There are times when I look back at the popular toys from yester-year and I think to myself, "Wow, kids are stupid." Case-in-point: Skip-it. The thing was a flippin' weight at the end of a plastic strip. I mean the commercial itself says that "the very best thing of all, there's a counter on [the] ball." When the best part of all about a toy is that it has a counter, you would assume the toy would not sell well, since toys are supposed to be fun, and what could possibly be fun about counting how many times you can jump? Well, with some clever marketing, it turns out any toy can sell like hot-cakes.
Skip-It was a smash hit. I can still remember watching literally all the girls at recess jumping over their Skip-Its, trying to get a new best score. Just goes to show how advertising can make even the dumbest of toys seem like must-have items.