Christmas toys: weird toy fads that made billions (VIDEO).

The Weirdest, Most Profitable Toy Crazes of All Time

The Weirdest, Most Profitable Toy Crazes of All Time

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Dec. 19 2014 11:20 AM

The Weirdest, Most Profitable Toy Crazes

Be glad it isn't 1996.

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Especially during the holidays, fads in children’s toys can seem completely unhinged. Why did cheap rubber bracelets with silly shapes become a $200 million industry for just a few months around Christmas 2009? How did the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles go from a weird underground comic title to selling $1 billion worth of green plastic in just a few years? Here, we count down five of the goofiest and most  profitable toy fads of all time.

Chris Wade is a New York-based video and audio producer and an occasional contributor to Brow Beat.