Sometimes I wish I were a kid again. This growing up stuff is rough. I remember being a kid and circling all of the toys I wanted in the JC Penney Christmas catalog. I thought I would share with you some of my favorite toys from when I was a kid. In this list, I am only discussing toys. I am excluding video game consoles, games, and computer games which could be a whole separate list.
Number 7 – Lite-Brite!
Honestly, I primarily wanted Lite-Brite because I thought it would be fun to use it as a night light. I thought I could make great looking things like what I saw in the advertisements and have really cool looking night lights. In reality, I just ended up making words like poop, butt, and fart. I would then show my cousins as if they would be impressed. They probably laughed the first couple of times to be polite but after doing the same joke about 10 times, they were sick of it.
Also, the commercial is still stuck in my head to this day.
Number 6 – Teddy Ruxpin
I was OBSESSED with Teddy Ruxpin for a while. I wanted the talking Teddy doll, the talking Grubby doll, and everything that involved shoving a cassette tape in a dolls rear and watching its mouth move. When I look at it now, it’s kind of creepy: like Five Nights at Freddy’s creepy. I wasn’t creeped out then though. Scary movies and games ruin things.
There was also a Teddy Ruxpin cartoon. I loved it. When I found out the Hermit was Teddy’s dad, I was so excited! Sorry, should have said spoiler alert for those of you who have yet to watch it.
Is he really real?
Number 5 – My Buddy
“My Buddy. My Buddy. Wherever I go, he goes!” When I was about 4 or 5, I wanted this so badly. My mom and I were moving around a lot, and I didn’t have many friends. The commercial was appealing because it gave the impression that I could have a friend and take him around with me everywhere. I begged and begged, but my mom and I didn’t have much money. Finally, my mom got me one. It was the greatest day ever! That night my mom took me with her to the house of a friend of hers for a Christmas dinner. Naturally, I took My Buddy. I was still trying to figure out what name to give him. At this house, there was another kid my age. He asked if he could play with the doll for a bit, and I said yes. He came back a little bit later, and I asked where My buddy was. He said that he had left it outside. I went outside and discovered that it was storming pretty bad. The doll was laying in a puddle. It was also somehow covered in dog shit. We had to throw it out. I’m still a bit salty about that. Thanks Lloyd…
Number 4 – Fisher Price Little People
These things were great! For multiple years, I asked for different pieces for these toys. There was a schoolhouse, little cars, houses with back yards and swing sets, and a giant death machine aircraft. Oh wait, I made that last one out of Legos.
Now it’s time to enter the late 80’s into the 90’s
The 90’s was my absolute favorite time for toys. It was right around the time I started getting really heavily into Saturday morning cartoons.
Number 3 – The Freakin’ Ninja Turtles
It started off with the cartoon. I LOVED the cartoon. What kid in the 90’s didn’t? Just listen to the theme song!!
While watching Saturday morning cartoons I began to see these:
My Uncle Mike bought me my first action figure. It was Raphael. It wouldn’t be my last. If you watch the whole thing, you’ll see a ton of different figures and accessories. Towards the end, I had most of them. The Turtle Van was my favorite. For a few years at Christmas, I would be really excited knowing I might get a new figure.
Number 2 – Mouse Trap
The commercial made this game look so cool. Sooooo cool. I had spent a lot of time with board games, but I never had a game this complex. Just look at how cool the commercial makes this game look:
(note: There are older and newer versions of this game/commercial, but this is the one I grew up with)
As it turns out, it was very hard to get it to work. It was fun trying though!
Finally, last but not least, my favorite of all time…
Number 1 – X-Men and Spider Man
As an adult, I’m still in love with X-Men and Spider Man. In the 90’s, they both showed up on Fox Kids Saturday morning cartoon block. Similar to the Turtles, I got hooked on the cartoons first. It was later I discovered they made toys. I’ve mentioned how cool some of the other songs and themes were, but you have to see the X-Men theme. It remains, to this day, my favorite TV theme of all time:
As my love of Ninja Turtle action figures was dwindling, my family took a sigh of relief. That was, until X-Men and Spider Man.
Until reviewing that X-Men commercial, I actually didn’t know Saber-tooth’s eyes and mouth could glow in the dark. I guess you learn something new every day.
So this post mainly focused on toys I frequently had on my Christmas list. When reviewing 80’s and 90’s toys, I came across something I loved and wanted to mention:
McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys!
McDonald’s had some awesome toys in the 80’s and 90’s. Pictured below are all toys I annoyingly made my family take me to get.