It's been going on for at least a quarter of a century. As the holidays approach, one toy emerges as that year's "must-have" gift. It's an almost annual frustration for shoppers, all of whom can tell tales of early hours, long lines, and broken promises, as they cruised the malls and shopping plazas in search of a doll, gadget, video game, or other item.
This is by no means a complete list, just a glimpse at some of the more famous (notorious?) items that exploded onto the scene with little supply.