The 1980’s was a great decade for toys and entertainment. Everything was bright, loud, neon, and totally fun. Even years later, many toys, games, movies, and TV shows draw their inspiration from ’80s pop culture. Toys, however, were what captured the imaginations of kids in that time before home video game systems, the Internet, and DVR. Saturday morning cartoons dictated the top ’80s toys that kids played with, and there was never a shortage of inventive and creative new toys for children to entertain themselves with. The ’80s was the golden age of toys.

Who could forget some of the most popular dolls and stuffed animals from the 1980s, like Cabbage Patch Kids, Teddy Ruxpin, and Pound Puppies? For kids who were more into action figures, He-Man and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were super fun to play with. Interactive toys like Rubix Cubes, Legos, and Guess Who? encouraged kids to use their noodles to solve puzzles, strengthen their memories, and build new creations with their imaginations. And outdoor toys like Roller Racers and Pogo Balls allowed kids to get out of the house and have a good time in the fresh air.

Atari 2600

G.I. Joe

In this one, I mean the action figures. The action figures that informed the toy industry exactly how posable an awesome action figure should be. That is, unless you broke their limbs like I did, and everyone’s arms and legs basically ended up looking like the thing in this video:


Masters of the Universe

Look at those 1% ass kids having that giant play-set.



Pound Puppies

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


Care Bears Toys




Cabbage Patch kids


Rubik’s Cube


Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Hands down, the Star Wars Trilogy at this time was the 80’s Crusher. The Empire Strikes Back Star Wars Episode V continuation of George Lucas’s Epic Space Odyssey. From the Mysterious Bounty Hunter, Boba Fett’s 1st Introduction, to the Empire’s herd of AT-AT’s attacking the Rebel Base on Hoth. Hands down, this was my favorite time in the 80’s. Every Christmas, my brother and I would look forward to which Star Wars toys would make an appearance under the Christmas tree. The 80’s ROCKED! ROCK ON!

Micro Machines


Glo Worms


Strawberry Shortcake


Frustration game

Pogo Ball


My Pet Monster


Muppet Babies McDonald’s Toys

The California Raisin Toys



The Real Ghostbusters Toys

Everyone had Egon for some reason. It was insanely hard to find anyone else.
My Buddy


WWF Superstars Toys

Roller Racers


E.T. Toys

My First Sony


Talking Pee Wee Herman

Aerobics Barbie

Cupcake Dolls

Sea Wees



The Sweet Pickles Van

Sweet pickles was a book series that pre-dated the 1980s, but the green van that came with educational/coloring books and toys was one of the greatest things for someone learning to read.Food Fighters


Fluppy Dogs

My Friend Mandy

My Child Dolls


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