We look back and realise how much we used to bug our parents when we were asking for things. We acted like they had an endless amount of money – and they just didn’t! We can all agree that we definitely didn’t need half of the presents that they bought us when we were younger, but that didn’t stop us throwing a tantrum to get them to buy us these toys!
This will definitely bring back some great memories.. enjoy!
1. Atari 2600
Remember how it felt to plug this into the TV and then fiddle around with the joystick, dodging all the ghosts as Pac-Man or playing Pong with your sibling? It came bundled with two controllers as standard, something you’d never see these days!
Crazy to think what games look like these days when you look back just thirty years ago. We were happy enough with some random bleeps and a handful of pixels.
2. Esprit Sweatshirt
Believe it or not but Esprit is a company that still exists, even stretching beyond clothing and accessories into selling products for the home! Sounds like desperation to me.
Essentially, they’ve been in decline for years now, but that doesn’t mean that when we were younger this Sweatshirt was the thing to have! What was it that we found so great about them?
3. A Swatch Watch
The odd thing about Swatch is how they’re still going, and how they seemed to start as a multi-coloured kid’s brand, while it grew to cater to everyone. Sure, they’re cheap, but they don’t look cheap!
Did you ever get your Swatch when you were younger? Anybody who got one of these was the king or queen of the playground!
4. Aqua Net
If there’s anything in this world that immediately makes people think about the 80’s, it’s hairspray. You can say whatever you want, a whole can of this would keep your hair in place all night! Well worth the money.
If you use hairspray and didn’t live through the 80’s, give this stuff a chance!
5. Guess Jeans
Yet another company that you might be surprised to know still exists, but is also making a last ditch attempt to stay afloat by selling various other products beside jeans these days!
While people may go more for Levi jeans these days, there’s still some vintage lovers out there rocking the Guess jeans.
Look at these! People might be safer on newer roller skates, but they’ll never get cooler than these bad boys.
The amount of times that I fell over while wearing a pair of these when I was younger is pretty humiliating I have to say, but I always had fun in them though.
7. Nintendo Entertainment System
Sure, we got a lot of fun out of the Atari 2600, but it wasn’t until this baby came along that we really entered the golden age of video gaming. Mario is still around today!
I don’t care what anybody says, this and the SNES were the best gaming systems that have even existed. Seriously, go back and play them now. They still hold up.
8. My Little Pony
The amount of toys that we loved when we were younger that were essentially just advertisements for TV shows was ridiculous, but we didn’t care! We still had fun with them.
If you don’t want your childhood ruined, make sure you don’t go online and have a look at what has become of My Little Pony! Adult fans everywhere, going insane for rainbow ponies.
9. Get Along Gang Books
Believe it or not, but these guys started out as characters purely for greetings cards, becoming quite the TV sensations, which obviously lead to a toy line as well.
Despite all that, it was the books we were interested in! Getting to read one of these for your reading assignments in school was great.
10. Kid Sister
Believe it or not, the Kid Sister line of dolls actually started as a companion to the My Buddy dolls, a toy that was marketed exclusively towards boys!
The boy doll was meant to teach little boys about how to treat their friends, and was a controversial move commercially, as dolls had never been marketed towards boys before that. I’m assuming it didn’t go to well if they had to bring out a companion doll!
11. Rainbow Brite
If you didn’t see, Hallmark actually released a vintage style Rainbow Brite doll last year for the holidays, hoping to cash in on some nostalgia, which I imagine worked very well!
The show also made a comeback for an online only subscription service, so take a look if you’re missing the Brite! Although, it’s not a patch on the show we used to know and love.
12. Teddy Ruxpin
The gimmick that made us all love Ruxpin was that unlike normal teddy bears, this little guy could blink and move, reading bedtime stories to us. Obviously we now know that it’s all tech and cassette tapes, ruining the illusion somewhat!
Believe it or not but some kids were actually scared of this little guy. I suppose people didn’t like the idea of a talking teddy.
I think we need to start making toys like this again, things that can be very quickly turned into a pouch rather than a large and loud teddy!
Is it just me or do kids feel like they need a lot more than we used to? A Popple was good enough when we were kids!
14. Care Bears
These are still going strong to this day! Yet another set of characters that started out as something just to be slapped onto cards and yet spiraled off into a massive franchise.
Can you believe that kids are still playing with these things and watching the films?!
Sure, they came in different colours, but I was always about the orange hair.
Is it just me, or does this little guy have quite the likeness of a certain soon to be president? I think we all know what I’m getting at!
16. TDK Blank Cassettes
Ah, what a blast from the past! If you grew up after the rise of CDs, then you won’t remember the arduous effort that went into using these things to steal music off the radio!
Now you can literally get any song you want with the click of a button, paid for or otherwise.
17. Cabbage Patch Kids
Am I the only one who has always hated these things? Their extra chunky cheeks, the lack of a smile and their staring eyes makes for one huge mess of terrifying.
Plus, those knitted fringes really creep me out as well. No wonder people don’t want curly hair when we’re taught it looks like this as a child.
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