The 1980’s were an interesting era in not only fashion and politics, but apparently in kids toys, too. And while some toys from our favorite era are making a comeback to the new millennium (like Cabbage Patch Dolls, My Little Ponies, and Strawberry Shortcakes), there are some cult classics that look like they are going to be staying put in the back of a warehouse until some Generation Y child stumbles upon it (along with a vintage cassette tape) and ooohh and aaahhh at some of our most beloved treasures from our childhood (like our pound puppies or popples).
And while some of these toys give us warm and fuzzy nostalgic memories, there are just some that are just plain weird… and creepy. Take Teddy Ruxpin for example. He was a little bear who dared to venture into our hearts and minds by telling us stories of his great adventures. Teddy was equipped with a built-in tape deck in his back. When a special Teddy Ruxpin tape was inserted, he’d come to life, moving his eyes and mouth, and talking. I mean, everything was great until Teddy started talking about magic crystals, monsters and villain organizations and strange, intriguing lands. As a 7-year-old, how in the heck was I supposed to go to sleep after a bedtime story that involved all of that??
Check out our photo gallery of some of the most iconic, if not creepiest and weirdest toys of the 1980s and tell us, would you buy them now for your kids? I think I’d pass on some of these, LOL!
Photos via YouTube