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Toys and Games from the 70s and 80s that you can still buy today!
The pictures of the old toys and games on the following pages will back some of your fond childhood memories, and also give you some inspiration for a novel or retro gift idea.

What is truly amazing is that you can still buy all of these toys, and they appear to still be pretty popular.
Okay, so some of these toys and games may have had a a slight makeover to keep up with the times, but there are some that look like they've been in a time capsule - those Fisher Price toys look exactly the same to me!
So, how many of these toys and games did you play with back in the day?

The Rubik's cube used to drive me crazy and my parents even bought me a book telling me how to complete it, although it was easier just to peel the stickers off and stick them back in the right order! But this toy is still a popular choice and is ideal for giving the brain a bit of a workout.

An Atari console was high on my wish list, but I was still thrilled to receive a Binatone which had six built-in pong style games - this was just about as basic as video gaming could get! The Atari 2600 was basic, but at least you could load in different cartridge games. I'm definitely tempted by that Flashback console below, although it's one of those toys that Dads will be playing with more than the kids!

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Pre-Filled Party Bags for Boys and Girls

There are lots of highly-rated party bags available that are is filled with toys and gifts. This one featured includes the classic whoopee cushion, bouncing ball, flying plane, punch balloon and slime thrower. These bags are also ideal as a stocking filler.


Vintage Christmas Troll Doll
Vintage Christmas Troll
Troll Dolls

These dolls have been around since the 1960s and became particularly popular during the 1990s. A more modern Trollz brand was launched in 2005 and there is also a similar Zelfs brand.
Retro trolls now come as mini party bag or stocking fillers, keyrings and pencil toppers.


 

Space Hopper

I don't know about you, but the iconic Retro Space Hopper was definitely part of my 70s childhood. It's still a popular gift today, and will still provide hours of bouncy fun for young kids, and probably a few adults as well!

Original 80s Rubik's Cube toy
Original Rubik's Cube

The image features the original and best cube which is built to withstand all of that twisting. A great workout for the brain. Lots of different versions of the 80s toy are now available, but nothing can beat the original 3x3 cube.

Bigtrak

This programmable toy provided many kids many hours of fun back in the day, and is also quite educational - well, that was my excuse for wanting one, at least!

1980s Sweet Memories Jigsaw Puzzle

There are many of us who have very fond memories of the sweets and chocolate bars we used to eat back in our childhood. Now you can view all those old favourites again by piecing together this 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle.

What a wonderful gift idea, and other puzzles are also available for other decades with photos of other products such as groceries and toys.

 

Atari Games Console

No, the Atari 2600 hasn't been reborn, but you can buy an updated version called the Flashback 4. This latest unit (released in 2013) is based on the old Atari 2600 console and features 75 built-in games from the 1980s. Just thank yourself lucky that you no longer have to but all of those games on separate cartridges!

 

Vintage 1970s Twister Game
1970s Twister by MB Games
Twister

This is THE game of the moment, apparently, and now comes with two new moves. You may remember getting into all sorts of predicaments while playing it two or three decades ago. It's perfect family fun that has become fashionable once again.

Cabbage Patch Kids

Every one of these ugly, but cute dolls is unique, and they were first created in 1978. The original dolls were produced between 1982 and 1989 by Coleco, and then by other toy companies after they went broke. The retro dolls made a big comeback during 2012, and have been popular again ever since.

1976 Connetc 4 Game by MB Games
1976 Version by MB Games
Connect 4

The popularity of this game never seems to wane. Simple, but extremely addicitive, the idea is to try and create a row of four counters of the same colour. The game is available in many forms these days, but the basic idea remains the same.

Fisher Price TV/Radio

This classic wind-up toy plays a musical melody, while various scenes appear in the window. This toy was part of many people's childhood, especially so during the 1960s and 70s, and the original version can still be bought today.

Fisher Price Chatter Telephone

This classic toy is still as popular as ever and will entertain your little ones just as much as it did back in the 70s and 80s. Both the classic and newer version can be bought using the link below.

Fisher Price Television

This looks exactly the same as the one I had back in the seventies, and it still plays Row, Row, Row Your Boat and London Bridge is Falling Down - wonderful! This is the official replica of the original toy.

Furby

The 90s toy was recently reborn, and was hard to find in the shops during recent Christmases due to their popularity. They're kind of similiar to the Gizmo toy below don't you think? There is now an almost endless array of colours and styles to choose from, designed for both girls and boys.

Gremlins: Gizmo

These came out long before Furby, and this is the original soft and loveable toy. This is just one example of merchandise created on the back of the Gremlins film.

Pac-Man Soap on a Rope

If simply playing the classic 80s game isn't enough for you, then you'll be pleased to know that you can take Pac-Man in to the shower with you - whatever turns you on, I suppose!

 

Bagpuss Soft Toys

Everything that Oliver Postgate wrote had a certain charm, and if you grew up in the 70s, then the Bagpuss animated series featuring the old cloth cat was essential viewing. This musical toy would make the perfect retro gift for fans of the show - whatever their age. There are also lots of other Bagpuss related toys available which you can access from the link below, and there are even microwaveable slippers available!

Space Invaders Bop It Game
Space Invaders Games and Gifts

I used to spend many an hour in the early eighties trying to beat my old high score on the arcade game in the local youth club. I also remember playing on various portable table-top and hand-held games. There is now a huge range of games and gifts available with a Space Invaders theme, including the bop-it game shown here.

 

Operation

The idea of this classic game is kind of similar to Buckaroo, except you have to retrieve the objects rather than place them. After picking a card to find out which operation you will be performing, you must then carefully remove one of the internal organs from your patient without setting off the buzzer and lighting-up the patient's red nose. You earn cash each time you are successful. Very simple, but a really fun game that our family used to play back in the 70s.

Balloon Helicopter Toy
Balloon Helicopter

A very simple idea, but one of these could provide more entertainment than the expensive toys. You just attach the blades to a blown-up balloon, give it a slight twist and let it go. You really can't go far wrong with these, and they make nice party bag fillers.

Etch-A-Sketch

The popularity of this "magic drawing toy" is still pretty high, and hours of fun are to be had twisting those knobs to create a masterpiece. When you're fed up with your work you just shake and erase! Hmm, I'd never have been artistic enough to create a dinosaur like the one shown, though.

Buckaroo!

This was a game that had everyone on tenter hooks. The idea is to load up a moody mule with objects such as a saddle, guitar, shovel etc. without making him buck. The game was discontinued by MB Games for a short while in the noughties due to the health and safety brigade claiming it was unsafe - never had any problems with it in the 70s and 80s - but it is now available again with revised instructions.

Glider Kit

These are still as cheap as chips to buy, and assembling them is still dead easy. You simply push the wings and tail fin into the slots and away you go. They now come in all sorts of designs and colours, and so make for great party bag fillers, and are still available in balsa wood.

 

Indoor Fireworks

Just the name on the box is likely to give today's overzealous health and safety inspectors a stonking headache, and so I was thrilled to see that these are still available to buy.

The most memorable firework for me was snakes alive which kept growing and growing until you were left with what looked like a snake turd! Others included indoor sparklers, blazing bengals, flash gordon, sizzling strobes, ice fountains, puff the magic dragon and disco inferno.


Table Top Football

You were very fortunate if you owned the full-size version of this game back in the day, and it was particularly popular in British pubs. This mini version is light and portable, and would make a great gift for footie fans of all ages, and prices start at under a tenner - you can see the whole range available by clicking the link below.

Rock Em Sock Em Boxing Game
Raving Bonkers Robot Boxing Game

I certainly had one of these in the 1970s, although it was called Raving Bonkers, and not Rock 'em, Sock 'em which was the American name. It was a really fun game to play with a friend, and the loser of each round would see their robot's neck pop-up!

Magnet Art

Remember these? I was pretty useless at trying to create a shape that looked half decent, but there was always one bright spark at school who could create a work of art! The photo features dolphins, but there is now a whole range of magnetic sculpture toys available to help bring out your artistic side.

Rubik's Cube Book

If you still can't solve the cube after all these years, then maybe its time to get a copy of this book? This is the original book from the 80s which features schoolboy cubemaster Patrick Bossert (he's now the director of Asset Information for Network Rail) on the cover. Although it may be available second-hand, you'll be pleased to know that there are now lots of newer books available on the subject.

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