When you were writing your list of Christmas toy requests to Father Christmas as a child, where was the first place you went to for inspiration? The Argos catalogue of course! Opening its pages was like opening a world full of toy based possibilities, and whilst we were never going to get most of the things we wrote on our list, just looking through the pages of the bulky catalogue was enough to fill us with a large amount of youthful wonder and joy!

Sadly, the good old Argos catalogue could soon be consigned to history, as it was recently announced that the store is conducting a digital only trial to ‘test demand’. Personally we think that would be an absolute travesty, but even if it means the end to our beloved paper pages, we still have our wonderful childhood nostalgia to hold onto.

Recently, Argos were kind enough to reveal their best selling Christmas toys of the last 45 years, and we’re delighted to present the list in full below, alongside some nostalgia filled pictures! As you will see, it contains many items that you’ll remember straight away, alongside some toys that might leave you scratching your head somewhat…

How many of the toys listed below did you ask for at Christmas? And more importantly, how many did you manage to get your dirty little childhood hands onto? Please do let us know by posting a comment, and be sure to share this post with your friends, family and fellow 80s kids, so they can see one, how many of the toys they owned as a child, and two, which toy was the best seller the year they were born!

1973 Shrinky Dinks

1974 Risk Board Game

1975 Othello Board Game

1976 Stretch Armstrong

1977 BMX Bike

1978 Dungeons & Dragons

1979 Star Wars

1980 Hungry Hippos

1981 Rubix Cube

1982 Lego Train Set

1983 Strawberry Shortcake

1984 Cabbage Patch Dolls

1985 Transformers

1986 Lazer tag

1987 Sylvanian Families

1988 Ghostbusters Proton Pack

1989 Optimus Prime

1990 Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles

1991 Gameboy

1992 Barbie

1993 Thunderbirds Tracey Island

1994 Power Rangers

1995 POGs

1996 Toy Story Buzz Lightyear

1997 Tamagotchi

1998 Teksta The Dog

1999 Bob the Builder

2000 Furby

2001 Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Board Game

2002 Bratz Dolls

2003 Beyblades

2004 Robosapien

2005 BMX bike

2006 Xbox 360

2007 Nintendo Wii

2008 In the Night Garden Iggle Piggle

2009 High School Musical Dance Mat

2010 Go Go / Zhu Zhu Hamsters

2011 Leapfrog LeapPad Explore Tablet / Electronic Test Tube

2012 Skylanders Giants / Nerf Gun

2013 Furby Boom

2014 Frozen Snow Globe

2015 Barbie Saddle n Ride / Star Wars The Force Awakens Kylo Ren Deluxe Electronic Light Sabre / Pie Face

2016 Hatchimals

2017 Cozmo

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