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My Favorite Toys from the 70’s and 80’s!

vintage toys from the 70s

Best Toys from the 70’s and 80’s

Are you a child of the 70’s or 80’s?
I am!
Welcome to my nostalgic page where you will find the best 70s and 80s toys!
If you were born between 1970 and 1985, you probably played with some of the best toys ever made!
Back then we had real toys, not electronic stuff like computers, Ipods, Iphones, MP3 players and the like. We had toys that made children use their imaginations to play. And their arms and legs!
I gathered here a few of the best 70’s and 80’s toys that almost all kids played with!
See if you can recognize these toys!
Have fun!

Remember your toys?

Hello fellow folks from the 70’s and 80’s!
We definitely played with the most fun toys ever, didn’t we?
I sure did!
Our ‘old’ toys from the 70’s and 80’s were so unique!
I am in a nostalgic mood today, so I decided to create this page displaying my favorite ‘retro’ toys!
Are you ready to travel back in time with me?

Oiginal 46″ Bozo Bop Bag

Who had Bozo?
I did!
He was definitely one of the most fun toys from the 70’s that I remember!
I got so mad that I couldn’t knock him down!

I hope you have some fun here today, traveling back in time to when you were a little boy or girl, playing in the 70’s and 80’s!


Let’s Play?
I miss my 70’s and 80’s toys!

vintage wooden blocks

Vintage Wooden Blocks

Back then, when a kid invited another one to play, they meant go inside a bedroom, or outside and play with their toys, using their hands, legs and feet!
Today kids “play” with one another through a computer, each in their own house, in their own bedroom, in their own chair………
Here I invite all of you, a little over 30………. (just a little, right?), to travel back in time with me and remember the best toys we had……Our 70′s and 80′s toys!!
Shall we?

Awesome Meliisa and Doug Colorful Vintage Wooden Blocks


The fun “designs” game….
Remember the spirograph?
It was so much fun!
I would spend hours and hours making beautiful designs with my spirograph…
My sisters, friends and I would have competitions to see which one would make the best and most colorful design…. Great memories…

SPIROGRAPH: One of the Best Toys from the 70’s!

cool toys from the 70's


Kenner’s New Spirograph No. 401

Did you have a spirograph back in the 70’s?
I did!
I spent hours and hours creating the coolest designs with my sister!
We would compete with each other to see who could come up with the most interesting designs!
(She usually won because she had a more ‘mathematical’ brain than me…)
I was beyond excited when I saw this original spirograph for sale!
Grab it before it’s gone!
Have fun!

Let’s Play Simon Says!

Ok, Simon Says was “electronic”, but you have to agree that it was a blast! The lights and the noises it made…. It was absolutely fantastic! It was such an incredible toy. We would also have competitions to see who had the best memory….

The Best 70’s and 80’s Toys: SIMON SAYS!

Simon says: Get one for you!

Vintage Simon Game

Vintage Simon Game

Vintage Simon Game

I can’t believe I just found Simon Says, the coolest electronic toy from the 80’s ever!!
We had parties where everyone would be competing to see who was the best in Simon Says!
You had to have a great memory to follow the colorful lights and sounds repeating the same sequence!
It was so much fun!!

Who played with MERLIN?

I can’t believe I found this again!
After Simon Says and before Atari, it was the first “electronic” game kids had back in the 80’s! It was great! We had hours and hours of fun with Merlin! We could play six different games and they were all “interactive”. When you lost Merlin would “laugh” at you…
I loved my Merlin! 🙂

Merlin: One of the BEST Electronic Puzzle Games of the 70’s and 80’s!

cool toys from the 80's

Electronic Handheld Merlin

Merlin Electronic Game

Did you also have a Merlin?
Merlin was one of the coolest electronic handheld games from the 70’s and 80’s!
I was about 13 years old when I got mine and it was my companion for the whole day!
It had six ‘brainy’ games: Tic Tac Toe, Blackjack 13, Magic Square, Music Machine, Echo and Mind Bender!
My favorites were the Magic Square and the Music Machine, which was like Simon Says…
These were great challenging games that made you use your strategy and memory skills!
(When you lost a game Merlin would start ‘laughing’ at you! Remember that?)

Did you also ‘KERPLUNK’?

Did you have a Ker Plunk Game too?

fun toys from the 80's

Ker Plunk Game

Ker Plunk Game

Kerplunk was also one of my favorite games of the late 80’s!
We had to pull colorful sticks out of a plastic tube that were holding marble balls, without actually letting any of the balls fall down!
Whoever had the least amount of marbles at the end of the game was the winner!
(My baby sister hated losing to me and my other sister…)
It was such a fun past-time!

The Rubik’s Cube!

Who had a Rubik’s Cube? I did! It was a mechanical 3D puzzle, also called “The Magic Cube” (That’s what I used to call it…). You had to mix all the colors and then, for the puzzle to be solved, each face would have to be a solid color again. My sister and I were able to solve it, after hours and hours of calculations.
Great game!

Did you have a Rubik’s Cube?

best toys from the 80's

Rubik’s Cube

Rubik’s Cube

We can’t talk about the best toys from the 70’s and 80’s without including the original Rubik’s Cube!
Were you ever able to solve yours?
I was, but I confess that I actually bought a booklet that taught us how to solve it…
So technically I ‘cheated’…
How about you?
Were you ever able to solve your Rubik’s cube?

Did you ‘Pogo Ball’?

Pogo Balls!

Fun, fun, fun!!
Did you also have a colorful ‘pogo ball’ when you were a kid?
There would be kids everywhere with their colorful Pogo-Balls, jumping all over the place.
I remember my youngest sister jumping up and down inside the house, the whole day! (It drove my parents crazy….)

Pogo Ball: Fun Toy from the 80’s that made you JUMP!

Moon Hoppers!

coolest 80's toys

Balance Platform Ball

Champion Sports Balance Platform Ball

Pogo Balls were awesome and lots of fun balance platform balls that had kids jumping up and down all over the house!
My sister had one and she literally ‘lived’ on her pogo ball!
She wouldn’t leave it for the world!
(It was a great way to get kids tired and worn out at the end of the day!)
What color was yours?

Pogo-Moon Hoppers:



That’s what they are called today…. But they are still fun!
What a fun way to make your kids exercise!!
They love to compete with one another to see who can keep jumping the longest without getting tired!
Are you up for the task?


It’s time for the SLINKY!

I love Slinky!

Remember the original Slinky?
I used to love playing with mine when I was about 4 years old…….. I loved that “cold” feeling in my little palms and felt so great when I was able to make it go from one hand to the other without dropping it on the floor……….
I also loved to put it right at the edge of a table and watch it fall…… It made such a “magical” sound….

Original Slinky from the 70’s!

Original Slinky Brand 14 Karat Gold Plated Slinky

The Original Slinky Brand 14 Karat Gold Plated Slinky

14-Karat Gold Plated Original Slinky with Wooden Display Box, Single Item

I had several because they would get all tangled up after a while… remember that?
I LOVED throwing mine down the stairs and watch it bounce all the way down while making that cool ‘slinky’ sound!
We could also stretch it all the way, just like an accordion or just ‘jiggle’ it on our palms!
It was FUN!
They also had them in plastic and in several colors…
My my favorite was the original metal Slinky!

Fun Vintage Toys: Original Slinky Dog

Classic Pull Toys from the 70’s!

fun toys from the 70's

Original Slinky Dog

Collector’s Edition Original Slinky Dog in Retro Packaging

Another fun version of the original Slinky was the Slinky dog!!
This cute slinky dog has got to be one of the most fun classic retro toys for kids from the 70s and 80s!
I guess almost every child had one!
He is still around and cuter than ever!!

Did you have one?

I miss my Waterfuls!!

I just remembered the wonderful waterfuls ring-toss games!!
They were so much fun!!
I had a blue one and my sister a red one…..
We had hours and hours of fun with those!

One of my Favorite 70’s Toys Ever!

Wonderful Waterfuls: Waterful Ring Toss Handheld Water Game from the 70’s and 80’s!

fun 70's toys

Handheld Water Game – Rings

Handheld Water Game – Rings

Did you also have a Waterful ring toss water game?
I did!
I had so much fun trying to get all the rings into the pegs!
Kids would compete among themselves to see who could get all the hoops into the target pegs first!
Were you good?

Let’s Play some Xylophone!

Xylophone with Songbook

Cool Glockenspiel (Xylophone) with Songbook

Glockenspiel (Xylophone) with Songbook

The Xylophone was my favorite musical toy from the 70’s!
It made me want to learn how to play the piano later on!
I LOVED making music from a very early age and the sounds from my cute xylophone were just magical to me!
It is one of the best musical ‘retro’ toys for toddlers in my opinion!

Cabbage Patch Kids Dolls

Cool Vintage Dolls from the 80’s!

Cabbage Patch Kids dolls

Cute Cabbage Patch Kids 18″ Big Kid Collection

The Cabbage Patch Kids dolls were probably the most popular dolls from the 80s!
How fun will it be to give one to your daughter or granddaughter and watch her play with the same doll you or your kids played?
They are still as lovely as always and little girls still love them!

I guess almost every little girl from the 80s had a cute Cabbage Patch doll!
My sister had a few and I remember the first thing she would do to them was to destroy their hair immediately and then paint their faces with permanent crayons!!
After that she would strip them off their clothes and proceed to ‘paint’ their bodies with more permanent crayons…
It was hilarious!

The Cabbage Patch Kids were our Favorite Dolls from the 80’s!

They had the cutest ‘chubby’ faces ever and the most fun hair!
They were always ready for a hug and they were very lovable!
Did you keep your old dolls?

And now, our favorite Teddy Bears from the 80’s! The Care Bears!

The Colorful and Happy Teddy Bears!!

If you were a little girl in the early and mid 80′s you probably had an adorable Care Bear…. I and my sisters each had one. Mine was “Lucky”, the green one…. They were so cute! I also had them in miniatures, all over my bookshelf in my bedroom.
I had mine with me wherever I went. It was so cute!
Too bad we can’t be carrying teddy bears with us anymore…… I would still do it!

Vintage Care Bears: Original 1983 Good Luck Care Bear Plush

Best 70’s and 80’s Plush Toys!

original care bear plush good luck

1983 Vintage Care Bears Plush Good Luck Shamrock Bear Green 13″

Kenner 1983 Vintage Care Bears Plush Good Luck Shamrock Bear Green 13″

The Care Bears plush bears were a huge part of our 80’s childhood!
They were cute and colorful teddy bears that had a special design on their tummies!
My favorite was the cute green color Good Luck care bear!
Many girls had several of them, in all colors!
They are still around and will make a wonderful gift idea for any little girl in the family!
Now you can have one too!
(My favorite Care Bear plush bear!)
Very rare!
Which Care Bear is your favorite plush bear from the 80’s?

They are the cutest thing ever! I love their bright colors!

I guess Care Bears are a huge part of the best 70s and 80s toys!
Almost every little girl had at least one cute and colorful Care Bear!
I still have mine!
(After 30+ years….)

They still make a lovely gift!
Which one did YOU have when you were a child?
I had the lucky bear and the yellow one!

Awesome Troll Dolls!

Trolls were fun!

cute troll dolls

Cute Troll Doll

My Lucky Sweet Grandma 6″ Troll Doll

Remember your Trolls?
They were crazy looking miniature ‘lucky’ dolls from the 80′s!
I loved their colorful and very crazy hair!
I think it’s safe to assume that almost every kid had one!
I had them in all hair colors!
Loved them!
I used to take a different one with me to school everyday…… So did my friends…….. We would sneak them under our desk during class and show them to one another when the teacher wasn’t looking…

Classic Wooden Yo-Yo

Remember your Yo-Yos?

wooden yo yo

Classic Wooden Yo Yo

Classic Wooden Yo-yo

I guess yo-yos were the most popular toy ever!
Every single kid back in the 70’s and 80’s had a yo-yo on their hands at all times!
And the competition was fierce!
I was never really good but I remember admiring the older kids going crazy with their yo-yos…
Good times!

I always had mine with me at all times!
It kept us from getting ‘bored’ anywhere…
We would just get our yo yos out and start playing!
Kids had yo yo contests too and some of them were ‘experts’!
(I was never very good, I just enjoyed them…)

*Guys, stop everything you are doing now and watch this guy go crazy with his yo yo!!

Fun and Colorful Hula Hoops!

Awesome Toys from the 70’s!

fun hula hoop set

Colorful Hula Hoops for Sale

Wham-o Original Hula Hoop Set of Three

What girl back in the 70’s didn’t have a fun hula hoop set?
I had several in all colors!
They were so addicting!
Who remembers that special hula hop ‘shoop shoop’ sound?
I spent hours and hours hula hooping with my friends and having fun contests to see who could hula hop the longest and who could do more ‘stunts’ too!
(Yes, many girls were able to hula hoop with their arms and legs too, remember that? We had a blast!)

Watch this Fun Hula Hoop TV Commercial from the 70’s!

Cute Strawberry Shortcake Dolls!

1980’s Strawberry Shortcake Vintage Doll

1980s Strawberry Shortcake Retro Doll

Classic 1980s Strawberry Shortcake Retro 35th Anniversary Berry Scented Doll

Cute Strawberry Shortcake Doll

I could never forget my beloved Strawberry Shortcake doll!
They were among the best and cutest scented dolls from the 80’s!
I had a huge collection, but the original Strawberry scented doll was my favorite of them all!
My daughter still has hers!
Do you still have yours too?
This is a reproduction of the 1980’s Strawberry Shortcake doll!
Can you smell her sweet berry scent yet? 🙂

Clackers Popper Knockers: One of The Best 70’s and 80’s Toys!

Clacker Balls on a String

Fun Clacker Balls on a String

BooBooLaLa 1.65″ Clacker Balls on a String – (2) Sets

Who had the famous ‘klackers’ back in the 70’s and 80’s?
Remember those? They were so addictive! Everybody had one. Everywhere I went I could hear that “clacking” noise and some kid would be playing with his clackers. At first I used to be scared of them because if you made a mistake they would really hurt your wrist…. But once you got it, they would be so much fun!
They are a super classic 70’s and 80’s fun toys!
Everybody had them!
In all colors!
(Mine were green…)
Who remembers getting hurt with these?

Everyone had competitions to see who could play with their klackers the longest!
We had so much fun back in the 70’s, didn’t we?
None of the electronics of today, just a bunch o kids playing together, with each other!

I also had Weebles!

Weebles Wobble but they won’t fall down!

weebles wobble

Weebles Wobble

Playskool Weebles Figure 2-Pack – Play

When I was very little back in the 70’s, I also had several Weebles!

Remember those?? I had so many when I was a little girl! I loved them!
I would play with them for hours on end…….. They were so much fun!
I had so many Weebles Wobble “families”…………. I remember asking my parents over and over again how come they would never fall down? My parents told me they were magical…
I remember playing with them for hours and hours, just having a blast watching them get knocked down only for a split second and then getting right back up!
To me that was amazing!
They still sell Weebles for the little ones and I think it’s a super awesome toy still! 🙂

Original 1970’s Weebles Commercial!

Don’t Spill the Beans Game!

Cool Toys from the 70’s!

Don't Spill the Beans Game

Don’t Spill the Beans Fun Game

The Beans Game!!

I just found this one!!

I had one when I was about 5 or 6 years old!!

I loved playing this game with my mom!

You’d have to keep putting beans inside a pot and if it “spills” on your turn you would loose!
So Don’t Spill the Beans on your turn!!

Very fun and addictive!
I’m so glad I found this game again!

Don’t Spill the Beans

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