Toys that stand the test of time are those that capture a child’s imagination and creativity. They also frequently adapt to changing times, staying relevant for each generation, said Reminisce magazine editor Marija Potkonjak Andric. The magazine recently assembled a list of favorite toys from the 1960s that have staying power — so much so that people who played with the toys as children are buying them for their grandkids. “The boomers came of age in the ’60s,” she said. “They are yearning for those times and want to share with the next generation, so they buy these toys for their grandchildren.”
— Amy Hoak
Thomas Dam, a Danish woodworker, is credited with creating the first troll dolls in 1959. But in the early 1960s, these fuzzy-haired dolls were mass produced, and became known as good luck charms for their owners, according to Reminisce magazine. They enjoyed another stretch of popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s. And a trolls movie, from DreamWorks Animation
is scheduled for release in November 2016.
Rock’em Sock’em Robots
This toy came out in 1964, according to Reminisce magazine, and pitted a “Red Rocker” against a “Blue Bomber” in a toy boxing arena. To win the game requires your robot hammering your opponent’s robot until his block comes off. Today, Mattel
manufactures the classic game.
It’s been around since the 1800s, but Parker Brothers began marketing this “pseudo-paranormal” game to children in 1966, according to Reminisce. It’s also a game that has made the leap to online versions, in a number of formats.
You can still buy Sea-Monkeys — brine shrimp sold in hatching kits. The original toy came out in 1962, according to Reminisce magazine.
First sold in 1964, Creepy Crawlers provided children with molds and “goop” to create bugs that they could use to prank their friends.
Players of this board game prepare for various dates (an outing at the beach, ski resort, a formal dance) and then open a white door to learn the identity of their mystery date. The game first came out in 1965, but has been resurrected for other generations. A modern riff on the game: High School Musical Mystery Date, which incorporated characters from the popular Disney
These days, you can play Lite-Brite online or through a Hasbro
app, in addition to a variety of Hasbro products that resemble the classic. The original, which came out in 1967, according to Reminisce, allowed children to create glowing pictures on a screen using black paper templates and plastic pegs.
Many boomers will remember baking a cake in their Easy-Bake Oven, “and they want to have their granddaughters have that same experience,” Potkonjak Andric said. Kenner’s Easy-Bake Oven came out in 1963. Back then, it was powered by two 100-watt light bulbs, according to Reminisce. Today’s Easy-Bake Oven, from Hasbro
has a heating element similar to that of a convection oven.
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