Published On: Thu, Feb 19th, 2015

10 Toys To Take You Back To Your Childhood

We all had those specific toys we loved as kids, but there are those that undeniably stuck out due to their popularity and or originality. Here you will find 10 toys from your childhood era that did just that.

# 1 Glo Worm


The Glo Worm was released in 1982 by Hasbro. This was a soft toy that when you squeezed it, it would light up. In 2005 a softening agent in the plastic of the head was felt to be unsafe for children if ingested. I remember my little brother having one of these. After seeing the commercials on TV, I decided I, errrr he, wanted one. At 11 years old, I was not wanting to be seen with a Glow Worm but oh how I wanted one! Today the vintage Glo Worm will cost you around $64AUD.

# 2 Game and Watch


In 1977, Gunpei Yokoi watched as a business man played with his LCD calculator. He then had an idea to combine a watch with a game to kill time and boredom. There were 59 different Game and Watch devices made. Looking at my daughter’s Nintendo 3DS now the Game and Watch of today, I believe as simple as they used to be, they were just as fun.

# 3 Rubik’s Cube


The Rubik’s cube, first know as the Magic Cube was created in 1974 but wasn’t widespread until 1980, reaching it’s peak over the next 10 years making it one of the 80’s most popular toys. I recall everyone in my family having a go at this thing with no-one succeeding. Hope you had better luck in your house. The Rubik’s Cube continues to challenge the next generation refusing to lose it’s charm.

# 4 Waterful Ring Toss


The Waterful Ring Toss made my Tomy, hit the shelves in 1976. An underwater ring toss game that was anything but easy. I remember my cousins and I passing this thing around all boasting we could do it. Come to think of it, none of us got all those damn rings on. While there are plenty of these on the market today, the vintage one will set you back around $85 on ebay.

#5 Simon Says


Simon first became available in 1978 and was an immediate success. Since then, it has once become available to a new generation selling for around $40 but now looking a little refreshed and with a new name, Simon Swipe. When first released it was made my Milton Bradley, but is now manufactured by Hasbro. The original Simon will cost you around $75 on ebay.

# 6 Barbie Star Traveller


The Barbie Star Traveller was released in 1976 and was the dream of every Barbie fan to own one of these. The Star Traveller came complete with a kitchen, lounge area, beds, shower and removable sunroof. It’s size was impressive, able to fit Barbie, Ken, and anyone else in fact that wanted to come luxury camping.

#7 Adjustable Roller Skates


I lived in skates much like these when a kid, and no matter how many times they would fall off due to those dodgy straps, I would put them on again and again and again.

# 8 Trivial Pursuit


Now tell me, what family didn’t have this in their house? Released in 1982 but reaching it’s peak in 84 selling 20 million copies alone in that year. Trivial Pursuit has had many versions made, but the one you would recall the most is the original game called the Genus Edition.

#9 Slip n Slide


Wham-O introduced the Slip n Slide in 1961, and while many of you will not have been born then, it really made a splash a little later on in the 80’s. I recall my next door neighbours having one and being amazed at how fast you could go! I also remember grass burns always being a problem.

# 10 Masters of the Universe


Released in 1981 by Mattel, the Masters of the Universe packed a punch and had little boys everywhere including my 8 year old brother pretending to be He-Man. While it had it’s moment in the sun, it didn’t last long with the last of the figures made only 7 years later in 1988.

Danielle Mantakoul
Copyright 2015

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