The Hottest Christmas Toys Since 1960 in Graphic Form

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    What have been the big holiday sellers over the years might surprise you.

    As we prepare for the annoying onslaught of holiday marketing, it raises a smile for us to think back to the days when said holidays were called "Christmas."

    See how many of these most popular Christmas toys of the past half century you can remember — this astonishing  info graphic below goes all the way back to 1960.

    Lots of toys on the list, but it's also a handy guide to gadget evolution, reaching all the way back to the Etch-a-Sketch, bringing us all the way up to last year's fave, Elmo Live. Some of us here remember far more of these than we care to admit.