TOYS ARE US
Check Robosapiens story abridged in The Independent (The image goes directly to the Robosapiens website itself)
TOYS WERE US
This perplexing treat became the must-have toy, Christmas 1981. This Eighties icon shifted more than 100 million units.
This figurine franchise addressed the pressing debate as to how a fox and a chicken would get on were they ever forced to live in the same house - and dress in turn-of-the-century frontier costume. They won Toy of the Year an unprecedented three times, in 1987, 1988, and 1989.
Fickle children forgot that a Tamagotchi is for life, abandoning these virtual pets almost as soon as the 1996 festive rush was over. Their Japanese manufacturers shipped more than 70 million units in two months to the US and UK alone.
The cuddly, loquacious Furby took the toy market by storm in the late Nineties. Famously banned from the Pentagon, because they were "able to learn".