Saturday, December 21, 2013

Flashback Fun: Classic Toys Remain Popular This Holiday Season

Tinker Toys is turning 100 years old!
Earlier this year when I attended Toy Fair 2013, classic toys garnered a lot of attention. Predictions were that traditional toys would be hot this holiday season. This seems to be holding true for Fundamentally Toys. Our focus is on specialty, educational toys offering interactive, hands-on fun that never grows old.

Many classic toys are certainly growing older, but their appeal is enduring and timeless. Tinkertoys is turning 100 years old soon! Lincoln Logs is 98. LEGO was born in 1949 and is now officially a senior, along with Scrabble. Barbie is getting ready to go through menopause. There's Silly Putty, Slinky, Play-doh, Crayola Crayons, Spirograph, Etch-A-Sketch, Erector Sets and many more classic toys that are still going strong. They have passed through my hands as a child, through my daughter's hands, and will likely go on through many more generations. Unlike me, they will get facelifts along the way to maintain their youthful appeal.

What's cool and comforting about classic toys is the special bond that can be shared among generations. Grandparents, parents and children can all play with the exact same toy or game and appreciate it for different reasons. Classic toys created memorable play experiences for many of us baby boomers and taught us essential skills while having fun. As adults, they give us a nostalgic feeling; for kids, they are new, fun playthings. Classics are toys that remain favorites long after the Christmas wrapping paper has been tossed aside.

Topping my favorite Christmas memories list are Tinkertoys, Lincoln Logs, dolls, board and card games, puzzles, craft kits and a particularly fascinating book about insects. I was always pretty happy with what I received. My little brother loved Hot Wheels and Erector Sets. We did have Barbie dolls. My neighbor had a Ken doll, a Midge doll and a Barbie house. So teaming up together for play, we had quite a lot of imaginative fun!

If you're looking for cool toys that never go out of style, consider the classics. You really can't go wrong. Fundamentally Toys has plenty of classics in-store that make great gifts, not just for Christmas, but anytime!

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