| gifts from years past | Top-selling gifts from years past M Metro Creative any children who grew up in the 1980s hoped to find a wrapped Cabbage Patch Doll under the tree on Christmas morning, and many parents went to great lengths to procure such dolls for their children. Cabbage Patch Dolls are just one example of a toy creating a shopping frenzy. Over the years, many toys have become the must-have presents of their times. The following is a history of some of the more popular gifts from bygone years. 1984: Transformers were a must-have present in 1984. Originally produced by a Jap- anese toy company, Transformers were eventually produced by Hasbro and became so popular they were a toy that spawned an animated series (not the series leading to the toy) and later block-buster live-action movies. 1985: Just about every child, and maybe even adult, wanted a Nintendo Entertainment Sys- tem for Christmas in the 1980s. The system ushered in a new era of gam- ing, and helped make Super Mario Bros. 88 December 2018 - January 2019 Thomasville Scene a household name. NES continued its success for several years, selling seven million systems during the 1988 holi- day season. 1986: Introduced the pre- vious year, Teddy Ruxpin was an anima- tronic bear that would tell stories from a cassette tape inserted in his back. 1990: Were you a fan of Michelangelo, Leonardo, Do- natello, or Raphael? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were named after Renaissance art- ists, but they were just pizza-eating teen- age heroes at the start of the 1990s. Kids obsessed over these action fig- ures and the animated series that featured them.