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Looking back at the best selling toys of Christmas past

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The Furby was the top toy of 1998. Photo: YouTube The Furby was the top toy of 1998. Photo: YouTube
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Every year Toys R' Us releases their hot list of toys for Christmas shoppers. The corporation sends toy experts to different toy developers all over the world to decide which toys will be best sellers. The list is released prior to December. In the spirit of "Throwback Thursday" KHQ looked back at some of the best selling toys from years past.

From 2001 through 2013, electronics cornered the market on best selling gifts. Everything from iPads to iPods, Wiis and Xbox 360s were at the top of most lists. We begin our list at the start of the 21st century.

2000 - Skateboards and bicycles all took a backseat to the Razor scooter. Kids were begging their parents to get a scooter and they lasted about as long as inline skates.

1999 - One word is synonymous with the end of the 90s, and that is Pokemon. It swept through the country like a storm. Toys, cards and video games, it didn't matter what kids got, as long as it was Pokemon.

1998 - Who needs a pet when you can have a Furby? An electronic...thing that you could feed by pressing down on its tongue and teach it words. The toy disappeared off the shelves but made a comeback in 2012 where it was called one of the top selling toys of that year as well.

We'll now skip past the '90s and land right at the end of the '80s.

1989 - Parents gladly say goodbye to complaining kids on long road trips, because the original Nintendo Gameboy has arrived. 10 years later, it fills the pockets of kids across the world.

1988 - Toys are strange and none are more strange than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Toys based off the beloved cartoon finally fill the toy boxes.

The '80s are full of classic toys like Cabbage Patch Kids, Transformers, and the Rubix Cube. The '70s too, has many enduring toys like the Pet Rock and of course the ever popular Lite Brite.

This list, however, will wrap up in the '60s. A toy that has stood the test of time, like many on this list.

1963 - Toys are fun, but a toy that can make you cookies and brownies!? The Easy Bake Oven has been satisfying our sweet tooth ever since.

What's your favorite toy that you got for Christmas as a kid? Share it with us on our KHQ Local News Twitter and Facebook page.

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