Signalnoise Saturday Morning: My old toys

I was a kid of the 1980s, which I maintain had the best selection of toys and cartoons of any decade. I’m sure many folks think their childhood was the best and kids nowadays are missing out on the wonder and magic that we had back in the day. But heck, our toys were the absolute best. In terms of technology, our toys weren’t the most advanced pieces of equipment which forced the designs to be simple and colorful. Just because you CAN make toys advanced, doesn’t mean they need to be.

Because I have the best parents in the world, my folks discovered this box of my older toys and set it aside for me. Click here to see a larger view. Most of these I hadn’t seen in 15 years, so I was thrilled to be introduced to these guys once again. Check out all the WWF toys in various forms, Biker Mice from Mars, the California Raisins, Garfield, Muppet Babies, M.A.S.K. and a bunch more. So much color, I love it. A few of these were given to me by my buddy Cal at Strange Adventures as I tried to re-acquire toys from my childhood.

Of course a lot of my older toys are long gone, but it’s awesome to have so many of them still onhand today. I take a lot of inspiration from my childhood, so these little guys will be getting a special place on my shelf. What were your favorite toys?

12 Comments

  1. Hey James! What a great collection!

    I’ve got some of my old M.A.S.K. figures on my mac, too! Love ‘em!
    Check this out: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4038/4527774801_5316a699fb_b.jpg :D

    Cheers, Oliver

  2. I had a lot of these being an 80′s child. These look like there in great condition though. Most of mine had arms and legs missing. M.A.S.K was awesome back in the day. The toys were quality as well, especially the car that flipped up and a boat shot out from it… you don’t get that nowadays!

  3. Awesome collection! I have that Kermit on my desk right now! I remember having those Garfield’s and Fraggle Rock toy too. I think they were from a McDonald’s Happy Meal but not sure about that.

  4. Biker Mice from Mars! Nice collection indeed – wish I could say I had kept my TMNT in packages though.

  5. Wow. You’ve even got the Fraggle Rock carrot car from the McDonalds Happy Meal! So many memories. The ’80s really were awesome. I miss the days when a toy’s movements were due to a hole in its back for your finger (WWF figures).

  6. james (Author)

    Oliver, wicked bunch of figures! They look perfectly at home, along with those square-headed Ninja Turtles.

    Waggit, you’re right. Toys these days are either way too thought-out, or not planned out enough.

    Melissa, yes! The Muppet Babies, Garfield, Spider-man and Fraggle Rock toys are all from McDonalds happe meals. I used to love getting those things. The California Raisins are also from KFC.

    Matt, I had all the Biker Mice motorcycles back in the day too. Wish I still had them, even though they would have taken up a lot of space.

    Joseph, those thumb wrestlers are still amazing. Super posable and great for staging fights. My dad bought those for me back in 1986.

  7. Being born at the end of the decade, I missed out on all these great toys :(

    However, I did have a ton of wrestlers, a wrestling ring, and a badass Batmobile.

  8. Warren Tegg

    Ah Memories, I have 3 brothers and we were each given a different turtle one year for christmas. I also had transfomers and wrestlers, certainly beats the toys of today!

  9. I absolutely agree!

    I still have all the Garfield toys, and the Red Fraggle car. I think I had Wembly and Gobo at one point. . .

  10. Brad

    Wow, aside from the wrestling figures, I seriously had every one of those! Though I also had a bunch of Bucky O’Hair, Army Ants, Exoquad and the cool GI Joes from the 80s.

    Can’t find any of them any more. Think my parents tossed em.

  11. sweet – had quite a few of those too!

    Got a whole heap of my old toys from the 80′s recently also, been meaning to post some pics up…plenty star wars and a few A team figures. Even got the EWOK village! man i loved that thing, still remembered being so stoked to find it at some shop in a clearout and being able to buy it with me pocket money :)

    @ warren – original transfomers were awesome – I mean the new ones don’t even have the heat sticker to reveal if they are decepticon or autobot!

  12. Wow. Flashback.
    Fragglerock racers, WWF stamps (from KFC if I remember correctly), Bucky O’Hare, Skeletor! California Raisons..

    And not one, but TWO Macho Man Randy Savages! ha ha

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