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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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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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