The top ten bestselling toys of all time have been revealed in a recent survey by high street retailer Debenhams. The study has also predicted best sellers for this Christmas 2013.


After thorough sales analysis from the last fifty years, 1980s favourite the Cabbage Patch Doll has come out on top. Whereas the predicted bestselling toy for this year is a tablet.

Despite the gap in years, the report shows that nostalgia still reigns supreme and some toys are still rated highly on kids’ Christmas lists decades on, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Lego.

The top ten toys in 2013 vs. the bestselling toys of all time are as follows:

Top 10 for 2013

1 Kurio 4S touch tablet £90

2 Doc McStuffins Doctor’s Bag £20

3 Monster High 13 Wishes Party Dolls £23

TOP TEN TOYS OF ALL TIME 3. Monster High 13 Wishes Party Dolls £23

4 Lego Galaxy Squad Bug Obliterator £60

5 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Anchovy Alley Fold Out Set £25

6 Bobo Buddies backpack blankets £25

7 Tomy Battroborg Battle Pack Arena £70

8 Megableu Creepy Hand Game £25

9 Fisher-Price Imaginext Batcave £40

10 Vtech Innotab 3 £70

Top 10 of all time

1 Cabbage Patch Dolls

2 The Rubiks cube

3 Monopoly

4 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figures

5 Buzz Lightyear

6 Barbie Doll

7 Teletubbie Doll

8 Furby

9 Sylvanian Families

10 Lego

Other treasured retro toys from Christmas past that didn’t quite make it into the top ten but were rated highly include; Space hoppers, Tiny Tears doll, Beanie Babies, My Little Pony, Polly Pocket, Transformers, Thunder Birds Tracy Island, Etch-a-Sketch, Care Bears, Action Man, Slinky, Star Wars Action Figures, Slinkies and family board game favourites; Guess Who, Monopoly and Dream Phone.

TOP TEN TOYS OF ALL TIME 2. Doc McStuffins doctors bag set £20

Parents remember brands such as Monopoly and Barbie, and seem keen to buy modernised versions for their kids. These brands have stood the test of time.

Recent years have seen the rise of the tablet and techy gifts but dolls and action figures feature heavily as the best loved toys of all time, the only techy toy to make the list was 90’s favourite; the Tamagotchi.

It’s nice to see that even despite technological advances some toys have maintained their popularity and kids today are playing with the same toys that their parents did.

Interestingly the Queen of dolls, Barbie, has been knocked off the top ten this year and replaced with another doll from Mattel; Monsters High 13 Wishes Doll.

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