Kids today think they have the coolest toys and gizmos. I'd like to see their iPods survive a trip in the washer like our G.I. Joes and Cabbage Patch Kids did. Toys today don't have the same appeal as toys from the 80s did. Nothing beats a cartoon about crime fighting pound puppies. But most toys from the 80s are packed away in your attic and basement looking for that one day to come out. Thanks to Eric Meier, let's take a walk down memory lane and take a look at 8 Toys Lost In The 80s.
Gobots were transforming robot toys produced by Tonka from 1983 to 1987. They transformed into many different vehicles and objects. Some say they were very similar to Transformers, I say they were Tranformers but a cheaper off brand. If your parents couldn't afford Transformers you were stuck with these gems.
Barnyard Commandos were an action figure line that was produced by Playmates in 1989. A four-episode animated series was based on the figures the following year. What Barnyard Commandos did all day were battle other animals. With names like Captain Tusker Chitlins, and Commander Missiles Muttonchop, how could you go wrong?
Garbage Pail Kids were trading cards produced by the Topps Company in 1985 and designed to parody the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls. Each card featured a Garbage Pail Kid character having some abnormality or they were suffering some terrible fate. They had names like “Glandular Angela” or “Half-Nelson”.
Monchhichi was a line of Japanese stuffed toy monkeys from the Sekiguchi Corporation. Two television series were produced based on the characters: the Japanese anime series Monchhichi Twins in 1980, and the American cartoon series Monchhichis in 1983. It was a stuffed monkey with a long tail.
Teddy Ruxpin was truly ahead of his time. He was a children's toy talking bear. The bear would move his mouth and eyes while 'reading' stories which were played on cassette tape built into his back. At the peak of his popularity, Teddy Ruxpin became the best-selling toy of 1985 and 1986, and the newest version was awarded the 2006 Animated Interactive Plush Toy of the Year by Creative Child Magazine.
She-Ra was produced by Mattel called She-Ra: Princess of Power. In an age of “girls can do what the boys do” She-Ra was intended to appeal to young girls in the same way that He-Man appealed to young boys. Guess what, She-Ra was the twin sister of He-Man
ThunderCats action figures were produced from 1984–1987. The ThunderCats toys were based on the animated series which was actually created in 1982. The toyline actually lasted longer than the television series itself. Each figure had an action feature of some sort, and a unique "laser" light-up feature that interacted between the Cats' Lair playset, some figures, and some accessories.
Glo Worms were a stuffed toy for kids designed by Hasbro's Playskool division, and made in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Introduced in 1982, the pajamaed worm body would light up if the child squeezed it. Once glowing it created a soft glow and played a soothing lullaby.