Best-selling toys of the 80s and 90s - did you have them all?

Turtles, POGs, Tamagotchis - these 13 top toys sold in their millions

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  • So did you want to be a Ghostbuster in the 80s? Did you like Barbie in her flamboyant phase? Were you obsessed with POGs?

    Toys 'R' Us has created a list of its top sellers at Christmas time to celebrate its 30th birthday, which has got us reminiscing about what we used to play with as kids.

    AND it looks like some of these old favourites are about to make a comeback with Thunderbirds and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles both appearing on the toy store's Christmas toys list 2015.

    Find out how many you played with...

    Find out what toys Toys 'R' Us predict will be this year's best sellers

  • 1985 - Transformers

    In the mid-80s, it seemed everyone wanted one of these vehicles that switched from vehicle to robot. Now a blockbuster movie franchise and back on TV screens for 2015, Transformers were supercool at the time.

  • 1987 - Sylvanian Families

    An endless supply of things to add to your Christmas or birthday list, Sylvanian Families liked to have everything from intricate houses, clothes and tiny table ornaments. A collectomaniac's dream toy, expensive for parents and still going strong today.

  • 1988 - Ghostbusters Proton Pack

    Did you want to be part of the Ghostbusters? We did and we really wanted to get our hands on the Proton Pack even if we were a little scared of ghosts...

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  • 1990 - Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles

    Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo and Raphael were kicking up a storm in the sewers of New York City. The ‘heroes in a half-shell’ were kung fu legends, but who was your favourite?

  • 1991 - GameBoy

    GameBoy, the handheld that introduced the concept of playing games on mobile devices to millions. Hmmm. Were you one of those who spent every waking hour playing?

  • 1992 - Thunderbirds Tracy Island

    The 60s Thunderbirds TV series had a bit of a comeback in the 90s and the must-have toy by Christmas that year was Tracy Island. One of our MadeForMums' writers even had two!

  • 1993 - Barbie

    Barbie certainly has staying power, but do you remember the fabulous over-stated outfits she used to wear in the 90s? 

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  • 1994 - Power Rangers Figures

    The Power Rangers were 'here to save the world' and they came with the rather catchy Go Go Power Rangers theme tune, which demented many a parent.

  • 1995 – POGS

    One of many school crazes, these little ‘milk caps’ were collected and flipped like outsize tiddlywinks.

  • 1996 - Toy Story Buzz Lightyear

    He caused pandemonium in the shops when Buzz Lightyear dolls sold out before Christmas. Fights and heartbreak followed - something even Santa couldn't fix.

  • 1997 - Tamagotchi

    Oops! We were forever forgetting to feed our virtual pets. The Japanese toy has sold over 40 million pieces since its launch in the mid-90s.

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  • 1998 – Furby

    We like to think that Furbys were the better-behaved cousins of Gremlins. They hatched in 1998 and could ‘learn words’ and ‘communicate’ with kids all over the world. But they were also very spooky.

  • 2002 - Bratz Dolls

    Bratz, the dolls with a ‘passion for fashion’ in the early 2000s, putting Barbie back in her box…well for a little while at least.

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Last updated on 13 June 2016


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