Top 35 Vintage Toys

  • Fisher Price Chatter Telephone 1 of 35
    Fisher Price Chatter Telephone
    Real rotary dial phones are now obsolete, but you can still purchase this pull-toy, which went on the market in the 1960s. Use it to show your child how Grandma and Grandpa (or, ahem, even you) made phone calls. 12 more Fisher Price toys we’ll treasure forever
  • Easy Bake Oven 2 of 35
    Easy Bake Oven
    Yes, your kids can still cook with a light bulb, just like you did in the ’80s. There are new cake mixes and the colors of the oven have changed, but the rest is surprisingly the same. Adult supervision needed — along with a healthy dose of faux enthusiasm for the finished product.
    Get it from Amazon
  • Transformers 3 of 35
    A few blockbuster movies have revived this franchise, and now your kids can root for the Autobots to beat the Decepticons … in 3D. Just as you whispered to the family station wagon, your children will whisper to the family minivan, hoping it will transform into an alien robot.
    Get the toys from Amazon
  • Snoopy Sno Cone Machine 4 of 35
    Snoopy Sno Cone Machine
    For over 30 years children have enjoyed making fluffy frozen treats with the Snoopy Sno Cone machine. Or, more accurately, children have enjoyed asking their parents to finish churning ice cubes into choppy snow cones. Warning: This machine requires more muscle than anyone
    under ten could give.
    Get it from Toys "R" Us
  • Tupperware Shape-O Toy 5 of 35
    Tupperware Shape-O Toy
    A well-remembered shape-sorter for any child of the ’70s, ’80s, or even today. The best and only change to this toy since your childhood is that it’s now easily available online and in stores. No need to sit through a Tupperware party ever again.
    Get it from Tupperware
  • Care Bears 6 of 35
    Care Bears
    The cartoon and stuffed-animal dynasty of the 1980s made a comeback in 2005 with a digitally animated movie and, of course, more toys. Your children can now pretend they are in the land of Care-a-Lot with Grumpy Bear and Share Bear. Show them your best “Care Bear Stare” to boost the household “Caring Meter”!
    Get the toys and dolls from Amazon
  • My Little Pony 7 of 35
    My Little Pony
    Did you have a “Flutter Pony” with soft shiny wings or a “Twinkle Eyed Pony” with rhinestones for eyes back in the day? My Little Pony continues to delight girls all over the world and fill many imaginary stables. Except today’s ponies get to zip around in radio-controlled cars and ride ice cream cone-themed Ferris Wheels. A pretty good life for a horse, we’d say.
    Get the toys from Amazon
  • Lincoln Logs 8 of 35
    Lincoln Logs
    Since 1918 children have been building homes from these miniature interlocking wood beams. Today’s models include sets for building not just mere cabins, but ranches — horses included. Now get junior movin’ and ask for that 5 bed, 3.5 bath you’ve always wanted.
    Get the toys from K'Nex
  • A-Team figurines 9 of 35
    A-Team figurines
    Figurines of the soldiers of fortune, along with their van and helicopter, were hot toys back in the day. When the new A-Team movie was released in 2010, so was a new set of talking figurines. And while your kids will want to take the crack commando team on a mission, you’ll want to take the real-life version of the Face doll, aka Bradley Cooper, out on a date.
    Get the toys from ToyWiz
  • Mr. Potato Head 10 of 35
    Mr. Potato Head
    Reincarnated many times over since his debut in 1949, Mr. Potato Head has been miniaturized, cartoon-ized, and stuffed. Have a giggle with your four-year-old as you put his parts away into the allotted storage compartment: his bum.
    Get it from Amazon
  • Cabbage Patch Dolls 11 of 35
    Cabbage Patch Dolls
    Each Cabbage Patch Doll came with a unique name and birth certificate from Babyland General Hospital. These hugely popular play pals had parents lining up overnight to buy them as Christmas gifts. Think Elmo-type frenzy. And the kids from the patch are still going strong, with new accessories like Carvel ice cream cones to eat and ponies to ride.
    Get it from Amazon
  • Holly Hobbie 12 of 35
    Holly Hobbie
    Originally a greeting-card character, Holly Hobbie dolls and their signature big blue bonnets were popular with young girls in the 1970s and 1980s. Today you can buy beautifully handcrafted Holly Hobbie dolls from the Alexander Doll Company, complete with their own blue bonnets … and matching bloomers!
    Get it from Madame Alexander
  • Smurf figurines 13 of 35
    Smurf figurines
    Smurf figurines have been hot collectors' items since first produced in 1959. Over the years these little blue people have been dressed up in Halloween costumes and decked out in police uniforms. The latest figurines are based on the recent Smurf movie (you know, the one with Katy Perry in it) and have fun corresponding play sets like “Escape from New York,” complete with a mini Chrysler building.
    Get them from Amazon
  • View-Master 14 of 35
    Talk about enduring technology: the View-Master mechanism and slide technology is virtually unchanged since being developed almost 100 years ago. While you may have clicked through reels of E.T. or the original Battle Star Galactica, your children can now enjoy reels of Finding Nemo or Dora the Explorer. Unlike your portable DVD player, this thing will never run out of batteries or
    need a charge.
    Get it from Amazon
  • Strawberry Shortcake dolls 15 of 35
    Strawberry Shortcake dolls
    You know what they say: A girl’s hair needs to smell like the dessert she was named after. Oh wait, that was just for the Strawberry Shortcake dolls. Today’s dolls still have the same aromas and sweet monikers but are unfortunately proportioned to supermodel standards with huge heads and tiny little bodies. So while we love that these dolls are still a hit, Lemon Meringue needs to eat a little more of what she’s named after.
    Get it from Walmart
  • Polly Pockets 16 of 35
    Polly Pockets
    Is that a compact mirror? No, it’s the home of a mini doll with her comfy chair and a book. The Polly Pockets of the ’80s and ’90s were tucked away into carry cases that looked like compacts or snap-open purses. The newer dolls are larger than the originals — and thus less likely to get sucked up by the vacuum.
    Get the toys from Amazon
  • Magna Doodle 17 of 35
    Magna Doodle
    This drawing tool was endless enjoyment for young minds in the ’80s. It was a marvel that you could draw with a magnet … and then easily erase the board and start again. Even in the face of the more advanced iPad, these tablets are still winning fans today. Except now they come with accessories like reading lights so kids can doodle in the dark. Now say “doodle in the dark” five times fast.
    Get it from Amazon
  • Fisher Price Little People Play Sets 18 of 35
    Fisher Price Little People Play Sets
    The Little People were pretty boring, but their homes and work places rocked. The castle had a winding drawbridge, the garage had a working elevator, and the barn had its own grain silo. Today’s sets still hold the same charm as their 1980s counterparts, with some big additions like a two-foot high wheelies rampway for the Little Speed Demons.
    Get them from Amazon
  • Speak and Spell 19 of 35
    Speak and Spell
    This educational toy wowed many in its day (it even made an appearance in the movie E.T.!). The Speak and Spell has since evolved into the Franklin Speak, Listen, and Learn Spelling Master, which allows kids to create and save their own list of words. Just like 30 years ago, it remains a great tool for helping your grade-schooler get through all those spelling T-E-S-T-S.
    Get it from Toys "R" Us
  • Lite Brite 20 of 35
    Lite Brite
    This classic toy was ideal for budding designers and artists to sketch out ideas in colored light pegs. Your kids can express themselves just like you did with the latest flat-screen (of course) Lite Brites. One thing hasn’t changed: the pegs still really hurt if you step on them.
    Get it from Amazon
  • Etch a Sketch 21 of 35
    Etch a Sketch
    Now that we've entered the age of iPads, it's kind of hard not to be amused by this 1950s toy calling itself "magic." Still, it's pretty amazing the artwork that can be created using just a couple of dials and a bunch of gray lines!
    Get it from Amazon
  • Magic 8 Ball 22 of 35
    Magic 8 Ball
    Originally called the "Syco-Seer" in the late 1940s, this device changed to the Magic 8 Ball form we all know and love in the early 50s. It has been sharing its wisdom ever since by answering kids' most burning questions with replies like "all signs point to yes" and "ask again later."
    Get it from Amazon
  • Chatty Cathy 23 of 35
    Chatty Cathy
    The hottest new toy of Christmas 1960, this blue-eyed, blonde-haired doll spoke one of 11 phrases, such as: "May I have a cookie?" or "I love you" when the string on her back was pulled ... no batteries necessary! Over the next couple of years, Cathy diversified into other hair and skin colors.
    Get it from Ruby Lane
  • See ‘n Say 24 of 35
    See 'n Say
    Riding on the success of Chatty Cathy, toy makers released this educational toy in the mid 1960s that allowed kids to point an arrow to the sound they wanted to hear when they pulling a string or lever. You might be familiar with their greatest hit -- farm noises!
    Get it from Amazon
  • Pogo Ball 25 of 35
    Pogo Ball
    This thing became the frustration of uncoordinated '80s kids everywhere, unless you were one of the few who happened to be blessed with pogoball skills (like the video of kids who could bounce it down a flight of stairs — wha?).
    Get it from Amazon
  • Skip-it 26 of 35
    Another '80s toy that required a certain amount of foot-eye coordination, this apparatus was meant to be spun around the ankle as many times as possible without tripping. It also came with an electronic recorder to prove your skip-it greatness to the neighborhood kids.
    Get it from Amazon
  • Glo Worm 27 of 35
    Glo Worm
    Who would have thought that a glowing insect would be the inspiration for this pajama-clad, plush toy? First released in 1982, the Glo Worm was a stuffed toy and nightlight in one — lighting up and playing a soothing lullaby whenever squeezed.
    Get it from Amazon
  • Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots 28 of 35
    Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots
    The "Red Rocker" and "Blue Bomber" have been dueling for decades, but nothing beats the nostalgia of this original 1960s version.
    Get it from Amazon
  • Jack-in-the-Box 29 of 35
    Nothing says fun like a creepy mechanical clown figure jumping out at you without warning! This is a really vintage toy, since its origins can be traced back as far as the middle ages. It's pretty much a rite of passage to be scared by this thing at least once in your childhood.
    Get it from Amazon
  • Yo-Yo 30 of 35
    Another toy that has survived the ages, the yo-yo dates back to 500 BC when it was made from discs of fired clay, but the modern version first came to the U.S. in 1866. Despite 3-D video games and HD movies, kids today are still "walking the dog" and going "round the world."
    Get it from Amazon
  • Jacob’s Ladder 31 of 35
    Jacob's Ladder
    First created in the late 1800s, this simple toy of wooden blocks held together with strings or ribbons was an optical illusion that could enthrall us for hours as young kids. Ah, the good old days...
    Get it from Amazon
  • Paddle Ball 32 of 35
    Paddle Ball
    Okay, let's face it: This classic toy dating back to colonial America has probably been used one too many times to try and hit someone else in the face, but at least it's nearly impossible for kids to lose the ball!
    Get it from Amazon
  • Trolls 33 of 35
    These little guys first became popular in the 1960s but made several comebacks over the next few decades. Their faces are a little creepy, and they're often sans clothes, but we do have to admit they have the coolest hair ever.
    Get it from Amazon
  • Jacks 34 of 35
    Can you believe this game was once played with animal bones over 2000 years ago? Although kids certainly aren't calling out "onesies" or "twosies" on the playground as much as they did 5 or 6 decades ago, we still have a soft spot for this beloved schoolyard toy.
    Get it from Amazon
  • Girl Talk 35 of 35
    Girl Talk
    Truth or dare ... or zit sticker? Girl Talk was a sleepover must for giggly awkward pre-teen and teenage girls of the '80s and '90s. Just looking at the cover of the box (and that hair!) sends us into giggles all over again.
    Get it from Amazon
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