31 Things Everyone Had in Their House in the ’80s
Who can forget the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
Originally called the Magic Cube, the puzzle was created by Erno Rubik, a professor at Budapest’s Academy of Applied Arts and Design. Rubik often built geometric models, and one of them, a 27-piece cube was marketed in Hungary in 1977. By 1980, it was frustrating millions of Americans. It was licensed to the Ideal Toy Corp in 1980. Here are 12 more classic games everyone should own.
Coleco Cabbage Patch Kids
One of America’s longest-running doll lines, the Cabbage Patch Kids are soft sculptured doll-like creatures sold by Xavier Roberts. Roberts came up with the idea as a 21-year-old art student when he utilized the quilting skills he learned from his mother and the historic technique of “needle molding” to develop his own line of fabric sculptures. The dolls were first manufactured by Coleco, then Hasbro, Mattel and eventually Wicked Cool Toys. You may also be interested in the most valuable finds in Antiques Roadshow history.
The Care Bears, a fictional group of multi-colored bear characters, were originally created by artist Elena Kucharik in 1981 to be used on American Greetings cards. The characters went on to become a toy fad in 1985, which then inspired TV programs and films. Today, there are 218 Care Bears.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Many boys across the U.S. had some sort of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle memorabilia. Many had Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle sheets or action figures. The heroes in a half-shell rose from a comic book to action figures to a mini-series before really catching on as a cartoon. Old action figures can sometimes garner some money with the right collector. Be sure to check your home to see if you have any of these valuable childhood items lying around.
Who doesn’t love being able to voice their library of trivia knowledge in a socially acceptable setting? It’s no small wonder how Trivial Pursuit took off so quickly. The game was created in 1979 and just five years later, 20 million sets sold that year alone. More than 100 million units have sold and the game has taken all kinds of different formats since.
Professional wrestling might have hit its zenith in popularity in the ’80s, let’s not forget Wrestlemania III drew a then-record 93,173 people to the Pontiac Silverdome in 1987 where they watched Hulk Hogan famously bodyslam Andre the Giant. Another million fans watched the event on closed-circuit television spots at 160 locations while another several million watched the pay-per-view event at home. From wrestling dolls to action figures to even lunch boxes, just about every home had something wrestling related in it. These days you probably don’t want to see any of that stuff around.
This old fad might reside down an ally along Memory Lane but slap bracelets used to adorn the wrists of nearly every kid on the block in the ’80s for a minute.
Walkman Cassette Player
The Walkman originally debuted in 1979 and it didn’t take long before everyone held one or had one on their hip. Sony sold more than 50,000 units in the first two months and it’s popularity continued as it morphed to play CDs in the ’90s. The mp3 player, however, ended the Walkman’s reign in the 2000s.
You likely had a few of these and other toys fall through a floor vent at some point. These Finger Monsters were just about everywhere in the ’80s with kids. And so were Barbies, check out the 13 vintage Barbie dolls that are actually worth money.
One glance at an old Micro Machine commercial will take you back to a time where that’s all that seemed to play on Saturday morning television. The shrunk-down cars and trucks first appeared on the market in 1987. Later they became further entwined with popular culture by appearing in Home Alone and even became a video. For a decade known for its excesses, the Micro Machine seemed incongruous.