MUST HAVE MONDAY – Toys

Sound familiar… “Can you bring me a present home please Mummy?” The promises of gifts after you have been on a business trip need not be that hard, just stick with the mantra – old is still good! Here is some inspiration for children’s toys.

Barbie Doll
Introduced in 1959, Barbie’s real name is Barbara Millicent Roberts

• Barbie has four sisters Skipper (1964), Stacie (1992), Kelly (1995) and Krissy (1995)
• Barbie’s first pet was a horse named Dancer; since then, she has had more than 50 other pets
• Barbie’s first boyfriend, Ken, debuted two years after Barbie in 1961 and was named after the son of Mattel founders Ruth and Elliot Handler. Ken and Barbie broke up on Valentine’s Day in 2004 after being together more than 43 years
• The best-selling Barbie doll ever was 1992 Totally Hair Barbie, with hair from the top of her head to her toes (over 10 million sold)
• Barbie had the fastest growing fan base in Facebook history – 80,000 fans in six weeks
• Mattel sells an astounding 1.5 million Barbie dolls each week — that’s two dolls per second.

Rubik’s Cube
Erno Rubik, inventor of the Rubik’s cube, was a lecturer in the Department of Interior Design at the Academy of Applied Arts and Crafts in Budapest when he created his now-famous cube. The cube (which has 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 different possible configurations and only one solution) made Rubik the communist bloc’s first self-made millionaire and Hungary’s richest private citizen.

Lego
The founder, Ole Kirk Christiansen, hit upon the LEGO® name in 1934. He took the first two letters of the Danish words LEG GODT, meaning “play well”, and put them together.
• There are about 2,350 different elements in the LEGO range – plus 52 different LEGO colours
• More than 400 million children and adults will play with LEGO bricks this year
• Laid end to end, the number of LEGO bricks sold in a year would reach more than five times round the world
• On average there are 62 LEGO bricks for every person on earth
• The world’s children spend 5 billion hours a year playing with LEGO bricks
• With a production of about 306 million tyres a year, the LEGO Group is the world’s largest tyre manufacturer

Crayola Crayons
The average American child spends 28 minutes a day coloring and wears down about 730 crayons by the age of 10. Parents and schools purchase 2.5 billion crayons each year.

Scrabble
Unemployed architect Alfred Mosher Butts invented the game of Scrabble, which he first called “Lexiko” and later “Criss-Cross Words,” in the 1930s. Entrepreneur James Brunot acquired the game in 1947, but it wasn’t until 1953, when the president of Macy’s — now owned by retail giant Federated Department Stores — discovered the game on vacation that things really took off. More than 100 million sets have since been sold worldwide

The most popular toys of all time…
• 1900-1909 Crayola Crayons
• 1910-1919 Raggedy Ann Dolls
• 1920-1929 Madame Alexander Collectible Dolls
• 1930-1939 View-Master 3-D Viewer
• 1940-1949 Candy Land
• 1950-1959 Mr. Potato Head
• 1960-1969 G.I. Joe
• 1970-1979 Rubik’s Cube
• 1980-1989 Cabbage Patch Kids
• 1990-1999 Beanie Babies
• 2000- Present Razor Scooter

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