Friday, December 16, 2011

Top 100 Toys... Really?

With Christmas right around the corner we're all thinking about it. Toys.
Time Magazine recently released its Top 100 toys of all time. Check it out here:,29569,2049243,00.html

 (G.I. Joe from the '60's)
The list isn't organized 1 to 100. It is organized by decade, from the 1920's to today. Some toys on the list are without question deserving: The Radio Flyer wagon, Army Men, Legos, Mr. Potato Head, Frisbee, and Barbie. Others... less so. Brats? Furby? ---SERIOUSLY?

This article raises the question in my mind: What do you consider to be a toy? Is any object that you pass the time idly by with a toy? Are video game consoles "toys?" What about computer games? Stuffed animals? Board games? Some of the items on the list I would consider less "toys" and more objects of curiousity. Neodynium-Magnet Cube may be cool but does it qualify as a toy? Time says yes. The same thing with Paint-by-Numbers and Bubble Solution and Water Balloon and Colorforms. Are these all "toys"?
The Greatest Toy of All Time

How about the greatest toys of all time that they left off the list - rocks, sticks, dirt, and boxes? Wiffle Ball and Hula Hoop made the list but baseball and football didn't?

For me personally, Legos are the greatest toy of all time. Hundreds of hours of pleasure from simple rectangular prism shaped blocks. The limit is your imagination! Much better than say... Furby.

What's your favorite toy of all time? Post and share!


  1. Well, the dictionary defines a toy as...

    an object, often a small representation of something familiar, as an animal or person, for children or others to play with; plaything.
    a thing or matter of little or no value or importance; a trifle.
    something that serves for or as if for diversion, rather than for serious pratical use.
    a small article of little value but prized as a souvenir or for some other special reason; trinket; knickknack; bauble.
    something diminutive, especially in comparison with like objects.

    With that said, the article is sound.

  2. By those definitions a football should be a toy but it's not on the list...

    I still say the list is somewhat lacking in several regards.