Ahh, good old Teddy Ruxpin. When this talking bear came onto the toy scene 1985, kids were enamored by its realisticness at the time. Teddy was capable of moving his eyes and his mouth, a playing cassette tapes that you’d have to install into his back. This toy is considered to be most of the most popular of all time, and in the 80s there was almost no competition, as far as stuffed bears go. Don’t believe us? Just look at the statistics – in the mid 80s, Teddy Ruxpin was actually the number one selling toy in all of America, and when you look at him, can you really be surprised? For young kids that are trying to fall asleep at night, sometimes all they needed was a cuddly bear to hold on to – but if they wanted him now, they’d have to shell out up to $400.
Lite Brite is one of those toys that we think is absolutely timeless. When you consider the fact that it was first released in 1967, and would continue to appear on toy shelves, and in children’s rooms for decades to come, this fact becomes even more apparent. The concept of what it is is so simple, so elegant, and just the perfect mix between something that educational and fun to play with at the same time. Who doesn’t love to stick those colorful highlighted pins into the black abyss and draw anything you please? Lite Brite was the ultimate canvas for future Michelangelos at home, or any amateur artist for that matter. Perhaps that’s why buying pegs, lights, and paper nowadays can cost all the way up to $1000.