What toy was at the top of your letter to Santa?

Perennials like Barbie still make the Christmas toy list - but who had a Tamagotchi or Dinky toy?

Here we take a nostalgic look at toys from the past.

Many a dining table was cleared to make room for classic football table top game Subbuteo. It was invented by Peter Adolph in the 1940s, who used a button from his mother’s coat to create the base under the model players.

In the Eighties it seemed that everyone was trying to master the Rubik's Cube. The 3D combination puzzle was invented in 1974 by Hungarian architect Ernő Rubik and was at its peak of popularity in the 1980s.

Monopoly, launched in 1935, continues to be a popular board game. Who knew buying and trading could be such fun? And Monopoly isn't for the fickle - a game can last hours, even days...

In the 1990s Power Rangers action figures were a must-have toy. They were from the 1990s superhero TV show which catapulted into popular culture with a range of merchandise and a series of films.

Decades earlier, little boys were busy playing with Dinky Toys. Still beloved of toy collectors, the die-cast miniature vehicles were produced by Meccano Ltd, 1934-1979 - and driven across the carpets of children's bedrooms.

Did you know that Barbie is practically a pensioner? She turned 61this year. One of the world's biggest selling dolls, Barbie was launched by American toy company Mattel in 1959 and now she’s a global brand, with her own films, videos and music.

If you had a Barbie, maybe you had a Daisy Doll too. Daisy, who was a bit like Barbie's little sister, appeared in 1973 - and with Mary Quant designing her outfits, she was called “the best dressed dolls in the world”. The name was a nod to Quant’s floral logo.

If you were a fan of Batman, chances are you had his action figure. Batman’s adventures are more likely to be found in a video game these days, but in the 1960s the hugely popular American TV series inspired popular model figures.

In the Nineties, Japan gave us a rather strange new 'living toy'. Did you manage to keep your Tamagotchi alive? The digital pet, a small egg-shaped computer with a ‘life cycle’, was one of the biggest toy fads of the late 1990s.

And who remembers Pog? A playground favourite in the early to mid-1990s, it was a revival of a milk caps game devised in the 1920s

The Pog fad peaked in the mid-Nineties, with Pogs handed out for opening children’s bank accounts and in McDonald’s Happy Meals.