Movies like Jingle All The Way and yearly battles to find the most popular Christmas toys during Black Friday have taught us that people go crazy for crazy gifts. Every holiday season, one toy, gadget, or gizmo tops the list as the most popular. In hindsight, however, after the frenzy has died down, some of these just must-have toys are, well, pretty ridiculous.
Over the years, favorite toys have leaned toward the technical as kids chose the latest digital gadget over a Tickle Me Elmo doll (but see 2003: Hokey Pokey Elmo). Since 2000, popular toys have become more complicated - and costly. But one thing has stayed the same: parents are still storming Walmart and Best Buy the day after Thanksgiving or on Christmas Eve to get their hands on what's hot.
2014: Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Singing DollPhoto: JAKKS Pacific
Original Cost: $34.99
Characters from Disney's 2013 movie Frozen (as well as the songs), dominated the marketplace in 2014. While much of the movie featured the princess Anna, her sister Elsa was the most popular character during the 2014 Christmas season.
This doll not only looked adorable and came with a little Olaf, but also lit up and sang "Let it Go," to every parent's delight and eventual annoyance.415278Is this ridiculous?
Original Cost: Up to $10
Beyblades hit the market in 2002 and stole the show as that year's most popular Christmas toy. They were marketed alongside the release of an anime series of the same name, which helped boost their popularity.
Functionally, Beyblades are spinning tops, but they can be customized and used in competitions where players spin their blades in a small "arena" to knock out their opponent's Beyblade. Hasbro made a lot of money with these in 2002, but their popularity waned in the following years. A newer, metal version, with an online-play component, debuted in 2010.519368Is this ridiculous?
2013: Tekno The Robotic PuppyPhoto: Teksta
Original Cost: $40
In 2013, if a kid's parents couldn't or wouldn't buy them a dog, perhaps the next best option was Tekno the Robotic Puppy. ToyQuest had been producing various models of Tekno since he was first released in 2000, but the model that found its way onto Christmas lists in 2013 was one of the best-selling the company produced thanks to new control methods that allowed people to use their phones to interact with the toy.
Tekno barked, ate, fetched, whined, learned tricks, reacted to whatever went on around him thanks to special sensors, and in general seemed like a real puppy - without making too much of a mess.327365Is this ridiculous?
2015: Remote-Controlled BB-8
Original Cost: $150
Star Wars toys sell like hot cakes, and a remote-control toy based on BB-8, the cutest little droid to come out of the franchise since R2-D2, was no exception. Most stores sold out of the $150 toy the day it was released.
Subsequent releases by Hasbro for half as much ($80) have likewise sold well.278482Is this ridiculous?