Toys from the 80’s are the basis of all of the cool toys of today – and I can prove it.
We visited my parents this weekend and they brought out our old Star Wars and Fisher Price toys from childhood – and my boys couldn’t get enough. Now, for those of us who grew up in the 80’s, we not only had better toys, but also contributed some of the greatest music of the last century – but that is for another discussion on another day!
Here is a picture of the classic Star Wars carrying case:
And here is a picture of my oldest son’s Angry Birds carrying case – coincidence? I think not.
You have to give it to Angry Birds for following suit and creating the 2nd greatest toy figure carrying case!
And then the Fisher Price Castle and people, Hess Truck, and M.A.S.K. Truck came out…
The castle was the hit of the show and the centerpiece of enjoyment for the whole weekend. From Angry Birds to Star Wars to Lego mini figures, the boys played in, on, and around this castle from morning-to-night. They created complex rescue stories and epic battles. They imagined Boba Fett being trapped in the secret trap door, and then being rescued by the King, and both of them flying off into the galaxy on a Lego glider.
This castle has been used by every kid who has stepped foot in our house over the last 30 years, and still provides tons of imagination, fun and delight.
Isn’t there something magical about old toys?
You know what I am talking about. Every time you clean up the play room or the kids closet, and discover a toy they have not seen in 8 months, and think about throwing it out or donating it – that toy becomes the center of attention for the next week.
“No way Dad, you can’t throw this out, this is my favorite!”
But other than out of sight, out of mind, and the short attention spans of 5 and 7-year-old boys – looking at the picture above and seeing how much fun they had this weekend playing with all of these toys, I am convinced the toys from the 80’s are leading the charge for best toys ever made. They were tangible. They forced imagination and physical contact. They weren’t apps, or iPads, or technology. From GI Joe, Nerf footballs and guns, Star Wars action figures and ships, Fisher Price, the original Nintendo, and Garbage Pail Kids collectible cards (which I happened to find in a Walgreen store in Colorado recently, and then found this Facebook Group dedicated to GPK – YIKES!), to the original Super Soaker water gun, I challenge anyone to disagree.
I guess we are going to have to wait and see if in 30 years, our grandkids are playing with Angry Birds, Star Wars Legos, and whatever else is popular nowadays.
One thing is for certain, that castle will still be around.
PS. What was your favorite toy from childhood? Leave a comment below right now with your favorite toy from childhood and do you still have it?