Does anyone remember the Sears Wish Book?

It was a shopping catalog that came during the holidays and was filled with a huge toy section with all the latest stuff.

When we were kids we devoured every page, dreaming of what we’d want most. Remember? Heck, does anyone remember Sears for that matter? They’re mostly gone.

It’s that magical time of year when your kids and grandkids are dreaming of their toys. Christmas always makes us a bit nostalgic. Here’s a look back at the most popular toys from the 1980s.

Cabbage Patch Kids 30th Anniversary
Guests view the gallery displaying 30 years of Cabbage Patch Kids at the Cabbage Patch Kids' 30th Anniversary event hosted by toy maker JAKKS Pacific on Saturday, September 21, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision for JAKKS/AP Images)

Some of these, like Cabbage Patch Kids, were so sought after they caused fights in stores when supplies ran low.

Others, like the Atari gaming system, ushered in a new era of fun. Remember playing "Pong" on an Atari? It was the simplest, dumbest game yet because you could have it at home and not pay quarters in an arcade it was addictive. Don’t even get me started on how many hours of my youth I spent playing "Space Invaders" on that old black and brown Atari.

Hasbro Toy Fair
In this image released on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, Hasbro’s SIMON SWIPE is demonstrated at the American International Toy Fair in New York. The bold new game features hypnotic colors, flashing lights, cool sounds, and gameplay based on a smooth swipe action. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision for Hasbro/AP Images)

Then there was Simon. It was a disc-shaped game that gave you various patterns to repeat to challenge your memory. You could play it solo.

Some toys from the '80s made you wonder why parents would even let their kids have them. Like Moon Shoes. You used Velcro to strap on what amounted to mini-trampoline shoes and you’d bounce and careen around. What could go wrong?


For fun 80s memories scroll through all these popular toys and see how many you had.

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