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Classic Toys Celebrating Anniversaries



    Top Toy Anniversaries from Chief Toy Officer, Elizabeth Werner 

    50th Anniversary
    Barbie is celebrating her 50th anniversary this year.  This year she has “Barbie Presents: Thumbelina,” an eco friendly themed movie that remind girls that even the smallest person can make a big difference.  The Barbie Blooming Thumbelina Doll is based on the movie. She sits inside a beautiful flower and with the press of a button, the pink petals open to reveal Thumbelina inside.  Even the packaging of this doll is eco-friendly, all the packing is made of Kraft paper and 100% recyclable cardboard!  The toy line includes special instructions for girls to recycle their packaging. Price: $17.99, Age: 3+
    50th Anniversary
    Fisher Price Little People
    Believe it or not, they are celebrating 50 years.  And for their 50th birthday they are planning a year-long celebration with commemorative playsets, a limited-edition 50th birthday CD, a Little People Live musical show touring six zoos across the country. They are featuring the Birthday Play ‘n Go Farm and School.  It reflects the classic look of the original Little People playsets introduced in 1968 and 1971, complete with retro-styled figures!  All of the pieces store inside the nostalgic, collectible take-along tin.  Price: $17.49, Age: 1-4
    45th Anniversary
    GI Joe is celebrating 45 years! GI Joe will be featured in a movie in August but kids don’t have to wait that long to play with GI Joe, Hasbro has movie figures in two different sizes 3 ¾ and 12 inches!  Kids can even play with the MARS Trooper preview pack that features three characters from the movie.  It’s a great way to bring the fun of the movie into the play room! Price: $7.99-$25, Age: 4 & up
    25th Anniversary
    Transformers are turning 25! These toys are even more popular now that the transformer movie was such a great hit.  And now kids can bring the movie to life with this Bumblebee role playing helmet.  It allows kids to mix their voice through a “radio” just like Bumblebee.  It also feature realistic robot battle sounds and radio tune-in phrases to add authenticity to the play experience.  Price: $39.99
    Age: 5 & up
    10th Anniversary
    Here’s a great classic, LEGOS!  They are celebrating 10 years of their license with Star Wars™.  And over the last 10 years over 180 different Lego Star Wars sets have been created!  These sets bring the live action of the classic movies off the screen and into play room’s across the world.  To celebrate their ten years, they’ve come out with three special editions sets in anniversary packaging Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter, Echo Base and Battle of EndorDarth Vader’s TIE Fighter Building Set 251 LEGO bricks, Age 7+, $29.99, Echo Base – 155 LEGO bricks, Age 7+; $24.99,
    Battle of Endor – 890 LEGO bricks, Age 9+; $99.99
    10th Anniversary
    Celebrating 10 years is Air Hogs. They have been the undisputed leader in r/c innovation, design and fun.  This year they are introducing the new Havoc Razor, a multifunction r/c helicopter that is two vehicles in one!  It drives on the floor and flies as a helicopter.  It’s easy to use; it’s built to fly indoors and has pontoon landing gear for safe landings. The Havoc Razor is the top selling indoor helicopter in North America and is available now at toy retailer everywhere.  To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Air Hogs is holding a sweepstakes to win a flight aboard the ultimate Air Hog, a real L-39 Albatross Jet Fighter over the California desert!  There will also be thousands of other prizes to be won! Price: $34.99, Age: 8+
    Link to information on where to get these toys.