Toys and Games from the 70s and 80s...
that you can still buy today
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!
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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 console 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 Atari Flashback console below, although it's one of those toys that Dads will be playing with more than the kids!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
These are still as cheap as chips to buy and assembling them is still dead easy, thankfully. 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.
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 turd! Others included indoor sparklers, blazing bengals, flash gordon, sizzling strobes, ice fountains, puff the magic dragon and disco inferno. Nostalgic fun!
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.
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!