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Remember the 80's? Cartoons, Toys, Commercials, Movies and Fashion.

Updated on June 19, 2013

Those were the days...


Ahhhh, take a deep breath, step away from the daily stresses and monotony and take a walk down memory lane. I get so caught up in social issues, controversial topics and debates that I sometimes forget to step back and enjoy the simple things in life. Growing up in the 80’s is truly an experience that will bond any of us who were there as children. I can remember the 80’s like they were yesterday, but the world today seems to have warped hundreds of years past them. Let’s not forget the 80’s, a time of relative innocence and the beginning of the end to a not so technologically advanced and media driven era. Come and go with me…


My Buddy and Kid Sister

"My Buddy, My Buddy, wherever I go he goes..."
"My Buddy, My Buddy, wherever I go he goes..."
I didn't own one, but I sure could sing along to the commercial and I wanted one really bad!
I didn't own one, but I sure could sing along to the commercial and I wanted one really bad!

Toys!!! Remember These?


I got absolutely lost in memories and websites reminiscing about toys that I grew up with. There are soo many and so many that I had forgotten about. A lot of these toys are toys that I actually had or at least played with growing up, and then there are some that Santa never brought me. I can’t possibly list them all, but here are some that have stuck with me…feel free to point out an 80’s toy that I didn’t mention that you couldn’t have lived without…


Spirograph

Hard Glo Worms

This was the exact one I had...my father put 3 kids to bed at night and had 3 different glo worms on 3 different fingers, held up to the night light in the hallway to charge their glow power. I will never forget them...
This was the exact one I had...my father put 3 kids to bed at night and had 3 different glo worms on 3 different fingers, held up to the night light in the hallway to charge their glow power. I will never forget them...

Cabbage Patch Dolls!!!

Jody Rose and Neil Myron... those were the names of my 2 Cabbage patches... If their names didn't give away their decade, the polyester and windbreaker outfits they came in certainly did!
Jody Rose and Neil Myron... those were the names of my 2 Cabbage patches... If their names didn't give away their decade, the polyester and windbreaker outfits they came in certainly did!

My Litte Pony

I had a handful of these, one of them had yarn hair
I had a handful of these, one of them had yarn hair

Sweet Secrets

This was the exact one, the only one that I had and I had totally forgotten about it until I began my walk down memory lane.
This was the exact one, the only one that I had and I had totally forgotten about it until I began my walk down memory lane.

Puffalumps

I am almost certain I owned one, but so long ago I can't even remember.
I am almost certain I owned one, but so long ago I can't even remember.

Rainbow Brite

I don't think I owned any of the toys, but she was on my clothes and everywhere I went.
I don't think I owned any of the toys, but she was on my clothes and everywhere I went.

Pillow People

I didn't own one of these, but my childhood best friend had this exact one.
I didn't own one of these, but my childhood best friend had this exact one.

Teddy Ruxpin

I didn't own a Teddy Ruxpin, but I saw Teddy Ruxpin on Ice in the 80's and I loved it!!!!
I didn't own a Teddy Ruxpin, but I saw Teddy Ruxpin on Ice in the 80's and I loved it!!!!

Transformers and Gobots

My brothers owned these complicated toys, I could look but not touch. They probably knew what they were talking about since I have broken 2 of my son's mondern-day transformers trying to transform them back to their original character.
My brothers owned these complicated toys, I could look but not touch. They probably knew what they were talking about since I have broken 2 of my son's mondern-day transformers trying to transform them back to their original character.
I don't think we had any Gobots in the house, but I remember watching them on tv.
I don't think we had any Gobots in the house, but I remember watching them on tv.

Matchbox Cars and Micro Machines

My brothers both owned a case filled with Matchbox cars, all they needed was cardboard tubes and they were occupied for the day.  Micro Machines came into our house a little later, but the commercials were awesome! Micro Machine Commercial Link Below
My brothers both owned a case filled with Matchbox cars, all they needed was cardboard tubes and they were occupied for the day. Micro Machines came into our house a little later, but the commercials were awesome! Micro Machine Commercial Link Below

Micro Machines

Little Miss Dress Up

I don't even know if this was a popular 80's toy, but I had one and I totally forgot about it until researching for this hub. I remember filling those containers with icy water water and they changed her clothes and hair blue and pink.
I don't even know if this was a popular 80's toy, but I had one and I totally forgot about it until researching for this hub. I remember filling those containers with icy water water and they changed her clothes and hair blue and pink.

Barbie Dream House

This was huge (...also had the Barbie Ferrari). It came from Santa, but my parents used to get oddly frustrated that I didn't play with it enough. I remembered thinking; yes I do and Santa got it anyway.
This was huge (...also had the Barbie Ferrari). It came from Santa, but my parents used to get oddly frustrated that I didn't play with it enough. I remembered thinking; yes I do and Santa got it anyway.

Lite Brite

This just captivated me as a child.
This just captivated me as a child.

Skip It

I had this in yellow, it had a counter on it and it kind of went along with the whole jumping rope and hula hooping thing.
I had this in yellow, it had a counter on it and it kind of went along with the whole jumping rope and hula hooping thing.

He-Man, Skeletor and She-ra

I watched a little of this on tv, liked She-ra even better, but my brother had all of the action figures and Skeletor's castle, which I loved playing with.
I watched a little of this on tv, liked She-ra even better, but my brother had all of the action figures and Skeletor's castle, which I loved playing with.

Garbage Pail Kids

I'm so glad my Cabbage Patch years came a few years before these or I would have probably been traumatized. But, I thought these were hilarious and I can't believe our parents let us have them.
I'm so glad my Cabbage Patch years came a few years before these or I would have probably been traumatized. But, I thought these were hilarious and I can't believe our parents let us have them.

Not Pictured but Not Forgotten

Popples, Wuzzles, WWF Action Figures, GI Joe, Little Green Army Men, Mouse Trap, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Simon, Guess Who?, Ants in the Pants, Don't Break the Ice, Ker Plunk, Rubik's Cube, Slinky, Easy Bake Oven, Magic 8-Ball, Sorry, Trouble...I have to find a place to stop.

Television Shows of the 80's

I think I actually owned this tv.
I think I actually owned this tv.

On Television....

What was on the tv when I was growing up could be another category that I could spend days on, but alas, the list must have a start and an end. Here are some of the shows that would've changed who I am today if I didn't have them way back then...

Here's a few...

My parents loved them, I loved them and now, my children love them.
My parents loved them, I loved them and now, my children love them.
Oh, Punky, how much I miss you...and those hightops of yours I had.
Oh, Punky, how much I miss you...and those hightops of yours I had.
Remember the nanny lady that raised them with the green striped socks and we never saw her face?
Remember the nanny lady that raised them with the green striped socks and we never saw her face?
Remember this show? This was a definitely a one of a kind at it's time.
Remember this show? This was a definitely a one of a kind at it's time.
Where did he go and why?????? I loved this guy, he was cute and funny. Come back ALF!!!
Where did he go and why?????? I loved this guy, he was cute and funny. Come back ALF!!!

Remember these on tv?


The Smurfs, Punky Brewster, ALF, Jim Hensen’s Muppets Babies, Jem, Heathcliff, You Can’t Do That on Television, The Shirt Tales, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Inspector Gadget, Double Dare, Saved by the Bell (barely made it into the 80’s, but couldn’t have grown up without it), The Hogan Family, Webster, Growing Pains, The Wonder Years, Charles in Charge, Fraggle Rock, Family Ties, The Cosby Show, The Brady Bunch (yes they were pre-80’s…but I grew up watching them daily for at least a decade). The Golden Girls (okay, I know this one might sound funny from a kid from the 90’s, but my dad watched it and I got hooked…I found myself watching it when no one was even around). Cheers (Okay, another grown up show, but I couldn’t help but love that show).



Heathcliff Intro

Remember these?

Ghost Busters; toys, figures, comics, cartoons, a few movies and my brother had a glow in the dark pillow case.
Ghost Busters; toys, figures, comics, cartoons, a few movies and my brother had a glow in the dark pillow case.
I loved Michael J Fox and I loved the Back to the Future movies.
I loved Michael J Fox and I loved the Back to the Future movies.
Pee Wee, ...okay, so there was some definitely weird stuff there, but as a kid watching Pee Wee's Playhouse, I couldn't have been more amused.
Pee Wee, ...okay, so there was some definitely weird stuff there, but as a kid watching Pee Wee's Playhouse, I couldn't have been more amused.
Aw, the Goonies, such a perfect kid movie, adventure, a little scary and humor. BABY RUTH
Aw, the Goonies, such a perfect kid movie, adventure, a little scary and humor. BABY RUTH

Movies in the 80's

I grew up on with a VCR player and VHS tapes, remember when we actually had to rewind movies? I wish I could name them all, but these ones stick out.

Ghostbusters, Gremlins, E.T., Goonies, Big (It was Big in my house), Back to the Future, The Karate Kid, The Breakfast Club, Grease (my father had me obsessed), Pete’s Dragon, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory


80's Fashion (...mistakes?)

These things could be dangerous if your fingers were ever tired or slipped...you could bust a knuckle. I used to have huge ribbed ones that I'm sure they probably recalled by now.
These things could be dangerous if your fingers were ever tired or slipped...you could bust a knuckle. I used to have huge ribbed ones that I'm sure they probably recalled by now.
These things were so cool. My dad brought me one home from the pizza place. I loved it until I used it a few too many times and it became a square bracelet.
These things were so cool. My dad brought me one home from the pizza place. I loved it until I used it a few too many times and it became a square bracelet.
umm, these were more of my mom's kind of thing. I have since gotten rid of mine, which reminds me, I have to talk to my mother...
umm, these were more of my mom's kind of thing. I have since gotten rid of mine, which reminds me, I have to talk to my mother...
I had a couple pair of these. I remember my feet looked like a cheese grater when I took them off.
I had a couple pair of these. I remember my feet looked like a cheese grater when I took them off.

The 80s Fashion, All I can say is it was Colorful


(This is one of my favorite categories because the 80’s were so distinctive, so different from the 70’s and would be history by the 90’s).

Tight rolling jeans, Stirrup pants, Double socks, Skidz, T-shirt clips and Knots. Stonewash and Pepperwash everything ( I even had a stonewash purse), Big hair, big bangs and side pony tails. Bright anything! All colors matched in the 80's. Prints on one short leg and solid on the other? Socks pulled up to knees (on boys), Ugly Nikes, big earrings, matching windsuits in bright colors and the boys in my area had "tails".



Ten years ago we could have all laughed about our fashion choices in the 80's but oddly enough I have seen quite a bit of it making its way back.

Goodbye to the 80's...you may be gone, but never forgotten

We will never see the 80's again and a few more years from now kids wont even be able to comprehend the 80's. Remember when we actually got toys in our cereal boxes, you didn't have to download a code or go online or anything. Remember when sticks and stones occupied our time and could break our bones, but name calling and an occasional fight was all we had to worry about growing up? Where'd they go...

Thanks for walking with me... There are so many more 80's I want to share, but I must save it for a different hub. If I missed something, please share it, I could always use the free smile.

Your 80's Collection

Do you still own anything from your childhood in the 80's?

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      my favorite was ALF , smurfs. Wonderful cartoon character and i love ALF show. Crazy fella but unique. Voted up

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Thank you, I wonder if the shows from back then would survive today's kind of people?

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      Wayne Joel Bushong 4 years ago from America

      You forgot to mention the left over hair bands and great music! Alf is still around on a television show in the fatherest reaches of India..LOL

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      But Alas, my Patriot Quest, my music of the 80's Hub is in the making. (This one was starting to get a bit long winded, so music will get it's own Hub dedicated to it). 80's music was totally in a league of it's own and quite frankly I don't think it'll ever be the same again. I miss it and the stations in my house and car are programmed to that kind of music. ...and why does India get to have ALF, apparantely they see something we don't!

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      rmcmillen 4 years ago

      I'd give dang near anything just to have one Saturday morning where I sit in my PJs, eat a breakfast of almost no nutritional value and just mindlessly watch a good 2 or 3 hours of cheesy cartoons that set out to teach the child absolutely squat and usually have at least one talking animal.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      rmcmillen,

      Ha ha, I'd sit right there with ya! Why is it that when we flip through photo albums and have all of these wonderful memories, we have some kind of a sad feeling? I feel the same way when I look back at the 80's, the stupid toys and the goofy cartoons... nothing can touch that. Feels like a hundred years ago and yesterday all at the same time.

      You can watch cartoons on about 20 channels at any time of the day now... and none of them are even close to the ones we had.

      Thanks for sharing!

      Cat

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      rmcmillen 4 years ago

      I usually have that feeling when looking at cartoons and things I once held dear because I am usually thinking that it is just a matter of time that Michael Bay makes a movie based on it and ruins that piece of my childhood all over again...... but that's another story....

      I miss cartoons that were just that..... cartoons.... now most cartoons that kids watch just set out to teach even more so than Sesame Street ever taught me..... don't put that stuff on ABC Kids... put that on PBS where it belongs and leave it there, am I right?

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      rmcmillen,

      You know that's funny you mention Michael Bay making a movie about this; anyone who was around during the 80's, especially those who grew up in them, is a fan... as made obvious by the countless MTV, VH1 programs and probably all over the internet. In one hand you'd think it would have the potential to be cool but on the other, they would probably misrepresent the era and twist things, removing the sweet taste in my mouth that decade has left behind.

      Yes you are right, everything now seems to either be "teachy teachy" or teenage drama crap. Where is all of the cartoons in between. I just want to watch a stupid animal fall off a cliff while another laughs to the point of crying. It meant nothing and everything all at the same time! Oh, and the "violence" of our furry friends didn't make me grow up to kill people.

      Cat

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Hi Barbie,it's Ken(I wish!);

      Looks like I've struck gold ,again,landing on this amazing Hub of yours.I remember,and love everything about the 80's,especially the great music

      Cabbage patch was massive,always advertised on T.V,spirograph(had one of those!).Sister had the 'My little Pony',who used to get teased with the rhyme,'My little Pony,Skinny and Bony;Made out of plastic,looks like a spastic',by some of the crueler lads at primary school,who I had to sort out(although I found it funny!).Transformers(my robot in flares changed into a gun);Garbage-Pail Kids(I remember the stickers that we used to swap at school,of them).Had a real-life Skeletor(the old man lol!)...and yeah...what happened to A.L.F.(Alien Life Form,I think);that was great to watch on a Saturday evening.The movies(G/Busters,Goonies,BTTFuture etc...);loved them all.Don't forget Atari,wrist bands,New-Romantic Hair-do's,sweets(flying saucers etc...),chocolate you can't find any more etc...You've covered so many bases with this one,and brought back some real,fond memories for this young-looking old git ha!ha!

      Don't go changing,gorgeous!

      Yours Truly,

      R.Q.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Aww Romeo, thanks my gracing my humble little memorial! I have such a fondess for the 80's, probably in part because I was just a kid and it was a time of innocence. Also, the way things have changed, in what feels like such a short period of time, I will never be able to grasp! I don't believe kids today will have a true understanding of what the 80's were like. I'm so glad you were able to remember so many of these with me. I'm often amazed when talking to those outside of the US, how different their worlds are/were. So many times, those people don't know what I'm referring to and as a kid, over here, you assume everyone is seeing and doing the same thing.

      I have to admit, you brought a new spin on My Little Pony to me... I've never heard that, but it is rather funny, so long as it didn't emotional scar your sister :-)

      Boy, what I would do if I could rewind time?!

      I'm having a hard time coming to grips with the notion that the 90's are now, "many years ago"... still feels like yesterday!

      Thanks for swinging by... it's always a pleasure to see my Romeo!

      Yours Truly,

      Cat

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Cat

      No emotional scars for my sister-she saw right through their idiocy;I only found it funny,because it was so stupid,

      Your Hubs are always wonderful-no doubt about it;I hope you don't think my bulldozer of a comment had any bad intent....And 30 isYOUNG!!,but the old adage of time flying sometimes rings true-to me,you only looked to be in your early twenties from your photograph.I'm 37,but hasn't hindered me from anything;I feel,and look more fit physically,and mentally than when in my teens.I don't care how old/young you are-you're beautiful,and if you hear words to the contrary,they're simply untrue.

      Ten out of ten for a heart-warming,entertaining article!

      Yours Truly,

      R.Q.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      R.Q.

      Never, never... you've already earned your place with me and if the day were to come that you had any bad intent, I would be oblivious to it anyway. Never offended, never by you... no need to even address it. I love ya dear! 30 is young you say? Tell that to the girl that just had to say goodbye to her 20's :-) I know it's too early for a mid-life crisis, but I was not happy to see this last birthday... and I'll mention that I'm in the month that will bring me another as we speak! Ahh :-(

      You are beautiful inside and out and so your very flattering comments mean all the more to me! Thank you so very much for all the love Romeo... you are certainly a big GUST of fresh air!

      Much love,

      Cat

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      anonymous 2 years ago

      One memorable 80s commercial is from 1980. Its the Ferrari blue jeans commercial and it has a catchy tune. "Looks that will last forever, Ferrari forever" are the lyrics. A blonde woman enters a crowded bar and dances on a table. A young guy eating a sandwich gets up and dances with her. The whole crowd starts dancing. What is the name of the woman dancer? She looks to be from 20 to 30 years of age here. Today she would be in her 50s or 60s. I wish I could have such a woman as a girlfriend. The 1980s were the final decade where a guy could get a friendly woman to date. Those were the days. Youtube has many of our favorite commercials from long ago.

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