I’ve just been talking to my 4 year old about writing a letter to Santa and how it’s important to make a list, so he knows what to get her. This got me thinking of my own list at her age. What were the must-have toys of the eighties? What were the toys I circled in our copy of the Argos catalogue every year? Here’s what I came up with…
1) A Care Bear – I saw the Care Bear movie at our local cinema and remember being obsessed by the cuddly toys. It had to be the pink one with a heart, not the brown one!
2) Teddy Ruxpin – The amazing and original talking bear. I never got one and remember being very jealous of my friend who did.
3) Mr Frosty – I wanted one of these for years and had it on my list every Christmas. What a disappointment when I finally got one! The most unchild-friendly contraption ever!
4) A Rainbow Brite Doll – I was mad about this brightly coloured doll! And remember watching the animated series on TV. They should bring this back!
5) Jem and the Holograms Dolls – I loved the cartoon version of this too and was obsessed with the dolls, especially Jem and her special earrings that lit up. Jem was is a girl band called the Holograms and they had a rival band called the Misfits (who were evil).
6) A Play-Doh Barber Set – Good old Play Doh is still going strong but this was my childhood version of the Magic Swirl Ice Cream Shoppe!
7) A My Little Pony – I really wanted the pink one. Although, ended up with an orange one with apples on the side. I think he was called Apple Jack.
8) A Cabbage Patch Kid – This was another annual request! It was a big disappointment every year when Santa didn’t deliver on this one. Turns out my mum didn’t like them and decided that it wasn’t going to happen. I still feel slightly deprived by this.
9) A Fashion Wheel – I genially thought I was going to be a fashion designer after I got this genius toy. Can you still get them? Might look this up for my daughter.
10) A Sindy House – Yes it was Sindy back then. Where is she now? She was the British rival to Barbie and had a slightly fuller figure. Her house was epic!
11) The Fisher Price Adjustable Skates – Another big childhood disappointment, they were just unusable. I then got a pair of navy roller boots with a rainbow up the side, which were much better.
12) A Glow Worm – Not like the ones you can get now, these were green and substantial. I loved this toy so much!
Other favourites were Pound Puppies, Sweet Secrets, a Speak ‘n Spell, a Rubik’s Magic (not the cube, although we did have one of those too) and Keypers. Can you remember any of these or have some more of your own?