That Toy is Awesome!

Jack Maxton Chevrolet is very excited to be involved with Toys for Tots 2011. Several customers and employees have already dropped off wonderful donations for the charity. Seeing the array of toys coming in makes you think back on what your favorite toy was when you were a kid. It might be hard to pinpoint one overall, but it is amusing to see the amount of imagination it takes to play with the toys from past decades! As we’ve just been celebrating the 100 year birthday of Chevrolet, let’s look back at some toys from the past decades!


Most kids enjoy a coloring book and crayons.   But, can you imagine crayons being the most popular “toy” in the early 1900’s? It is true. Crayola has been around since 1903! Notice the eight color selection.  






1915, on the other hand, had a totally different twist! This is the year of famous Raggedy Ann, and she is still popular today, as a doll and even a Halloween costume.










1929 – Yo-Yo

Countless hours were spent on not walking your own dog, but learning the trick “walk the dog” with a yo-yo.







1938 – View-Master

Can you imagine what parents were thinking when this came out?  “What will they think of next?” Then, they made the View-Master in 3D!









1947 – Scrabble

Still a fun and challenging game today!







1952 – Mr. Potato Head

Who knew he would be one of the most popular animated characters in Toy Story 43 years later?







1960 – Etch-A-Sketch

I don’t know about you, but a wall size Etch-A-Sketch would beat a video game any day! Think of the possibilities…








1978 – Rubik’s Cube

First of the brain teaser games, it was followed by Simon and the Bop-It.







1983 – The Cabbage Patch Kid

At the peak of their popularity, the dolls were a must-have toy for Christmas. Parents across theUnited Statesflocked to stores to try to obtain one of the Cabbage Patch Kids for their children, with fights occasionally erupting between parents over the hard-to-find dolls. In later years, Coleco introduced variants on the original Cabbage Patch Kids, and derivatives of the original line of dolls continued to be marketed. Hailey Theeuwen was the first known Cabbage Patch doll.







1996 – Tickle Me Elmo

Another toy that made the news in the middle 90’s! It was nearly impossible at the time to purchase the toy at Christmas time. Some people paid up to $300 on eBay.









2006 – Nintendo Wii

Not only was it groundbreaking for video games, it enticed parents to become involved in the fun with games like tennis and bowling.







2010 – Anything Lego!

Kids bring this toy to life! Popular in decades past, the toy was made trendy again with new different shapes of Lego’s and mechanical moving parts kids can control.





So there you have it: a look back in time at some of the most popular toys under the Christmas tree in years past. Every child should have the opportunity to open a gift. You can drop off your unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots in the New Car Showroom, Jack Maxton Chevrolet,700 E. Dublin-Granville Road,Worthington,Ohio43081. Have a Happy Holiday!

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