Top toys that define a generation

CINCINNATI - Think back to your younger years for a minute. Were you wrestling with Mr. Potato Head to fix his face? Were you playing house with a few Barbie dolls? Or did you spend your hours constructing a cabin with Lincoln Logs?

The Indianapolis Children's Museum surveyed more than 24,000 people in seeking to find the top toys that define the last century of childhood, and released their results of the top 20 out of 100 that they asked voters to choose from.

The top toy that defines the last several generations of children? The G.I. Joe.

The tiny soldiers that spawned a TV cartoon series and multi-million dollar movie were voted as the top toy. The original action figure was introduced by Hasbro in 1964 and the moveable fighting man and real American hero has had many adventures in the years since.

The second top toy is relatively young compared to many of the other toys on the list, and it was another that gave way to a blockbuster film and cartoon TV show: Transformers, created by Hasbro in 1984.

Third on the list was Legos, which have been around since 1949.

Rounding out the top five were Barbie (first made in 1959) and View-Master (introduced in the 1930s).

The full list of toys that define the past 100 years is listed below:

1. G.I. Joe
2. Transformers
3. Legos
4. Barbie
5. View-Master
6. Bicycle
7. Cabbage Patch Kids
8. Crayons
9. Play-Doh
10. Monopoly
11. Raggedy 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

You can read the full list of the 100 toys to choose from and the stories that were shared about them at .


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