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    17 Toys That Only '80s Kids Will Truly Remember

    How many of these toys do you recognize?

    1. Masters of the Universe Evil Horde Slime Pit

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    Slime was huge in the '80s. I don't know where it started. Maybe the movie Ghostbusters, or that Canadian kids show with Alanis Morrissette, or maybe the game show Double Dare? Regardless, kids loved their slime in the '80s and the Evil Horde Slime Pit is a good example of that.

    2. Sy Snootles and the Rebo Band

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    It seems like they made a Star Wars action figure for every major and minor character in the movies. I was probably one of the few kids who bought the Sy Snoodles and Rebo band set. Who wouldn't want to recreate the music from Jabba's palace at home?

    3. My Buddy

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    I'm not sure if I ever actually saw anyone with this toy when I was kid, but damn that theme song from the My Buddy commercials was an ear-worm.

    4. Kid Sister

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    The theme song for My Buddy was basically re-used for the toy Kid Sister, but the words were changed a bit. Still catchy as hell.

    5. Lazer Tag

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    Ah Lazer Tag. If I remember correctly, I heard from a friend that the chest sensor wasn't very sensitive, so I'm not sure how easy it was to actually tag someone with the gun. I admittedly never owned one, so I can't confirm that.

    6. Mumm-Ra from Thunder Cats

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    What is more heavy metal than Mumm-Ra from Thunder Cats? I remember thinking this toy seemed especially sinister when I was kid. His eyes would light up red when you touched the battery pack to his back. Pure evil indeed...

    7. V action figure / Via

    Ah yes, V. This TV show was wild and the action figure was no different. This doll had a human face that you could peel off to reveal the lizard-like alien face hiding underneath. If that wasn't enough, there was a switch on his back to extend his tongue. Fun!

    8. Dune Sandworm

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    Another tie-in toy, this time for the David Lynch movie Dune. I don't think these toys sold very well. I remember finding a sandworm one in our local Toys R' Us on markdown. I also bought the Sting action figure (see below). The spice must flow!

    9. Dune Feyd action figure

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    As mentioned above, the Dune toy line did as well as the movie. How often have you seen Sting in action figure form though? Not very often, I would imagine.

    10. Rainbow Brite

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    There seemed to be a lot of rainbow themes with kids toys in the '80s. Care Bears would fall under that category, too.

    11. Optimus Prime of The Transformers / Via

    Ah The Transformers. What's a more iconic example of 1980s toys than good ol' Optimus Prime? Nothing. There is nothing more iconic.

    12. Mask — Rhino Tractor Rig/Mobile Defense Unit

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    Speaking of 18-wheelers that are more than meets the eye, does anyone remember Mask? They took the transforming vehicle premise and included action figures. Neat.

    13. Teddy Ruxpin

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    Teddy Ruxpin was pretty cool. He came with a cassette that, when played in his back, would make him talk. I guess now he seems a bit outdated, though cassettes are making a comeback, so you never know...

    14. Dwork of the Boglins

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    These were great. Boglins were basically rubber hand-puppets with a cool box that looks like they tried to break out of! They also had moveable eyes.

    15. Secret Wars Tower of Doom

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    This was a play set for the Marvel comic book series tie-in Secret Wars. It was Dr. Doom's secret lair. It included some gate mechanisms on the front that you could operate and lock up your foes with. Ah, good times...

    16. Cabbage Patch Kids

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    This is a Cabbage Patch Kid. These were all the rage for a few years in the '80s.

    17. And finally, Garbage Pail Kids


    These cards were a parody of the popular Cabbage Patch Dolls, but pushed the limits of good taste. These were so cool they were banned from my third grade class...