The most popular sell out toys of the last four decades

From the Game Boy to the Furby, here are some sell out toys from Christmas’s past.

Thursday, 17th December 2020, 6:10 pm
Picture: Shutterstock
Picture: Shutterstock

We all remember that one toy that we really wanted and asked Santa for, whether it was Star Wars toys, a Furby or Game Boy. It feels like most years there is a ‘must have’ toy, which sells out in record time. From the 1980s Cabbage Patch craze that inspired the Christmas film ‘Jingle All the Way’ to more recent additions, here we take a look at some of the most popular toys that we really wanted for Christmas thanks to data from Argos.

This cool character was all the rage in the 90s, and is still available to buy today.
This talking, sleeping toy was a step up from the Tamagotchi and was the toy of 2000, making a return as 2013’s popular toy, the Furby Boom.

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Now worth a small fortune, kids in the late 70s and 80s had figurines of Luke, Darth and R2D2 on their wishlist for Santa.
An ideal way to escape long before smart phones, the Game Boy was introduced in 1989 and sold millions. Subsequently colourful versions of the Game Boy were released as was the Game Girl.
The instantly recognisable blonde haired stretch toy was a sell out in the late 70s.
90s kids will remember this one well. The virtual pet was released in Japan in 1996 and became the must-have toy of the late nineties and early 2000s.
This electronic play set flew off shelves in the early 90s.
Jade and Chloe dolls were what everyone wanted in 2002.
A toy that is still a conundrum for many topped Christmas lists in 1981.
These instantly recognisable toys were a huge hit in the 80s with nearly three million dolls being sold.