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Top Toys of The 1970s

Updated on August 17, 2016

Fun Toys Invented in the 70s

Stretch Armstrong debuted in the 1970s and were a huge it among children. Girls and little boys loved playing with this 70s toy for the ages.
Stretch Armstrong debuted in the 1970s and were a huge it among children. Girls and little boys loved playing with this 70s toy for the ages. | Source
The Rubik Cube was invented in the 1970s and it was hard to solve. I have played for hours on end and can never get it done.
The Rubik Cube was invented in the 1970s and it was hard to solve. I have played for hours on end and can never get it done. | Source
Magna Doodle  was very popular during the 1970s, 1980s and the 1990s to a degree.
Magna Doodle was very popular during the 1970s, 1980s and the 1990s to a degree. | Source

Which is the Best?

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Stretch Armstrong

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Classic 70s Toys

1. Skateboard (1950): The skateboard has four wheels or three. The one with three wheels is just a bit harder to balance on but, still a lot of fun. I particularly like to watch the professional skateboarders and I admire their skill. Always wear a helmet and knee and elbow pads when doing serious skateboarding or especially when jumping or going down a hill.

2. Magna Doodle (1974): This drawing board was magnetic and came with a stylus and several magnetic shapes. You could draw on the surface with the stylus and slide the eraser bar to remove everything. Children have used this tool to draw for entertainment. At the time this was a very unique learning toy and very entertaining for younger kids and teenagers alike.

3. Nerf Ball (1970): These balls are made of soft foam. They are made into basketballs, footballs and ammo for Nerf guns. There are now large plastic guns and sword fighting for the kids that wasn't available to me. Also, Nerf makes "noodles" that you use in the swimming pool, the ocean, the lake and the river, of course. Evryone should have a Nerf football or a doodle for the water,

4. Rubix Cube (1974): A 6" X 6" cube with 6 different colors. the squares will turn each and every way possible. The idea for this game cube is to put all of the colors back together so that each large square has the same colors. This is a truly enjoyable, mind twisting game. It's very hard but not impossible to win at this game. It takes lots of concentration and patience to get anywhere in this game.

5. Stretch Armstrong (1976): The big deal with Stretch Armstrong is that he can stretch from his original fifteen inches to five feet. The figure is a blonde headed muscle man wearing briefs. The doll was tough but, if it tore you could fix it with some adhesive bandages. It remains one of my personal favorite toys and they can still be purchased online.

6. Video Game Console (1972): Atari came out with video games in the 1970s including, Frogger, Pac-Man and Asteroids. When this video game console was released, the joy stick only had one button. This phenomenon has continued and became even stronger as the decades have passed.

7. Weebles (1971): Weebles are in the shape of an egg and have the characters made out of their egg. You can tip an egg shaped Weeble and it will not topple over. The "theme" is Weebles Wobble but, they don't fall down. There are 116 different Weebles that were made by Hasbro's Playskool Department.

8. Star Wars Action Figures (1976): There were over 200 different action figures that were made based on the 1st three Star Wars Films. In addition to figurines, they had cars and spaceships based on the film. Also, the weapon selection and various smaller items made these action figures major collectibles especially If they are new in the box.

9. Simon (Pocket Simon) (1979): There are four colors on the game, red, blue, yellow and green. The game has four levels of toughness. The game lights up and beeps a tone per color. The idea is to follow the pattern and if you remember the colors/beeps in order then you win.

10. Paddington Bear (1975): Paddington Bear wears boots that have paw prints molded into the soles. I know Paddington Bear by his yellow rain jacket, boots, rain jacket and cap. Girls all over America fell in love with this teddy bear when it was released in the 1970s. The jacket material was made like a real rain jacket.

* Please share with me what your favorite toy was from the 70s era in the comments box located at the bottom of this hub.

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The skateboard was an instant hit before it became an X-Game sport. Originally the boards were a little wider and the wheels were much slower. Over time Skateboards began to soar in popularity and many companies began to produce them.

© 2013 Buster Johnson

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    • penlady profile image

      penlady 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      I still have a Rubik cube too. I keep it as memorabilia. Haven't played it in ages!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Oh, yes....I remember these well. We still have a Rubics Cube and fiddle with it from time to time. It's supposed to be a good brain exerciser!

      Voted UP.