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Times They Are A-Changin': Classic Toys Revamped

By Devan McGuinness |

It is holiday time around here and with that comes the only time of year I spend time looking at toys, trying to decide what to buy for the kids. I prefer toys that the kids will enjoy playing with for more then just a few months and will keep their attention for a while.

Searching through the catalogues and online browsing I was reminiscing over the toys that I loved when I was a kid. I would spend a lot of time playing with my brothers and sister and have some stored away because they hold special meaning.

There are a lot of toys available now that I used to play with when I was younger. Tonka trucks, Strawberry Shortcake and My Little Pony were a few of my favorites and I noticed they look totally different now. They have been updated, modernized and look almost nothing like what I remember.

Click through to see what 10 classic toys looked like THEN and NOW:

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Classic Toys Revamped

Dora Then

Classic-looking Dora the Explorer looking like a little tot. Happy, childlike and just like her TV counterpart.
Photo Credit: KMClayton

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Devan McGuinness is the writer of the lifestyle blog Accustomed Chaos. After surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan founded Unspoken Grief, a resource and support site for perinatal and neonatal loss. Read bio and latest posts → Read Devan's latest posts →

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4 thoughts on “Times They Are A-Changin': Classic Toys Revamped

  1. Holly says:

    That is actually not the original Strawberry Shortcake.

  2. Lisa says:

    “cares about appearance” seems a bit of a euphemism. Little girls (Dora, Strawberry) are both wearing makeup now and almost all the characters are either skinnier in the case of feminine products (even my little pony) or more “buff” in the case of male toys. Only the care bear seems a logical “update”… I know there will be some folks who will say, “These are just toys, lighten up” but we are surrounding kids with socialization messages and these toys are a part of that socialization. I would have liked to have seen a little more critical eye to the updates.

  3. Devan McGuinness says:

    Thanks for your feedback Lisa – i agree with you that most of these updates to the toys are part of that socialization and that’s why i am mixed personally on whether or not to purchase the older looking toys for my kids.

  4. plunderb says:

    Your analysis does not conform to the evidence presented in the photos. You say that old Grumpy Bear “still had a smile,” but the photo clearly shows him frowning. Your “then” Ken is an “everyday guy” (whatever that means) while “now” Ken has muscles and cares about his appearance (whatever that means), but I’d be hard pressed to guess which photo goes with which statement. If you are going to make an argument about the good old days of innocent childhood (the ’80s?), at least cherry-pick your photos with more care.

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