Take yourself back to toys from through the decades. The memories of childhood come flooding back. Were you lucky enough to always get the most popular toys for Christmas or your birthday?
Each year in the run up to Christmas there is normally one or two toys that are incredibly popular, let’s say the must have toys for that year. We are stepping back in time for a look back at the popular toys throughout the past and bring back some happy childhood memories, and maybe some not so happy memories if you missed out on getting what you really wanted one year!
The cute bears grew in popularity in the 80’s especially after the 1985 film was released.
Different colours of the cute plush toys with belly badges were available to collect.There was Sunshine bear, Bedtime bear, Love a lot bear, Birthday bear to name a few, all with their own personalities, who was your favourite? I’m sure they were made into plastic figures at some point too, so you could reenact the stories and the stories and let your imagination run wild.
Transformers were big in the 1980’s especially the epic Optimus Prime. They are still popular today. Optimus Prime is the hero, the leader of the octobots, a figure to be respected and looked up to by children who play and watch the TV programmes. The iconic good guy was the best selling Christmas toy in 1984. Transformers are still popular today and some of the old ones will sell for a lot of money. They come in lots of different sizes and are great fun to play with and transform, one minute its a octobot the next a freight truck!
The Rubix cube came on the scene in 1980 and was the best selling puzzle type game. For a little cube it did very well and was a great stocking filler and kept youngsters entertained for hours. It is still made today and you can challenge the family to see who can complete it quickest. A real iconic toy of the 1980’s.
The BMX was and still is a great stunt bike that hit its peak of popularity in the 1980’s. The bikes are still around today and you sure were lucky if Father Christmas brought one of these. Get your knee and elbow pads on and head out to the dirt tracks. Hours of fun could be spent perfected stunts in the long carefree summer holidays with your mates.
Cabbage patch dolls
These funny little plush dolls became one of the most popular toys of the 80’s. They are dolls made completely of fabric and had cartoons made about them so children could enjoy watching them on Tv as well as playing with them. The cabbage patch kids have stood the test of time and are still available to buy today. Did you have the whole gang back in the day?
Who remembers Koosh balls? Apparently, the most popular toy of 1987. The strange rubber balls were all the craze, available in many different colours. Everyone wanted a Koosh ball and they were an inexpensive fun toy to put in a childs Christmas stocking. The balls were made of rubber filament and were soft and tactile to fiddle with. Easy to catch and appealing bright colours, you wouldn’t want to put your Koosh ball down. They were a cheap gift perfect for stockings and everyone would have one in the playground.
Ghostbuster toys have stood the test of time and are still a popular toy amongst young children. Everyone loved the cartoons and films and they loved the toys even more. Do you remember the cool ghostbusters car from your childhood? Or the empty can that had a ghost in it? Slimer and the action figures were all fab toys and many peoples favourites. The film film was released in 1984 and the toys were a popular addition to any toy box in the 80’s and a firm favourite as a Christmas present.
Glowbugs were a classic toy of the 80’s. The long bodies on a plastic head that when filled with batteries the body would light up and glow, hence the name. Not the most cuddly of toys.
Another big hit in the 80’s was Rainbow brite. The TV series ran for a couple of years between 1984 and 1986. It was one of the most popular cartoons of the 80’s and the toys sold in there millions. The main character Wisp befriended a sprite creature called Twink and of course Starlight the horse. They rescue the colour kids and aim to bring colour to a grey land and protect everyone from the villains. . Such a heartwarming concept! Everyone wanted the Rainbow brite doll and all the toys that went along with the cartoon to play along.
The gaming world took off with the release of the Nintendo Gameboy in 1989.. A handheld console that took the world by storm. Portable gaming has obviously come a long way since the early days of the iconic Game Boy with that tiny screen and limited graphics with grey on a green screen. Who remembers all those hours spent playing Tetrus and Mario? Good times although with the technology we have it looks so primitive!
My Little Pony
The gorgeous ponies first appeared in 1982 and have been through a number of revivals ever since. There have been TV programmes and films over the years to capture the memories of lots of young children. Made from a hard plastic with ears that could be moved and a swishy tail and mane. They came in lots of colours and with all sorts of accessories so always something to add to the collection.
There are bound to be a lot of people who have fond memories of playing with Barbie dolls during their childhood. The first doll was released in 1959, however she has been incredibly popular throughout the decades and still well loved today. You couldn’t have a Barbie without Ken of course and then there was the Barbie house, the Barbie car, you probably also had numerous Barbie dolls too with plenty of different outfits so you could style her for the day. Get your friends round and spend many hours engrossed in imaginative play.