Monday, June 21, 2004

Toys that stand the test of time

Remember the 'Skip it'? It was a strange plastic device that you put on your foot then you would jump over the other end.
How about the 'Trail Tracker'? That was a car that would follow a line you would draw with a special marker.
Or do you remember 'Silly Putty'?


See, new toys come out every year. Some are sucesses, some fail, but few LAST forever.

Silly Putty was invented by James Wright, a GE engineer, who discovered the toy by accident. In 1949, the material was sold under the trade name of Silly Putty, selling faster than any other toy in history with over $6 million in sales for the year. Silly Putty is still in stores and can still be used to bounce, stretch and copy any paper you press it against. If I was ever the president of a large company, I would toss out all the copy machines and replace them with boxes of Silly Putty. Of course, that is why I wont ever be president of a large company.

Known in toy circles as 'Silly Putty's retarded cousin'; Play-Doh hit stores in 1956. Its similarity to regular modeling clay without the toxicity or mess made Play-Doh a great toy. 700 million pounds of Play-Doh have been sold. If I was ever the president of a large company, I would toss out all the modeling clay and replace them with boxes of Play-Doh. Then I would do that Silly Putty thing I mentioned earlier.

You throw it, someone else catches it. Kinda like a baby, except no one really throws babies anymore.

Mr. Potato Head:
Created in 1952 as cereal prize. Enough Mr. Potato Heads have been sold in the U.S. to create an army to rise up and overthrow the carrot government.

Hula Hoop:
The hula hoop is an ancient invention that was popularized in the 1950's. Sadly there have been over 1 million Hula Hoop related deaths in America since then.

First marketed on July 12, 1960, the Etch-A-Sketch was developed in the late 1950s by Arthur Granjean. Kids would spend countless hours trying to make a straight line on them. This was considered to a factor in the 1 million American Hula Hoop deaths.

What is your favorite time tested toy?


  1. Slinky was always pretty cool, at least until they stopped making them with metal and started using plastic.

  2. Good call with the Slinky. I don't why I didn't think of that.

  3. Anonymous6/22/2004

    Is Lego old enough to be considered a classic? All my favorite music is called "oldies" now and I played with Legos as a kid. Therefore Legos must be a classic!

  4. I always liked Colorforms, but I'm not sure why. Looking back, you really didn't have many options with those.
    And shrinky dinks! Hey kids, let's turn on the oven and bake a keychain!