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Totally tubular: Why toys from the 1980s topped all others

From "Ghostbusters" to Hulk Hogan to He Man and even something for your little sister like "My Little Pony" and Barbie, the 1980s were a terrific time for toys.
That decade gave kids toys that seemed a little more innocent and not quite as tech savvy or overly complicated as what you'll see today. Video games were simple, basic, yet astonishing at the time. Who didn't revel in their very first Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) or play "Sonic the Hedgehog" until your fingers fell off?
Boys clamored for all things "Star Wars," or related to the World Wrestling Federation and professional wrestling. The LJN WWF figures likely could be found in just about any boy's room across the country, probably next to a sea of Luke Skywalker and Hans Solo action figures.
They also probably were ashamed to admit it at times, but little boys even enjoyed toting around a stray Pound Puppy or Cabbage Patch Doll from time to time.
And if you didn't have a Glo Worm or a set of Micro Machines, then shame on mom and dad for not getting you toys that you would treasure forever.

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That's really the endearing aspect of toys from the 1980s; they were simple, enjoyable and cultivated a love affair that bloomed from current admiration to nostalgia some 20 or 30 years later. The 2014 version of toys seem as though they're trying too hard or really take the fun out of being a kid, especially video games.
There's something to be said for video games that didn't feel like you were staring at a live person, but rather were cartoon like, campy and adored. Games like "Street Fighter," "Contra" and even "Ledgend of Zelda" still are affectionately opined to this day. All of the modern day video games are too realistic, and one hardly is discernible from another. What's the fun of controlling a character that literally looks like a live person?
And what happened to board games? Those are practically extinct today, other than the ones that painfully sit on the shelves collecting dust.
This isn't to suggest that you should bring back your dad's electronic football game, which saw plastic men rumble up and down a metal "field" that hardly resembled anything football related or kids should all of a sudden start flocking to "Hungry, Hungry, Hippo" or "Chutes and Ladders" in the next decade.
It's just nice to be reminded of when toys didn't always talk back and kids actually had to muster up creativity to play.

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