Colonel K

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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 […]


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 […]


“Where am I?” “You’re in a room. There is a table in front of you and a sleeping orc on the right.” Don’t worry, you’ve not accidentally clicked to go to the chatroom. This is the audio-descriptive world of Knightmare! Knightmare was a TV show in which children had to remotely navigate a blindfolded, (or […]


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 […]

Vote – Which Was The Best 80s Film?

During the 80s, hundreds and hundreds of films were released. Some were epic tales of adventure, some were romantic, some were comedies and some were genuinely unique ideas. (A few were also quite bad!) But which was the best film from the 80s? If everyone were to vote on the best 80s film, which one […]

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 […]


I’m not sure why the circular beeping toy was called Simon. As far as I know, it is the only toy to be given a human name. I liked the fact that he was human. I felt more connected to my Simon than my other toys. Me and my Simon got on really well. So […]

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