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25 Very Specific ‘80s Kids Things That People Over The Age Of 35 Haven’t Thought About In 20 Years Or Longer


25 Very Specific ‘80s Kids Things That People Over The Age Of 35 Haven’t Thought About In 20 Years Or Longer

Updated on Aug 27, 2020. Posted on Aug 26, 2020

Remember when you’d wear a Ben Cooper Halloween costume and you could barely see and breath out of the mask?

1. Care Bears cards that your grandma or aunt would always get you for holidays and birthdays:

2. Apple Paperbacks, which were the publishers of all those creepy books that kept you up at night:

3. Wacky Packages stickers, which you would always stick on your wall for some reason:

4. Souvenirs (like this flag pennant) that you would get whenever you would go see an Ice Capades show:

5. Cabbage Patch Kids posable PVC figures, which were just as creepy as the dolls and would hurt like hell if you chucked them at someone:

6. The occasional TV Guide that would come with cartoons or TV characters that you liked on the cover — which immediately made it a must-read:

TV Guide / courtesy Everett Collection

7. Garfield books that you would always get for your birthday from relatives you weren’t close with (but who assumed you liked Garfield):

8. This exact dictionary that every kid owned:

9. Mickey and Minnie merchandise (from when they tried to be hip):

10. Metal trash cans in your bedroom that featured your favorite cartoon characters:

11. And metal character TV trays:

12. The big red lips novelty telephone, which you thought was so, so cool and chic:

13. This exact Godzilla toy that you never knew how you acquired (just was in your toy box one day):

14. Hugga Bunch books, which, much like the Godzilla toy, you just found in your bookshelf one day and never knew how they got there:

15. Muppet Babies comics, which were so much fun to read:

16. These cups that you would drink out of at McDonald’s:

17. And Ronald McDonald plastic hand puppets — which made your hand all sweaty if you played with them:

18. The bendable hand key chain that would start falling apart within a month:

19. Ben Cooper character Halloween costumes, which were just a plastic smock with a mask you could barely see and breath out of:

20. Picture discs that had your favorite cartoon characters on it and were almost too pretty to play:

21. The Fisher-Price Little People Family Farm, which would make a “moo” sound whenever you opened the barn doors:

22. Play tents, which was really the most perfect place to hide in:

23. Nancy Regan and her “Just Say No” campaign:

Cynthia Johnson / The LIFE Images Collection via G

24. Portable TVs that were black and white and required 17 Double D batteries to run:

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