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Top 50 Greatest Toys of all time

In 2014, executives from 100 British toy companies were invited to cast their votes on the games which they thought had most shaped the industry and childhoods over the last 50 years

All of the executives were asked to reveal their top three toys of all time, with the only condition being that they weren’t allowed to vote for their own toys.

Lego was crowned the greatest toy of all time, with all but a few voters putting it in the number one spot. Iconic board game Monopoly came second, with Action Man in third, slot-car racing game Scalextric in fourth and football toy Subbuteo in fifth.

The rest of the top 10 was rounded off with Rubik’s Cube, Star Wars toys, Barbie, Matchbox Cars and playing cards.

operation_002Other recognisable names in the top 50 included Ker-Plunk!, Frisbee, Play-Doh, Atari and My Little Pony.

However, popular toys absent from the top 50 list included games such as Etch A Sketch, Dungeons and Dragons, Pokémon cards and Cluedo.

The top 50 also included a few surprises such as Cards Against Humanity (a risqué party game involving playing cards popular with university students which launched in 2011 after it was successfully funded on Kickstarter).

  1. Lego
  2. Monopoly
  3. Action Man
  4. Scalextric
  5. Subbuteo
  6. Rubik’s Cube
  7. Star Wars toys
  8. Barbie
  9. Matchbox Cars
  10. Playing cards
  11. Ker-Plunk!
  12. Playmobil
  13. M.A.S.K. toys
  14. Atari
  15. Frisbee
  16. Trivial Pursuit
  17. Play-Doh
  18. Super Soaker
  19. Yo-Yo
  20. Sylvanian Families
  21. Transformers
  22. Tiny Tears
  23. Operation
  24. Mouse Trap
  25. Monster in My Pocket
  26. My Little Pony
  27. Simon
  28. Sindy
  29. Airfix
  30. Boglins
  31. Cards Against Humanity
  32. Cascade
  33. Furby
  34. Mastermind
  35. Roller Skates
  36. Starbird
  37. Thunderbirds
  38. A La Carte Kitchen
  39. Big Yellow Teapot
  40. Crossfire
  41. Girls World
  42. Guess Who?
  43. Hot Wheels
  44. Meccano
  45. Scrabble
  46. Slinky
  47. Spirograph
  48. Top Trumps
  49. Twister
  50. Yahtzee