Top 20 Toys Of The Past Century

G.I. Joe has been voted the top toy of the past century in a poll conducted on the Children’s Museum of Indianpolis website. Museum officials listed their top 100 toys of the past 100 years and more than 24,000 votes later, the list was narrowed down to just 20 toys with G.I. Joe at the top. Other toys that made the list include Transformers, Lego blocks, Barbie and the View-Master. The president and CEO of the museum said, “…Toys are a powerful tool for exploration and imagination as we learn and grow. They foster many shared memories across generations and, as was represented in the voting and story sharing for 100 Toys, across cultures as we read stories submitted from Germany, Canada, Australia and Israel.” (Washington Post)

The museum points out that all of the favorites have been manufactured for at least 25 years.

To get their results, the museum asked the public to vote on the ‘100 Toys (and their Stories) that Define Our Childhood.’ Museum curators had initially selected the top 100. The winners are:
1. GI Joe
2. Transformers
3. Lego
4. Barbie
5. View-Master
6. Bicycle
7. Cabbage Patch Kids
8. Crayons
9. Play-doh
10. Monopoly
11. Raggedly Ann
12. Spirograph
13. Etch A Sketch
14. Little Golden Books
15. Hot Wheels
16. Lincoln Logs
17. Candy Land
18. Roller Skates
19. Silly Putty
20. Mr. Potato Head