Furby, Tickle Me Elmo and Hatchimals: The must-have holiday toys of yesteryear


Every few years, lightning strikes and parents find themselves chasing holiday season toys so hot that even Santa himself struggles to keep up with demand. Fights erupt in the aisles of toy stores, and resellers make hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars for the must-have holiday his toys that kids can’t live without.

Let’s take a look back at some of the toys that have set the standard for the holiday shopping season over the past few years.

1996: Tickling Elmo

Culver City’s 2-year-old Nicholas Barrientos and his mother, Christine, check out Big Elmo sitting on the toy store counter while a store clerk honks Tickle Me Elmo.
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Elmo may seem like it’s been around for years, but it wasn’t until 1996 that the adorable red fur ball took the holiday shopping season by storm. In fact, the hysteria surrounding Tickling Elmo got so bad that a Canadian store clerk was reportedly trampled as enthusiastic shoppers rushed to get their hands on the toy.

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Rosie O’Donnell was boosted by a string of endorsements and placements on television shows – Rosie O’Donnell called Elmo “a cute little monster” on her daytime talk show. . Her Tyco, the maker, says Holiday sold 1 million of her Tickle Me Elmo in just one season of his season.

1998: Furby

PS 59 students meet Furby at FAO Schwarz.
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Two years later, a new fur toy called Furby appeared. Adorable and sometimes a little scary, Fuzzy Talker, manufactured by the now-defunct Tiger Electronics, was a hybrid of an owl and a rodent. The toy retails for around $35 and, like its furry red predecessor, it fetched the highest amount on the internet. In 1998 alone, Tiger sold 1.8 million of his Furbys.

Furby wore several different “outfits” and they all spoke Furbish. Furbish was a simple dialect that slowly changed into English as the creatures got older. Many Furby’s had their batteries removed in the middle of the night when they couldn’t stop talking.

1999: All kinds of Pokemon

Kaori Kima (left) and Mami Hashimoto, employees of Japanese toy maker Tommy, demonstrate the “Pokémon Stadium, Pikachu vs Raichu” fighting game on December 20, 1999.
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The Pokemon craze reached its peak just before the turn of the 20th century, fueled by the Game Boy Color game, the physical trading card game, the hit animated TV series, and the movies that arrived on the shores of North America. each other’s age. Kids begged for their Gameboy his Link his cable to battle friends while adding trading cards to their list in search of the elusive Holographic Charizard.

2000: laser scooter

Sales representative Angel Martinez adjusts the steering wheel of a “Razor” model scooter at The Sharp Image store in New York City on June 2, 2000.
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After ushering in the new millennium, kids across the country are swapping out their iconic ’90s skateboards for a new form of transportation: Razor scooters.When 5 million units sold in just six monthsthe Razor scooter helped even kids with balance difficulties shred sidewalks after school.

2002: Beyblade

Schoolmates Mark Phipps (left) and James Avery (both 14 years old and from Surrey) try out Beyblades to fight spinning tops.
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Takara Tomy is a beyblade inspired by the 1998 Japanese manga series that rose to holiday season glory in 2002 with a fresh take on the classic spinning top. The premise was simple. Kids will battle their friends to see whose Beyblade spins the longest and the player who scored 7 points first he won the match.

Topps come with interchangeable pieces to customize your combat experience, with different weights, rings and discs determining how the toy behaves in the arena. Ultimate fans have also added accessories such as stadiums and launchers to their collections. The company has sold over 150 million units of his.

2009: Vermillion Pet

Zhu Zhu Pets are on display on eBay at the 57th Annual Pop-Up Marketplace store in New York, Friday, November 20, 2009.
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By the end of the decade, the toy trend had shifted from frowning, action-packed tops and video game creatures to Zhu Zhu Pets, cuddly little plush robotic hamsters, themselves. has become a phenomenon. Retailing for just $8, the toy has gained traction thanks to a burgeoning community of mom and his bloggers who sang praises of the toy and contributed to its development.

In fact, they made it so popular that it was almost impossible to find at times.

“It’s easier to get a swine flu shot than it is to get Zhu Zhu Pets.” sarcastically said to a shopper.

The company behind Zhu Zhu Pets moved $250 million in products annually during its heyday.

2014: Anything “Frozen”

Disney’s Frozen Snow Glow Elsa was named one of the Top 12 Dream Toys at the Dream Toys 2014 Launch in London, UK on November 5th, 2014.
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Disney’s Frozen movie was released in time for the 2013 holiday shopping season, but the merchandise business really took off in 2014.Shipment of movie-related products nearly 500% jumped According to industry estimates, the scramble has paid off in time for the 2014 holiday shopping season.

Generally “frozen” products lost barbie As the most popular doll of the year, it brought in over $530 million.

2016: Hatchimals

Avalyn 6 is playing with the new Hatcnhimal. She named him Oscar.
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In 2016, furry and lovable creatures were back in the spotlight with the introduction of Hatchimals, tiny plush figures that literally hatch from plastic eggs. Spin-his-master toys were a hot commodity by early November, retailers across the country were struggling to keep up with surging demand, and parents were on the block for the chance to score their own Hatchimals. lined up around.

Of course, the toy was not without controversy.some parents claimed that toys cursed in their sleep Others have complained that their Hatchimals have never actually hatched.

Spin Master declined to disclose exact sales figures, but industry analysts estimate that millions of tiny critters hatched and went home in 2016.

This article was originally published in November 2017.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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