TV advertisers sure know how to sell things to young children. Bright colours, flashing lights, catchy tunes, and the promise that if we own their product then our life will be oh so much better!
Below are some classic toy and game adverts that are sure to transport you right back to the 1980s. And please do share this post with your fellow Eighties Kids, so that they too can take a wonderfully nostalgic trip down memory lane!
Game Of Life
“Be a winner at the Game of Life, find a job, and money maybe. Get married, have a baby! Take a chance, find romance, all your dreams may come true!”
The advert was brilliantly memorable, and Game of Life gave you the opportunity to find a job and have children before you had to find a job and have children in your real life!
My Little Pony
“My Little Pony, My Little Pony.” (Or as us boys used to sing on the school playground: “My Little Pony, skinny and bony.” Don’t ask us why!
Not only were the adverts brilliant, but My Little Pony toys were massively popular, with 150 million ponies being sold during the 1980s alone!
“Transformers, robots in disguise”
Using the same song that introduced the Transformers cartoon, the adverts did a really good job at selling us the legendary toys that all 80s kids wanted to own.
“Pound Puppies I’m so glad to find you, put that lonely puppy house behind you.”
Asking us to adopt a poor lonely puppy, the advertising for these wasn’t tugging on our heart strings at all!
“M.A.S.K., where illusion is the ultimate weapon”
If there was one 80s toy that captured our imagination more than any other, it was M.A.S.K., and these brilliant adverts only encouraged us further!
“Rainbow Brite, you’re so beautiful. You’ve got every colour of the rainbow!”
As the advert suggested, Rainbow Brite did indeed brighten up many an 80s girl’s bedroom. We of course remember the lovely soft toy, but we also remember seeing Rainbow Brite wallpaper, bed sheets and lamps!
“Operation, you’re the Doctor, having so much fun. Operation, you’re the Doctor, and the patient’s on the run!”
Not only was the advert brilliant, but young kids that weren’t even close to having the steady hand required to pick out the internal organs absolutely loved the buzzing sound the game made when you failed!
“What’s that for? What’s this do? Who’s in there? Why does this move? Where’s my potty? Why didn’t I think of that sooner?”
Fisher-Price was the king of our childhoods – the Google or Mercedes-Benz of early years! Helping us with motor skills and puzzle-solving, we’d be a mess without our Fisher-Price toys.