10 Rocking 80s Toys You Wish You Never Lost Over Time
We have mentioned it before and we will say it again, our childhood toys were WAY better than the toys which are about the kids nowadays! Back in the day(lol), the toys fuelled our creativity and invited us to play within our very own imaginary world, a universe that existed within our minds rather than a display unit. Listed below are 10 of the 80s toys that we all loved dearly as a child.
1. Petite Post Office
2. Waterful Ring Toss
Takara Co., Ltd. was a Japanese toy company founded in 1955. In March 2006, the company merged with Tomy company limited to form Takara Tomy.
In 1975, Takara produced the Diaclone and Microman Micro Change toys. In 1984, the toy line was rebranded by Hasbro as “Transformers”. Takara continued to sell Microman and used it as the basis for the Micronauts toy line. Micronauts were sold internationally by the Mego Corporation.
Takara also invented Battle Beasts, the E-kara karaoke microphone, B-Daman and Beyblade. These toys were sold or distributed internationally by Hasbro. In 1978, Takara developed the Choro-Q, mini pullback cars. Internationally, they have been sold as “Penny Racers”.
Madballs is a series of toy rubber balls originally created by AmToy, a subsidiary company of American Greetings in the mid-1980s, later being revived by Art Asylum (2007-2008) and Just Play, Inc. (2017–present).
4. The Get Along Gang
The Get Along Gang are characters created in 1983 by American Greetings‘ toy design and licensing division, “Those Characters from Cleveland” (now American Greetings Properties), for a series of greeting cards. The Get Along Gang are a group of twelve (and later, fourteen) pre-adolescent anthropomorphic animal characters in the fictional town of Green Meadow, who form a club that meets in an abandoned caboose and who have various adventures whose upbeat stories intended to show the importance of teamwork and friendship. The success of the greeting card line led to a Saturday morning television series, which aired on CBS for 13 episodes in the 1984-1985 season, with reruns showing from January until June 1986.
5. Glo Bugs
Glo Worm is a stuffed toy for young children, designed by Hasbro‘s Playskool division, and made in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Introduced in 1982, the plush, pajamaed worm bodycontained a battery-powered device that when squeezed would light up the toy’s vinyl head from within, creating a soft glow.
The original toy, upon release, was such a success that Hasbro released a new Musical Glo Worm toy, a series of story books, night lights, videos and other merchandise that continued until the early 1990s. However, in late 2005, the product was criticized for harming children; its plastic head was softened with phthalates, which can be dangerous if swallowed by children.
7. My Pet Monster
The My Pet Monster character began as a plush doll first produced by American Greetings in 1986. As one of the few plush dolls marketed to boys at the time, My Pet Monster was popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The doll has blue fur, horns and a fanged smile, and is recognizable by its orange plastic handcuffs. The handcuffs could also be worn by children and came with a breakaway link so that the child could simulate breaking the chain. Several versions of the doll have been released in various sizes and other attributes. Other characters were also created with brightly colored fur and unorthodox names like Gwonk, Wogster and Rark. Their popularity allowed a wealth of merchandise including coloring books, Golden Look-Look books, frame-tray puzzles and various other items.
Capitalizing on the nostalgia in many children of the ’80s, Toymax released a 22-inch tall talking My Pet Monster doll in 2001.
8. Teddy Ruxpin
Teddy Ruxpin is an animatronic children’s toy in the form of a talking bear. The bear’s mouth and eyes moved while “reading” stories that were played on an audio tape cassette deck built into its back. It was created by Ken Forsse with later assistance by Larry Larsen and John Davies, and the first version of the toy was designed by the firm RKS Design. Later versions would use a digital cartridge in place of a cassette. At the peak of his popularity, Teddy Ruxpin became the best-selling toy of 1985 and 1986, and the 2006 version was awarded the 2006 Animated Interactive Plush Toy of the Year by Creative Child Magazine. A cartoon based on the characters debuted in 1986.
In 2018, it was announced that Alchemy and The Jim Henson Company will make a new Teddy Ruxpin TV series. The series will be animated in a digital puppetry form and will be aimed at preschoolers.