Cabbage Patch Kids
When you're talking about hot 80s toys, you can't leave out Cabbage Patch Kids. No other toy in history was fought over as much as those cute-yet-ugly little dolls we were all dying to own.
Before Michael Bay got his hands on them, Transformers were some of the hottest selling toys around in 1984. The Hasbro line of toys has inspired an animated TV show and the hugely successful Transformers trilogy.
A little bear named Teddy Ruxpin dared to venture into our hearts and minds by telling us stories of his great adventures. Teddy was equipped with a built-in tape deck in his back. When a special Teddy Ruxpin tape was inserted, he'd come to life, moving his eyes and mouth, and talking.With the progression of technology over the past twenty years, Teddy Ruxpin has gone digital. He's back with all new adventures for a whole new generation of kids to enjoy and find a new best in a talking bear.
They were cheap but all the rage. You snap them on your arm and they wrap around. Best of all, they came in a variety of designs and colors to match all of your wacky 80's clothes.
Attach it your ankle and swing it around and jump to avoid it slamming into your ankles. It even had a counter installed in the newer models.
The premise behind Simon was quite simple. It was based on the old game Simon Says. You would start the game and one of the four coloured panels would light up and sound a tone. It was addicting.
Developed in the seventies, popularized in the eighties, and still selling like hotcakes today, Rubik's Cube is one of the greatest puzzles ever made.
While Rainbow Brite started off as TV show, there was a whole line of dolls to go along with it... Rainbow Brite, the Color Kids, Starlite, and even the adorable Sprites. There was also a movie, Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer (1985), as well as other merchandise. The whole Rainbow Brite franchise raked in over $1 billion in retail sales. Not bad for an 80s fad.
Pound Puppies and Pound Purries were all the rage in the mid to late 80s. The stuffed dogs had floppy ears and big puppy-dog eyes. Both the puppies and kitties had collars and came in an assortment of colors. Some even had spots (for dogs) or stripes (for cats). Each Pound Puppy/Purry came in a cardboard carrying case with adoption papers.
Move over Atari. Nintendo blew away the competition with its astonishing 8-bit game console featuring classic titles like Zelda and Super Mario Bros. It is known as the greatest video game console of all time and celebrated the its 25th anniversary in 2010.
My Little Pony
What little girl doesn't dream of having her own horse? The 80s sought to fulfill little girls' wishes with My Little Pony, a line of colored plastic horses with brushable manes and tails. Each had its own name and corresponding "cutie mark" or symbol on their hips. The original six ponies were named: Minty, Snuzzle, Butterscotch, Bluebelle, Cotton Candy, and Blossom.
Micro Machines were miniature cars produce by Galoob. They were about 1 ½ inches long and came in an assortment of colors and models. You might remember them best by their TV commercials which featured John Moschitta, Jr., the dude who spoke a mile a minute.
Masters of the Universe
If the names He-Man, Skeletor and Man-at-Arms mean anything to you, then you were definitely a child of the 80s. These hot cartoon characters had their own line of toys and every little boy wanted to own Castle Greyskull and the entire line of He-Man action figures.
Lite Brite allowed kids to create magical, glowing images by inserting plastic pegs into a black sheet of paper affixed to a screen. Its infamous jingle Lite-Brite, Lite-Brite, turn on the magical shining light dominated Saturday morning cartoons and is still stuck in your head thirty years later.
Glo Worm was a stuffed worm that glowed in the dark when you squeezed it. It even came with its own nightcap ready for bedtime. Glo Worm was THE hot toy in 1982 and sold out almost immediately at Christmas.
G.I. Joe didn't always have a Kung Fu grip, at least not until the 80's, that is. G.I. Joe dates back to long before any of us were born, and they still make new G.I. Joe toys today. Of course the 80's G.I. Joe line had its own charm. There were action figures, vehicles, comic books, lunch boxes, and more. You could even get 80's limited edition figures by mail, such as NFL player Joe The Refrigerator Perry and Sergeant Slaughter.
The five main Fluppies were Stanely (blue), Blink (yellow), Dink (red/peach), Tippi (purple), and Ozzie (green). Disney's Fluppy Dogs aired as a one-hour animated TV special in 1986. If the term had existed back then, it would have been Disney's first animated Disney Channel Original Movie.
Did you dream of sleeping on clouds, riding in cloud-mobiles, and sliding down rainbows? Or did you ever try the Care Bear Stare? If so then you are a true fan of the Care Bears.