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13 totally rad retro toy adverts for 80s and 90s kids


Bad hair, great jingles – these toy adverts show just how good we had it back in the day.

Retro Brian toy

Get to the good stuff - see BRIAN the Robot get a retro makeover!

They don't make them like they used to, that's for sure.

Nowadays, kids are quite content to stare at their smartphone for hours on end. But most parents know that the very best toys were made in the 80s and 90s.

Here are just 13 examples of why that is.

1. Toys R Us – 1989

“It’s a magical place, we’re on our way there …”

You got chills yet?

2. Mr Frosty – 1994

It didn’t matter that you got this for Christmas and there was 3ft of snow outside – every kid on the street got slushies from you.

3. Crossfire – 1994

Probably the single most stressful thing to come out of the 90s.

If you could walk away with your thumbs intact, you were king of the playground.

4. Baby All-Gone - 1992

Where did the food go? Anyone who claims it’s anything other than witchcraft is lying.

5. Transformers – 1984

Back in our day, toys were simpler. A fire truck that turned into a giant robot was all we needed.

6. LEGO system – 1981

Fun fact: The voice of this advert isn’t Tommy Cooper – it’s Mike Reid doing an impression of Tommy Cooper.

Mind blown, just like that.

7. Sylvanian Families – 1988

Anyone else find these just a little bit creepy?

8. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – 1993

Nothing says “I have no idea what I’m doing” like pressing buttons during the game’s cutscenes.

9. Mighty Max Skull Dungeon – 1993

Collect them all” – the phrase that gave migraines to parents everywhere.

10. Kong Man – 1982

No prizes for guessing which well-known Kong-based character this game ripped off?

11. Rainbow Brite – 1985

The company that made the Rainbow Brite doll have decided to re-introduce the 80s-look to the toy for modern kids.

Good to see people with sense.

12. Real Ghostbusters – 1987

The perfect toy to prove you weren’t ‘fraid of no ghosts.

13. Boglins – 1987

One terrified little sister in 3, 2, 1 …

… and, of course, BRIAN the Robot

Our nostalgia game is so strong we made an 80s-style advert for our BRIAN the Robot toy.

There’s something in the video that doesn’t belong with the rest. See if you can spot it.


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