Debenhams reveals its top ten selling toys of all time
Following an analysis of toy sales from the last 50 years, the department store found that 1980s favourite the Cabbage Patch Doll was its best selling toy ever whereas this Christmas the tablet is predicted to top the sales list.
Despite the gap in years, the Debenhams chart shows that nostalgia still reigns supreme and some toys are still rated highly on children’s Christmas lists decades on, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Lego.
Other retro toys from Christmas past that did not make the Top Ten but were still highly rated included: Space hoppers, Tiny Tears doll, Beanie Babies, My Little Pony, Polly Pocket, Transformers, Thunder Birds Tracy Island, Etch-a-Sketch, Care Bears, Action Man, Slinky, Star Wars Action Figures, Slinkies and family board game favourites; Guess Who, Monopoly and Dream Phone.
James Ford, Debenhams toy buyer, said: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Lego are non-movers and are still as popular today as they were when they first launched.
"Parents will remember these brands, and provided we modernise them, they're more than likely to buy them for their kids. These brands have stood the test of time.
"In recent years we have seen the rise of the tablet and techy gifts, we have two tablets alone on our list of top ten and last year sold 700% more than previous years.
"It’s nice to see that even despite technological advances some toys have maintained their popularity and kids today are playing with the same toys that their parents did.”
The top ten toys in 2013 vs. the bestselling toys of all time are as follows:
|Top 10 toys for 2013||Top 10 toys of all time|
|1 Kurio 4S touch tablet||1 Cabbage Patch Dolls|
|2 Doc McStuffins Doctor’s Bag||2 The Rubiks cube|
|3 Monster High 13 Wishes Party Dolls||3 Monopoly|
|4 Lego Galaxy Squad Bug Obliterator||4 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figures|
|5 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Anchovy Alley Foldout||5 Buzz Lightyear|
|6 Bobo Buddies backpack blankets||6 Barbie Doll|
|7 Tomy Battroborg Battle Pack Arena||7 Teletubbie Doll|
|8 Megableu Creepy Hand Game||8 Furby|
|9 Fisher-Price Imaginext Batcave||9 Sylvanian Families|
|10 Vtech Innotab 3||10 Lego|
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