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The 10 best presents 80s kids got for Christmas

Time-honoured tradition dictates that this Christmas morning thousands of wide eyed children will bolt out of bedrooms and shoot down the stairs to see what the ‘Big Man’ dropped off.

Carefully-wrapped presents will be torn asunder to reveal everything from Nintendo DS and PS4 consoles and games, to sought-after toys such as Disney Descendants, Pieface game, BB8 from Star Wars and Paw Patrol.

Nintendo Console hit Europe in 1987, one of the grandparents of modern gaming. NNL-151221-155250001
Nintendo Console hit Europe in 1987, one of the grandparents of modern gaming. NNL-151221-155250001

Till then, we thought we’d go on a bit of a time warp.

After dusting down our checked jeans and slip-ons, crimping our hair, and donning the ear muffs and leg warmers, we have headed up to raid out the attic with the sole purpose of bringing you some of the toys which topped wish lists for Santa during that decade.

The 80’s may now be seen as the decade taste forgot but at the time we thought we were the bees knees in our new best clothes as we took to the streets on Christmas morning to proudly display our snazzy new bikes, yoyo skills, dolls and prams and go-karts.

And back then, if disaster struck and Santa failed to bring you a single thing you had been dreaming of, you could always vent your frustration via a game of conkers (dipped in vinegar to harden them of course) or by tuning out to your T’Pau cassette.

Which 80s plaything was your favourite, and did it make our list?

Top ten 80s toys

Rubix Cube

Sindy Doll



Atari 2600

Beano and Dandy Annual

Millennium Falcon

NES Console


Transformers toys


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