Remember these 80’s Toys?


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?


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  1. Sit and spins now have lights and music on the top part. We have one for our kids. Still death traps though as the two year old likes to stand and wiggle on it. Oh well, they are just baby teeth! ;P

  2. I still have a bunch of Garbage Pail Kids in my card collection. I had a Teddy Ruxpin doll too. I remember my sister wanting a My Buddy doll, but they kind of creeped me out. Don’t know why but they did. Maybe it was because of the Chucky movies.

  3. Do you remember that rubber ball that had a handle that you could bounce on? Do you remember that commercial with the kids bouncing on them in the yard of a house that sat literally inches from a freeway and it was advertising how a fence could save your kid from death? I wanted one of those rubber bouncy balls SO FREAKIN’ BAD. Now that I am grown up and can buy one of those for my own kids all they have are cheap crappy vinyl ones that you know will pop in five seconds. Those were awesome!!!!

  4. I don’t remember the commercial, but I totally remember those toys. My grandma had one that i loved. Oh, and they were made out of that thick school yard bouncy ball rubber and even had tread! Now they are exercise balls with handles. Oh, oh, and I had a Pogo Ball! I could never stay on it for very long. Remember Skip it? I think they still have that.


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