I was born at the end of the 70’s, which made me a prime target to be playing with toys in the beloved 80’s. My mother still tells stories about waiting in line for my first Cabbage Patch Kid doll at a local Bradlees. I raced and skidded up and down the driveway in my own "big wheel." Also, because I had a younger brother, I didn’t just have all of the girly 80’s toys like Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears and My Little Pony, but I could play with my brother’s Teenage Mutant Ninja... Turtles, Voltron, Transformers and He-Man toys, too.
Now that I have a child of my own, it's been fun bonding over the same interests 30 years later, when introducing him to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers.
In case you were a child of the 80’s, too, here is a list of some of the best 80's toys that have been updated for modern times, and are still available in the toy aisles to be bought, today!
Did I miss any? Which ones were your favorites?
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If you were a little girl in the 1980's you had a Strawberry Shortcake doll. Do not worry, your kids can have them, too! There are large rag dolls and many new 6 inch fashion dolls. Some dolls were reproduced to still resemble your classic Strawberry Shortcake, but there are many new, updated fashion dolls and playsets with Strawberry Shortcake and her gang of friends. Do not worry, their hair will still smell just the way you remember!
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Which Care Bear was your favorite? This special Care Bear can glow-in-the-dark and makes a great snuggling companion for naps and bedtime.
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I loved the idea of my original Lite Brite, but I always seemed to end up in tears, crying because I couldn't push the pegs in or because the pieces kept falling out. This new and improved version of Lite Brite includes LED pegs. The pegs come in different sizes, making it quicker to complete and templates aren now re-usable. A case also helps keep the pegs organized when not in use.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Handheld sports games like basketball, football and baseball were introduced in the late 1970's, but were well loved by kids and adults into the 1980's. These handheld games are a piece of video game history.
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We zipped our Big Wheels up and down the driveway so many times the plastic on the wheels began to wear out. In 2012, the Original Big Wheel emerged back into the toy aisles, with a product that has the look and feel of the original, but that is made entirely in the United States. There are even licensed versions for kids who want their bike to feature the Avengers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Frozen characters.
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Children can still adopt their Cabbage Patch Kids baby dolls based on ethnicity and style. The dolls no longer have yarn based hair. They have hair suitable for styling and a serious sense of fashion.
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back bigger then ever and still continue to be featured in new feature length movies. Aside from sword flinging action figures, there are hubcap launching Shellraisers, and dart blasters! Each year there are many new interactive Ninja Turtle toys, including turtles that will appeal preschoolers, the Half-Shell Heroes.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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I remember braiding the manes of my favorite My Little Pony horses for hours. The My Little Pony characters are still featured in their own animated television shows. My Little Pony toys continue to be quite popular and have expanded to include themed based play with castles, palaces, and remote controlled vehicles.
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Transformers toys have become more technologically advanced over the years as the characters transform from action figure into vehicles. Children who enjoy construction brick sets can also utilize pieces to build their own transformers. Rescue Bots toys, which are a spin-off for preschool aged children, also bring the excitement of Transformers characters and vehicles to younger children.
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Star Wars action figures have never gone out of style, and again, with the release of the new Star Wars movies, we have seen many new and updated Star Wars toys with classic light sabers, action figures and the ability to now fly your own Millennium Falcon!
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The Easy Bake Oven has been serving up bite sized cookies and treats for over 50 years. The cooking unit has been updated to no longer require the use of lightbulbs, and the food refill kits include items like cake pops, whoopie pies and red velvet cupcakes.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Did you love your Snoopy Sno-Cone machine? While the original Snoopy Sno-Cone is still available from Cra-Z-Art, look for this new toy from Jakks Pacific that features everyones favorite character from the movie Frozen, Olaf the snowman.
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Gloworms have been best pals for infants for 25 years, with their sweet glowing faces and soft bodies that play melodies and lullabies.
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I definitely remember owning my own plush pound puppy, a small brown dog with a red collar. Just recently, Pound Puppies plush toys entered the toy aisles again. They can be purchased in 2 sizes or as a keychain. Children can also name their puppy and register them online for adoption.