Using national toy archives and data curated by The Strong from 1920 to today, Stacker searched for products that caught hold of the public zeitgeist through novelty, innovation, kitsch, quirk, or simply great timing, and then rocketed to success. Here are the top holiday toys from the year you were born, counting up from 1920 to today. May they fill your heart and stockings with joy.
Tuesday, Jan 1st 2019 (12:00am)
Raiders of the Lost Ark begins with a memorable scene in which Indiana Jones invades an ancient temple to steal a golden idol and then has to escape a series of booby traps. Caleb Watson recreated that scene in LEGO, but not in a stop-motion video as you'd expect. This is a completely built LEGO diorama with working motors to animate the action! The structure shows the path our hero takes in and out of the temple, with moving action in each section. Watson showed it off at BrickCon 2018. The first five minutes shows us the entire setup, followed a tour of the inner workings.
Thursday, Dec 27th 2018 (12:20am) | Thanks: Squid
Yootoober TheLeoboycool10 makes stop-motion movies with action figures, and has taken on the monumental task of retelling Marvel's Infinity War saga with his own quirky spin. He has a minimalist low-rent approach to sets and a keen sense of cinematic style, which leads for some really amazing animation considering the medium. Well worth following to its eventual conclusion.
Monday, Oct 8th 2018 (12:00am)
So there is this prolific action figure collector on the yootoobs named Shartimus Prime, and I'm a big fan of his review videos. In them, he usually does size comparisons with a specific standard figure dubbed the Big Time Let Down Spider Man. For your stupid giggly pleasure, here is the compilation playlist of those comparisons.
Friday, Sep 14th 2018 (12:00am)
A toy pirate ship launched by two young brothers from Aberdeenshire, Scotland has sailed the high seas to Scandinavia. It is now braving the rough seas of the southern Atlantic in a bid to make it all the way to the Americas.
On April 1, 2018, Japanese toy-maker Bandai announced a new lineup and innovative figurines. Nekobusou, or "Armored Cats" in English, were essentially adorable kitty transformers that could wrap themselves with lethal killing machines. The Armored Cats are debuting at a hobby show in Japan right now but for those without access like us will have to wait until August.
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Toy makers have gone to the toilet for their latest creations. Mattel, a company best known for its clean-cut Barbie dolls, is set to release a game called Flushin' Frenzy that sends a brown plastic poop flying into the air.
Monday, Feb 26th 2018 (12:00am)
YUP | 1 Elon Musk Also Sent a Hot Wheels Toy into Space on Falcon Heavy, and Now Prices Are Skyrocketing
Last week, Elon Musk’s SpaceX sent its Falcon Heavy rocket into the heavens. On board was Musk’s own personal Tesla Roadster, acting as a dummy payload and providing some really glorious images to boot. You’ve probably seen plenty of photos of the vehicle with Earth in its rear view mirror already, but what you might not have noticed is that a second Tesla was also along for the ride. The Hot Wheels version of the Tesla Roadster was perched on the real Roadster’s dashboard, and now collectors are paying big bucks for them.
Tuesday, Feb 20th 2018 (4:01am) | Thanks: kYNDI
Children’s toys are invented and made by adults. But sometimes they simply get tired or let their imagination run riot. And fail.
Bright Side has collected 21 of the most bizarre toy design fails that you can run into in ordinary stores and on the internet.
Monday, Nov 13th 2017 (4:05am)
2000 square meters (says 12,000 inside the article) of the iconic bricks. Located in the hometown of LEGO, Billund, you can spend a day exploring the museum with over 25 million bricks.
Tuesday, Oct 10th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: Irene
Former NASA engineer-turned YouTuber Mark Rober and two engineering buddies designed and built the world's largest functional NERF gun. It's a giant scale-up of a classic NERF pistol, ramped up with a 3,000-psi paint ball canister.
Sunday, Jun 26th 2016 (12:00am) | Thanks: Shannon
A few weeks ago, a young boy accidentally left his stuffed bear at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Canada after an encounter with a T-Rex exhibit left him shaken and afraid.
Now the staff is trying to hunt down the original owner, and they're having a lot of fun in the process.
They've been posting photos of the bear in various parts of the museum-to their Twitter account using the hashtag #LostBear to try to get the attention of the family.
These include images of him in the jaws of a dinosaur, looking for honey in old pots and climbing around a bird's nest.
Thursday, Jul 23rd 2015 (12:04am)
Dante's Peak (1997)
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