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Wayback Wednesday: Five vintage Christmas toys

The Christmas season brings with it many things. Festive food, drink and song and the never ending quest for stressed-out, at-the-end-of-their-rope parents, to provide the best and newest Christmas gifts for their kids. In honor of Christmas, here's a look back at five toys parents have been stressing over since the Eisenhower administration.

Mr. Microphone

Before karaoke machines became a thing, all you needed was an FM radio and Mr. Microphone to have a good time at your Christmas party thanks to the scientists at Ronco.

Best (creepiest) line: "Hey good lookin we'll be back to pick you up later!"

And all for under $13.

Cabbage Patch dolls

They look so cute, sweet and harmless. And they were, for the most part. Unless you happened to get in the way of another parent trying to buy one for their child during Christmas 1983. Then all bets were off.

Shogun Warriors

These might fall into the realm of the obscure, but they were a thing for a while in the late 70's and 80's. With spring loaded hands that could be fired as missiles, and other creative weapons Shogun Warriors were fun, until they broke or you lost the parts that made them cool.

Nintendo Game Boy

The year was 1991. Nirvana was atop the charts, Zubaz pants were a thing and the Nintendo Game Boy came to America for Christmas. It sold more than a million units that holiday season making the Game Boy the "it" toy of that year.

Mr. Potato Head

Mr. Potato Head was among the first toys ever to be advertised on TV when it made its debut in the early 1950's. Since then, Mr. Potato Head has become a staple in toy boxes all over the world. But here's a fun fact. When Mr. Potato Head was introduced, it didn't come with a rotund plastic body kids could put eyes, mouths and ears on. You had to use a real potato.

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