One thing I have a great passion for is the toys of my youth. Over the past two years I have tackled this subject in many ways. Here is a small list of some of my favorite articles I have written about 80s toys.
The one thing that is totally awesome about 80s toys is that it is a binding subject that brings so many people together. There have been some truly wonderful Guest Posts summited by some great folks that have become friends to me and My Side of the Laundry Room.
1. SECTAURS: WARRIORS OF SYMBION
One of my first big toy write ups was from one of my favorite toy lines of all time, Sectaurs. Sadly this toy line didn’t survive very long in the 80s but it was one of the best made toys with a great world and back story.
2. 5 Toys I Wish I Had As A Kid.
The first installment of a series that still rears its ugly head two years later. I sometimes feel like I could write an installment of this list weekly, but I’ve opted to just pepper in my petty sorrow every now and then.
3. The (WTF) World Of Adam Power & The Power Lords
I had such a blast writing this history about the Power Lords toy line. Again, like the Sectaurs, Power Lords was a unique and thoughtful toy line that never found its footing in the competitive toy market of the 80s. Damn, I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I wrote this.
4. 5 Toys I Should be Ashamed I Owned, But I’m Not!
There has always been a stigma for liking toys that weren’t “made for you”. In this case I talk about the 5 toys I had and loved that would be considered “girls toys”. To be honest these toys were super cute AND part of the cultural zeitgeist so I was just being a good 80s kid.
5. LIVE: Disappointing Toys Of The ’80s
On the My Side of the Laundry Room YouTube show we talk a great deal about the toys of the 80s. 98% of our episodes are very positive about the toys that shaped our childhood, but in this episode we talk about the few that left us disappointed. This was a fun episode to make but it did churn up a little hate online. So far this has been our most popular episode to date of LIVE.
Honorable Mention – Boglins
One of the toy lines of the 80s that now has a strong but small fan following is the Boglins. These hand puppet like toys are equal parts creepy and cool.
To catch up on all of the 80s toys posts I’ve written, please check out the toy section of the site. Here you can find more info on great 80s toys and some really special Guest Posts by some awesome friends of My Side Of The Laundry Room.