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Influential Toys?

Time Magazine has come out with a list of the most influential toys, by decade, dating back to the 1920's. I'm not sure what they mean by "influential," but the list is fun to look at. It does say that fake vomit was one of the most influential toys of the 1950's. I can't say I was influenced by this item, but do remember admiring it in the glass case next to the fake dog poop at the Moon Fun Shop in downtown Stevens Point. Here's the list from the 1960's.
* Etch A Sketch * Rock-a-Stack * Ken * Slip 'n Slide * Chatter Telephone * G.I. Joe * Easy-Bake Oven * Creepy Crawlers * Rock'em Sock'em Robots * Johnny Seven O.M.A. * See 'n Say * SuperBall * Barrel of Monkeys * Radio-Controlled Car * Lite-Brite * Hot Wheels * Playmobil * Flatsy Doll * Barbie's Dream House
(See the whole list here.) I don't think I was influenced by any of those toys, but do know I coveted many of them. While I never had an Easy-Bake oven or Creepy Crawlers, I  wasn't that deprived..I did have some Hot Wheels, Barrel of Monkeys, SuperBalls and Flatsy dolls. But there is one glaring omission from that list. If you are girl who was a kid in the 1960's...you've probably spent the rest of you life looking for your Mystery Date. Is he a dream, or a dud? I always said I liked the duds better..just to be edgy.


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