Can You Identify These Popular Items From the '80s?

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From Teddy Ruxpin to the Smurfs, track suits and bubble necklaces, think you have what it takes to identify these totally awesome '80s items? Take this quiz now to show your skills!

Atari Video Computer System sold from 1977 - 1992 with more than 30 million selling. Its best-selling game was Pac-Man.

Teddy Ruxpin was invented by Ken Forsse. It became the best selling toy of 1985 and 1986.

Gremlins were based on the 1984 comedy horror film by the same name. It was directed by Joe Dante and brought in more than $153 million at the box office.

A Pogo Ball was also known as a Lolo Ball. It consisted of a seamless figure-8 rubber ball locked into a structurally supported, sturdy plastic platform. Hasbro mass-produced these in the mid-1980s.

The original Glo Worm was released in 1982. It was designed by Hasbro's Playskool division and made in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Skip-It was a children's toy of the 1980s. It was invented by Avi Arad, Maggie Harvey and Mel Kennedy and manufactured by Tiger Electronics.

Cabbage Patch Kids were dolls created by a 21-year old art student named Xavier Roberts. Cabbage Patch Kids are one of the longest-running doll franchises in America.

A track suit is an article of clothing consisting of two parts: trousers and a jacket usually with front zipper. It was originally intended for athletic use but in modern times has been made in other fabrics for relaxation and comfort.

Alf was a friendly extraterrestrial who starred in an NBC sitcom from 1986 - 1990. Other merchandise came into popularity following the show's success, including ALF dolls and even trading cards.

Pac-Man was created by Japanese video game designer Toru Iwatani. It was released on May 22, 1980 and became an instant hit and pop culture reference of the 1980s.

Jellies are made from PVC plastic. The shoes became a fad in the early 1980s and were easily purchased for less than $1.

My Buddy was a doll produced by Hasbro in 1985. It was intended to appeal to boys whereas the companion Kid Sister was later marketed towards girls.

Fraggle Rock was a live-action puppet television series created by Jim Henson in 1983. It aired until 1987 and had 96 episodes.

Rainbow Brite was created by Hallmark Cards and introduced in 1983. It was created by Bruno Bianchi, Osamu Dezaki, and Rich Rudish.

Strawberry Shortcake was created by Muriel Fahrion. She was originally used in greeting cards, but was later expanded to include dolls, posters, and other products.

Spandex is also known as Lycra or Elastane. It is a synthetic fiber known for its elasticity. It was invented by chemist Joseph Shivers in 1958 and became a fashion fad of the 1980s.

Roller Racers were invented in the 1970s by a retired Boeing engineer as a gift for his grandson, using a tractor seat for the prototype toy. The vehicle consists of an injection-molded, polyethylene seat with rear wheels, attached to a T-style handlebar by a pin joint.

The Wuzzles were an animated TV series created for Saturday morning television and first broadcast in 1985. It only aired for 13 episodes but were recreated as merchandise plush toys for years to come.

Speak & Spell was a children's computer created by Texas Instruments. It was available from 1978 - 1992 and was made of plastic.

Leg warmers were originally worn by dancers to keep their muscles from cramping after stretching. They became more of a fashion fad in the early 1980s among teenage girls.

In 1980, View-Master released the Show Beam Projector, a toy that combined the company’s stereoscopic images and flashlight technology to produce a portable hand-held projector. The Show Beam used small film cartridges that were plugged into the side of the toy and contained 30 full-color 2D images.

Quints were five tiny baby dolls known as "5 times the fun!" The dolls were all blonde with bright blue eyes.

Etch-A-Sketch was a mechanical drawing toy. It was invented by André Cassagnes. It "draws" similarities to the modern-day Magna Doodle.

In 1985, Mr. Potato Head received four postal votes in the run for mayor of Boise, Idaho in the "most votes for Mr. Potato Head in a political campaign" as verified by Guinness World Records.

This was a highly popular thin sheet of plastic used with a regular garden hose for water. Between 1973 and 1991, seven adults and a 13-year-old suffered neck injuries or paralysis while using Slip ’N Slides.

She-Ra: Princess of Power debuted in 1985. She is the alter ego of Princess Adora and the twin sister of Prince Adam, AKA He-Man!

A hair crimper was a popular 1980s method for styling straight hair into wavy, zig-zag hair. Crimped hair appeared in many 1980s music videos.

Trapper Keeper was a brand of loose-leaf binder created by Mead. It was especially popular among students in the United States, Canada and parts of Latin America from the 1970s to the 1990s.

Hot Wheels are owned by Mattel. They were first introduced in 1968. In 1983, a new style of wheels called Real Riders were introduced, which had real rubber tires.

Bubble Mowers were produced by Fisher-Price. They were created so that little boys and girls could feel helpful and play while their parents really mowed the lawn.

Made by Fisher-Price, the Corn Popper is one of the most popular toys for young children in history, and was designed to help them learn to walk. It sends colorful, gumball size balls flying and hitting the plastic dome, to create its signature loud popping noise.

Moon Shoes were billed as "mini-trampolines for your feet." They were produced by Nickelodeon.

The Smurfs were an animated series which ran from 1981 - 1990. They were created by Peyo, AKA Pierre Culliford.

The original Nintendo company was founded in 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi. In 1980, Nintendo launched Game & Watch.

Walkman was a Sony brand portable media player. Starting in 1979 and through the 1980s, it allowed people to listen to music on the go.

Popples were stuffed toys created by Those Characters From Cleveland. They were a subsidiary of American Greetings. Each Popple character transformed into a brightly colored ball.

Slouch socks were a type of sock popular in the 1980s featuring a heavy non-elastic upper that could be pushed down into heavy folds around the ankles or pulled up to the knee.

Pillow People were invented by Penny Ekstein-Lieberman. They were available starting in 1986 and generated more than $120 million in sales into the 1990s.

The original Thermos was invented by Sir James Dewar in 1892. Various plastic versions were popular among school kids, particularly in the 1980s. They were sold frequently with a lunch box as a set.

Released in 1971, The Oregon Trail became highly popular with the progress of computers in the 1980s. Most children of the 1980s remember The Oregon Trail as one of their first interactions with a computer.

Floppy Disks were a type of disk storage composed of a disk of thin and flexible magnetic storage medium, sealed in a rectangular plastic enclosure lined with fabric that removed dust particles. They came in 8-inch, 5¼-inch, and 3½-inch sizes!

Dot Matrix Paper was the type of paper used to print on in the 1980s. Printers used a print head that moved back-and-forth, or up-and-down, on the page and printed by impact. It was likened to the print mechanism on a typewriter.

Book It! is a reading incentive program sponsored by Pizza Hut that was started in 1985. Students who read books according to the goals set were awarded a Pizza Hut certificate for a free pizza.

Reading Rainbow was an American half-hour children's television series that aired on PBS Kids. It first aired on June 6, 1983 and its final episode was on November 10, 2006.

Hungry, Hungry Hippos was first introduced in 1978 and gained popularity in the 1980s. It is a tabletop game made for 2-4 players and produced by Hasbro.

The Care Bears were created by "Those Characters From Cleveland," which is the toy design and licensing division of American Greetings.

The Wooden spoon was a classic item of the 1980s as every child remembers it was the utensil served with a Hoodsie! Wooden spoons are still packaged with Hoodsies to this day.

A pager was also popularly known as a beeper. It was a wireless communications device that received and displayed alphanumeric messages. Though developed in the 1950s and 1960s, they did not become widely used until the 1980s.

The Gameboy was manufactured by Nintendo and first released on April 21, 1989 in Japan. It came to North America several months later. It was Nintendo's first handheld game console.

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