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Toys, toys, toys. If you're an adult, then you don't have to be embarrassed... everyone is allowed to play with toys! Over the years, toys have evolved from being simple things to occupy children to well-designed and thought out creations that oftentimes the entire family can enjoy. However, while almost every toy nowadays is flashy, electronic, or digital, in the '40s, '50s, and '60s, toys were much simpler but still just as much fun! The Baby Boomer era is responsible for a lot of things in the world today but in this quiz, we're going to be focusing on some of the toys that they developed, introduced, or popularized.
From Barbie to Hot Wheels, G.I. Joe to the rubber duck, or from Lego to the skateboard, there is no denying that the Baby Boomer generation has blessed us with some of the most memorable and iconic toys that are still immensely popular to this day. So, are you ready to have some fun with this quiz? Then dive right in and let's get started!
Barbie is a fashion doll that is owned and manufactured by Mattel Inc. While she has had her fair share of criticism, Barbie is widely recognized as a cultural icon. More than a billion Barbie dolls have been sold in just six decades.
Mr. Potato Head is – true to his name – a toy that consists of a plastic model of a potato that can be affixed with plastic facial features, shoes, and hats.
Barrel of Monkeys is a toy game that is simple in its design but extremely fun and addictive to play. You simply have to make a chain of monkeys without dropping any of them.
G.I. Joe is a line of toys that are produced by Hasbro. As the name suggests, the action figures are centered around the various branches of the U.S. armed forces.
Clue is a board game that puts players in the middle of a murder mystery. The game has influenced several books, films, other games, and even a musical, over the years.
The modern hula hoop is a toy that was introduced in the 1950s and is still popular to this day. However, the actual origins of the hula hoop can be traced back to the Native American Hoop Dance.
A board and wheels seems like a simple and straightforward toy nowadays but back when they were introduced, skateboards were something to marvel at. The first skateboards were actually rollerblade wheels attached to planks.
Charmin' Chatty was a pull string "talking" doll manufactured by the Mattel toy company. She was a success and Mattel introduced Chatty Baby, Tiny Chatty Baby, Tiny Chatty Brother, Singin’ Chatty, and many others as a result.
Risk is not as lighthearted as the other games mentioned here. It is a strategy board game of diplomacy, conflict and conquest. It was invented in 1957 by French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse.
Silly Putty is fun to play with and is loved by children of all ages. However, it was originally created during research into potential rubber substitutes for use by the United States in World War II.
Fisher-Price Little People is a toy brand for younger children, ages 6–36 months and to age 3. In 2016, Little People was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.
Hot Wheels is a brand of die-cast toy cars that was introduced by American toy maker Mattel. Many people remember Hot Wheels competing with Matchbox cars. However, this competition ended when Mattel bought Tyco Toys.
Creepy Crawlers was a toy that allows users to make semi-solid, rubbery creations from die-cast metal molds. Their popularity died off but Mattel has announced a plan to revitalize the brand with 3D printing.
Lego; everyone loves them, no one likes to step on them. Lego has been hailed as being not just a simple toy but also as a medium of expressing creativity for children and adults alike.
The rubber duck is without a doubt one of the most iconic toys in pop culture today. Bath time would simply not be the same without the invention of the rubber duck.
While everyone and their grandmother knows about Barbie – the woman of a hundred careers – not everyone remembers Ken, her male counterpart. Regardless, Ken and Barbie are often cited as one of the most iconic fictional couples.
Like Lego, Play-Doh is one of those toys that always seems to promote creativity. Play-Doh is so iconic to this day, that the name has become a general catchall name for all types of modelling clay.
If you were an aspiring child chef in the '60s, '70s, and '80s, then you probably had an Easy-Bake Oven or wanted one. The Easy-Bake Oven was so iconic that it was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2006.
On the surface, the Etch A Sketch may seem like an evolution of the Wooly Willy but these two toys are completely different. It is notable for being one of the original inductees to the National Toy Hall of Fame.
Tiny Tears was a doll that boasted the ability to shed tears from two tiny holes on either side of her nose. To some people this was cute or sweet, for others it was slightly unnerving and creepy.
Chattery Teeth are a wind-up toy that is often sold in novelty stores today. This toy has greatly permeated pop culture, appearing in countless TV shows, films, video games, and more.
Why are they called Matchbox? That’s because they were sold in boxes similar in style and size to those in which matches were sold. Matchbox cars were often touted as being more realistic than the cars sold by their main competitor, Hot Wheels.
Rock-a-Stack is a toy by Fisher-Price with colorful rings that have to be placed in order of size onto a pole. Like a lot of other Fisher-Price toys, Rock-a-Stack is a great educational toy for young children.
The Magic 8-Ball is a toy used for fortune-telling or seeking advice. The iconic status of the Magic 8-Ball is evidenced by its appurtenance in countless films, TV shows and more.
From the get-go, you know that this is going to be a silly toy from just hearing its name. Perhaps the most memorable thing about Gonk is that Beatles musician Ringo Starr publicly showed theirs off to the world.
The Troll doll wasn’t a scary monster that lived under bridges, it was a cute toy that was widely loved. They even had their own charming and successful film in 2016.
When it comes to flexibility and fun, no game combines the two better than Twister. This simple plastic mat with colors has deservingly been inducted into the American National Toy Hall of Fame.
Two robots enter the ring, only one leaves! This popular game about two boxing robots is simple, yet fun and has been referenced countless times in popular media.
No, not chloroform! They’re not dangerous, they’re Colorforms. Many people probably don’t remember this one by name but Colorforms featured several iconic characters like Superman, The Beatles, Gumby, Batman, and Tarzan.
If you haven’t played on a Slip’N Slide in the blistering summer heat, then you haven’t truly experienced summer fun. It’s just a long sheet of plastic connected to a water hose. Sometimes simplicity truly is more fun.
Speaking of simple, yet fun, one of the most blatant examples of this is the Slinky, a precompressed helical spring. The Slinky and a flight of stairs are truly one of the greatest love stories of our time.
If you want the rugged appearance of big trucks scaled down to fit on your desk, then look no further than Tonka. These trucks are so iconic that they have even been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.
No, it’s not a battery-powered football or a football that’s going to shock you after every touchdown, it’s a tabletop football game played on a metal vibrating field. Electric football is still popular to this day and has added smartphone interactivity and electronic scoreboards to newer models.
It’s a plastic plate that you throw and catch. OK, maybe that description doesn’t do it justice but the frisbee is like the younger brother of the ball. It’s never not fun to just throw it around – and your dog loves it too!