Can You Name These Famous Toys From the 1980s?

By: Lauren Lubas
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Can You Name These Famous Toys From the 1980s?
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About This Quiz

When you think of the '80s, you either think of the stock market or the toy boom. If you are thinking of the latter, you were probably an '80s kid. You most likely had a View Finder and a Nintendo (and if you didn't, you had a friend who was lucky enough to have one). As far as toys are concerned, the 1980s brought us the beautiful synergy boom that led to toys connected to cartoons, entertainment that made its way into our cereal boxes and a revolution in stuffed animals. Whether you were a girl or a boy (or a girl with an older brother who was forced to play with G.I. Joes over Fluppy Dogs), you probably look at the toys from the '80s with nostalgic regard and a warmth covers your heart. 

Whether you coveted the toys you saw on those memorable little Saturday Morning Cartoon commercials, or you were lucky enough to obtain these works of art (and now, collector's items), you're going to have a blast with this quiz. It's all about nostalgia and the '80s right now, so take this quiz and see if you can identify these famous toys.

Cabbage Patch Kids What is the name of this favorite doll of the 1980s?
Care Bear
Cabbage Patch Kid
If you grew up believing that babies came from a garden and all of them had their father's name tattooed on their butts, you probably had a Cabbage Patch Kid. These dolls were a hot item in the 1980s.
Glo Worm
Barbie

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Glo Worm This huggable creature lit up when you snuggled it. What is it?
Glo Worm
Glo Worms were marketed to younger children, but pretty much every '80s child had one. They were great if you were scared of the dark, or if you just needed something not-so-soft to snuggle.
Teddy Ruxpin
Betsy Wetsy
Molie

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Rainbow Brite Do you remember this character and toy that was happy and magical?
Barbie
Rainbow Brite
Rainbow Brite was a pretty great way to fight the Barbie craze. She was a larger doll who had her own television show. There was nothing like opening up your first Rainbow Brite doll on Christmas morning.
Wuzzles
Tripers

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Care Bears Do you remember this series of bears that everyone loved?
Tribbles
Fluppy Puppies
Popples
Care Bears
Care Bears were one of the most popular stuffed animals of the 1980s. They even had their own cartoon on Saturday mornings. Each Care Bear had its own personality and a logo on its belly.

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Lite-Brite This magical contraption was a huge hit in the 1980s. What is it?
Rainbow Brite
Lite Brite
If you had a stockpile of black construction paper, you didn't have to buy the designs from the toys store. This toy was a pegboard connected to a lightbox, and it worked and sold like crazy in the '80s.
Etch-A-Sketch
Magnadoodle

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Fisher Price Roller Skates Can you name this plastic hazard?
Bubble Mower
Bubblers
Fisher Price Roller Skates
While the design of roller skates has changed a little over time, if you simply strapped these to your shoes, you never had to worry about transitioning footwear while you were playing outside.
Little Stoppers

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Masters of the Universe Do you remember these dolls that weren't proportioned well?
Crebbies
Mighty Men
Masters of the Universe
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe put the power into little children's hands. As a matter of fact, they were marketed toward all boys who wanted to have more power.
G.I. Joe

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Micro Machines They were like Matchbox cars, but smaller. What were they?
Gobots
Transformers
Hot Wheels
Micro Machines
If you grew up in the 1980s, you remember (very clearly) the man who spoke very fast in the Micro Machines commercials. The Micro Machines guy is famous, but you probably only caught about ten percent of what he said.

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My Little Pony Every girl remembers these sweeties. What are they?
My Little Pony
My Little Pony dolls were an excellent addition to your Barbie collection if you were an '80s girl. These magical creatures were colorful with movable (sort of) parts. They were a gorgeous addition to any girl's toy box.
Unicorni
Rainbow Brite
Micros

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Pogo Bal It was dangerous, but it was the talk of the neigborhood. What is it?
Popper
Pogo Ball
Pogo Balls were for people who had no idea how to get more than one bounce on a pogo stick. You simply had to hold the ball between your feet and jump. It was always a contest to see who could get the most hops without falling.
Bop-It
Simon

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Popples Can you name this gem from the 1980s?
Hot Looks Dolls
Popples
Popples were a short-lived toy that was pretty genius. It was a stuffed animal that folded into a ball. These days, you can find a "Popples" series on Netflix, but back in the day, it was all about using your imagination.
Bouncers
Bounders

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Pound Puppies Before adopting shelter animals was cool, these guys took over the market. What are they?
Rainbow Brite
Pogos
My Pups
Pound Puppies
Pound Puppies were another great way to get children interested in stuffed animals. They were also great for collecting. Pound Puppies were each sold separately, but their commercials made it look like you could own your own pet shop.

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She-Ra Princess of Power What is the name of the female version of the Masters of the Universe?
She-Ra Princess of Power
If your brother liked He-Man, you liked She-Ra. She was all about girl power and could do anything that He-Man could do (sometimes even better). She had a whole group of friends to help her, as well.
Blue Shrews
Masters of the Universe
Strawberry Shortcake

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Smooshies They were a mix between stuffed animals and action figures. What were they?
Plushies
Hushies
Smooshies
Smooshies are probably the best toy ever made. They never broke (though they could get holes in them), and they were perfect for any playset. These mini stuffed animals could fit into anything (they were like cats, but cooler).
Wuzzles

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Strawberry Shortcake She had a gang of friends with yummy names. Who is she?
Squishies
Wuzzler
Bratz
Strawberry Shortcake
With friends like Blueberry Muffin, Orange Blossom and Plum Pudding, how could Strawberry Shortcake not be the sweetest character ever made? Oh, and the strawberry smell on this doll lasted years and years.

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Teddy Ruxpin This was one of the most coveted toys of the 1980s. What is his name?
Doctor Bear
Cricket
Teddy Ruxpin
While there may be no TED talk about Teddy Ruxpin, we all wanted Teddy because he could talk. He had a series of books to follow along, which helped children read, and if you put a speed metal tape in his back, he would rock out.
Filipe

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Wuzzles This mixed creatures were on television as well as in our homes. What were they?
Fraggles
Wuzzles
If you don't remember Wuzzles, don't feel so bad. These characters only had one season on TV to make an impression, and even though they didn't last, the creative interspecies animals were great stuffed animals.
Snaggles
Smurfs

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G.I. Joe We all know Barbie wanted to date these little guys. What were they called?
He-Man
Transformers
Wuzzles
G.I. Joe
Let's make one thing clear: G.I. Joe wasn't a doll. He was an action figure. This was, of course, back in the day when dolls were strictly for girls. One of the greatest marketing plans of all times was calling G.I. Joe an action figure.

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Transformers If you loved robots and vehicles, you probably had a million of these. What are they?
Transformers
Transformers were robots in disguise. They basically mixed all of the boy likes of the time: aliens, robots and trucks. These toys were pretty expensive, but they were totally worth it as they are all collectibles now.
G.I. Joe
Star Wars figurines
Masters of the Universe

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Fashion Plates Do you remember this toy that was for girls who wanted to be designers?
Dress Mates
Fashion Plates
Fashion plates were super fun. If you loved clothes or coloring, you might have had one of these bad boys. While they are collectible items now, they were considered a quiet time toy back in the 1980s,
Bubbles
Crickets

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View Master This toy could take you anywhere. What was it?
Polly Pocket
Puppy Surprise
View Finder
View Finders were a great way to go on vacation when your parents couldn't afford it. You could learn from them and be entertained by them at the same time. You didn't need a projector for them either.
Wrinkles

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Whiz Kid Can you identify this children's computer from the 1980s?
Simon Says
Precious Places
Speak and Spell
Whiz Kid
Whiz Kid was a computer for children that had cartridges with different learning elements. These things were awesome, as long as you didn't have a younger sibling breaking your card cartridges all the time.

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Simon What is the name of this memory game?
Rubik's Cube
My Buddy
Speak and Spell
Simon
Simon was a fun game for the first twenty minutes you owned it. After that, it became a control hub on your G.I. Joe's pretend spaceship. If you never did that, you're probably regretting it right now.

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Baby Furskin Do you remember this toy that had an interesting name?
Finders Keepers
My Buddy
Puppy Surprise
Baby Furskin
Baby Furskin might sound a little too close to a piece of the male anatomy, which is probably why sales of this stuffed animal didn't last very long. However, it was a very cute toy, as long as you renamed it.

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My Buddy He was a doll marketed to boys. What is his name?
Army Boy
Joe Havens
Little Person
My Buddy
My Buddy dolls were just that, dolls. At this time, it was a bold move to call a boys' toy a doll, but My Buddy just worked. He was a normal kid who liked to play in the mud. Just look at the commercials.

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Game Boy Nintendo released this handheld machine in Japan in 1989. What is it?
PSP
Mighty Player
Hand Player
Game Boy
Game Boy's first design was a heavy grey brick that gave young players Carpal Tunnel Syndrome before they hit puberty. However, it definitely helped them get better at monochrome gaming.

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Little People They didn't have legs, but they sure could move. What are they?
Little People
Little People were an excellent little toy. At first, they were made out of wood, but soon, plastic replaced the material as it was more durable. It's not easy living without arms or legs, but these figurines managed.
Cones
Shoppers
Working People

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Slip 'N Slide What is the name of this incredibly dangerous toy?
Tarper
Little People
Slip 'N Slide
What happens when you put a piece of plastic on the ground and saturate it with water? Bruising, breaking and scraping. Heaven help you if you missed a rock while putting this thing down. Ouch!
Water Maker

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Smurfs Do you know these little blue creatures?
Snorks
Smurfs
Smurfs like to change English words to the word "smurf" or some variation of it. For the most part, it was completely random, but you can catch that "smurf" is generally used for verbs and adjectives. No smurfin' way!
Fraggles
Muppets

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Madballs What are these gross spheres called?
Puffalump
Madballs
Madballs were pretty gross. They had zombies and random monster heads on rubber balls. While the balls didn't bounce very well, they were often purchased around Halloween because of their theme.
Armatron
Family Schoolhouse

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Tonka Trucks If you had one of these in the 1980s, you probably still have it. What is it?
Tonka Truck
When you have a product this good, you don't even have to give it a witty name. Tonka Trucks were easily the longest-lasting toy the universe has ever seen. They were made out of metal, so there were some injuries, but they were awesome, so no one cared.
Microtruck
Filler Truck
Yellow Truck

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Cricket This doll could talk. What was her name?
Playskool
Baby Grows
Kid Sister
Cricket
In a time that demanded that boys' toys were boys' toys and girls' toys were girls' toys, Cricket was the answer to the huge hit, Teddy Ruxpin. Cricket came out just a year after Teddy as a talking doll for girls.

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Bubble Mower When you wanted to teach your child about chores, you bought this. What is it?
Bubble Pipe
Bubble Mower
Add bubbles, and watch your child fake mow your lawn. While this toy didn't teach children about the dangers of mowing lawns, it did teach them that bubbles are cool, if they come from a lawnmower.
Tape Recorder
Popper

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Fisher Price Farm This Fisher Price play set went with the little people. What is it?
Fisher Price Garage
Boglins
Fisher Price Farm
The animals had legs, but the people didn't. It was probably because no one wanted to ride a pig. This little farm made noise when you opened the door, and batteries were not necessary. It was awesome.
Tape Recorder

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Poppers What is the name of these little toys that were kind of dangerous?
Snappers
Poppers
You had to press a Popper down, and it would pop up really high. However, when children were pushing them into their eyes, these toys didn't last long. They relied on suction to jump, and without it, they simply didn't work (making them safer).
Flappers
Cappers

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Moon Shoes If your parents thought that a trampoline wasn't safe, they bought you these. What are they?
Poppers
Moon Shoes
Not very many children had these shoes, because of their incredibly dangerous design. However, suspending shoes from a bucket by rubber bands didn't seem like a bad idea at the time of conception.
Pillow Pal
Corn Popper

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Letter and Number Blocks These wooden toys were for babies of the '80s. What are they?
Medical Kit
Letter and Number Blocks
Wood blocks were a great way to teach children their ABCs and 123s. Not only could children learn from these blocks, they could also build exactly what they wanted (as long as it was square).
Droppers
Weapons

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Muscle Men They were interesting, and all monochrome. What were they?
Wrestlers
Muscle Men
What do you get when you mash up green Army Men with wrestling action figures? Muscle Men. They were creative and each of them had a different ability that was clear by their design. It was like playing G.I. Joe with even more imagination.
Little Fighters
Little Flyers

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Corn Popper It tried to mimic a vacuum cleaner. What is it?
Corn Popper
Corn Poppers were fun toys that helped children learn how to walk and make noise at the same time. They were fun to play with (for the toddlers), but not fun to listen to. They weren't as loud as vacuums, but they were just as annoying.
Mouser
Louser
Vacuum

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Pillow People Can you name these weird stuffed animals?
Pillow Pals
If you don't remember, D.J. Tanner had a Pillow Pal on "Full House." We never saw a close up of this thing, because Pillow Pals didn't necessarily have the best design out of all of the '80s stuffed animals.
Pound Puppies
Pound Purries
Rainbow Brite

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