The Top Toy of Each Year: 1955-1985

1Are You a Toys ‘R Us Kid? 

I like toys. You like toys. We all like toys. Like you, I am a marginally responsible adult, so my annual toy budget takes a backseat to utility bills, insurance copays, and oil changes. Never is parenting more enjoyable than those minutes spent browsing aisles of blister packages and licensed graphics to find that Zombie Cave Minecraft LEGO set or that three-pack of Paw Patrol doggies (But NOT Rubble, Daddy. I don’t like Rubble). I don’t mind searching because—Chapter 11 be damned—I am a Toys ‘R Us kid.

I chose one of the most popular, if not THE most popular, toy each year from 1955 to 1985. Considering this website diverse audience, I covered the childhood of several generations, from Baby Boomers to Millennials.

*When making selections for each year’s top toy, no preference was made for boy or girl toys—I did my best to cover each end equally. Selections are based on total sales, NOT the year the toy was released to market. Cost inflation values from the Consumer Price Index Inflation Calculator by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.