I think one of the best parts of having a child is that you get to share your favorite youthful experiences with them. Growing up in the 80’s was pretty fun. I’m not sure if it was the emergence of new technology or the apparent lack of warning labels that added the most flare to the generation. But hey, neon! It seems that 80’s fads have made their way back around and with them, the toys. Now you can buy your Little some new and improved versions of your fav’s (with no sacrifices made on safety!)
Who didn’t love Teddy Ruxpin growing up? Now he’s back and better than ever. He has LCD eyes with over 40 animations to make he more life-like. He still has his signature animatronic mouth that syncs with his speech but it’s much more believable now. And he has two modes of play, one with a designated app and one with touch sensors that your child can control on their own with no wifi required!
If you’re looking for something a little more classic you can’t go wrong with this Rainbow Brite doll. Rainbow Brite was my personal favorite growing up. I had every toy that they came out with, right down to a Rainbow Brite kitchen set. This new re-release of this doll nails it. She’s nearly identical to the original dolls!
“Simon’s a computer, Simon has a brain, you either do what Simon says or else go down the drain” I can not even begin to tell you how many hours I spent playing this game with my little brother and friends. It’s terribly addictive. You can play with one to seven players in any one of the three original games. As an added bonus, this version has a handy LCD counter for keeping score.
Having a Nintendo system in the 80’s made you the coolest kid on the block. Now you can experience the joy of playing an 8 Bit game with this NES Classic Edition. This system comes pre-loaded with all of the classics, 30 games in total. Super Mario 1-3, the original Zelda, Mike Tyson’s Punchout, Dr. Mario, Donkey Kong (just to name a few!) It’s great for a good nerd out sesh with the kiddies!
Thundercats were all the rage when I was a kid. I actually had a glow in the dark Thundercats light switch cover from Burger King up until I was a teenager. I loved the show so much growing up. It ended up getting four seasons in the 80’s and then got rebooted in 2011 for another season. This Lion-O action figure brings back so many memories and pairs perfectly with a re-watch of the classic seasons.
The new View-Master Deluxe VR Viewer might be the coolest addition to this list. Gone are the days of viewing one slide at a time. Now you can immerse yourself in a spectacular 360 degree environment. You need a compatible smart phone for this to work but it seems to accommodate all of the most popular phone models. It also has focal adjustment so those who wear glasses can enjoy the experience too!
Remember Popples? I thought it was the coolest stuffed animal in the world when I was growing up. You could ball it up in it’s little pouch and they came in the coolest neon colors. Well now you can watch Popples on Netflix with your kid and get these amazing updated Popples in store. I love the updated versions so much more than the originals. They still pop into a ball but the hairdo’s make them 1000 times cuter!
I feel like Pound Puppies come back every 10 years or so but they got their start in the 80’s. First as a toy and then as a TV show. When the show got rebooted in 2010, Pound Puppies made their way back into stores again. You can still catch episodes of Pound Puppies on Discovery Family on weekday mornings.
This one is for the babes. Gloworm was always really comforting to go to bed with. No fancy updates here. Gloworm has kept his same look and cute comforting eyes. Babies just adore them!
Lite Brite technically came out in the 60’s but it was rebooted in the 80’s so it’s made this list. Now it’s back and better than ever. You no longer have to worry if your kids are leaving the light on for too long or if they are going to burn themselves and start a fire. (I burned myself several times on this toy when I was a kid!) Now they are LED and have a better peg design. I’m willing to bet a few of these pegs will go missing or get sucked up in the vacuum still though.
Transformers have been back on the market for a while now (since the release of the new movies) but it doesn’t make them any less cool. These new toys transform so much easier than the ones that I had as a kid. I’m willing to bet that the adults will nerd out just as much as the kids with these. Just remember to share!
My Little Pony was a classic in the 80’s and beyond. I don’t think that there will ever be a time that they aren’t popular. Kids love them! The new My Little Pony’s are much trendier when I was a kid but I think I like them that way. Rainbow Dash looks totally rad in this new line with her punky little mohawk. I think these will stay popular for years to come.
Will you be getting any retro old school toys to nerd out to with your kids this holiday season? What were your favorite toys from your 80’s childhood? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time Kangas! Stay strong, radiate positivity and love fiercely!