IT’S THAT time when children will be hoping to take off the wrapping on this year’s must-have present for Christmas.

Popular requests for this year may include the Barbie 3-in-1 DreamCamper, LEGO's Harry Potter Hedwig, Monopoly for Sore Losers, PAW Patrol Dino Rescue Dino Patroller, Peppa Pig's Shopping Centre, the Pokemon Carry Case Playset, the Baby Yoda from Star Wars The Mandalorian and LEGO's Super Mario Adventures with Mario starter course.

But what toys do you remember from your childhood? Scroll through our gallery of images above to see if you had any of these...

Play-Doh is a perennial favourite, but did you know it was launched as a children's toy in 1956, having previously been invented in America as a wallpaper cleaner in the 1930s!

Another popular toy brand which was established in the 1930s and is still in demand today is LEGO, which is an abbreviation of the two Danish words “leg godt”, meaning “play well”.

The brick in its present form was launched in 1958 and LEGO has been named Toy of the Century twice.

Girls still clamour for Barbie, who was launched in 1959 and took dolls into a more grown-up world of fashion and activities. Since 1959, more than 800 million dolls in the Barbie family have been sold around the world.

As more families welcomed televisions to their households, TV tie-ins became popular, with the likes of Thunderbirds and Daleks hitting the toy shop shelves.

As two of the biggest selling toys of the early 1980s, neither Rubik’s Cube or Trivial Pursuit were really aimed at the very young, but both became phenomenal successes and found their way under many a Christmas tree.

Both Trivial Pursuit and another much older board game, Monopoly, have had numerous television tie-ins — and Islanders may well have the Isle of Wight edition of Monopoly in their homes.

Practically every young girl in the 1980s (the author included) had a My Little Pony or two. My Little Pony creator Bonnie Zacherle and her family lived in Japan, where her father cared for all the quarantined animals entering and leaving the country.

Originally My Pretty Pony, they were introduced by Hasbro in 1981 and unbelievably, 150 million ponies were sold in the 1980s alone.

Isle of Wight County Press: My Little Pony Posey, early 1980s

My Little Pony Posey, circa early 1980s.

Cabbage Patch Kids were popular in the same era — these soft sculptured dolls were registered in the United States copyright office in 1978 as The Little People. The brand was renamed Cabbage Patch Kids when the dolls went into mass production in 1982.

The link between successful TV series’ and toys grew ever stronger in the 1990s with Teletubbies and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, while new-fangled electronic toys — such as the Gameboy and Super Nintendo — were also on many a Christmas wish-list.

The late 1990s also saw the introduction of the Tamagotchi, a digital pet, as well as the adorable Furby, an American robotic toy.

Isle of Wight County Press: A vintage Furby, circa late 1990s

Did you have a vintage Furby from the late 1990s?

Sony brought out the original Playstation in the mid 1990s, with the Playstation 2, one of the biggest-selling games consoles in the shops in time for Christmas 2000.

The new millennium saw technology making huge strides and wishes to Santa started to include early iPods and MP3 players, while the XBox 360 arrived in 2005 and the PS3 was a hit in 2006, as was the Nintendo Wii.

Finally, remember when Kevin the Carrot, Aldi's lovable cuddly vegetable, burst onto the scene in 2016? Now you can collect a whole family of furry carrots and their friends if you want!

Isle of Wight County Press: Kevin the (Aldi) Carrot. Picture: Mark Couch.

Kevin the (Aldi) Carrot. Picture: Mark Couch.

Have you got a favourite toy you received for Christmas once upon a time? Let us know!