30 seconds of pure WANT – Classic 80s Toys Ads.

Remember the days before iPads and Playstations where you had to use your imagination a little or play the game with an actual person in the same room?? No nor me, but apparently they are now retro games and toys!! Whether it was the family favourite board game or your favourite sylvanian family it now seems far more friendly and sociable than shouting at a french 15 year old whose just crushed your kill ratio on Call of Duty. Get ready to hop back to the 1980s, because we’re revisiting some of the best 80s toy commercials. They may have only lasted an average of 30 seconds (Hard to believe, right?) and been packed with loads of imagery, a jingle and the usual fast-talking small print but they live on for years conjuring great memories of enthusiastically writing Christmas lists mid September! So get ready for a trip down memory lane as I show you my favourite toy commercials of the 1980s! So sit back, relax and get ready to remember what playtime was like before technology took over.

Teddy Ruxpin the storytelling bear was one of the most popular 1980s toys. Today, a toy like this would be able to recognize what kids said to him and respond and be completely programmed on some sort of chip. Back in the day, Teddy Ruxpin worked with a cassette tape but we all still thought he was the coolest thing in the world. Can you imagine a toy running on a cassette tape today?

In the 80s, there wasn’t a single girl that didn’t have at least one My Little Pony in her toy collection. You could do all sorts of fun stuff with a My Little Pony like comb and brush her hair, tie a ribbon on her tail and look at her standing on her immobile legs. It’s hard to imagine a toy like this keeping kids’ interest today, but my sister and my cousin used to spend hours with their My Little Ponies.

The 80s also had some cool outdoor toys. The Pogo Bal was definitely one the coolest. I was definitley a Pogo Ball master. It even turned parents in to big kids (Oh, just mine then?). Simplicity like this probably wouldn’t entertain kids these days for too long but I remember having competition with my sister for hours!!

A boy gets to a certain age and all he cares about is winding up and grossing out his parents and siblings. To help please welcome the Madball – the totally sick, gross, freaky, ugly and funny ball. Gross for one! Gross for all! At least until you dog decides to spend the afternoon ‘playing’ with it….

Being car-mad from a very young age this minature marvels were of course my favourite toy!! With micro ads the MicroMachine guy was REALLY good at fitting as much information as possible into a 15-second slot. I can’t understand all of what he’s saying, but he sounds so excited that I wanted to buy all the MicroMachines, NOW!

What was your favorite childhood toy? Let us know in the comments!

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Our Top Polyvore Sets!

Some of you may remember a few weeks back we showcased some of our very favourite creations from top fashion social network Polyvore, well we’re back!

Yes since the last time, everyone has been using and sharing our products like there’s no tomorrow. Adding them to their amazing themed sets and virtually styling them up in more ways than we thought possible. So much inspiration to be had there!

So! To reward you guys with your amazing efforts, we decided to once again pick out some of our very favourite and help spread the love. Take a look at what’s caught our attention recently and be inspired for your very own creations….

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My outfit for 8/1/13 by shylagirl1229 featuring slim jeans

Featuring our amazing Ladies Mickey Mouse T-Shirt from Junk Food Clothing, this look for us bring about some creative mixes of geek and rock and is a real treat.

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Untitled #38 by lapera772 featuring elastic hair ties

Using the same studded black boots from the previous outfit, this has gone in another direction and coupled our Ladies Rolling Stones Tongue T-Shirt with this cool vintage blue skirt, statement red bag and simple stylish hair.

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CR by yorkington featuring tommy hilfiger

Now if you’re a My Little Pony fans this is the look for you! Packed with fun, colour and personality like the characters themselves this amazing outfit featuring our Ladies My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Mane 6 TShirt, purple converse and trendy geek glasses. This really goes to show just how much impact a few accessories can make to a simple tee and jean combo. Nice.

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Geek by idilturkay featuring clarins eyeliner

Loving this super geek collection! Styling up a Star Wars A New Hope Poster T-Shirt with plenty of schooling accessories and black PU skirt. Simple but brilliant.

Fancy getting our our next short list? Head on over to Polyvore and get creating using as many TruffleShuffle items your heart desires.

Have fun!

xoxo

MLP Friendship is Magic – Vote for your favourite fan design! (CLOSED)

My Little Pony Design Competition

Back in mid April we announced an opportunity for fans of the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic series to let us know what you wanted to see on our next range of official MLP Tees.

The response from you all has been absolutely amazing and we’ve had so many awesome submissions that it’s been really hard to pick our winners, so a massive THANK YOU to everyone who submitted designs, illustrations or ideas. It’s been such a pleasure speaking to you all and getting the chance to see the fantastic things you came up with.

We’ve had the tricky job of whittling down the submissions to our favourite eleven and would like you guys and gals to get involved by voting for which of these you would like us to actually produce.

The three designs with the most votes will go into full production and be made available to buy ASAP, so every vote really counts! Simply select the each design you like, in the preferred gender and then click ‘Vote’ for each design that you like separately. Easy!

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Vote for your favourite using the poll below each design (also selecting which gender you would prefer) and the three with the most votes by Wednesday 29th May will be chosen to go into production (subject to Hasbro’s final approval!). We’d then hope to have them available for sale by mid-June but we will of course keep you posted.

We hope you love all of these designs as much as we do and thanks again for getting involved! This has been a great way to show the guys at Hasbro UK what a skilled and dedicated fan base Friendship Is Magic has – hopefully you’ll see more fan design opportunities coming up in the future as a result.

And one last thing before I sign off… GET VOTING! 🙂

xoxo