A lot of toys from my childhood are still around.
Toys like Rubix Cubes, Cabbage Patch Kids, Etch a Sketch, Strawberry Shortcake and My Little Ponies. But some things I haven’t seen since I was a kid, but totally remember. Thank goodness for the ability to look them up on the internet or I would think I was crazy!
Sit ‘N Spin Maybe this is still around, but I haven’t seen them. My next door neighbor had one of these and I wanted one sooooo bad! Actually, I just wanted to be able to use it. I tried, but I never had the upper body strength to get going fast enough for it to be worth the effort.
Speak & Spell I totally had one of these and I freaking loved it! I remembering being so proud when I got “Chimney” right!
Garbage Pail Kid cards *Shudder* I hated those things. I was scared of them. I could never understand what boys liked about them.
I don’t know which one is grosser/scarier. The nauseating “Barfin’ Barbara”, the phobia-inducing “Clogged Duane”, OR the horrifyingly graphic and age-inappropriate “Hole in Juan”, “Fryin’ Brian”, “Bony Tony”, or “Ned Head”?
Castle Grayskull When I was four I walked right into my neighbors’ empty apartment and was discovered soon after by my mom playing with this. I suppose the lure of He-man and Skeletor were too much for a four-year-old girl to resist, even if I was reduced to breaking and entering. Or at least entering.
Rainbow Bright and specifically the little white Sprite doll I had. SO cute! And I loved Rainbow Bright, hideous bangs and all.
Charmkins I don’t ever remember playing with these, but I know I had them because I do remember bringing them for “sharing time” in Kindergarten. I wish I had them now, I would totally collect these!
Popples I had a “pillow fight” with these at a friend’s sleepover when I was seven. Good times.
Cricket I saved up my money for a year to buy one of these, just in time for them to go out of style. But I loved her moving eyes and mouth. I listened to her sing “She’ll be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain” over and over and over again.
Teddy Ruxpin Never had one, always wanted one. But it’s OK, I got a Cricket doll.
My Pet Monster I got a My Pet Monster valentine card from a boy in kindergarten. Yuck!
Kid Sister/My Buddy I still remember the jingle (totally singing it in my head), “Kid Sister and ME!”
I wonder what things my kids will look back on. I don’t think that the Disney Princesses or Star Wars paraphernalia will ever go away. But Dora the Explorer and Bakugans just might.
What were your favorite toys in the 80’s?