Thomasville Scene December 2018 - January 2019 - Page 89

1992: Barbie has always been a popular holiday gift, but her reinvented Barbie Dream House was something girls were clam- oring for in the early 1990s. Barbie’s trendsetting home featured a ring- ing telephone, a working doorbell and a fireplace that lit up. 1993: The Talkboy was a portable audio cassette player and recorder made popular by the movie “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.” 1995: Beanie Babies were a popular line of collectibles that enjoyed their heyday in 1995. Rare Beanie Babies would later be worth hundreds of dollars. 1997: Tamagotchi made its appearance and be- came a premiere virtual “pet.” Industry insiders estimate that, at the height of its popularity, 15 Tamagotchis sold every min- ute across North America. 1998: Building on the Tamagotchi success, Furbies were poised to become a hit as well. And they did, as 27 million Furbies were sold in 1998 alone. Pokémon cards, Razor Scooters, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and many other gifts have reigned supreme during the holiday shopping season. Last year L.O.L. Surprise Dolls were the sleeper hit, and who is to say which gift will capture the hearts of kids this year?