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My Top 10 List: My Favorite 1980s Toys

Happy Thursday, everyone. Let’s hop in our time machines and go back to when big hair and bright colors reigned supreme. Yes, I’m talking about the 1980s. Since I was only a wee child in that stellar decade, here are some of my favorite toys. Some of these probably drift into the early 1990s because I definitely played with dolls longer than what would be considered normal. Do you remember any of these?


10: Lady Lovely Locks: Lady Lovely Locks and her friends Maiden Fair Hair and Maiden Curly Crown live in an enchanted forest inhabited by magical creatures. The dolls came with animal clips that were essentially a colored hair extension to liven up their already massive mane of fake doll hair.

9: Quints: As the name implies, Quints were five tiny little dolls that came with five of everything, each with a signature color: pink, blue, yellow, green, and purple. Although because of my questionable mothering skills, my Quints quickly became just Quads after my cousins and I spent Easter Sunday hiding the Quints instead of Easter eggs resulting in the loss of the yellow Quint.


8: Magic Nursery: This doll came with a packet that dissolved in water to reveal the gender, weight, and other stats of the baby. Always a sucker for the element of surprise, this was an absolutely favorite for me.

7: Legos: This one is basic but needs to be on the list because my brother and I spent TONS of time playing with them.

6: Barbie: Tried and true, this woman has seen (and done) it all.


5: My Little Pony: No 1980s toy list would be complete without this staple.


4: Lisa Frank Items: Though not technically a toy, I put this one on the list because I loved anything and everything Lisa Frank. I don’t know what the woman was smoking, but I was eating up the “artwork” she was cranking out. I remember my pencil box for kindergarten featured her classic painting of two neon-colored unicorns kissing. Those memories don’t fade easily.

3: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Just so this list isn’t all pastel-colored dolls (though they were clearly my favorite), I had to include my boys in the half-shell. My brother and I spent many a rainy afternoon helping Barbie set up her house perfectly (me) only to watch the turtles toilet-paper her living room (him).

2: Cabbage Patch: A total classic. Most women I know who were born in the 1980s still have their Cabbage Patches and I am not exception. Rory Duncan (don’t you love those birth-certificate names?) is still safely at my parents’ house waiting for when my actual human baby is old enough to play with him without destroying him.

1: She-Ra Princess of Power: For a long time I thought He-Man was her boyfriend, but he’s actually her brother-ew. Still, She-Ra and her entourage of gorgeous, butt-kicking friends occupied my time through most of 1988.

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1 thought on “My Top 10 List: My Favorite 1980s Toys”

  1. I love that your list is girly and then you have TMNT! I was a huge fan of that show. While I love that it’s made a comeback, I now argue with my 7 yo about it. Michelangelo is a party dude…not one of a kind! Ugh! Why do they have to change a good thing?!


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