Toys Survey 2018 

In the summer of  2018, coinciding with a major exhibition in Bailiffgate, a survey was conducted to find the favourite toys throughout the last 100 years. Results were gathered both from attendees at the Toys exhibition and (to achieve coverage in earlier years of the last century), from residents at a number of local care homes.

Results are given below* and show some fascinating changes by decade born:

*Note that results are given by the decade in which the respondent was born, as this was felt to be the only practical approach. Roughly speaking this corresponds to the decade when a toy was popular, but there will be overlap with the next table where a favourity toy was used in older years. The toys with highest scores in that decade are shown first, in decreasing order of mentions. Toys scoring only one mention are then shown in ascending alphabetical order. 

 

Qty of Mentions
  Born in 1910's
 Doll
  Bear
  Pram

 

 

Qty of Mentions
  Born in the 1920's
27  Doll
Teddy Bear
Doll's Pram
Model railway
Skipping Rope
Spinning Top
  Ball
  Dinky Toys
  Doll's Cot
  Hornby Train Set
  Kite
  Painting Set
  Playing outside
  Roller Skates
  Snakes and Ladders 
  Toy Piano
  Toy Post Office
  Turn Gramaphone

 

Qty of Mentions
  Born in the 1930's
Doll
Books
Teddy
Toy Rabbit
Golly
Meccano
Tricycle
  Chinese Chequers
  Cigarette Cards
  Colouring Books
  Conkers
  Cricket Bat
  Doll dressmaking
  Dolls Pram
  Jigsaw
  Lead figures
  Marbles
  Mickey  Mouse Bike
  Nurses Uniform
  Pig's Bladder
  Plasticine
  Rubber Doll
  Top and Whip
  Toy Cookery Set
  Toy Gun
  Train Set
  Wooden truck + bricks

 

 

Qty of Mentions
  Born in the 1940's
Doll
Train Set  (Hornby)
Teddy Bear
Meccano
Dinky Toys
Marbles
Books
Doll's House
Jigsaws
Scooter
  Airfix
  Babies (real ones)
  Ball
  Barny Barrow H'made
  Bayko
  Bicycle (2 wheel)
  Board Games
  Books- Famous Five
  Books-Rupert
  Box Cart
  Cars
  Clockwork Train
  Clockwork Train
  Crazy Joe Tractor
  Dan Dare Ray Gun 
  Doll's House
  Farm Set
  Football
  Golly
  Guns
  HomeMade Toy Cooker
  Minibrix (like Lego)
  Panda
  Pick-Up Truck
  Roller Skates
  Rubber Doll
  Scrap Book
  Subbuteo 
  Top
  Typewriter
  Wilfred Rabbit
  Wooden Dog
  Wooden wagon

 

Qty of Mentions
  Born in the 1950's 
17  Doll
Doll's Pram
Teddy Bear
Dinky Toys
Subbuteo
Terrier on Wheels
Train set
Meccano
Bayko
Football
Scooter
Toy Shop
Corgi Cars
Fuzzy Felt
Roller Skates
Lego
  Action Man 
  Baby Teardrop
  Bagatelle
  Barbie Doll
  Bayco
  Bicycle
  Book Topsy And Tim 
  Bottle Tops
  Brittans 
  Cap Gun
  Catapult 
  Cluedo
  Cut-out Paper Dolls
  Doll's House
  Furniture Playden
  Go-Kart
  Golly
  Home-made Rabbit
  Jacks
  Jacks
  Kaleidoscope
  Mr Potato Head
  Owzat Cricket Game
  Push Along Donkey
  Remote Control Car
  Robbie the Robot
  Rocking Horse
  Rupert Annual
  Sindy Doll
  Soapbox
  Sooty Puppet 
  Subbuteo
  Table Tennis
  Toy Bricks
  Trolls
  Typewriter
  Weaving Loom
  Wind Up Monkey

 

 

Qty of Mentions
  Born in the 1960's
Spirograph
Action Man/ Men
Poupee Doll
Roller Skates
Fisher Price Play People
Lego
Sindy  Doll
Teeny Tiny Tears
  Barbie
  Books
  Buccaneers Board Game
  Bunty Annual
  Captain Scarlet Board Game
  Clockwork Train
  Daleks (Dr Who)
  Dinky toys
  Dolls
  Doll's House
  Dol-Toi Doll's House
  Dr Who Figure
  Football
  Fuzzy Felt
  Hobby Horse
  Hornby Tain Set
  Matchbox Cars
  Matchbox Superfast
  Meccano
  Mum's Cupboard
  Panda
  Patience
  Peter Rabbit Boardgame
  Puppet
  Scalextric
  Skateboard
  Smurfs
  Snoopy Dog
  StickleBricks
  Stylophone
  Sweet April Doll
  Swingball
  Toy Electric Guitar
  Toy Sewing Machine
  Train Set
  Two Wheeler bike
  Typewriter
  Viewfinder
  Whip and Top
  ZX Spectrum 

 

 

Qty of Mentions
  Born in the 1970's
Lego
Lego Star Wars
Action Man
My Little Pony
Sindy Doll
Roller Skates/Boots
Star Wars Figures
Tiny Tears
Toy Tree House
Evil Knieval toy
Roller Skates/Boots
  A Team figures
  Airfix
  Barbie
  Basil Brush
  Bicycle
  Big Traxx
  Britain's Farm set
  Cuddly Toys
  Darth Vader Mask
  Doll- Cabbage Patch
  Doll's house
  Doll's House
  Doll-Sindy
  Flower Fairies
  Glow Worms
  He Man 
  Keepers
  Mamod Steam Engine
  Marbles
  Meccano
  Monopoly
  Pogo Stick
  Slinky
  Snoopy the Dog
  Spotty dog pull along
  Star Wars figures
  Stilts
  Stretch Armstrong
  Sylvanian Families
  Teddies
  Teddy Bears
  Typewriter
  Weebles
  Wendy House
  X Wing Fighter

 

Qty of Mentions
  Born in the 1980's
Barbie Doll
My Little Pony
Playmobil
Polly Pocket
Rainbow Bright
Sylvanian Families
Lego
Action Man
Downfall game
Gameboy
Mastermind Game
Thundercats
Toy Shop
 Sindy Doll
A la Carte Kitchen
  Baby Shivers
  Ball
  Big Red Fun Bus
  Big Yellow Teapot
  Brio Train set
  Brone
  Cycling Sindy
  Dolls
  Doll's House
  Doll-Tiny Tears
  Downfall Game
  Drone 
  Football
  Fuzzy Felts
  Hero Turtles
  Major Morgan
  Meccano
  Pound Puppies
  Roller Skates
  Scalextric
  Sega Megadrive
  Sindy
  Snakes and Ladders
  Soft Toys
  Sooty and Sweep
  Speak and Spell
  Subbuteo
  Swingball
  Sylvanian Families
  Tiny Tears
  Train Set
  Transformers
  Yellow Teapot

 

 

Qty of Mentions
  BORN in 1990's
Lego
Knex
Barbie
  Action Man
  Doll
  Go-Kart
  Gooey Aliens
  Kitty Cat
  Mysteries of Old Peking  Game
  Polly Pockets
  Roller Blades
  Sega Megadrive
  Walkie Talkie

 

 

Qty of Mentions
  Born in the 2000's
Lego
Football
X Box
  Brio Train
  Brownie Doll
  Bunny
  Dolls House
  Dragon Puppet
  Football goal
  Guess Who
  Monster Truck
  Nibbles the Pony
  Nurf Gun
  Puppets
  Rainbow the Bear
  Slime
  Space Hopper
  Sparky the Cat
  Teddy Bear
  Unicorn
  Vehicles

 

 

Qty of Mentions
  Born in the 2010's
Lego
My Little Pony
Paw Patrol
Puppets
Peppa Pig
Dinosaurs
  Arts and Crafts 
  Barbie
  Cars (from the Movie)
  Computer
  Farm Animals
  Little Pet Shop
  Match Attacks
  Plastic cars
  Reindeer Teddy
  Teddy
  Toy Rabbit
  Uno