The Toys From the Eighties That Are Making a Comeback

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There are certain toys that should NEVER be consigned to history books – Operation, Connect 4 and My Little Pony only begin to scratch the surface. Then there are others that seem to have been completely overlooked. What about Poochie? 

Am I the only one who still remembers every word to that annoyingly catchy theme tune? "Oh Poochie, Oh Poochie, Poochie woo, funny little Poochie..." OK, I'll stop there. But, despite the disappointing absence of this pink fluffy dog, the good news is there are loads of great toys from the 80s making a comeback.

Here are 10 to get you started on your retro collection.
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1. Rubik's Cube


I bought a Rubik’s cube for my Secret Santa last year - he was so pleased you'd have thought I bought him a Lamborghini. Despite his best efforts, though, he couldn't complete it, before one smart-arse picked it up and finished it in five minutes. It turns out she taught herself whilst being laid-up with a broken leg, so the moral of the story is: buy one then search the web for a tutorial.

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2. Guess Who?


The beards may be more hipster, the facial expressions have more attitude and they've lost the one who looked like a serial killer (Alfred), but it's still the same fantastic game of deduction, Only now it comes in several customised versions - Pulp Fiction's my favourite - as well as an electronic version.

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3. Simon

Follow the sequence of sounds and lights, which gets harder and more complicated the more competent you become. There have been several rips-off of this electronic memory game, but Simon's still the best. The only modification is the design - it's now more lightweight and shaped like a steering wheel.

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4. My Little Pony


Brightly-coloured with subtle markings of rainbows, stars and fruit to distinguish them, these trippy horses were simply cute ponies with slightly dubious names (remember Ruby Lips?) for little girls to groom and admire. Now they come with unicorns, transparent moving wings, expanding manes and tails, shoes, gowns, play sets and have a cult following. Be afraid!

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5. Care Bears


There wasn't a little girl in the country that didn't have a Care Bear in the 80s, and now, following their TV debut on Tiny Pop, they're back. Still with the same cutesy expression and belly badge that represents their personality, they're now available in beanbag plus, pyjama party and a sing-a-long (if you can bear it). 

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6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


Nunchucks at the ready, the heroes in a half-shell are back to fight another day. In the 80s they were everywhere: on skateboards, cereal packets, video games, towels...and now, thanks to the imminent sequel to the 2014 film, they'll be back vying for world domination once more. 'Turtle Power' rules – Cowabunga!

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7. Scooby Doo


"Scooby Doobie Doo, where are you...?" In every toyshop is the answer. Massive in the 80s but even bigger the 00s, it seems we never tire of this hapless dog and his scruffy mate solving mysteries with their more sensible friends. Crazy Legs Scooby-Doo, Mystery machine play set, Lego sets and Playdoh are just some of the toys being promoted this year. Nice work, Scoob!

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8. Connect 4


Some toys are so good they don't need any modification. Connect 4 is one of them.  Affectionately also known as 'Fourplay', amongst other things, the concept of dropping either yellow or red counters into the suspended grid to get four in a row is so easy it really is a game for the whole family.   

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9. Operation


Pretty much every family had Operation in the 80s. Fishing out a funny bone, touching the buzzer and lighting up the patient's nose was always good fun, but nowadays there's so many more options. You can fish out an earwig or pea brain from Homer Simpson and listen to him shout "Doh", or "Why me" if you touch the sides. Other versions include Shrek, SpongeBob Squarepants, Incredible Hulk...my favourite is Despicable Me 2, simply because Stuart swallowed a fart gun. 

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10. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe


Ripped with insanely large calves, this sword-wielding superhero was based on a series featuring He-Man's battles with the evil Skeletor. Along with She-Ra: Princess of Power, they ruled the 80s, both in the shops and on TV. Now you can get immersed in their world again with new action figures, play sets and accessories. Oh yes, "I have the power..."  

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