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Poochie

My sister had a Poochie. I thought it was a strange idea for a toy, a bright pink and white stuffed dog, but in retrospect it wasn’t any stranger than any of the toys I had at her age. At her age I had an Action Man which, lets be honest, was a Barbie for […]

Strobe

I think I was the only person in the world to own a Strobe. Genuinely, I don’t know anyone else who owned one, and in researching my memories of Strobe I scoured YouTube for the TV advert. It wasn’t there. When I was at my Grandads one December, he said he had bought me an […]

Demon Driver

Demon Driver was a revolutionary game in two ways. Firstly, the road on which your car would drive was an endless inner workings used to revolve. See what I did there? Revolve? “Revolution”-ary? No? *sigh* Secondly, and more importantly, it gave you the feeling of being a “proper” driver. There was a steering wheel that […]

Slinky

The Slinky was one long piece of curly metal that, according to the adverts, you would make walk down stairs. You set it on the top step, flipped the top section of the Slinky onto the step below and momentum pulled it down onto itself and flipped down onto the next step down. Theoretically, if […]

Cue Ball

Alex Higgins Cue Ball, or Bank Shot as it was also called, is an L.E.D. pool game made by Palitoy. The idea of pool, as I’m sure you know if you’ve ever played pool or snooker, is to hit the white ball with your cue, making it collide with the different coloured balls in the […]

Swingball

Imagine the business meeting where someone pitched the idea of Swingball… “Guys, I’ve got a great idea for you which is going to make tennis slightly more dangerous and a lot less exercisey…. “ “Ok, I’m interested. Hit me with it.” “Funny you should say that… We’re going to tie the tennis ball to a […]

Rubiks Puzzles

The Rubiks puzzles were SO frustrating! Firstly, the Cube. The Rubiks Cube came out in the late 70s, but has never really gone away. Kids nowadays still play with Rubiks Cubes, making them one of the most recognisable toys in the world. The idea of the Rubiks Cube was to twist and rotate sections of […]

Viewmaster

I think everyone at some point has owned a Viewmaster. It was a bright red handheld viewer for looking at stereoscopic images. The Viewmaster discs had small images around the outside. When you inserted a disc into the top of the viewer, two almost identical images aligned with your left and right eyes, giving the […]

Little Professor

I used to get confused between the Little Professor and Major Morgan. It was because they both had faces and keypads. I remember wanting both of them and writing them on the list I sent to Father Christmas when I was young, but I never received either. I knew that one of them played music […]

Purple People Eater

This was a game in which you had to remove little plastic people from the mouth of a gelatinous purple people eater. It worked in much the same way as Operation, in that you used metal pliers to extract people from the monsters metal-lined mouth. In a way this is most 80s boys dream, getting […]

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