After eight weeks of voting, more than 24,000 votes, and 600 stories shared, the final results are in and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis online visitors and fans have determined their favorite toy from the past century. The top toy is G.I. Joe!

On July 16, the public was asked to weigh in on the “100 Toys (& their Stories) that Define Our Childhood.” The goal was to determine favorites from a list of 100 toys iconic of childhood as chosen by curators of The Children’s Museum’s collection. After the initial five weeks of public voting, the list of 100 Toys was narrowed down to the top 20 from which the public was again asked to rank favorites. The results of this last vote determined the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners.

The final order for the top 20 toys is:

Gold: G.I. Joe
Silver: Transformers
Bronze: LEGO Toys
4. Barbie
5. View-Master
6. Bicycle
7. Cabbage Patch Kids
8. Crayons
9. Play-Doh
11. Raggedy Ann
12. Spirograph
13. Etch A Sketch
14. Little Golden Books
15. Hot Wheels
16. Lincoln Logs
17. Candy Land
18. Roller Skates
19. Silly Putty
20. Mr. Potato Head

Beginning on September 11, the final 20 toys will be on display at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for the public to view through the end of the year. Although voting has ended, the public is still encouraged to share their own memories of each of the 100 toys on The Children’s Museum website at

This post was originally written by Sierra McCleary-Harris and published by For more news, visit, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.