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15 Toys From The ’80s You Might Have Forgotten About

Because it wasn’t all about Cabbage Patch Kids, My Little Pony, and Transformers.

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2. Barnyard Commandos

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These anthropomorphic action figures were released in 1989 to capitalize on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle craze, an accompanying syndicated animated series was also produced. Unfortunately for the Barnyard Commandos, neither the series nor the toys were a success and the line quickly disappeared from shelves.

3. Cool Shades

There is nothing more kids love play with more than sunglasses, amiright? Well, at least Cool Shades tried to be fun, with their zany mix and match designs. And really, any kid wearing these things was just asking to get made fun of on the playground.

Also, I'm not sure these shades would very protective for your eyes.

4. Sports and Flowers Themed Popples

OK, so Popples were certainly a hit toy, but when the toy line began to lose steam, Mattel decided to pump up the excitement level by giving them a themed makeover. ('Cause I guess being a Popple wasn't enough of a theme?)


9. The Heart Family

Let's be honest, Barbie is too busy loving her life to be weighed down with a family, so enter The Heart Family, Barbie's friends, who apparently have no names (seriously, the dolls were named Dad, Mom, Girl, and Boy), to introduce a family unit to Barbie's world. Also, the line came with a Grandpa and Grandma, just in case you thought Barbie's world was lacking in elderly people.

10. Captain Power

A weird blend of both G.I. Joe and Star Wars, the line of action figures — which came with interactive VHS tapes (sold separately) -- allowed you to play along with the animated sequences. It was a bit ahead of its time.


13. C.U.T.I.E.

After the success of M.U.S.C.L.E. (which was marketed towards boys), Mattel launched C.U.T.I.E., which they, of course, marketed towards girls. But the line never caught on the same way M.U.S.C.L.E. did and it was discontinued quickly.


These awesome anthropomorphic action figures represented two things we could never do – play with our food and have an epic food fight. Unfortunately this line was not associated with a cartoon, comic book, or movie, which caused it to fail to catch on with kids.

15. Spectra


Probably the most terrifying toy line on this list, these dolls were either weird androids or were part of some sorta horrific experiment gone wrong. And apparently lots of kids felt the same way, as the line quickly disappeared from shelves.