Hey 80s kids! Remember sitting around with Toys R Us catalogs picking out the best stuff for your Christmas list?

Vintage Toys R Us catalog of Christmas gifts 80s Out of this World Toy Book (1986)

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Take a look back at the latest and greatest toys from years ago through these pages taken from 80s Toys R Us catalogs, including the Out of this World Toy Book, where millions of excited kids looked for Christmas gifts they hoped to get!

Toys R Us catalogs: High-tech toys beckon Christmas shoppers (1986)

Toy guns that shoot beams of infrared light and a second-generation menagerie of talking animals will help determine whether retailers chortle “ho ho ho” or sigh “ho-hum” over their sales this Christmas season.

High-tech toys are among the few standouts foreseen by industry analysts and retailers, who expect only mediocre sales increases overall this year in the $12 billion toy market.

Some computerized cuddles come as plush toys, which have evolved into a number of new “life” forms since the species first appeared in the form of Teddy Ruxpin last year.

Action toys, from 22-year-old GI Joe to ultra-modern Lazer Tag, also are considered some of the most popular picks.


Out of this world toy book – Vintage Toys R Us catalog from 1986

Toys R Us catalogs: Out of this world toy book - from 1986


Mattel & Barbie toys from the ’80s

Mattel & Barbie toys from Toys R Us catalog in 1986


Mattel & Masters of the Universe toys

Mattel & Masters of the Universe toys from Toys R Us catalog in the '80s


Remember these old Blinkins toys?

Twilight Treehouse, Baby Blinkins, Grog the Frog, Blinkins Mr Ben, Lady Buggy, Mini Playset (From LJN Toys Ltd.)

Blinkins toys from Toys R Us catalog in 1986


Worlds of Wonder toys, including Teddy Ruxpin & Lazer Tag

Worlds of Wonder toys, including Teddy Ruxpin & Lazer Tag from Toys R Us catalog in 1986


Galoob toys, including Smarty Bear & Sweet Secrets

Galoob toys, including Smarty Bear & Sweet Secrets from Toys R Us catalog in 1986

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Milton-Bradley board games and other games in our vintage Toys R Us catalog

Milton-Bradley board games and other games


Kenner Toys, including Centurions & M.A.S.K.

Kenner Toys, including Centurions & M.A.S.K. from Toys R Us catalog in 1986


Cabbage Patch Kids dolls & clothes – Coleco toys

Cabbage Patch dolls & Coleco from Toys R Us catalog in 1986

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Ideal toys, including Sesame Street, Transformers & more

Cabbage Patch Kids dolls & clothes - Coleco toys from '80s Toys R Us catalog


Hasbro toys, including Inhumanoids in a vintage Toys R Us catalog

Hasbro toys, including Inhumanoids from a vintage Toys R Us catalog


Tomy toys, including Talking Tutor — plus Selchow & Righter games like Parcheesi & Scrabble

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Tomy toys, including Talking Tutor -- plus Selchow & Righter games like Parcheesi & Scrabble from a vintage Toys R Us catalog

Tomy from Toys R Us 1986


Fisher-Price toys, including Puffalumps & Construx

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Fisher-Price toys, including Puffalumps & Construx from retro 80s toys R us catalog


Tyco toys, including cars and trains in this vintage Toys R Us catalog

Tyco toys, including cars and trains from Toys R Us 1986

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BMX bikes & Woodmaster toys and furniture

BMX bikes & Woodmaster toys and furniture from Toys R Us catalog in 1986

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’80s toys: Blockbusters and best-sellers

“So far, there doesn’t appear to be a single blockbuster hit in the toy industry as in past years when we had products such as Cabbage Patch (Kids) or Trivial Pursuit, which were big successes,” said Charles Riotto, marketing projects director for the Toy Manufacturers of America.

Sales also are hindered by low supplies. Some shipments have been delayed because of production problems stemming from new technology, analysts say.

Cabbage Patch dolls, bikes and more at Toys R Us in 1983
Cabbage Patch dolls, bikes and more at Toys R Us in 1983

This is apparently the case for the electronic light guns marketed by Worlds of Wonder as Lazer Tag and by LJ N Toys Ltd. as Photon.

The space-age version of tag, at $40 to $70 for the basic equipment, includes a pistol and sensor badge a target worn by a player that beeps when hit by the gun’s infra-red light beam — and with Photon, a sensor helmet.

A few of this year’s projected best sellers are already proven hits, including Worlds of Wonder’s trend-setting Teddy Ruxpin, a talking, animated stuffed bear, and Tonka’s Pound Puppies line of stuffed dogs.

This year’s shoppers will encounter the second generation of these critters, some of which build on the idea of Teddy Ruxpin, who talks and moves his eyes and mouth when a child inserts a cassette tape.

Playskool Teddy Ruxpin plush toy (1993)

Some toy animals can echo a child’s own words and other computer chip-controlled creatures make up random, sometimes interactive sentences.

Interactive versions include Hasbro’s Yakkity Yaks, under the identities of Bingo Bear and Montgomery Monkey, Coleco Industries Inc.’s Talking Wrinkles, and Lewis Galoob Toys Inc’s Baby Talk. A child operates the toy’s mouth like a puppet, or touches the figure in various places and it makes random remarks in response.

Interactive creatures such as the Yakkity Yaks will ask the child to do something on their own, such as give the toy a hug, and won’t respond further until the child does so. Those figures do not need a cassette player, so can be made more soft and cuddly, say the manufacturers.

Toys R Us 80s electronics (1983)

The interactive and chip-controlled toys range from $60 to $70, although some run a bit higher.

“All of these items are really great because they’re entertaining, not only to the child, but also to the parents,” said Angela Bourdon, corporate spokeswoman of Toys “R” Us, the nation’s biggest toy retailer.

There also are modern versions of traditional toys, or toys that have become perennial favorites.

Hasbro's Jem and the Holograms doll 1980s

Hasbro’s Jem and the Holograms rock ‘n’ roll theme dolls are going head-to-head with Mattel’s Barbie and the Rockers.

Ms. Bourdon said both dolls have the same general persona, with Jem posing as an executive by day and fronting a rock group at night, with available stages, lights and cameras. Jem also has a social conscience, funneling profits from her record company into a home for runaway girls.

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The toy picked by some to be this year’s best-seller is an old soldier. Hasbro’s GI Joe line, revamped in 1982 into a smaller form from the original 12-inch dogface that first appeared in 1964, was named by retail store toy buyers nationwide as the 1986 best seller in a survey by Playthings magazine.

Another updated perennial is a computerized version of Ohio Art Co.’s 27-year-old Etch-A-Sketch, which some analysts say illustrates renewed popularity of toys that Baby Boomers had in their childhood, and now want to buy for their own children.

Computerized Etch-a-Sketch Animator from 1987
Computerized Etch-a-Sketch Animator from 1987
Best-selling toys of 1986

In its survey of buyers representing more than 5,400 toy retailing outlets nationwide, Playthings came up with the following list of the season’s best-selling toys:

Hasbro’s GI Joe line
Tonka’s Pound Puppies
Mattel’s Barbie and the Rockers
Worlds of Wonder’s Teddy Ruxpin
Kenner’s MASK
Galoob’s Baby Talk
Playmates’ Cricket
AmToy’s Madballs
Mattel’s Muscles
LJN’s World Wrestling Federation Superstars


You’ll never outgrow us – Toys R Us toy & game catalog from 1987

OUR PLEDGE TO YOU: We promise you’ll find our lowest price on every item, every day of the year. Instead of rushing around town in search of sales, shop our everyday low prices today. . .at Toys “R” Us, where you’ll always find what you need, for less!

Rallye CHALLENGER 12″ SCOOTER: Dual brakes, mag wheels, sturdy stepboard. Hot styling, colors!

Variflex of California SKOOT SKATE: Laminated wood 9×29″ skateboard with T-bar handlebar. Ages 4-11.

Rallye BOYS’ 20″ CHALLENGER BMX: Welded steel frame, coaster brake. Knobby gumwall BMX tires, BMX pads, heavy-duty front fork.

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NIKKO: Radio control Ferrari Testarossa & RC Dictator Buggy

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NFL VCR Quarterback – NBA VCR Basketball – NHL VCR Hockey

Each features actual game footage on VHS videotape, realistic playing board! Ages 8-up.

Also: Hydraulic dump truck, Toys R Us tractor trailers, Radio Contraol Merkur XR4Ti & Musictime Whisker Kids Stage Microphone

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1980s train sets

LIONEL TRAINS: GOLD RUSH SPECIAL

3-unit set features realistic 19th century, Old West locomotive with stainless steel wheels, caboose and freight car; 12 curved tracks form a 4′ circle. New 1-scale size! Ages 8-up.

HEAVY IRON TRAIN SET

6-unit set with smoking locomotive, Geoffrey Giraffe car and headlight!

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Tomy Thunderloop Thriller Road Race Set, Ghost Racer Road Race Set, Royal Castle H.O. Train Set

Vintage Toys R Us catalog December 1987 1


Transformers, G I Joe and other retro 80s action figures

TRANSFORMERS TECHNOBOT TEAM SET: 4 special teams and leader form giant Computron. Ages 5-up.

G.I. JOE DEFIANT SHUTTLE COMPLEX: Three playsets in one! Complex includes shuttle, space station, crawler and 2 G.l. Joe figures. Ages 5-up.

VISIONARIES FIGURES: Choose from 8 figures, each with holographic chest shield!

VISIONARIES CAPTURE CHARIOT Two gunner pods, holograph stereogram and chariot driver.

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Vintage 80s Tyco at Toys R Us

Shown: Championship road race set with Nite-Glow, Radio Control Super Turbo Hopper, Super Turbo train with Nite-Glow

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Holiday choices of puzzles & wheeled toys

Rubik’s Master Edition Unlink The Rings & Rubik’s Link The Rings

Vintage Toys R Us catalog December 1987 5


GALOOB MR GAME SHOW

Manages your money, remembers your name, tells jokes, plays 10 games.

Vintage Toys R Us catalog December 1987 6


Dinosaurs and Space Shuttles

DINOSAUR WARRIOR 8″ DINOSAURS

Each highly detailed and decorated, with moving legs and tail, grasping jaw, plus 3″ caveman. Ages 4-up.

Tyrannosaurus – Brontosaurus – Triceratops – Stegosaurus

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Tyrannosaurus Rex Model Kit & Monogram Space Shuttle Model Kit

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Sega Master System — Nintendo Entertainment System

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Vintage 80s Toys R Us Christmas catalog 1988

Vintage 80s Toys R Us Christmas catalog 1988 (10)

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