3 Forgotten Toys from the 1980s

Once in a while we get a little nostalgic on the Junk Mail blog, and today is one of those days. Many of you reading this post grew up in the 1980s and you would probably agree that toys have certainly changed a lot over the years.

Kids who grew up in the 1980s didn’t have the Internet, they also didn’t have the luxury of MP3 player and iPads like the kids of today. If you had to keep yourself busy, you had to find ways. I’m pretty sure that if you grew up in the 1980s, you probably played with one of these three forgotten toys of the 1980s

Masters of the Universe figurines: Fans of the 1980s children’s television show, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe will probably be familiar with these. These hot cartoon characters were extremely popular in the 1980s. Every little boy wanted to own his own personal Castle Greyskull and the complete line of the more than 60 figurines. Oddly enough a new version of the television show returned to TV in recent times. Some folks consider these toys from the 1980s as collectibles, but unfortunately new and improved versions are available on store shelves nowadays, deeming them kinda invaluable nowadays. It’s still a nice to-have nostalgic collection though.

Hungry Hungry Hippos: This board game might have surfaced way back in 1978, but it was still one of the most popular past times for children in the 1980s. The purpose of Hungry Hungry Hippos is for each player to collect as many marbles as possible with his or her toy hippo model. The game is playable by two to four players and is recommended by the manufacturer for children ages 3 and up. And yes, it’s still being manufactured and marketed for kids of today under the Elefun and Friends banner. Impressive Right?

Nintendo Game Boy: You’re probably thinking “This Wasn’t Released in the 1980s”. Well, think again – fact is, the Nintendo Game Boy was first introduced in 1989. The Game Boy was Nintendo’s second handheld system following the Game & Watch series introduced way back in 1980. It combined features from both the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game & Watch. The Nintendo Game Boy was originally bundled with the puzzle game Tetris. The Game Boy was one of the first handheld gaming consoles. It became extremely popular around the world and was on sale until it was discontinued in 2003. More than 118 million units sold during this time period.

We hope that you’ve enjoyed this trip down memory lane. Remember that Junk Mail has classifieds for Toys, feel free to check it. They might a lot more more modern than the 3 that we’ve covered in this post. You can also place a free advert if have any unwanted toys that you want to sell. If you have more toys on your mind that brings back memories of your childhood, comment on this post and let the readers of Junk Mail blog know.

Henno Kruger

Digital Marketing Campaign Coordinator at Junk Mail Publishing.

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