Toys you had to have if you were born in the 80’s
The original Simon was an electronic game with a playfield divided into 4 segments. There was Green, Red, Blue and Yellow. Each segment made its own unique sound. The rules of the game were simple… follow the pattern. A segment would color up and play a sound and the player had to press that same segment. Each round 1 segment was added and repeated all of the previous segments. The player lost when he/she missed one of the segments.
Nickelodeon moonshoes…These were shoes that had elastic straps that would allow you to jump higher than normal, approximately to the moon.
Lincoln logs were awesome. They were kinda like legos but made of wood and shaped like logs that were notched out to fit together. There were long, short and roof like crescent and flat pieces as well.
The light bright was basically a light box with a grid that would allow light to shine through little clear plastic pegs when they were inserted. There was a paper pattern that could be overlayed and you could essentially trace it to make an image.
My buddy was an attempt to make it ok for boys to play with dolls, and also possibly contributed to kids fears when the movie Child’s play came out.
Speak and spell would say any work aloud that you would type into it. It has been criticized for its monosyllabic voice but it was leaps and bounds ahead of its time. “Speak and Spell, more like speak like the devil” – Dane Cook
Spirograph was pretty cool, using the plastic discs, sometimes a variety of different sizes at the same time, you could trace around other plastic pieces to make patterns. given the various holes, shapes and sizes you could create virtually endless patterns.
The tonka truck was one of the toughest and heaviest toys I have ever seen. They are solid metal and they are built better than most trucks I see on the road now. DO NOT try to ride one like a skateboard.
The viewmaster was cool, you had these little discs that had images on them, when you clicked the arm it would rotate to the next picture like a slideshow. They had a seemingly infinite amount of subject photos.
The wrestling buddies.. these things were probably the coolest toys. They allowed you to try actual wrestling moves on pillows. Featuring such figures as Macho Man, Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Etc. Every kid who was a wrestling fan had one of these.