The top 25 best selling toys from the last 25 years

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Toys R Us have revealed a list of the top selling toys from the past 25 years, including POGS, Transformers, Bratz Dolls and Go Go Pet Hamsters.

The store, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in the UK this month, looked back over sales figures to find the most popular toy from each year.

The toy giant say they have witnessed a dramatic shift. Two decades ago children were nagging their parents for football stickers, Sylvanian Families and Transformers Robots.
 
But in recent years some of the biggest sellers have been high-tech toys such as Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3 and XBox 360.
 
One thing which has remained consistent over the years… the increased nagging parents experience in the build-up to Christmas.
Toy Timeline: 25 years of what parents have been nagged to buy.

1985    Transformers, Robots in Disguise Optimus Prime £16.87.  The vehicles that switched from vehicle to robot and back again were in huge demand at Christmas.  Pound Puppies also appealed to the younger children.
 
1986    Football Stickers.  Just 10p per pack. The year of the World Cup - and Maradona's infamous 'Hand of God' goal - sparked a nationwide playground sticker craze.
 
1987    Sylvanian Families. A Family set for £6.97. The cute little animal families came with hundreds of accessories - everything from houses to clothes and even table ornaments.
 
1988    Ghostbusters Proton Pack £19.87. Kids everywhere wanted a replica 'proton pack' to capture spooks.
 
1989    Batman Bat Mobile £9.94. Batmania swept the UK with the launch of Tim Burton's Batman movie.
 
1990    Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles. £3.78 for each figure. The 'heroes in a half-shell' (Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo and Raphael) came kung fu kicking their way out of the sewers of New York and into the hearts of UK youngsters.
 
1991    GameBoy.  £69.94. Nintendo launched the pocket-sized computer game in the UK to a rapturous reception.
 
1992    Thunderbirds Tracy Island £32.87. Thunderbirds was reborn and dads treated their kids to the famous 'Tracy Island' causing queues galore at Christmas
 
1993    Barbie Dolls from £10.97. Ever popular, the beautiful and perfect Barbie was a huge favourite for girls this year.
 
1994    Power Rangers Figures £4.74. The launch of Power Rangers caused worldwide demand with their 'GO GO Power Rangers theme tune.
 
1995    POGS.  49p. A new craze swept the school playgrounds and became a sensational success.  These little 'milk caps' were meant to be collected - and flipped like outsize tiddlywinks.
 
1996    Toy Story Buzz Lightyear £23.87 The Pixar movie opened in the UK setting a new standard for animation and making overnight sensation of Buzz Lightyear.
 
1997    2 in 1 year - Teletubbies  £27.39 and Tamagotchi -  Teletubbies took the BBC by storm and Tamagotchi became the new playground craze as virtual pets came over from Japan. The egg shaped virtual pet sold over 40 million pieces in 1997. Both toys created massive queues at Toys R Us made overnight deliveries to cope with demand.
 
1998    Furby, the Interactive Pet £24.87. Furby, the Interactive Pet from Bandai launched in late October and became the big Christmas toy.  Yo Yo's were also a bit hit this year.
 
1999    Who wants to be a Millionaire?  £23.78. Chris Tarrant's popular TV quiz got the nation guessing and a new board game and interactive game flew off the shelves.
 
2000    Teksta the Robotic Dogs £38.74. Teksta became a popular interactive pet - his artificial intelligence responded to light, sound, touch and infra-red. Aluminium Folding Scooters also became a big hit with the teenage market.
 
2001    Bob the Builder £19.97. Loved by all, Bob and his pals, Scoop, Muck and Dizzy were on all pre-schoolers' wish lists. Harry Potter Lego also sold well this year.
 
2002    Bratz Dolls £24.99. Bratz, the dolls with a 'passion for fashion' arrived in town, putting Barbie's nose out of joint. Japanese phenomena Micropets also took the UK playgrounds by storm.
 
2003    Beyblades £5.99. A new Japanese phenomenon - Beyblades, the battling spinning tops took UK playgrounds by storm and became a hit for Christmas.
 
2004    Robosapien £74.97. The radio control robot with NASA technology was in big demand with last minute deliveries being made to Toys R Us stores.
 
2005    It's the year for MP3 Players, PSP and Xbox 360 (ranging from £9.99 to £299.99) for a younger generation becoming user-friendly with modern technology. Roboraptor was another sensation.
 
2006    Nintendo Wii (ranging from £129.99 to £169.99) took the world by storm and became the must-have toy for Christmas. Doctor Who merchandise was also huge this year.
 
2007    In the Night Garden Iggle Piggle £34.99 Newcomer Iggle Piggle from In the Night Garden was loved by little ones.
 
2008    High School Musical Dance Mat £17.99 reach popularity stakes in the toy sections.
 
2009    Go Go Pet Hamsters £9.99 became the must-have toy with shelves being restocked on a daily basis.
 
2010     Toy Story 3 (priced from £4.99) has already influenced British shoppers and is sure to be a stocking filler for kids up and down the UK this Christmas.

A spokesperson for Toys 'R' Us, which has sold more than 2.5 billion toys to over 300 million customers, said: "While technology is now more popular than ever before with children, customers who have been with us for the full 25 years will start to recognise some toys which are making a comeback.
 
"Back in the eighties all the kids wanted to own the Transformers robots, and while they died out during the nineties they are hugely popular once again due to the 2007 movie which was based on the original series.
 
"And we are also seeing huge demand for soft toys and characters from popular TV shows - even more adult shows such as Who Wants To Be a Millionaire influences the games parents are buying for their children."

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