Remember the feeling of opening a coveted new toy on Christmas morning? Whether it was a doll that could eat and cry or a robot that could repeat your words, some of these innovative playthings were considered cutting-edge upon their release. But, as more advanced toys come out every year, once-popular toys are discontinued – like these Happy Meal toys we’ll never forget.
To compile a list of classic toys that are no longer produced but that you can still find if you look hard enough (on sites like eBay, for instance), 24/7 Tempo reviewed material on sites including the Strong National Museum of Play and Vintage Doll Repair, as well as other sources. We used editorial discretion to choose dolls and other toys that were hot items in their time and may still be available on e-commerce sites.
From the mechanical Erector Sets of the early 20th century to the clackers of the 1960s to the robot pets of the early 2000s, these toys were once all the rage. Some were battery-operated learning toys, while others were exercise toys that encouraged kids to move around. Many of these classic toys were dolls with some special feature, be it hair that can “grow” or secret compartments full of stickers.
Most were discontinued due to falling sales, but some were bought by other companies or enjoyed multiple production runs. A few were recalled due to safety issues. Although their prevalence has faded, die-hard fans can still find these vintage items for sale online, sometimes used and sometimes in pristine packaging.
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