39 Very, Very Specific '80s Kids Things That Old Millennials And Young Gen X'ers Have Definitely Forgotten About

1.The Muppet Babies Happy Meal toys that were truly the greatest Happy Meal toys ever made:

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OMGIHadThat / Via etsy.com

2.And the fanciful Muppet Babies softcover books that were part of another Happy Meal promotion:

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3.Pricey 1-900 numbers that let you talk to your favorite cartoon characters (like He-Man and She-Ra):

4.The "We Are the World" 45 record that everyone's family owned:

We Are The World album cover
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5.Smurf Chef Boyardee pasta, which, of course, tasted like regular Chef Boyardee:

Screen shot of the commercial of the Chef, Papa Smurf, and Smurfette standing in front of Smurf pasta cans
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6.Judy Blume books that had these covers:

A collection of 8 different Judy Blume books with hand-drawn covers
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7.The Dennis the Menace cartoon that had a catchy AF theme song:

8.And the Snorks, which also had a catchy theme song but felt like a rip-off of The Smurfs:

9.Disney Pops, which tasted like pure sugar and fruit concentrate:

Blurry screenshot of Disney Pops box
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10.Old cars from the '70s that had huge and heavy doors that took all your strength to open and close:

meme of an old 70s car door open with this door weighed more than the entire car you're driving now written on it
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11.McDonald's that had the red-ish brown pitched roofs and brick exteriors:

McDonald's from the early 80s with cars in line for drive thru
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12.And the metal slide inside the McDonald's PlayPlace that you literally could barely slide down on and that burned you on hot days:

red and yellow metal slide with pirate head on top
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13.Vacuum cleaners that weighed 75 pounds and had bags on them that would not only get hot, but would also spew out a little dust every time someone turned it on:

Screen shot of hand touching back of upright vacuum bag
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14.Trading cards for almost every TV show:

A collection of waxed covered trading cards from various 80s TV shows
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15.The Max Headroom TV series that was less cool looking and more absolute nightmare fuel:

Max Headroom smiling
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16.And The Peanut Butter Solution, which for a kids movie was also just nightmare fuel:

kid putting peanut butter on his head while looking in mirror
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17.The King Kong's Underwear joke book, which actually had a lot of funny jokes:

Book cover for King Kong's underwear which features dotted boxers hanging across the empire state building and chrysler building
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18.The most epic board game ever created: Fireball Island (which was actually a lot of fun just to play with the board game by itself too):

Fireball Island board game displayed on table

19.The L'Oreal Studio Line commercial that made the products look like the chicest and coolest products anybody could put in their hair:

20.Ugly pastel artwork that everyone hung in their homes — especially in bathrooms:

Cat pastel artwork
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21.And also deco style swan decorations — and, again, especially in bathrooms:

Dusty rose pink swan ceramic
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22.Out of This World and it feeling like a fever dream of a show:

Cast photo of Out this world
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23.The commercials for Time Life's Mysteries of the Unknown book series, which were just creepy AF:

24.This exact Pyrex casserole dish that every '80s mom owned:

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CoxRetros / Via etsy.com

25.Those heavy glass and ornate photo frames that were meant to look fancy but were really gaudy and one accidental drop away from breaking:

Glass frame with photo of bride in it
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26.Halogen floor lamps that would give you a serious burn if you even dared to try to touch just the top part of it:

black floor lamp on
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27.The highway patrol toy that lit up and made noises that every kid seemed to own at some point:

highway patrol man on motorcycle toy

28.Making juice from frozen Minute Maid concentrate that came with aluminum tops and bottoms:

Four old Minute Maid Frozen Concentrated juices next to each other
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29.Air popcorn poppers that looked just like this:

Air popcorn popper with a clear yellow spout

30.Picking up cheap souvenir books from places you and your family would visit:

Disneyland souvenir books

31.USA Network's USA Cartoon Express programming block, which always just showed a bunch of Hanna-Barbera cartoons from the '70s:

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Pop Culture History Brigade/ USA / Via youtube.com

32.Being curious about what film they were going to show during the NBC Monday Night Movie:

33.Those cartoon erasers that were cool to collect but didn't do anything other than smudge and rip your papers apart when you tried to use them:

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Lowbrowvintage / Via etsy.com

34.The random McKids clothing line that McDonald's put out with Sears:

35.Those oh-so-cool clock backpacks that made absolutely no sense:

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36.TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes, which was hosted by Dick Clark and Ed McMahon:

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Analog Memories / NBC / Via youtube.com

37.The Fisher-Price camera that actually worked and came with an external flash that you needed to attach:

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38.Those teddy bear pencil toppers that did nothing but make it hard to write and collect dust and gunk all over the fur:


39.And finally, Perfect Strangers — which had an epic sitcom theme song — being part of TGIF: