Advertisement

These 1980s Throwback Toys Are An Absolute Blast From The Past

The 1980s may be remembered as the generation where capitalism came into its own, but it should be remembered as the time when toys actually came into their own. The market for unusual action figures and dolls exploded in this decade, as well as a particular demand for toys with a film or television connection.

Many of the toys that first appeared in the 1980s are still being manufactured today because of their universal appeal. Whether or not you lived through the 1980s, we guarantee that you'll find some favorites from your childhood here. Let's take a look, shall we?

1. He Man And The Masters Of The Universe

Your Daily Dish

The movie came after the toys, but He-Man and his female equivalent She-Ra sold an awful lot to children who wanted the Power of Greyskull for themselves.

2. WWF LJN Wrestlers

Your Daily Dish

WWF has never been so popular as it was in the 1980s, and with its popularity came toys cashing in on the game. In fact, many kids played with the figures and never watched it on TV at all.

3. Glo Worm

Your Daily Dish

The Glo Worm inspired a TV series, Glo Friends, about the same stuffed animal with a glowing head and a worm's body. It was a mega hit.

4. Jem And Friends

Your Daily Dish

Barbie and Sindy would continue to be the world's most popular dolls but for a brief period it looked like Jem would join them. 

5. Popples

Your Daily Dish

Popples was a funny toy. It was sort of the first two-in-one if you like. You could roll it up and zip it into a ball if you were bored with playing with the stuffed animal. 

Advertisement

6. Food Fighters

Your Daily Dish

Some 80s toys are good examples of "just because you can do something, it doesn't mean they you should." Like Food Fighters, which were fast food items that had joined the military.

7. Cabbage Patch Kids

Your Daily Dish

The Cabbage Patch Kids were a doll collection that was so popular that parents ended up rioting to try and pick them up for Christmas—really.

8. Strawberry Shortcake

Your Daily Dish

Strawberry Shortcake wasn't just a cute doll that had its own TV show. Oh no. Strawberry Shortcake also smelled of strawberry shortcake. How awesome is that?

9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Your Daily Dish

These guys came from a comic book, got their own TV show, their own movies, and their own computer games. For many kids, the 80s were the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

10. Talking Mickey Mouse

Your Daily Dish

No high-tech malarkey for Talking Mickey Mouse. Instead, he had a tape recorder in his stomach and you played storybooks of his adventures listening to the speaker in his mouth.

11. MoonDreamers

Your Daily Dish

If you don't remember MoonDreamers, you're really missing out. They were "celestials" sent to earth to give children happy dreams. Seriously, they were.

Advertisement

12. Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)

Your Daily Dish

This is such a classic piece of gaming history that Nintendo remade and re-released this console last year. This is where Mario began for millions. 

13. Voltron

Your Daily Dish

Who didn't love the idea of five robotic lions which you could put together to make a robot with a big sword? They weren't quite as cool as Transformers but they were still awesome.

14. Transformers

Your Daily Dish

They may be the world's best-recognized robots in disguise. Hasbro's Transformers range were cartoon stars back then and now they're movie stars. 

15. Star Wars

Your Daily Dish

Star Wars the movie came out in the 1970s, but the rest of the series appeared in the 1980s. It was in that decade that the action figures really caught on. Some of them are very valuable now. 

Which one was your favorite? We hope that you enjoyed this trip down memory lane.

Be sure to SHARE this with your family and friends!

Trending Today: