Many parents in the Reading Kingdom community were born in, or grew up during the 1980s. Dark sunglasses and bright clothes were all the rage during this time and the iconic toys released were every bit as memorable as the style and music itself! Our friends at Timbuktu run down the list of the Top 5 toys from the 1980s:
“The 1980s- those were the good ol’ days with MC Hammer pants, slap bracelets, and toys that were, like, totally gnarly! 80s’ kids’ entertainment didn’t come from iPads or Wiis, but these toys still offered hours of endless fun. If you spent your childhood during the 80s, you’ll probably feel a little reminiscent of your childhood when looking at these trinkets.
1 – Cabbage Patch Kids
Recognize these dolls? You should- Cabbage Patch dolls sold out as soon as they were put on shelves and were probably the 80s’ equivalent to the 90s’ Tickle Me Elmo. Back order lists went on for days for these dolls that grew from magical cabbages pollinated by bunnies!
2 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first began as a comic book, but it soon grew to expand to action figures, a television series, and even the movies! You’ll probably recognize the names Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael and remember the four pizza-loving superheroes that fought evil from their sewer.
3 – My Little Pony
If you recognize the names, Minty, Snuzzle, Butterscotch, Bluebelle, Cotton Candy, or Blossom, you’ll probably remember My Little Pony! Every little girl wants her own horse, and the 80s decided to fulfill every girl’s dream with My Little Pony, colorful plastic horses with soft manes and tails. You could even buy a castle to house all your ponies!
4 – Lite-Brite
Remember the “Lite-Brite, Lite-Brite, turn on the magical shining light” jingle that would always be on Saturday morning cartoons? Lite-Brite let kids create magical, glowing images by inserting plastic little bulbs into a black sheet of paper with fun designs.
5 – Rubik’s Cube
One of the greatest brain teaser puzzles ever, and it’s still a hit today. This 6 colored cube has been sold to over 350 million curious kids that need a challenge. That makes it the number one selling puzzle of all time!”
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