When it comes to wasting time, we’re connoisseurs. We got some help when we found Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential toys from 1923 to the present. Whether they were Army men, a Radio Flyer wagon, the Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine or Speak & Spell, all our favorites were present. Almost.


Brian Citino, staff writer
1 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures. Heroes in a half shell ... turtle power. Their van was sick too.
2 Nerf guns. I had a large collection of these, and birthday parties more often than not became Nerf wars.
3 See ‘N Say. Loved this so much that it was the first toy I bought for my nephew when he was born

Jennifer Dailey, assistant editor
1 Care Bear. I’ve still got two Funshine Care Bears at home.
2 Lite-Brite. In recent years, I’ve tried to convince my little sister of the greatness that is Lite-Brite.
3 Write-in: Scooby Doo, yes he’s a cartoon but who doesn’t love him.

Doug Denison, staff writer
1 Plastic Army men. In the battle of olive green versus tan, only those most resistant to the thin, white-hot beam of the magnifying glass survive.
2 Legos, set up as a tiny, self-governing municipality on the old pool table in my basement.
3 Matchbox/ Hot Wheels cars. Again, organized into their own self-sufficient car town on the basement floor.

Jayne Gest, staff writer
1 Legos. Not only did my brother and I own hundreds that we used to build elaborate structures, but I even got pastel ones in pink, purple, etc. Awesome. No wonder there are 52 Lego bricks for each person on the planet.
2 Lite-Brite. I can’t draw but that didn’t mean I still didn’t want to be a part-time artist when I grew up (as well as a full-time princess)
3 Castle mold set for the sandbox. It wasn’t on the Time list but had to be on mine.

Sarika Jagtiani, staff writer
1 Cabbage Patch Kids. My mom said I would line them up and read to them. And I have a friend who has an Xavier Roberts tattoo on her behind. This is what happens when you make drunken bets.
2 Big Mouth Singers
3 Perfection. I would fit all the pieces into the board and then run to escape the multi-shaped s