10 Toys From The 1980s That Would Be Perfect For Lockdown
When the whole world’s your oyster, you very quickly take for granted all the little items that fill up your house, and during our 1980s childhood, it was no different. Whether they were books, gadgets or toys it didn’t matter, because no sooner had we unwrapped them at Christmas or on our birthday, they were left gathering dust in the corner of one of the rooms in our childhood home.
But in a time when we’re only allowed to leave our home for the bare necessities, boy are we starting to appreciate those little things. And in addition to the everyday items we find in our modern home, we’re definitely longing for some of the cool toys and electronics that we abandoned so willingly when we were children.
Below are 10 toys and gadgets that, despite usually featuring technology that is now completely out of date, would be absolutely perfect for those of us currently experiencing lockdown for a second time.
10. Teddy Ruxpin
Being isolated from others can of course be a very lonely experience, so which toy from our childhood would make the perfect companion?
The answer is of course Teddy Ruxpin, the friendly, furry teddy bear who would magically talk or sing to us after we inserted a cassette tape into his back.
9. Big Trak
Are you having to separate yourself from the other members of your household? Then the classic 1980s toy Big Trak would be the answer to all of your needs.
If you remember, Big Traks allowed you to program in a course through your house, a journey that the big-wheeled vehicle would then magically take by itself. OK, so it didn’t always work wonderfully, but what better way to distribute meals and supplies to people you want to keep a safe distance from?
8. Turnin’ Turbo Dashboard
Not allowed to go out for your regular relaxing drives through the countryside? Then don’t fear, because Tomy’s brilliant Turnin’ Turbo Dashboard was exactly like being in a real car.
Featuring all kinds of realistic driving aids such as gears and even an ignition key, this is one toy from our childhood that we really wish we had kept into adulthood.
7. Super Cup Football
What do you mean all football is cancelled for the foreseeable future? We’ve barely noticed, because playing Super Cup Football is almost exactly like watching the beautiful game.
As long as you have enough spare batteries, you can recreate all of the cancelled or postponed competitions like the Premier League and the Champions League.
Cinemas across the country may have been forced to close, but we all know that flicking through the slides on a View-Master was always far better than a trip to your local multiplex.
Whether you were watching a story about He-Man, Thomas the Tank Engine, or something slightly more educational, View-Master gave us a 3D experience that has never been bettered.
5. Mr Frosty
At a time when you might be missing your favourite ice cold beverage from your local public house or fast food restaurant, don’t you just long for the days when an equally refreshing drink could be made from the safety of your own home?
One of the most popular and sought after toys of the entire 1980s, Mr Frosty enabled you to create tasty drinks that were almost as fun to create as they were to consume.
4. Speak & Spell
Are you worried that your children’s education might suffer now that their school has been forced to close?
The confusing choice of tablet or laptop-based education software wasn’t an issue a few decades ago, when all we needed was a Speak & Spell to ensure we would grow into literary geniuses.
3. Little Professor
Where the above gadget ensured that we all grew up into experts at speaking and spelling the Queen’s English, Little Professor improved our mathematical skills no end.
Would we parents be less worried about our children’s numerical education if we were still able to plonk a Little Professor into their hands and tell them to get on with it?
Isolating yourself from the rest of the world can be a lonely experience, which is why there was one particular retro toy that immediately jumped to mind.
If you remember, Chatbot let you record loving messages and play them back to the rest of your family, meaning that as children we had absolutely no need for social media or video conferencing software.
Are you looking to hide some particular personal effects from the other members of your household during extended times spent indoors?
Then we suspect you wish you had kept hold of your Keypers toys, gorgeous-looking ‘animals’ that also doubled as a place to lock away all of your precious items.