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.
Do you remember this character and toy that was happy and magical?
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.
This magical contraption was a huge hit in the 1980s. What is it?
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.
They were like Matchbox cars, but smaller. What were they?
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.
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.
It was dangerous, but it was the talk of the neigborhood. What is it?
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.
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.
Before adopting shelter animals was cool, these guys took over the market. What are they?
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.
They were a mix between stuffed animals and action figures. What were they?
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).
She had a gang of friends with yummy names. Who is she?
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.
This was one of the most coveted toys of the 1980s. What is his name?
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.
This mixed creatures were on television as well as in our homes. What were they?
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.
We all know Barbie wanted to date these little guys. What were they called?
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.
If you loved robots and vehicles, you probably had a million of these. What are they?
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.
Do you remember this toy that was for girls who wanted to be designers?
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,
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.
Can you identify this children's computer from the 1980s?
Speak and Spell
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.
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.
Do you remember this toy that had an interesting name?
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.
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.
They didn't have legs, but they sure could move. What are they?
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.
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!
If you had one of these in the 1980s, you probably still have it. What is it?
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.
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.
This Fisher Price play set went with the little people. What is it?
Fisher Price Garage
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.
What is the name of these little toys that were kind of dangerous?
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).
They were interesting, and all monochrome. What were they?
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.
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.
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.