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The Cult of Nostalgic Toys

Oct 2, 2013

by Lisa Butterworth

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It might be far-fetched to think that the little plastic figures, stuffed animals and board games we played with as kids helped shape the adults we are today, but it’s impossible to deny the emotional sway the toys of our youth still have over many of us. Seeing or holding a particular toy can immediately (and vividly!) transport you to a long-ago time when what you were going to spend your allowance on (Micro Machines or Transformers?) was the biggest decision on your plate. Perhaps that’s why old toys (and associated memorabilia) are such sought after commodities in the vintage world.

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OldSchoolAustin

Board game boards from the 1950s.

Toys, of course, have always existed, beginning with slingshots, spinning tops, and homemade dolls, but it’s been quite an evolution. The 1930s saw the invention of the View Master and classic board games, including Monopoly and Scrabble. The 1940s gave us Silly Putty and the Slinky, while the 1950s marked the era of Hula Hoops and Barbie dolls. Etch-A-Sketch, G.I. Joe, and Lite-Brite came on the scene in the 1960s and 1970s, but toy culture really exploded in the 1980s.

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Number2PenSo

A 1980s-era Fisher-Price Sesame Street play set.

As David Sirota, author of Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live In Now, wrote on the Huffington Post, “The ’80s were the first decade when the majority of American households owned a TV and VCR and enjoyed cable service. This was the moment when companies from consumer-product manufacturers to fast-food chains to retail outlets became vertically integrated.”

It was the first time that cartoons essentially acted as half-hour commercials for the figurines stocked on the shelves of Toys ‘R’ Us. From He-Man and the Masters of the Universe gang to Strawberry Shortcake and her dessert-inspired pals, television programming was directly linked to what stocked our toy boxes, came in our Happy Meals, and decorated our rooms, thanks to prolific product licensing.

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CarnivalOfTheManiac

Vintage 1980s Strawberry Shortcake twin bed sheet.

The effects of those aggressive marketing campaigns still impact our culture today. The latest live-action Transformers movie grossed over one billion dollars worldwide. Strawberry Shortcake and the Care Bears recently got a makeover for the 21st century. And My Little Pony has spawned a whole new adult fan base.

The fact that so many ’80s brands are once again at the forefront of pop culture is no accident. As this article in the New York Times reads, “Licensing experts say they perceive a subtle psychological game at play, an attempt to hit the nostalgia button on a generation of young parents just as they start to feel their first twinges of middle age.”

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SaturdayMorningM

1980s-era My Little Pony toys.

Well, guess what? It’s working. I might not yet be a parent, but I’m just as affected by that nostalgia button. Does it matter that my love for these toys was the result of an extremely successful marketing campaign? Not one bit. The sweetly plastic scent of a My Little Pony can transplant me to my childhood bedroom as quickly as the squishy feel of a Cabbage Patch Doll’s hand.

Browse Vintage Toys on Etsy

Care Bears Cheer Bear Vintage mini figure 1980s
Care Bears Cheer Bear Vintage mini figure 1980s
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Vintage MINT In Box Scrabble Game
Vintage MINT In Box Scrabble Game
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Vintage 1980s He-Man w/ Battlecat VS Skeletor w/ Panther Figurine Set
Vintage 1980s He-Man w/ Battlecat VS Skeletor w/ Panther Figurine Set
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Vintage Board Game Boards Without Pieces Monopoly & Sorry from 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Vintage Board Game Boards Without Pieces Monopoly & Sorry from 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
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Vintage G2 Devastator Constructicons 100% Complete C8 Nice
Vintage G2 Devastator Constructicons 100% Complete C8 Nice
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80s Strawberry Shortcake bed sheet 1980 bedding twin flat fabric material happy love
80s Strawberry Shortcake bed sheet 1980 bedding twin flat fabric material happy love
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Rare Vintage Fisher Price Play family Sesame Street House #938
Rare Vintage Fisher Price Play family Sesame Street House #938
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3 Featured Comments

  • ClassicMemories

    ClassicMemories from ClassicMemories said 3 years ago Featured

    My favorite toy is not on this list, but I loved the vintage Easy Bake Oven from the 1960's. Baking a cake with a light bulb was just the best thing since sliced bread for me as a youngster.

  • KnitPurlGrrl

    Caryn Drury said 3 years ago Featured

    I actually saved my Cabbage Patch Kids and passed them along to my daughter. She now has one of her own that is best friends with the one I got for Christmas as a kid. I don't remember anything else about that Christmas except the little doll with red hair and blue jeans who looked just like me. Such good memories!

  • QuirkMuseum

    Michael Quirk from QuirkMuseum said 3 years ago Featured

    I've been collecting some of these toys and comics for a while now. Just one figure can bring back some good childhood memories. As an artist, I also see these plastic toys as little sculptures for the masses. The Cult of the Toys...

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  • MeanKidCycles

    Pittman from MeanKidCycles said 3 years ago

    I remember owning and playing with almost all of these toys. It's crazy to see my children playing with the same items.

  • heidibg

    Heidi from heidibg said 3 years ago

    So true! I still remember the smell of those Strawberry shortcake dolls. Ahhh....

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak said 3 years ago

    Oh what wonderful toys you have chosen

  • StillVintage

    StillVintage from StillVintage said 3 years ago

    I always remember my favorite toys from when I was a kid. My favorite toy was a tree house from Fisher Price. How I smile everytime I see it on Etsy. One of these days I might even buy it!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 3 years ago

    I loved these toys! I did decorate my daughters nursery with all the care bears. We play with my little pony still and polly pockets even though those are nothing like what they were when I was younger. I did introduce her to Popples and Rainbow Brite. We both them and always will. I just love being able to pass them down to my kids.

  • DeathByVintage

    Jypyse from DeathByVintage said 3 years ago

    flutter ponies were my fave!

  • agebo

    Ann Cosgrove from acbcDesign said 3 years ago

    Fun stuff!

  • thehouseofhemp

    sarah parker from thehouseofhemp said 3 years ago

    ah! i had that sesame street play set. :D

  • Bananamoo

    Bananamoo from Bananamoo said 3 years ago

    I love this my brother has been a comic and toy collector for 30 years! Have hundreds of thousands of comics and old toys still in package! He-man , thunder cats, robotec he, xena, etc he has them in package! As a kid I had my little stories published in Archie comics. So many memories came back to me because of this article. Thank you.

  • amysfunkyfibers

    Amy Gunderson from amysfunkyfibers said 3 years ago

    My daughters school just had cartoon character day for homecoming week....it sure brought back memories watching the kids walk out the door!

  • 915suzie

    Suzie Hoisington from Oldendesigns said 3 years ago

    So precious!!! Love the my little pony and care bear :)

  • amberike

    Amber Ikemoto from FromtheHeartbyAmber said 3 years ago

    If only I would have kept my 80's toys. I wold have bank right now. Miss those toys.

  • linkncharms

    Becky from linkncharms said 3 years ago

    I miss the whiff of fruity goodness I got opening up our plastic strawberry shaped toy box to play with our Strawberry Shortcake dolls.

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  • ClassicMemories

    ClassicMemories from ClassicMemories said 3 years ago Featured

    My favorite toy is not on this list, but I loved the vintage Easy Bake Oven from the 1960's. Baking a cake with a light bulb was just the best thing since sliced bread for me as a youngster.

  • themefragrance

    Theme Fragrance from themefragrance said 3 years ago

    I collect the original trolls, and you can find them here with the really good hair.

  • LittleTinyChef

    TinyCookies from TinyCookies said 3 years ago

    I love Strawberry Shortcake!!!

  • CaseysMagnolia

    Brooke from CaseysMagnolia said 3 years ago

    I used to sneak into my big sister's room when I was little... she had tons of these! She always got the cool stuff... except for Troll dolls, they were a little scary...

  • aaaliceee

    Alice Zanuso said 3 years ago

    This is so true... I often dream about going to buy some new toy (little pony)! When I wake up, I'm so sad... It's funny that we played with the same toys also if countries and cultures were so far: power of television and advertising? In any case, thank you to make me think of my pony plastic scent, sound like a drug addiction, but it is just a nostalgic nice moment!

  • gboliver

    Gail Oliver from AttentionGetting said 3 years ago

    Timely article. I just wrote a post on my marketing blog about Top Selling Items for Fall 2013, and my research showed that vintage toys are in big demand.

  • MrsGingerandWasabi

    Marta DQ from tribomo said 3 years ago

    Oh boy, I remember all those toys! I still can't chose between Cheer bear and Strawberry Shortcake!

  • fiorellaebasta67

    Fiorella from CreazioniFiopi said 3 years ago

    many hours spent playing Monopoli............ :))))

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy from zwzzy said 3 years ago

    I was a My Little Pony / Strawberry Shortcake / Barbie / Sylvanian Family junkie!

  • ValerieTyler

    Valerie from ValerieTyler said 3 years ago

    I keep saying I want to open a store and sell my vintage 80s toys. I have far too many in mint condition, and my mother boxed up and saved everything! Kind of scary, but my entire collection of Strawberry Shortcake dolls from the 80s still smell like fruit!!!! Anyone else feel like they just don't make 'em like they used to?

  • ValerieTyler

    Valerie from ValerieTyler said 3 years ago

    Zwzzy----yes! Sylvanian Families----loved those!

  • Rakahuri

    Jeneane from DunedinSt said 3 years ago

    I remember those trolls Theme Fragrance back in the 60s! Yes, my toys were Baby Boomer toys - that's post-war till mid 60s - though no Barbie or even Sindy for me. I loved my Airfix Betta Builder bricks and have been delighted to rediscover all my baby toys: they certainly do take you back Lisa. In the 70s and 80s our family used to secretly play with my little brother's Playmobil once he'd gone to bed!

  • SeaFindDesigns

    Tracy Prince from SeaFindDesigns said 3 years ago

    Hey!! Where's Stretch Armstrong!? ;)

  • jamasters

    Jess Masters from RefinedRock said 3 years ago

    Haaa! I remember playing with most of these-so many good memories :-)

  • sarahknight

    Sarah from sarahknight said 3 years ago

    Oh, I still have all my old toys - pretty much everything here (although I had She-ra and Golden Girls instead of He-man) — and some not pictured here - like Herself the Elf, Rose Petal, Hot Looks dolls... and, of course, Barbie. I spent many formative hours playing with dolls, engineering cities in the sandbox with my Matchbox cars, and building houses with Legos. I think I got out any desire I had to have children with my Cabbage Patch Kids. My toys may have been highly designed and carefully marketed - but when I played with them the adventures were all my own making.

  • ShinyGoLucky

    ShinyGoLucky from ShinyGoLucky said 3 years ago

    What a blast from the past! It warms my heart to think of toys I used to love - Tyco Quints, Cupcake dolls, and more!

  • photographyangel

    Jody from aphotoangel said 3 years ago

    I love vintage toys, in fact any toys are good for me! Toys always bring back fun memories :)

  • fantasygarden

    Anna Kikute from fantasygarden said 3 years ago

    i have a friend he has amazing vintage collection it is always fun to look .

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 3 years ago

    CARE BEARS!!! Loved them ~ (And their cousins, too : )

  • lauralistar

    Laurali Star from ACharmedKindofLife said 3 years ago

    Awe, I love this! Brings back so many memories and great times. I only wish I would have been smart enough to have kept all of my old toys. After all, I was the girl that kept my things in pristine, organized condition at all times, lol. Wow. Good times though :-) Thanks for yet again, another great read on nostalgia!

  • rivahside

    rivahside said 3 years ago

    Sure miss my Tammy doll!

  • DesignerPillowShop

    Samantha from DesignerPillowShop said 3 years ago

    MY LITTLE PONY :)

  • wigginssandy

    Sandy Wiggins from SandyWigginsImages said 3 years ago

    Don't forget Chatty Cathy! I still have an American Girl Barbie Im having a hard time parting with so can relate to all who value their old cherished toys. So glad they are still available via Etsy!

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC said 3 years ago

    Monopoly was my favorite and I has helped me through life. Thanks for sharing!

  • woodiphonecases

    Wood Iphone Cases from WoodiPhoneCases said 3 years ago

    Wish I wouldnt' have thrown out all my old toys back in the day

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural from SewnNatural said 3 years ago

    super cute toys. sadly, so many of them had lead on them in different ways (paint, in the plastic, etc.) and other generally yucky things. i still have a ton of these boxed up, since i can't bear to part with them & nor can i bear to give them to kiddos. maybe at this point these nostalgic toys are best with adults who still love them.

  • paperlovespen

    paperlovespen from paperlovespen said 3 years ago

    Strawberry Shortcake!

  • KnitPurlGrrl

    Caryn Drury said 3 years ago Featured

    I actually saved my Cabbage Patch Kids and passed them along to my daughter. She now has one of her own that is best friends with the one I got for Christmas as a kid. I don't remember anything else about that Christmas except the little doll with red hair and blue jeans who looked just like me. Such good memories!

  • CerveauArt

    Erin and Jared from CerveauArt said 3 years ago

    My daughter now plays with my 80's Care Bears. I threw them in the washer and dryer and they came out looking brand new!

  • DarburyCottage

    Rosemary Wascher from DarburyCottage said 3 years ago

    I love all vintage toy's, my little pony was one of my daughters favorite's, she had tons of them.

  • VintageMarketPlace

    VintageMarketPlace from VintageMarketPlace said 3 years ago

    oh man this took me back. I loved and owned most of these toys and I would sit under the trees of the schoolyard playing with them at recess. Times were so different and simple. Such good memories. Thanks.

  • That70sShoppe

    Natalie from That70sShoppe said 3 years ago

    Great article. I loved playing Monopoly. My sister and I used to play all the time growing up.

  • nicolelike1

    Nicole Like from LikeDesigns said 3 years ago

    I had the WHOLE set of Care Bears... They unfortunately were lost sometime when I was younger. I still kick myself for not looking for them hard enough. They would be worth a fortune! :-/

  • nanascottagehouse

    deb palmer from nanascottagehouse said 3 years ago

    We all reach an age when seeing our childhood toys brings back memories of fun times. I have a face puzzle from the 1960's that I played with my Nana. I searched for years to find one and I love it.

  • ManateesToyBox

    Mariah from ManateesToyBox said 3 years ago

    Yeah for 1980s toys! :D

  • shannyann

    Shannon Gross from shannyann said 3 years ago

    My 2 yr old and 9yr old still play with my Care Bears. I definitely have to fight the impulse buy urge when I see these toys at rummage sales and flea markets. They remind us so much of the stress-free, happy times!

  • debvasbinder

    Deb Vasbinder from BabyCuteBaby said 3 years ago

    Great Memories - seems like yesterday ??? Thanks

  • ParisCabinet

    JD Kohler from ParisCabinet said 3 years ago

    Nostalgia button is right! Even as adults for some years my sister and I had a tradition to buy each other a toy for Christmas, still have some cute things.

  • TreadleLady

    Donna Kohler from TreadleLady said 3 years ago

    You are never too old for toys in your life. Hubby and I like to go to Toys R Us just to look, laugh and have fun and often find something. Last time we picked up the domino game Mexican Train because we had so much fun playing it when we visited a friend in LA in August. Last Sunday we played it with all the family, things got so noisy and fun we now say we had a Mexican Train Wreck, grandson's didn't want to stop! Memories were made. :)

  • SamSammie

    Sam from SamieSam said 3 years ago

    My daughter was into Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, and all of the above. Thanks for the throw back!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 3 years ago

    Great picks!

  • christineshmisteen

    CHRISTINE SHMISTEEN from TheArtOfFinerThings said 3 years ago

    Oh man, Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake.... maybe more.... I didn't know why they were "a thing" because the toys were sold after the short-lived shows were long gone. Like, I don't remember rainbow brite AT ALL but I loved the heck out of my little fluffy blue thing with star ears and rainbow striped legs I got as a toddler in 88 (My Fiance got me a mini one that was apparently from taco bell--- that one does not have matted fur and its nose is still red and basically looks just as it did 20 some years ago whereas mine is unrecognizable!) Hunt down that thing you loved as a kid! Someone here on etsy is bound to have it it and they're probably selling it dirt cheap.

  • sarnstie

    Sarah Arnst from SARNSTIE said 3 years ago

    Thank you for this little field trip down Memory Lane! The very first thing I ever bought with my own money was the MLP Megan and Sundance box set. ❤ I still have them stashed away and amazingly enough they still remind me that good things happen when you save up your allowance ;)

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 3 years ago

    Nope, didn't have any of those. Lego, Spirograph, a Britten's plastic farm set (complete with all the animals you can imagine, tractors, buildings, etc, bought one-a-week out of my pocket money, with the big stuff bought out of xmas & birthday money) & endless board games... Monopoly was/is always good for en evening's entertainment. I hated dolls of any description, although I did have an Action Man (GI Joe) but he wasn't a soldier, he was a cowboy! I have no idea how my mother managed to find him & his indian friend... & their horses! Actually, I'm glad I'm grown up, I have much more fun now than I did then.

  • squinkus

    Emily Warner said 3 years ago

    What's that white pony doing with a tattoo?

  • mettaville

    Alison Koh from Mettaville said 3 years ago

    ahh.... the good 'ol days.. my little pony + rainbows on Sunday mornings was just the best for me! So amazing that the toys and fans are still going strong.

  • whimsyandpop

    WhimsyandPOP from whimsyandpop said 3 years ago

    IN LOVE! I can't believe how much of this is still around!

  • ThePattypanShop

    ThePattypanShop from ThePattypanShop said 3 years ago

    I love Strawberry Shortcake and Orange Blossom! Great vintage finds!!!!

  • ltrotchie

    Laura Trotchie from LaurasStitchInTime said 3 years ago

    Remember the Cabbage Patch dolls...I loved buying Strawberry Shortcake for my oldest daughter when she was young. Fond memories

  • Stargazer02

    Stargazer02 from LDesigns02 said 3 years ago

    so cute!

  • sunshinecreative

    Tara Louise Campbell from SunshineCreative said 3 years ago

    I love these!

  • thrivingviolet

    Andrea Mae Wood from TheElusiveBeast said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! Poochie, charmkins, and pound puppies & purries were some of my favorite 80s toys. Good memories.:)

  • jojolarue

    Johanna Pabst from jojolarue said 3 years ago

    this is totally my childhood!

  • curiouspug

    curiouspug from curiouspug said 3 years ago

    God these toys bring me back! I remember having those strawberry shortcake sheets and the my little ponies. such happy times.

  • vintagejane

    Stacey from vintagejane said 3 years ago

    Love playing with some of these classics with my daughter now!

  • AliCART

    Annaliese from AliCArt said 3 years ago

    Legos, books and BunBun (bunny rabbit stuffed animal) were my favorites...I think my brother's favorite were the little green army men, set up all over the place.... :)

  • VintageNChic

    VintageNChic from VintageNChic said 3 years ago

    Ahhh... my childhood! I love it! I get so excited when I come across toys like these.

  • littleshopofphotos

    Michele Iljazi from OneDecember said 3 years ago

    Awesome!!! Love seeing toys that I once had as a child! Some of my favorites were my popples!!!

  • beyondjunk

    Christine Hart from beyondjunk said 3 years ago

    I'm so glad I saw this post today. I've always had vintage toys or jewellery made from vintage toys in both my shops. It makes me so happy to read about other people who are nuts for Micro Machines, Playmobil, Care Bears, My Little Ponies, Lego, Meccano, Cabbage Patch Kids, and, well, the list goes on ... :)

  • AllThatGlittersWraps

    Krista Rawlinson from BeeBuzzPaperie said 3 years ago

    Fun article! Haha-- I have my two original My Little Ponies in the display above the desk in my Etsy studio! And lets not forget Cabbage Patch Kids--I still have the first doll issued and the box--not in mint condition, but in very well loved condition! I should find it a proud spot for display as well :P Ahhh Nostalgia.

  • AllThatGlittersWraps

    Krista Rawlinson from BeeBuzzPaperie said 3 years ago

    Lite Brite and Pound Puppies, too!

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin from Jusadreamin said 3 years ago

    Very true I still have some of my children toys grandchildren enjoy them

  • manymoonsshoppe

    Terry from manymoonsshoppe said 3 years ago

    Thanks for bringing back such sweet memories!

  • FionaFare

    Fiona Fare from PrettyPaintedGirls said 3 years ago

    I'm totally an eighties child! I remember one Christmas I received The She-ra Princess of power castle and my brother got the castle Grey skull, we played non stop with those castles throughout the whole time we were off school. It was the best Christmas ever!!! Thanks for reminding me of that :)

  • LivePast

    Ingrida from LivePastVintage said 3 years ago

    It is never too late to make your childhood happy!!!!!!! I spent my childhood in soviet times in Lithuania... our toys were bit different, we almost had no foreign toys in our shops except BEAUTIFUL dolls made in DDR (Eastern Germany)... It is so interesting to see toys of other countries and show what soviet kids were playing with... I used to collect everything related to cats...My mom saved part of our other toys and now they all are in my shop :-)

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 3 years ago

    Ludo :)

  • babaluccia1

    Babaluccia-FATTO con AMOre from Babaluccia said 3 years ago

    What a great blast from the past!

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney said 3 years ago

    fab and truly nostalgic selection. thank you for sharing

  • LUSunshine

    Lyubov from LUSunshine said 3 years ago

    Great selection! Thank you!

  • QuirkMuseum

    Michael Quirk from QuirkMuseum said 3 years ago Featured

    I've been collecting some of these toys and comics for a while now. Just one figure can bring back some good childhood memories. As an artist, I also see these plastic toys as little sculptures for the masses. The Cult of the Toys...

  • kalamala

    kalamala said 3 years ago

    I was a Rainbow Brite girl myself. Rainbow Brite and Voltron! I can't wait to force my poor kids to play with all the toys I used to love!

  • Powerofflower

    Lorena Balea-Raitz from BaleaRaitzART said 3 years ago

    Gorgeous finds!

  • AcrylicPixie

    AcrylicPixie from StitchingPixie said 3 years ago

    I had that Sesame Street playset. Sometimes I still have dreams about old-school "Little People". The castle playset was also pretty good.

  • mipe76

    Michela from LilyandFern said 3 years ago

    *__* my little pony!!

  • klb00e

    Mother Lark from MotherLark said 3 years ago

    Love it!

  • MadameMarcie

    Marcia from MadameMarcie said 3 years ago

    Great blog. Also reminds me of the joy my children had playing with their favorite toys. Can still recall my daughter "reading" with Teddy Ruxpin.... :)

  • lmouer

    Lynsey from lmouer said 3 years ago

    My little pony! Love this post. Thanks for the memories!

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 3 years ago

    My toys were from the 60's...Barbie & her crew of course, and also Johnny West people and horses with all the tack, Liddle Kiddles. I loved my Breyer horses and etch-a-sketch. Still have many of my old toys. But they were played with by several nieces and then my kids, so they aren't complete sets or in great shape anymore. Didn't occur to us that these things would be valuable someday! But they helped make childhood fun for a bunch of kids, and that's what is most valuable, in my opinion.

  • WetDesert

    MJ Toops from WetDesertVintage said 3 years ago

    What a fun article! I completely understand the wonderful nostalgia that certain toys bring to mind. Holly Hobbie and the Muppets Babies are two vintage brands that always flash me back to my childhood in the best way possible :)

  • kookubug

    Jackie from kookubug said 3 years ago

    So cute! Love the unicorns!

  • desireeling3

    Desiree Ling from MamasLittleMarket said 3 years ago

    Great article! I remember in my strawberry shortcake room sat some cabbage patch kids and pound puppies. Thanks for the reminder of the childhood room. :)

  • Parachute425

    Terry from Parachute425 said 3 years ago

    Rainbow Brite. My Little Pony. Beanie Babies. Care Bears. Legos. With twin girls, we were drowning in day-glo and fuzz. Each birthday garnered a dozen or more specimens - times two.

  • mbradleydesigns

    Michelle Bradley from FiddleSticksBoutique said 3 years ago

    My younger brother had that Sesame Street playset. I collected Strawberry shortcake dolls. I came across some dolls at a vintage toy store in Savannah not long ago and my heart skipped a beat when I saw them.

  • peaseblossomstudio

    Caroline from AnchorRoad said 3 years ago

    I grew up playing a lot of Monopoly and Scrabble, and I think we owned every Fisher Price thing ever made! Good times...

  • saturdaymorningm

    Catherine from SaturdayMorningM said 3 years ago

    This is so awesome! I love 80s toys.

  • ZakkaMori

    Mori from ZakkaMori said 3 years ago

    What a nostalgic read. I love my little ponies.

  • happyaskingsshop

    Rachel Osborne from happyaskingsshop said 3 years ago

    Awesome! I miss the original Fisher Price Little People!

  • recycledwares

    Nerrissa W from RecycledWares said 3 years ago

    All this talk of Strawberry Shortcake is making me hungry.

  • MinMoots

    Nona from MinandMoots said 3 years ago

    I'm quite the collector myself. Had to get the entire vintage collection of Strawberry Shortcake for my daughter and Heman for my son!!!

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 3 years ago

    Wow! Memories...

  • Pooyabee

    Reichea from Pooyabee said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. My vintage toys are mostly from the 80's and very dear to my heart. :)

  • NinaRaizel

    Nina from NinaRaizel said 3 years ago

    These items bring be back to such sweet, innocent times. At times I miss childhood, but there's so shame in subtly recreating it with some throwbacks like these, right?

  • SeaglassDelights

    SeaglassDelights from SeaglassDelights said 3 years ago

    I had plenty of transformers but the destructicons were my favorite. They transformed individually or joined together to form the mighty Devastator.

  • JillianReneDecor

    Jillian Carmine from JillianReneDecor said 3 years ago

    The 80's toys are the best! Awesome flashback - my faves were Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Pony and Rainbow Brite.

  • GailGriggs

    Gail Griggs from GailGriggs said 3 years ago

    I love the memories that old toys bring back. My parents still have lots of ours from the 70s and 80s ... I soon realised we couldn't keep them all and started to photograph them so I would at least have a record of them. That's how my shop started and I still have lots of toy photos available now.

  • secondhometoo

    Cindy Hobbs from SecondHomeToo said 3 years ago

    I wish my mom was even remotely a hoarder,

  • secondhometoo

    Cindy Hobbs from SecondHomeToo said 3 years ago

    I'd still have my favorite toys!

  • LisasFabricShop

    Lisa Aldrich from LisasFabricShop said 3 years ago

    i love this brings back some awesome childhood memories of Strawberry Shortcake, Smurfs, Raggedy Ann & Andy, Rainbow brite, & board games. :)

  • Kam2012

    Kam from RiverGoddessBoutique said 3 years ago

    The My Little Pony toys takes me back. My Mum was ruthless with my toys. But my partner has tonnes of stuff still in boxes in the loft.

  • nativestrandsjewelry

    Rachel from PeppersJewelry said 3 years ago

    Wow. These picks really bring me back...

  • Mokey8

    Marlinda Davis from Mokey8sFashion said 3 years ago

    I remember Care Bears and Monopoly...some of the others i'm not too sure about, lol! @Kam I know what you mean, my parents were the same way! It always made me so upset.

  • rachbing

    Rachel Bingaman from BingArt said 3 years ago

    My husband and I have been getting our kids the same toys we used to have growing up. Our kids have the original Nintendo and super old Lego sets.... it's just hard to remember sometimes that they are for the kids and not us anymore! :)

  • sarahalsey

    Sarah Alsey from papervalentines said 3 years ago

    I loved playing 80's era toys in the 80's, and love that my kids still think they're cool too

  • LoveYourBling

    Ruthie from LoveYourBling said 3 years ago

    Love this post!

  • LemonstoLace

    Victoria from LemonstoLace said 3 years ago

    Mine was the telephone with eyeballs that had a pull string....let me google that {LOL} !!! xo

  • GraphicArtServices

    Jessi from RedOwlCreative said 3 years ago

    I HEART the 80's. This just gave me a little design inspiration. Thanks!

  • donnieleandro

    Donnie from DonniesDiscounts said 3 years ago

    that he-man set is too expensive, ive seen the same figures much cheaper here in etsy

  • marcig23

    marci grogan from PTLScharityshop said 3 years ago

    i so loved the 80's cartoons and still do.. I guess I am still a little kid at heart or just wish I could be... I remember garbage pale cards loved them... i also had a strawberry shortcake doll as a child that smelled like strawberries yum.. it brings back so many memories seeing some of these toys like the my little ponies..

  • gorgeouspendants

    Corrina from GorgeousPendants said 3 years ago

    Oh how I loved my Donnie and Marie Osmond dolls :)

  • filmpostersdownunder

    Gavin from Filmpostersdownunder said 3 years ago

    had a tin american car a cadillac big fins and you pushed it along from 1955 all the other kids loved that one...

  • JOWPAA

    Chitlada Duangchan from JOWPAA said 3 years ago

    Thank you very much..... super cute! I need all of them! Pleaseeeeee....

  • dottywalker

    Dotty Walker from SewThoughtfulBlanket said 3 years ago

    Love all of them!

  • EskimoKissez

    Dannielle Buckley from EskimoKissez said 3 years ago

    "My Little Ponies," Barbies, Little People, toy cap guns, and our imagination.

  • cuecuite

    Esther from QuirkyNation said 3 years ago

    I still have the My little pony house and the ponies all hair dressed and all! Great post from memory lane!

  • designerheadboardsho

    Michelle from DesignerHeadboards said 3 years ago

    I've actually played with almost everything shown. How fun!

  • TealPoodle

    TealPoodle from TealPoodle said 3 years ago

    My little brother loved He-man and still says to this day that cartoon is what got him into S&M! LOL ;)

  • takeshiokada2

    Takeshi from takOdesignstudio said 3 years ago

    Great article and collection!

  • OceansideCastle

    Laura from OceansideCastle said 3 years ago

    Fun article and I've enjoyed all the comments too!

  • galeaya

    galeaya from ImaginaryEscapees said 3 years ago

    nothing like the feeling i had as a child when i was surrounded with my toys. so many hours of playing... no wonder i never stopped loving them. i still have my favorite toy-monkey i was sleeping with every night.. to tell you the truth, i still have it under my pillow.. haha

  • ArtworksRobCropper

    Rob Cropper from ArtworksofRobCropper said 3 years ago

    Ahhh the memories. Seeing those He-Man figurines really brings it all back to castle greyskull for me. Those were the days,There were so many good toys in that time period. I remember piling them all up on the carpet on Saturday mornings in front of the TV and have them all battle it out over the USA Cartoon Express.

  • dominna

    Katrina Dzerkale from Dominna said 3 years ago

    Monopoly was just a 4 hour long torture with loads of arguing, but i loved that game more than any other.

  • CarmenBee

    Nicole from CarmenBee said 3 years ago

    I think I still have almost all on this list! Love ponies and care bears!

  • bpdmso

    Mary from MarySanzJewelry said 3 years ago

    Great collection :)

  • iankidd1223

    Ian Kidd from ianstore said 3 years ago

    Wonderful :)

  • umeone

    Linda Sapp Long from umeone said 3 years ago

    My favorite was a 1960's Pink Tonka Jeep with the pink and white striped seats and roof, it was actually my brothers before I took possession. I complained for years about it being gone. My husband bought me one for Christmas a few years after we were married, it is in excellent vintage condition and I still love it!

  • chanoob

    Chanel Nolet from BarbieDreams said 3 years ago

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/BarbieDreams

  • korenkwan

    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland said 2 years ago

    great selection!

  • Wholesaletoys

    Wholesale Toys said 2 years ago

    Very true ,great article.....I loved these toys.

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