While the ‘80s saw its share of some of the most radical toys, there were also a slew of toys that kids just didn’t’ want. A lot of companies tried to knock-off popular lines, from action figures, to robots, and even stuffed animals. Here’s our list of the top 8 strange toys from the 1980s that kids just didn’t want... Now on The List!
If your parents weren’t able to get The Transformers at Toys "R" Us, then you probably got stuck with Cy-Kill from Gobots. OK, so that one was actually kinda cool for the time, but still not Optimus Prime.
2. Beddie Buddies
Trying to track down a Glo Worm back in the ‘80s was almost as hard as finding a UNICORN, and that meant some sad kids got stuck with the poor imitation, Bebbie Buddies.
3. The Bad Guys
If you wanted that G.I. Joe, but it was too expensive, your parents might have thought they were being nice when they bought you The Bad Guys, the cheaper copycat. Boy were they wrong. GO JOE!
Laser Tag was about the most awesome activity to do with friends and family for ‘80s kids. Or should we say LAZER TAG, not PHOTON TAG, the cheaper version of the Lazer Tag brand.
5. Lost World of the Warlord
In the ‘80s, kids loved to show off their He-Man and the Masters of the Universe toys. Not so much on Remco’s knock-off, Lost World of the Warlord action figures. They really didn’t have the POWER.
6. Golden Girl & The Guardians of the Gemstone
Speaking of He-Man, he had a super cool twin sister, Adora, better known as She-Ra, and every ‘80s girl wanted the toy, but some got Golden Girl instead. At least Golden Girl rode a sweet unicorn, but still not as cool as The Princess of Power.
Robots were totally tubular in 1984 and everyone wanted an Omnibot 2000. It was a remote-controlled robot that even came with a cassette player to play sweet tunes. The price was pretty steep for the time (and even now) at $499.99. That meant most kids got stuck with the much cheaper version, Dingbot. This robot would bump into things and make lame sounds.
8. Pumpkin Patch Kids
You weren't fooling anyone Penny Pumpkin. Everyone wanted Cabbage Patch Kids, but some kids got stuck with you and Peggy Pumpkin, because it was almost impossible to find a CPK doll in the 1980s.