforementioned G.I. Joe, Transformers, LEGOs, Barbie and View-Master. The second five were the bicycle, Cabbage Patch Kids, Crayons, Play-Doh and Monopoly.
The second 10 included Raggedy Ann doll, Spirograph, Etch A Sketch, Little Golden Books, Hot Wheels, Lincoln Logs, the Candy Land game, roller skates, Silly Putty and Mr. Potato Head.
I admit, most of those items were part of my childhood. I could think of a few that got left off the top 20, however: the Hula Hoop, Yo-Yo, Slinky, Tinker Toys, the Erector Set, Frisbee, the skateboard, and, if you’re including books, why not the Dr. Seuss series? (You'll find some of these in the top 100).
Have you started assembling your toy list for the coming Christmas shopping season? Are you going to buy some of the new offerings or some of the old standbys above?
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