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!
We’ve all got cherished memories of the favourite toys we had when we were growing up and here at TruffleShuffle we are dedicated to bringing these memories flooding back to you with a collection of great Games T-Shirts and Toys T-Shirts. I am going to take you lucky people on a trip down memory lane with this blog post and then bring you bang up to date as I take a look at some of our favourite toys and games we had when we were younger and what those toys look like now, some of them have evolved in very interesting ways…
My Little Pony first trotted onto the scene in 1983 and was instantly popular with little girls all over the world. First arrivals included Blossom, Cotton Candy, Minty and Snuzzle and there have been many more additions over the years including fan favourites such as Applejack, Princess Sparkle and Lickety Split. The cute and girly look of these toys are instantly recognisable and synonymous with the 80s!
My Little Pony has evolved over the years, but the most radical makeover came in the form of My Little Pony : Friendship is Magic which launched in 2010. These ponies have been given a new Japanese inspired style and have gained a whole new fan base of boys and girls of all ages. The ‘Brony’ fandom are a passionate lot and their community has made sure that the love for My Little Pony is still going strong after all these years.
Mario burst onto the scene in 1981 as part of the game Donkey Kong, he clearly wasn’t interested in playing second fiddle to the great ape though as in 1985 he got his very own game in the shape of the classic Super Mario Bros on the NES. This was a hugely popular game all over the world and was the introduction of side scrolling platform games to many 80s kids, including myself!
Sequels and new games have followed over the years on a variety of different consoles including NES, SNES, Gameboy, N64, Gamecube, DS and Wii. A big shake up occurred on the N64 when Mario was thrown into a massive 3D world in the smash hit Mario 64 game. This was another classic and is often described as one of the best games ever made!
Mario is still as popular as ever, even now. Nintendo are great at keeping the franchise fresh while still harking back to it’s roots, check out the picture below for one of Mario’s recent adventures, it’s still reminiscent of his first Mushroom Kingdom venture!
Monopoly is a staple board game for many families to while away an hour, or two, or three! It was bought over to UK in the 1930s and is one of those iconic games that has never gone out of fashion since. The fight for money and property is just as relevant now as it’s always been!
To keep Monopoly fresh in the modern world there have been a load of special editions introduced over the last few years based on licenses that everyone knows and loves. Some of these new editions include Disney, The Simpsons, My Little Pony, Nintendo, Marvel Superheroes, Pokemon, Doctor Who, Hello Kitty and many more! Some of which will be heading our way soon! There really is a Monopoly for everyone.
Mouse Trap was another board game that a lot of 80s kids will remember fondly, although it was originally introduced in 1963! The classic game of cat and mouse involved moving around the board whilst building a crazy contraption that acted as the mouse trap in the final part of the game.
Mouse Trap has now been dragged kicking and screaming into the modern world with a complete overhaul, this version features a brand new board featuring a similar amount of crazy gadgets and courses for marbles to roll down. It all looks very exciting but does it have the charm of the original game!?
Street Fighter was an arcade game released in 1987 that enjoyed moderate success at the time but it wasn’t till the sequel came out that the series really took off. Street Fighter II which featured characters such as Ryu, Ken, Chun Li, Guile and Blanka enjoyed massive success in the early 90s, everyone who played it had their own favourite character and could spend hours every day learning moves and perfecting their combos. It was massive in the arcades and became huge at home too when it was released on the SNES and Megadrive.
There have been countless sequels over the years and with Ultra Street Fighter IV due for release in early 2014 the character roster has been expanded hugely! The early characters are still around though and just as popular as ever, you can never beat the classics! Chun Li FTW!
Last but not least we have the board game Battleship, the game went from humble beginnings to much grander things, almost inexplicably so! Launched in 1967 by Milton Bradley, this tactical guessing game was a huge HIT, where two players would take it in turns to try and sink each others Battleships.
In a bizarre twist this game would later be considered perfect movie script fodder as it reappeared in 2012 featuring a host of famous names such as Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch and….. Rihanna. It would do well at the box office but received a load of negative reviews from critics sadly.
This unexpected reboot obviously worked as Battleship is still a popular franchise today with the tactical board game updated to home consoles with pretty amazing realistic graphics. Who knew such a simple game could evolve so far!?
We would love to know what your favourite toys and games were and are they still around today? And are there any toys that should be revamped for todays kids? Let us know what you think!
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Aunt Bessie’s Roasters! Weekend frolics are up on us!
So like a band of sea weary, storm weathered pirates searching in the wide open blue sea aboard a masterful galleon for riches beyond their very desires, let us be your haggard but slightly dashing, bearded, one eyed, wooden legged, hook for a hand captain, as we navigate you through storms of awesome movie magnitude, tidal waves of retro cinematic colossusness and do battle with sea beasties of gargantuan celluloid magic.
Have a happy retro weekend 🙂
SATURDAY 26th JANUARY
Toys (1992) Film4 1:00pm-3:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
A dying toy-maker leaves the company to his brother, a power-mad general, who turns the friendly family factory over to the production of weapons. It falls to the general’s zany nephew and his equally childlike sister to stand up for their father’s benign world-view. Comedy, starring Robin Williams, Michael Gambon, Joan Cusack and Donald O’Connor.
Mrs Doubtfire (1993) Channel 4 6:40pm-9:00pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
A struggling actor’s ambitious, no-nonsense wife throws him out and demands a divorce. Desperate to spend time with his children, he puts his talents to good use by donning drag and posing as a Scottish housekeeper to get a job looking after them. Comedy, starring Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein and Mara Wilson.
Dirty Dancing (1987) 5* 9:00pm-11:10pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A dance instructor at a 1960s resort hotel fears his career will be jeopardised when his regular partner is forced to pull out of an important show in which they are due to perform. Luckily, a naive teenager is happy to step in, and is treated to a whirlwind holiday education in life, love and expressing herself. Romantic drama, starring Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey and Jerry Orbach.
The Fugitive (1993) ITV2 11:15pm-1:55am (2 hours 40 minutes)
A doctor is convicted of his wife’s murder and forced to go on the run to prove his innocence – but his efforts to find the mysterious one-armed man he believes is the real killer are hampered by a tenacious US marshal. Thriller, starring Harrison Ford, an Oscar-winning Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward, Julianne Moore and Joe Pantoliano.
SUNDAY 27th JANUARY
Toy Story (1995) ITV2 4:00pm-5:50pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A jealous string-pulled cowboy doll’s status as his owner’s favourite plaything is threatened by the arrival of a charismatic hi-tech astronaut figure, who refuses to believe he is simply a toy. However, the rivals are forced to work together when they are left stranded in the outside world. Pixar animated adventure, featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles and Jim Varney.
Back to the Future Part II (1989) ITV2 5:50pm-8:00pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Time-travelling teenager Marty McFly travels to the 21st century, where he has to save his children from a terrible fate. However, this proves to have unforeseen consequences when the future version of arch enemy Biff sees a chance to rewrite history for his own benefit, leaving Marty stuck in a twisted parallel universe. Sci-fi comedy sequel, starring Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd.
Aliens (1986) Film4 9:00pm-12:05am (3 hours 5 minutes)
Lone survivor Ripley is rescued in deep space decades after an alien creature wiped out her ship’s entire crew. She is recruited to accompany a military expedition to a colony on the planet where she first encountered the monster, only to find the aliens have been reproducing and there are now hordes of them. James Cameron’s sci-fi thriller sequel, with Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen.
Mad Max (1979) Syfy 10:00pm-12:00am (2 hours)
In the near future, Australian cop Max Rockatansky tires of battling to impose law and order on the roads and turns in his badge – only to be forced out of retirement when his wife and child are murdered at the hands of a motorcycle gang. George Miller’s action adventure, starring Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel and Hugh Keays-Byrne.
There’s nothing sadder than a half melted snowman or a carrot and two lumps of coal in a puddle. We’ll miss you our snowy chum. Buck up droopy draws, these movies should cheer us up no end.
Whatever you get up to this weekend, remember to enjoy yourselves and watch out for pot holes.