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Popular Toys and Games from the 1970s and 1980s

A trip down Toyland Memory Lane. Remember these? I played with the ’70’s toys, and remember the younger kids playing with the ’80’s toys while I discovered video games. Frogger was my favorite. I never did get into Pac Man nor Mario Brothers, though.  

70a toy clackers

LOVED my Clackers. I remember the rumors about these shatter and putting kids eyes out.

 70b toys atari

70b toys early hand held electronic football game

I had this handheld football game. I thought I was the shit back then!

 70b toys easy bake oven style

70b toys etch a sketch

70b toys fisher price parking garage

70b toys fisher price wind up baby music

70b toys lite brite

70b toys merlin the electronic wizard

This was the popular choice when we had free time in school

70b toys preschool Fisher and Price doctors kit

70b toys preschool record player

70b toys rock em sock em robots

70b toys silly putty

LOVED my Silly Putty!

70b toys simon

Electronic games were my favorites.

70b toys slinky

70b toys speak and spell

70b toys spirograph

70b toys stretch armstrong

70b toys the six million dollar man

70b toys trouble bubble pop game

When I was very young, the popping noise didn’t bother me in the least. But when I was older and around the young children playing Trouble, that very same noise would drive me insane!

70b toys viewmaster and kaleidescope

70b toys water ring toss

80s garbage pail kids

80s nintendo

80s rubiks cube

I solved Rubik’s Cube!!!

Retro Commercial for the Cabbage Patch Kids.

I do not remember this commercial. But then, I thought the Cabbage Patch kids were the most ridiculous thing I had ever seen. Eventually Pet Rock came around and beat out the stupidity of the Cabbage Patch Kids.



80s toys koosh ball

80s toys rainbow brite

80s toys slime

80s toys sony walkman

Retro Sony Walkman commercial:


80s video games area

80s video games asteroids

80s video games frogger

80s video games pacman


  1. I remembered some of these because I had them when I was a kid. And a Walkman was my prized possession when they came out. I wouldn’t have bet my son had even 1/4 of these, but he described them each in great detail when I read him the names. Seems he had almost all of them and the parent who gave them to him didn’t remember. Doh!

    • Oh, yeah? LOL… this sounds stupid, but that electronic football is what helped me start to understand the game. I was all about basketball as a young child. I never went to a high school football game. It wasn’t until college that I really started watching football.

  2. Some of these I remember from my youth ( etch-a-sketch, play-doh, slinky and view master). And I had a walkman as a young adult. Some are from my daughter’s childhood ( Rubic’s cube, pac-man and most anything by Fisher Price). All brought back some great memories of being a daughter and raising one, pictured with me here. She’s on the right. Thanks.

  3. They brougt a few of these back. My kids play with them now. Toys then outdo todays. Speack and spell was my toy of choice. My kids like the Atari today and pacman…. great post.

  4. Anyone got a picture of Sloppy Jalopy, the car that fell apart when it smashed into something, then you put it back together. I’m pretty sure it looked like an army jeep. Want to show someone but can’t find it on search engine.

  5. Post. I hated the clackers but I loved my sunglasses with blue lenses and windscreen wipers and my flocked potted flower which was changed colour with the weather. I also was in the bionic woman fan club. Jamie Sommers was so cool – and check out the tan!

  6. I have seen or had every toy on your list. I am trying to find a sample of a toy I recall. There was a gloopy kind of putty that went into a plastic mold. After waiting, out came this weird pinkish monster thing. It had a very peculiar smell which I can nearly recall in memory. No idea what it was called or exactly what it looked like, but would love to see a picture or at least find out the name. The sculptures were not very durable, and maybe even a little bit flexible. Any ideas? It’s from the mid to late 1970’s.

  7. Been trying to find a toy my sister used to have, it was called a whizzer or wizza? Anyone remember them??

    • i think it is a top with a rubber point……you turned it sideways and rubbed it on the floor a few times and it was wound up.

  8. My daughter is trying to locate a small electronic hand-held game she owned in the 1980s. It was a game to motivate a child to speed with number-word recognition. It was triangular shaped, about the size of her palm today. It had a rectangle in the center which would display a number word, and six little circles on the edges which were like buttons that you pressed to match the number to the word. She was so proud of that little game! She wants to use it with her small son now. Anyone know if this is still available?

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