The three-hour special shown on TV’s Channel 4 on 19th December gave a countdown of the nation’s 100 favourite toys and games. The show was presented by gizmo, gadget and toy collector Jonathan Ross and you can watch it again here: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/100-greatest-toys-with-jonathan-ross/4od. Find out how world famous Action Man evolved from the American GI Joe doll. What was the genesis of Barbie? And who came up with the design of makes such as the Raleigh Chopper?
The shortlist of 100 toys was selected by a panel of industry experts and the final countdown decided by a Channel 4 online vote. Here are the top 10 toys:
The Top Ten toys are…
It has come a long way over the past almost 80 years – from a small carpenter’s workshop to a modern, global enterprise that is now, in terms of sales, the world’s fifth-largest manufacturer of toys.
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Invented during the Great Depression in 1934, Monopoly has since been translated into 26 different languages and has sold over 200 million sets worldwide. It’s a small wonder that most people have grown up with Monopoly.
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3 Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons & Dragons Online takes place in a story setting known as Eberron. Intrigue lurks around every corner and magic drives technology in this unique genre of sword and sorcery. Threats from monsters and invaders are constant, and noble houses and factions engage in political struggles for power. From familiar races like elves and dwarves to mysterious new entities like warforged and quori, Eberron is a world of action, adventure, and danger! Read on for more information about this exciting backdrop for the Dungeons & Dragons Online experience!
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5 Nintendo consoles
What started life as the Famicom (Family Computer) in Japan went on to become the machine that saved the videogame industry. After a major games slump in the west, The Nintendo Entertainment System defied pundits and sold in millions. Gamers scrambled to see and play classics like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Excitebike, all of which were leaps and bounds ahead of other home systems’ games.
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6 Playstation consoles
The PlayStation brand is a series of video game consoles created and developed by Sony Computer Entertainment. Spanning the fifth, sixth, and seventh generations of video gaming, the brand was first introduced on December 3, 1994 in Japan. The brand consists of a total of three consoles, a media center, an online service, a line of controllers and a handheld as well as multiple magazines.
The first console in the series, the PlayStation, was the first video game console to ship 100 million units after 9 years and 6 months of its initial launch. While its successor, PlayStation 2, is the best-selling console to date having reached over 140 million units sold as of September 30, 2009. Sony’s current console, PlayStation 3, has sold over 41.6 million consoles worldwide as of September 30, 2010. The first handheld game console in the PlayStation series, PlayStation Portable (PSP), has sold a total of 60 million units worldwide as of March 14, 2010. In addition, two new pieces of hardware are being developed as part of the PlayStation brand, a successor to the PlayStation Portable unofficially known as the PlayStation Portable 2 and a smartphone unofficially known as the PlayStation Phone
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Scrabble is a word game in which two to four players score points by forming words from individual lettered tiles on a game board marked with a 15-by-15 grid. The words are formed across and down in crossword fashion and must appear in a standard dictionary. Official reference works (e.g. The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary) provide a list of permissible words. The Collins Scrabble checker can also be used to check if a word is allowed.
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Scalextric is typically sold as a set containing enough track to make a circuit, the necessary power supply and throttles and two cars. The cars are usually based on real vehicles from Formula 1, A1 Grand Prix, NASCAR, rallying, touring, or Le Mans, or based on ordinary road going cars. A number of novelty sets have been produced; for example, horse racing sets and 360 degree sets. The latter, produced sporadically since the 1960s, have a specially-made guide that enables the car to run back the way it has come by spinning through 180 degrees.
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9 Trivial pursuit
Trivial Pursuit is a board game in which progress is determined by a player’s ability to answer general knowledgepopular culture questions. The game was created in 1979 in the southern Spanish city of Nerja by Canadian Scott Abbott, a sports editor for The Canadian Press, and Chris Haney, a photo editor for Montreal’s The Gazette. After finding pieces of their Scrabble game missing, they decided to create their own game. With the help of John Haney and Ed Werner, they completed development of the game, which was released in 1982. and
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The GameBoy was released in late 1998 as a follow-up to Nintendo’s successful Game & Watch handhelds. It was the first of the modern portables on the video game market and inspired other companies to make similar portables and try to outdo Nintendo. But in the end, it was GameBoy that won.
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What’s your favourite toy of all time?