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33 Argos Catalogue Pages That Will Make You Feel Hopelessly Nostalgic

Travel back in time with the awesome power of Argos. H/T Retromash.

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Hay told us why he collected the catalogues:

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"For me, one of the big parts of Christmas was flicking through the Argos catalogue to try to decide which toys and games I wanted. Looking at them now is like stepping into a time machine to relive moments of our childhood.

"They're also a cultural snapshot that reminds us of how we used to play in a time right at the beginning of electronic gaming and before iPhones, YouTube, and on-demand TV."

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So here goes. Are you ready to travel back in time?

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Prepare to rediscover toys you forgot you ever owned, not to mention terrible duvet covers and questionable jewellery.

1. Scalextric AFX Vertigo Set, 1999

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The Scalextric Vertigo set was the very finest thing. Loop-the-loops, walls of death, banked turns...it was incredible. Also, if you got bored you could entertain yourself by launching the cars off the track into your friend's face.

2. Animal Hospital play set, 1999

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In hindsight it seems a bit strange to make a reality TV show into a child's toy. Thank goodness they didn't include a Rolf Harris action figure.

3. Game Boy Camera, 1999

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This was the only way to take a selfie back in '99. As there was no Instagram back then, your only option was to wander the streets showing the image to strangers.

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4. Virtual pets, 1999

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We all remember Tamagotchis, but what about the less well-known Babe virtual pig and the A Bug's Life giga pet? They deserve your nostalgia-love too.

5. Kids' chairs, 1999

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Tired after an exciting day playing with your giga pets, Scalextric set and Animal Hospital toys? Why not have a nice relaxing sit down on this giant banana-thing?

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The Rebound was the best remote-controlled toy of the 1990s. You could run it into walls, spin it on end, bounce it over rocks and it would keep going, making it almost – but not quite – worth the whopping £75 price tag.

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8. Disney Tiny Collection, 1999

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Our last entry from 1999 is Disney's choking hazard collection. The tiny pieces were easy to lose, meaning complete sets are rarer than hen's teeth these days.

11. Handheld games, 1995

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If you couldn't afford an £88 Sega Megadrive you could always turn to handheld LCD games instead. Golf Master 2 looks particularly exciting.

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13. Ryan Giggs SunBall, 1995

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The SunBall was attached to a pair of sunglasses so you could practice headers while looking super cool. It was voted "best way to break your nose" in 1996.

14. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, 1995

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Power Rangers: The Movie came out in 1995, so it was a big year for the brightly coloured space ninjas. Approximately 1.7 billion children owned the lunchbox in the bottom right-hand corner.

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18. Playhouses, 1991

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In 1991, you could tell how much money your friends' parents were making based on the quality of their playhouse. If it was a £225 Little Tikes cottage, they were minted.

19. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves playset, 1991

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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was quite an adult film. There were torture scenes, murders, and an attempted rape, so it makes perfect sense to turn it into a series of kids' toys.

20. Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles Disk-O Hopper, 1991

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Despite the fact that no one could actually use those planet-shaped bouncing toys, everyone owned at least one. They must have had a great PR company.

21. Watch with interchangeable bezel rings, 1991

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Interchangeable watches seemed like a great idea...until you lost all the multicoloured "bezel rings" about five seconds after buying one.

30. Portable cassette players, 1985

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There were a wide range of portable cassette players available in the 1980s – including one that looked like a washing machine, apparently – but if you didn't have an official Sony Walkman you were basically an outcast.

31. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe toys, 1985

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Castle Greyskull was the must have toy of the 1980s, which is why there were always about a hundred of them at every car boot sale you visited in the 1990s.

32. Return of the Jedi and The A Team toys, 1985

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Note the bonus He-Man stuff in the bottom left hand corner. There's He-Man merchandise on almost every page of the 1985 catalogue, including the power tools, jewellery, and gardening sections.

33. Childrens' bedding, 1985

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Last but not least, we have this spectacular – and incredibly '80s – selection of kids' bedding. Now we finally know where Father Dougal got his He-Man duvet set from.

If you enjoyed this trip down memory lane, you should definitely check out Retromash for even more '80s and '90s retro geekery.

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