Do You Remember These Toys From Your Christmas List in the '80s?

By: Jody Mabry
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For many kids Christmas morning is the best day of the year. If you were a kid from the '80s you likely went crazy for any of these gifts. See how many you can still name from an image!

Christmas 1983 proved to be a nightmare for some parents. They simply had waited too long to buy their children the latest toy phenomenon, the Cabbage Patch Kids. By the time 1984 rolled along, around 3 million of these dolls had been sold. Each doll is unique, and the fact that each came with its own birth certificate and name, they still remain popular today.

Leg warmers evolved from the aerobics craze. Think of them like gloves for your calves ... if that works for you.

Created by Mike Browning and sold by Tonka, Pound Puppies proved a hit from 1984. Not only did they generate $300 million in sales around the world, they spawned a cartoon series and a movie. And what was not to like? With their floppy ears and droopy eyes, as well as an adoption certificate, one could see why these pups became so popular.

Pringles rocked the snack world when they hit store shelves. The chips, sold in a can to keep them from being broken, now come in a panoply of flavors including chicken ramen.

Who didn't get addicted to the Rubik's Cube at least for a little while in the '80s? Of course, once you learned to take the stickers off, you could "solve" it in minutes.

Although they have been around since 1938, Army Men certainly never go out of fashion. By the ‘80s they were no longer just based on World War II. Other Army men sets included the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

The Atari 2600 marked the big shift from arcade to home games. The graphics were ridiculously awful. The games were either hilariously simple or completely impossible ... and it sold millions.

Released at the end of the 1980s, the Nintendo Gameboy put gaming in the palm of the hand. It launched with six games, including Super Mario Land, Tennis, and Tetris. Over 40,000 units were sold on the first day of release in the United States.

Launched in 1988, the Oopsy Daisy Doll was the dream gift for little girls for Christmas - so much so, that they sold out extremely quickly. The dolls themselves would crawl and fall over but unfortunately, they had numerous problems with their heads, in particular, which were prone to fall off. Irwin, the company making the doll, reduced its size the following year, but by then, little girls had moved onto the next big thing.

In the '70s, skateboards were made of wood and had metal trucks. In the '80s, plastic boards with poly trucks made the skateboard more nimble, and the injuries it caused far more garish.

M.C. Hammer bears responsibility for the popularity of parachute pants. Bonus points if yours came from Chess King at the mall!

Care Bears were introduced to the world in 1981. These cute, cuddly furry bears originally appeared on greeting cards. A toy line followed in 1982. They were an immediate hit and quickly starred in their own television special in 1983 and eventually, a cartoon series. These toys are still highly popular today.

The Walkman revolutionized exercise culture in the fitness-obsessed '80s. No longer were you limited to whatever your Radio Shack Flavoradio could pull in on your jogs. Now you could jam to the Pet Shop Boys while running!

Glo Worms were first introduced in 1982. They would glow gently when squeezed thanks to an interior light. More toys and accessories followed, including books, night lights, and smaller figures, or Glo Friends.

Pac-Man was unlike anything else in the arcades when it debuted. There were no explosions, no spaceships and no bad 3-D graphics. It was just a little yellow blob running around a maze ... and it made millions.

Transformers originated in Japan in the early 1980s. They were quickly snapped up by Hasbro who bought the rights to produce them in the United States where they exploded in popularity, so much so that a cartoon TV series followed. Transformers are today one of the biggest franchises in Hollywood.

Infomercials were still in their infancy when the Thigh Master hit the market. However, half an hour of watching Suzanne Somers go through a PG-13 rated workout made them a popular ad medium.

The Koosh ball was the perfect passive-aggressive plaything. You could throw it as hard as you wanted, and never hurt anything.

The Atari 2600 was good while it lasted, but the Nintendo NES blew it away. There were far more games, and other than occasionally hyperventilating while trying to blow out the cartridges, it was a ton of fun.

Created by Mattel, Masters of the Universe toys hit the market in 1981. Toys included He-Man and Skeletor, their sidekicks, vehicles and a Castle Grayskull playset. More toys followed for the next six years with over 120 figures, playsets, and vehicles in the collection.

A popular girls toy in the 1980s, not only were My Little Pony dolls cute as buttons, but you could even style their hair with their own mini comb. Their success led to a TV series as well as films.

The boombox was a must-have accessory for '80s music fans. The best ones had dual cassette decks and detachable speakers.

Released in 1978, by the time the ‘80s rolled along, Simon was one of the most popular toys in the United States. This circular toy with green, red, yellow and blue buttons produced tones when the buttons were touched. It would play a sequence of notes, and the object was to press the corresponding colors in the correct order. As the player got more correct, Simon would add more notes and at a much faster speed.

The Bone Fone was an interesting, if short-lived, invention. It was a flexible speaker that wrapped across the shoulders, putting the music directly into your skeleton.

Slap bracelets were a fairly harmless fashion accessory, with a metal strip surrounded by fabric or vinyl that snapped around the wrist. Now the same idea is being applied to koozies.

Large oversized shoes fitted with springs, Moon Shoes allowed children to make springy jump steps. This concept had originally been tried in the 1950s with steel frames that clamped onto existing shoes. These were considered safer, although broken ankles were still recorded.

In the '80s, every college quad and park space was littered with groups of college students playing Hacky Sack. With a nimble foot, you could keep one in the air for quite some time.

A favorite for many decades, including the '80s, Lincoln Logs were perfect for those kids who loved to construct things. By the '80s, they were plastic instead of wood. That all changed by the end of the decade as they returned to their traditional wood finish.

Inline skates were a merging of ice skating and roller skating. They let skaters go much faster, but also led to far more spectacular injuries.

Swatch was that rare '80s rage that was actually a well-made item. The watches were reasonably priced, durable and attractive. The brand is still around!

Around since 1949, the 1980s saw Mr. Potato Head rise in popularity once again, so much so that he appeared in his first TV movie. Hasbro also introduced fewer parts for each toy during the decade.

Thanks to music stars like Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen, guys trying to look cool and tough wore headbands all the time. This did not serve them well in job interviews.

Released in the '60s, these fighting robots were constantly updated throughout the decades. They remained an extremely popular toy throughout the 1980s and were loved by children around the world.

Jean jackets were another fashion must for the rocker kids. Of course they had to come with tons of patches from concerts, places you'd been and, if you were cool, a "Don't Panic" button.

I hope the folks who make Ray Bans sent Tom Cruise a hefty check. Thanks to "Risky Business," Ray Bans became the sunglasses of choice for everyone wanting to look cool.

Smurfs were first produced in 1959. The 1980s, however, saw a rise in popularity with kids around the world thanks to a Smurf cartoon appearing on TV. A range of figures were available and regularly updated as well.

Neon clothes were one of the most unfortunate fashion crazes of the '80s. Lime-green short sets, iridescent purple pants and eye-scorching shirts were just some of the insults perpetrated on our eyes.

A product of Galoob, Micro Machines were extremely small vehicles that became popular in the 1980s. Vehicles included cars, trucks, planes, helicopters, monster trucks and even Star Wars and Star Trek vehicles. A range of playsets could also be purchased.

Madonna was largely responsible for the painter hat craze. She wore one in a couple of videos, and soon people who'd never seen the business end of a roller were wearing them.

For no discernible reason, ever jacket sold in women's wear stores in the '80s came with shoulder pads. The fad was taken to ridiculous extremes with David Byrne's big white suit in the "Stop Making Sense" concert.

Manufactured by Mattel in the mid-80s, Popples were adorable bears that could be stored in their own fur bag. Their success led to a cartoon series. The first group of Popples consisted of nine different characters.

Whiz Kid was a great learning device released in the mid-80s. This talking computer helped kids learn new words as well as additional cartridges with a range of subjects. Each cartridge also featured a story.

Members Only jackets were must-have for Preppy culture. They were basically windbreakers with elastic bands around the bottom, but they sold by the millions.

Boglins hit toy stores in 1987. Released by Mattel, these hand puppets were made from flexible rubber with facial features that could be manipulated. The range included aquatic and Halloween themed creatures as well as goblins. Mattel also released a range of mini Boglins.

Friendship bracelets were an affordable, colorful way to show someone you cared. At least that's how they started. It didn't take long for different cliques to adopt their own colors, making them a sort of Preppy tribal insignia.

The California Raisins were an animated singing group that plugged their product via a series of singing commercials. They were amusing, but couldn't change the fact that raisins are largely inedible bits of dried plant matter.

Although Barbie had been around since 1959, the ‘80s saw the popular doll in a number of new guises, including Astronaut Barbie. And don’t forget the incredible accessories that were also available. These included mansions, cars, make up sets and much, much more.

This robot arm, made by TOMY, was controlled by two joysticks and allowed children to use the arm to pick up objects. Sold through Radio Shack, the Armatron included cubes and other small items to pick up.

Izod shirts were the must-have accessory for the casual Preppy. Even Preppy girls wore them.

Built to a 1:64 scale, most boys growing up in the 1980s had a set of Hot Wheels of some type or another. The decade saw some incredible sets released, including Real Riders (with proper rubber tires), Color Change Paint Hot Wheels, as well as vehicles with crash panels.

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