Nov 25

The turkey has been eaten, the football game watched and all that’s left after the US holiday of Thanksgiving is to have a well-earned sleep, right? Wrong!

For many people across the country, now’s the time to put the finishing touches to that Black Friday shopping strategy to make sure this years’ must-have toy is snapped up. “Black Friday” is the name given to the Friday after Thanksgiving in the US where stores offer amazing deals both in the aisles and online for savvy shoppers looking to save on holiday shopping. Reminiscing at the famous toys that have defined Black Friday in previous years, we couldn’t help but notice some similarities between them and some of the creatures in ARKive. We think you’ll get a kick out of ARKive’s Black Friday must-have gift list!

Troll doll

Who doesn’t remember these odd-looking but endearing toys that stole the hearts of children everywhere? This crested black macaque sure has the signature troll doll hair style!

Crested black macaque photo

Beanie babies

The most popular beanie baby of all time was the tie-dyed Grateful Dead bear named Garcia. While the spectacled bear isn’t exactly rainbow colored, it has some of the most unusual markings of any bear species on Earth.

Spectacled bear photo

My Little Pony

I remember my first My Little Pony growing up, a purple pony with long dark hair. The Przewalski’s horse might not be purple, but it’s just as lovely.

Przewalski's horse photo

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

A favorite holiday gift of kids everywhere, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are mutant turtles with exceptional ninja fighting skills. Although the hawksbill turtle likely doesn’t know his bajutsu from his kenjutsu, it frequents the waters off the coast of Japan, the birthplace of Ninja.

 Hawksbill turtle photo

Barney the Dinosaur

Like him or loathe him, Barney the Dinosaur is a beloved childhood character. Even though the purple frog isn’t a reptile, we still think he embodies Barney’s signature look – a bloated body and short, stout limbs.

Purple frog photo

Tickle Me Elmo

Probably the most iconic Black Friday toy in history, the Tickle Me Elmo toy was originally priced at $28.99 but before the end of the holiday season in 1996 it was selling online for $1500! Finding a species on ARKive that resembles Tickle Me Elmo might be just as hard as finding the toy itself but we think the Betsileo woolly lemur comes pretty close!

Betsileo woolly lemur photo

Which toy are you on the hunt for this Black Friday? Do you think it has a counterpart on ARKive? If so, share it with us!

Liana Vitali, ARKive Science, Education and Outreach Officer, Wildscreen USA