By the Decade: Toys From the 1980's

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Kids always love receiving toys as gifts, especially during Christmas. Let's take a look back at some of the popular toy fads in the 1980's.

Cabbage Patch Kids
This line of dolls was created in 1979 but it was not until the early 1980’s that it became a fad among children. Originally, the dolls were sold under the name ‘Little People’ but it was changed to Cabbage Patch Kids a few years after. The initial production of dolls had large round heads with soft bodies. In the 1980’s, this toy was one of the must-haves for children. The Cabbage Patch Kids line is still available up to this day.

Popples
Popples is a series of stuffed characters created by TCFC (Those Characters From Cleveland). The plush toys were produced by the toy company, Mattel, and was popular in the 1980’s. What makes Popples different from stuffed toys is that the parts of the characters can be stuffed into a pouch so that the character turns into a ball. The first line of Popples had 9 characters.

Transformers
The transformers toys originated in Japan in the 1970’s. The toy company Hasbro bought the rights for the toys and distributed the toys in the United States. The line consisted of characters from both the Autobots and the Decepticons. The Transformers toys were a big hit to little boys as they can manipulate them and turn them into robots, vehicles or animals. With the success of the recent Transformers movies, there’s no doubt that the Transformers line of toys is here to stay.

Jenga
Jenga is a strategy game that was invented in the 1970’s and released in public at a toy fair in 1983. It consists of wooden blocks stacked up to form a tower. Each player takes turns removing a wooden block from the tower but avoiding to topple it over. The winner of the game is the last player who successfully removes a wooden piece from the tower without knocking it over.

Teddy Ruxpin
Teddy Ruxpin was a talking toy released in 1985. It was made with a cassette tape deck so that children can listen to recordings and see Teddy Ruxpin move his eyes and mouth while the recording played. It was a popular toy among smaller children. Until today, Teddy Ruxpin talking toys are still being manufactured but some of its parts have been modified.

Information for this article was taken from Wikipedia - Cabbage Patch Kids, Wikipedia - Transformers and Social Times.

written by jeanmendoza on 2011-12-23 in #lifestyle #by-the-decade #1980-s #by-the-decade-toys #christmas-2011 #toys

3 Comments

  1. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    By the power of Greyskull, I have the power! ...He-Man

  2. graefin
    graefin ·

    Ohhh! Popples! I completely forgot those! I had three of them :) and I really loved them. Yep, I'm a child of the 80s...

  3. bpvarona
    bpvarona ·

    Blast from the past! I had most of these toys :) There should be My Little Pony toys, M.A.S.K. and Ghostbusters too!

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