These are the best-selling Christmas toys of the past 30 years

by Super User
Which one is your favourite? Whether you love it or hate it, there's no denying Christmas is fast-approaching. Toy experts have already predicted what they think will be on kids' Santa letters this year. As long ago as it might seem, we were eager children too, with that one special toy we absolutely needed. That one thing you'd tell your family about - and then announce to the entire school that you were definitely getting it. Let's take a look at some of the bestselling Christmas toys from years goneby... 1987 - Sylvanian Families: These cute little animal families were massively sought after. They came with hundreds of accessories – everything from houses to clothes and even table ornaments. 1988 - Ghostbusters Proton Pack Kids everywhere wanted a "proton pack" - just like they had in the films. 1989 - Batman Batmobile Carrying on the movie-inspired theme, 1989's most wanted toy was an exact replica of Batman's primary mode of transportation. 1990 - Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles Still taking inspiration from the screen, but television this time. The ‘heroes in a half-shell’ (Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo and Raphael) came kung fu kicking their way out of the sewers of New York and into the hearts of UK youngsters - before we were allowed to call them ninjas. 1991 - Gameboy Nintendo launched this iconic pocket-sized computer game in the UK - and it went down a storm. 1992 - Tracy Island Electronic Playset Thunderbirds was reborn - causing many parents to have to queue for this toy at Christmas . 1993 - Barbie Mattel's fashion doll was a huge favourite for children this year. 1994 - Power Rangers action figures The launch of Power Rangers caused worldwide demand with their ‘GO GO Power Rangers' theme tune. 1995 - Pogs This craze swept playgrounds in the 90s. These 'milk caps' were to be collected and flipped like tiddlywinks. 1996 - Toy Story Buzz Lightyear "To infinity - and beyond." The Pixar movie opened in the UK setting a new standard for animation and making overnight sensation of Buzz Lightyear. 1997 - Teletubbies - and Tamagotchis 1997 saw Teletubbies take kids' TV by storm, while Tamagotchi became a classroom craze as virtual pets came over from Japan. Both toys created massive queues at stores as Toys R Us made overnight deliveries to cope with demand. 1998 - Furby Bandai's interactive pet, Furby, launched in October 1998 and demand was huge. Most people of a certain age will remember having or playing with a Furby. The toy was so popular, it was re-released in 2013 (see below) and then again last year 1999 - Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Chris Tarrant’s popular TV quiz got the nation guessing and a new board game and interactive game flew off the shelves. 2000 - Teksta the robo-dog 2001 - Bob The Builder The much-loved handyman was on ALL pre-schoolers' wishlists. 2002 - Bratz dolls Once upon a time, Bratz, the dolls with a ‘passion for fashion', sold like hot-cakes. Bratz relaunched in 2015. Unfortunately, it was quite underwhelming. Once upon a time, Bratz, the dolls with a ‘passion for fashion', sold like hot-cakes.

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