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Top Toys of the 1980s

Updated on December 31, 2016

Classic 80s Toys

Teddy Ruxpin was released in the 1980s and it is a collectible today if Teddy is found in good condition or new in the box. I had one growing up when I was 7 years old.
Teddy Ruxpin was released in the 1980s and it is a collectible today if Teddy is found in good condition or new in the box. I had one growing up when I was 7 years old. | Source
Transformer Toys were released in the 1980s and were popular upon their release. They now have cartoons, movies and even clothing representing Transformers.
Transformer Toys were released in the 1980s and were popular upon their release. They now have cartoons, movies and even clothing representing Transformers. | Source
The Masters of the Universe action figures were a highly successful franchise, as seen by this castle.
The Masters of the Universe action figures were a highly successful franchise, as seen by this castle. | Source
Cabbage Patch kids were very big in the mid 1980s and since have expanded. They were popular when they first came out and they are still a big hit today. My sister used to collect them for years until she became a grown woman.
Cabbage Patch kids were very big in the mid 1980s and since have expanded. They were popular when they first came out and they are still a big hit today. My sister used to collect them for years until she became a grown woman. | Source

Best Toys of the Era

1. Cabbage Patch Kids (1980): I remember having a couple of Cabbage Patch Kids that my mom bought from the store but, my grandmother made my brother and I one a piece. They were cute and ugly at the same time if that makes any sense. These guys remain popular nowadays but, in the 80s they were sought after without a doubt.

2. Transformers (1984): These toys turn from robot machines into vehicles. Such as cars, trucks and tractor trailer trucks. Some of the transformers have the ability to turn in to two or three different vehicles. Also transformers, come with their own distinct weapon. The vehicles can drive and have weaponry. Little boys across America went crazy for these action figures. I would say that most boys growing up had a Transformer.

3. Super Soaker (1989):This water gun can shoot up to thirty feet away and holds several gallons of water so that you don't have to refill it constantly. It is rather bulky but, it set the standard for all future water cannons. They come in several styles, sizes and colors. This was a toy that the boys always used to torture the girls growing up. My brother had one of these and I remember him always threatening to soak us down. The water stream on that water gun was a long ways.

4. Glo Worm (1982):This is a worm that is green or purple with a cute cartoon face and the worm glows. This is a cute toy for babies. Infants like to have them in their crib or playpen if it's dark or dimly lit in the room. The Glo Worm is one toy that everyone had growing up. The Glo Worm provided just enough light to the dark rooms that you typically would not need to turn on additional light in the room.

5. Micro Machines (1986): Micro Machines are tiny vehicles that have distinct features. They included helicopters, tanks, trains, trucks, boats, cars and motorcycles. They produced over two hundred different tiny automobiles. Growing up I played with a lot of cars and trucks so, when the Micro Machines came out, these were fun to play with as well.

6. Teddy Ruxpin (1985): This bear would move it's mouth and eyes while reading children's stories through an audiotape that is built into the bear itself. You can buy different audio cassette tapes that are pre-recorded. With this bear, you can learn how to be kind to others.

7. Masters of the Universe (1981): These action figures are based on He-Man and his nemesis Skeletor. They had six action figures and a dinosaur and a castle in the original sets. They were hard plastic but the legs and arms slightly moved.

8. Carebears (1981): These cute bears all have different powers or special talent. When the bears combine their powers they can do amazing things. I remember my grandmother finding a pattern in the stores and made all of the grandchildren one. The Carebear I had was predominantly pink with white on it.

9. Pictionary (1985): This is a board game that will allow you to have hours of playing time with your family and friends. Cards tell you what to draw. You can't talk to your family members or friends on your team but, they get to guess what you are drawing. If they guess it, then they get a point. 4-8 players can play this game.

10. Ninetendo (1986): This eight bit videogame console, was a major improvement over the Atari. This system came out with two controllers and a plastic gun that you could shoot ducks with in Duck Hunt. Later, additional game called Gun Smoke and many others. This game system is the first to offer a pause and a select button on a controller.

* Please share your favorite 1980s Toy with me in the comments capsule located at the bottom of this article.

Pictionary Board Game

Pictionary is a fun game to play with four or more people. In the game you must draw things and teammates guess what it is. Laughter for hours on end especially watching people draw with frustration.
Pictionary is a fun game to play with four or more people. In the game you must draw things and teammates guess what it is. Laughter for hours on end especially watching people draw with frustration. | Source

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Great on Rainy Days

One thing that my mom always loved to do was tell us to go outside and play. When I was growing up it was fun playing outside and riding bicycles. However, when it rained we were stuck inside of the house. When the Atari 2600 came out children began to understand that being inside isn't so bad after all. This started a new world of arguments. Now the argument with your brother or sister would be who got to watch television or play video games.

The only drawback was that they had no pause button or save. So, so sorry to the player when someone wanted the television set.

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© 2013 Buster Johnson

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      My favorite toy from the 80's was playing Tetris on my Nintendo system. I still have the system and game, but don't have the time to play it.

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      Buster Johnson 3 years ago from Alabama

      I loved playing Tetris as well. It was petty addicting.

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