Popular toys in the 1970s

Stretch Armstrong dashing and dangerous all in one. (Wikimedia Commons)

The ‘70s saw wild changes in almost every aspect of American life but, most enjoyably in toys! The decade that exposed incredible instability with Watergate and Vietnam also unleashed a torrent of iconic toys. Paradigm shifters such as Atari and action figures set the template for the future while antediluvian fads like the Pet Rock and the Easy-Bake Oven embody the era. Hot Wheels, Etch-A-Sketch, Connect 4, the Rubik's Cube, even the skateboard all exploded into massive fads, eaten up by children and teens, relishing the toy revolution. These are some of the seminal playthings of the “Me decade.”