Barbie will be the best-selling toy this Christmas thanks to Margot Robbie’s film

BARBIE is expected to be the top-selling toy this Christmas, retail experts predict.

The iconic doll has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years, and with all the hype surrounding the next Barbie movie starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, online marketplace OnBuy predicts that Barbie-mania will reach fever pitch.

Ilkley’s Melissa Watson with her beloved Barbies, pictured in 2009

Barbie was introduced in 1959, sporting a striped swimsuit and signature ponytail. She was created by Ruth Handler, co-founder of children’s toy company Mattel, inspired by her daughter Barbara’s love of fashion dolls.

Today there are Barbies in a range of shapes, sizes and careers.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: "I loved changing their clothes and playing with their hair," said Melissa “I loved changing their clothes and playing with their hair,” says Melissa

What toys did you like? Here are some favorites from the past – from the Rubik’s Cube – invented by a Hungarian architect, it became one of the biggest popular culture puzzle games of the 1980s, with millions of cubes sold worldwide – to Polly Pocket, launched in 1983 as plastic cases that opened to form a dollhouse filled with figures less than an inch tall. Lots of fun to be had in a miniature world.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Polly Pocket, with figures less than an inch tall Polly Pocket, with figures less than an inch tall

Action Man, with his swivel eyes and gripping hands, was introduced to Britain in 1966 by Palitoy.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Military hero Action Man was a favoriteThe Action Man military hero was a favorite

Then there, Mecanno, created in 1898 by Frank Hornby, included metal strips, corner beams, wheels and axles, nuts and bolts. He put the fun in civil engineering!

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Mecanno was hugely popular Mecanno was extremely popular

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Does anyone remember these creepy creatures?Does anyone remember these scary creatures?

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The Rubik's Cube was popular around the world The Rubik’s Cube was popular around the world

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Popular dolls in the 1960s included the Walk With Me doll and Tearful TammyPopular 1960s dolls included the Walk With Me doll and Tearful Tammy

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Dinky Toys was a range of die-cast zinc alloy model vehicles produced by Meccano Ltd.  They were made in a factory in Liverpool from 1934 to 1979.Dinky Toys was a line of die-cast zinc alloy model vehicles produced by Meccano Ltd. They were made in a factory in Liverpool from 1934 to 1979.