Featured in the He-Man feature film Masters of the Universe, the cosmic key is a device capable of opening portals to any point in space and time. While that may not sound like much of a “toy” so much as it does a “shattering scientific breakthrough,” it was mistaken for a lame 80’s synthesizer in the film, and those are pretty much toys. It plays very soothing music and lights up. I would put one over my baby’s crib and just pray that the dumb kid didn’t send us to Poland in 1940.
Sure, it wasn’t for everyone, but that was a pretty sick bike that Paul Reuben’s cruised around on in Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. The original bike was a Schwinn Panther, which was (reportedly) customized to create 12 Pee-Wee bikes, none of which are known to survive publicly today. One went on eBay for $17,877, and another for $12,000, but no one knows where they are. Probably with that bastard Francis or in the basement of the Alamo.
Duh. This Back to the Future 2 “invention” bred a whole generation of little liars, running around their elementary schools saying that their cousin in California just got one and that they were going to ride it when they went to visit him next summer. Of course, there was no hoverboard, but that’s just a testament to how badly kids wanted to believe that there could be.
Modern market tie-in: The H.O.V.A.-board, endorsed by Jay-Z.