By Mark Nobes, chief editor

There are already several pages featuring old toys on this website which have already reached their full capacity - links to these can be found in the sidebar, or at the bottom of the page if you're viewing in mobile format. 

Therefore, I decided to create this new page to display the many photos I've collected of old, vintage toys. They're not all 80s toys, and many of them were built in the 60s and 70s, but there will be many of you that will have been given these toys to play with by your parents and grandparents because they no longer had a use for them, or simply wanted to see the same delight that they experienced etched onto another child's face.
Tonka Loader (1970s) metal

Tonka Metal Loader

I'm not sure of the exact date the loader above was sold, although it looks 1960s or 70s. I remember that back then Tonka toys were made almost completely from metal and were pretty sturdy. Never had one of these, but would've loved playing with it!
MB Games Magna Doodle (1988)

MB Games Magna Doodle (1988)

This magnetic drawing toy was invented in 1974 and has since sold 40 million units worldwide. It is similar to Etch-A-Sketch, but with a magnet-tipped stylus making it much easier to use.
Explorers Letraset No1 - Action Transfers Underwater City

Action Transfers

I certainly remember these sets. This was simple fun in which you would rub down a transfer onto a background scene using a pencil. Lots of kids used to bring these into school and sometimes you would swap transfers from different sets to create a very unusual action scene. Other sets included Space Adventure, World at Work, Pirates, Enchanted Land etc.
1970s Charlie's Angels Pink Van by Corgi
If you happen to have one of the Charlie's Angels custom vans by Corgi in mint condition, then you should be able to sell it for around £50 on ebay.
Starsky & Hutch red Gran Torino Corgi toy 292

Starsky & Hutch Toys

There was certainly no shortage of Starsky & Hutch toys around in the 1970s and into the 80s. This rare Gran Torino by Corgi was selling for a whopping £144 on ebay recently.
Sunreed Sunrise Reed Fan Organ for Kids
As a child, this would have gained my attention straight away with its 27 multi-coloured keys. It's a battery operated Sunreed Sunrise reed fan organ from the 1960s, and it actually sounds half decent. You can listen to the smaller 24 key model in the video clip above. I actually prefer the sound of this to the red, bleepy electronic Stylophone style organ I received one Christmas morning during the 1970s.
Playing a Sunreed Organ
Magic Roundabout Xylophone Toy
Magic Roundabout Toy Xylophone (1960s)
I do remember playing with a colourful, multi-coloured xylophone in my own childhood, although I'm pretty sure it didn't have a Magic Roundabout theme. I always enjoyed the TV animations with Dougal and co.
Womble Toy Car
Plastic Womble Toy Car
We couldn't get enough of these eco-friendly, pointed-nose characters back in the 70s, and there was quite a substantial line of toys available. My parents bought we an Orinoco plush toy.
Chad Valley Picture Show The Wombles Sliderama Projector

Slide projectors were hugely popular back in the 70s, and this Wombles Sliderama Projector is from 1975.

Dinky Toys Austin Princess 2200HL Saloon 1970s

Dinky Toys Leyland Princess 2200HL Saloon (1970s) 

Coleco Galaxian an Pac-Man portable games from 1982

Portable Arcade Games

Portable table top games became popular in the early 80s and this is an advert by Coleco from 1982

Michelin Tyres Man Push Button Toy

There were hundreds of these push button toys around when I was a kid. Whenever you pressed the button at the base of the toy, the character would suddenly start wobbling around like it been on a heavy drinking session! I never had a Michelin Man toy, but I had a giraffe if I remember correctly.

Corgi British Gas Van Toy 1980s

Corgi British Gas Van Toy (1980s) 

1970s Fisher Price Folding Airport Toy

Fisher Price Folding Airport from the 1970s 

Science Fair Crystal Radio Kit
Vintage Science Fair Crystal Radio Kit
Crystal radios were very popular when I was a child in the 70s. They were very simple but needed no batteries or electrical power source, which always seemed miraculous to me. All that is required is an antenna, a coil of copper wire (for adjustment, a capacitor, a crystal detector and some earphones. You could only receive a limited number of radio stations and the sound was quite weak as no amplifier is used.
Tomy Lights Alive Toy 1980s

Tomy Lights Alive was an interesting light art toy from the 80s aimed at younger children. Using the provided tools, you could press down the holes on the board to reveal the led light bulbs and make different shapes to create an entire picture. There was also a dial which could be used to alter the colours. 

Boglins Plunk toy by Ideal (1987)


Boglins were toy puppets made from flexible rubber which could be moulded to make facial expressions. They were first released in 1987 at a time when films such as Gremlins and Critters were popular.
1980s Care Bears Soft Toy

80s Care Bear Cuddly Toy - see more Care Bears

Holly Hobbie ragdoll toy 1980s

Holly Hobbie Rag Doll (1980s)

Popples Plush Toys from the 1980s

Popples Plush Toys (1980s) 

Fisher Price Jack in the Box 1970s

Fisher Price Jack in the Box (1970)

Did you have one of these? You would Push the Open button to make the Jack in the Box pop out with a squeaking sound.
Raving Bonkers fighting robots toy (1970s)

Raving Bonkers by Marx (Rock 'em Sock'em Robots in the U.S.)

This toy was a lot of fun and my friends were always asking me to dig this out of the toy cupboard back in the 70s. Using buttons on two joysticks, you had to aim for your opponents chin to try and knock his head upwards. I remember that when hit with sufficient force, the loser's head would shoot upwards and make a noise a bit like a football rattle - remember them?   

Airfix Flight Deck (1970s)

Airfix Flight Deck (1970s)

Top Fighters by Marx Toys (1970s)

Top Fighters by Marx Toys (1970s)

This was a simple but fun game in which you let your spinning tops fight it out with each other