Picture the 1980s – a time of neon, big hair, and perhaps most fondly, a treasure trove of peculiar toys. It was a golden era when whimsical and bizarre playthings kept children captivated, sparking the imagination in unparalleled ways. But do you recall the sheer oddity of some of these toys? Let’s embark on a delightful journey down memory lane as we explore the strangest toys of the 1980s in the video below.
The Bewildering Manglors
In 1984, Ideal Toy Company introduced us to the Manglors, a line of action figures that, while quirky, became even more peculiar in 1985. Imagine: action figures so flexible and sticky they came in plastic eggs, challenging children’s creativity, and sometimes, their patience.
The Infestables – Warriors of Change
The same year, Gloop presented the Infestables. These action figures offered a fascinating twist, their faces gradually transforming from human to animalistic using a vacuum. Were they the most popular? Perhaps not. But they were definitely a part of the fabric of ’80s toy culture.
Barnyard Commandos – Unlikely Heroes
Barnyard Commandos, an unusual combination of farm animals and military gear, came to life in 1989. This series of figures, though not particularly successful, surely left a mark on the minds of ’80s kids with their unique concept.
Food Fighters – Edibles at War
1988 was the year when Mattel launched a war between kitchen edibles. Food Fighters, essentially anthropomorphized junk food, were not on the market for long. Yet, their mere existence is a testament to the creative liberty toy designers enjoyed in the ’80s.
The ’80s toy landscape was replete with toys that pushed boundaries, toys that were sometimes ill-advised, sometimes misunderstood, but always memorable. From the Rude Ralph’s bizarre sounds to the ET Finger, and from the Ring Raiders to the Zany Zappers, each toy has a story to tell, a peculiar piece of history to share.
The Spirit of the ’80s
it’s not about the toys themselves, but what they represent – a spirit of exploration, of unabashed creativity, a time when the strange and the unusual were celebrated. So, let’s cherish these strange ’80s toys for what they were: a testament to a time of boundless imagination.
Be sure to watch the video to relive the magic because every nostalgic journey is better with a bit of visual storytelling. If you enjoyed this dive into the past, don’t forget to like and share!