Everyone will have fond memories of toys with which they played in their childhood. Some of these retro toys are definitely making a comeback and they will become a sought-after product sooner or later. We’ll cover some of these toys in this article. So, if you are wondering which retro toys withstood the test of time, keep on reading! Maybe you will invoke some happy memories along the way as well.
Connect 4 Retro Toy for Two Players
No list of retro toys would be fully complete without Connect 4. This portable board game is an awesome solution for developing imagination, hand-eye coordination, and creative expression. The rules of the game are pretty straightforward. To begin the game, players need to choose their color, once that is set, the game can begin. After that, players are dropping colored discs into the grid as long there is room to do so. The grid layout is consisting of seven columns and six vertical rows. The main objective of the game is to form a line of four discs of the same color. Lines can be either horizontal, vertical, or diagonal.
Connect 4 is on the market for nearly 50 years. The First edition of this awesome retro game was released in 1974. Originally, it was published by Hasbro. On average, the playing time of one round is lasting for approximately 10 minutes. Just like any other toy, Connect 4 has multiple editions and rule variations. Nonetheless, the true original is still the most played version. Connect 4 is an awesome game for families. In case that you didn’t give it an opportunity yet, it’s time to do so!
My Little Pony Retro Toys
Every little girl that grew up in the ’80s or ’90s had, or at the very least wanted to have one of these adorable little horses. The story about these adorable little horses began in 1982. In fact, Hasbro was doing wonders 30-40 years ago. In general, every toy that they would release on the market was an instant hit. The same happened to the My Little Pony toy line. I just want to emphasize how popular this series is. At this point, toys are in their fifth generation. One feature-length film was produced. Animated series aired on television, and in the last decade or so, Hasbro earned over $2 billion in retail sales.
The signature of these ponies is colorful bodies and manes, along with the symbols which are called “cutie marks”. Girl audience is the main target for these toys, but, it’s not uncommon for boys to play with them as well.
Monopoly Retro Edition
Ultimately the most popular board game in the world. Monopoly was published in 1935. Take a lucky guess about the publisher. Yes, Hasbro again! At this point, I am pretty sure that everyone knows the rules of this game, so we won’t dabble into that. What is important to point out is the fact that Monopoly is licensed in more than 100 countries across the world. Additionally, it has been published in 37 languages. This board game is currently available in countless editions with various themes. Superheros, popular movies and cartoons, D&D editions, and so on. But the real treasure is the old retro version of the game. So if you are still holding on to that and keeping it hidden somewhere, you might score some pretty cash on that one!
Hot Wheels Retro Toys
Another huge franchise that went well outside of the toys industry. Hot Wheels are a brand of die-cast toy cars. They were first introduced 53 years ago. Unlike other retro toys on our list, the publisher of these toy cars wasn’t Hasbro. It was another heavyweight in the toy industry, Mattel. Just like any other toy, at first Hot Wheels were supposed to be children’s toys, but today they are a very sought-after collectible and many adults collect them.
Over 4 billion models have been released since they first hit the market. On top of that number is 20 thousand different designs that Mattel has come up with over time. One of the rarest models out there is the 1969 Volkswagen Beach Bomb. Apparently, it’s worth over 150,000 dollars. Only 40 of those models exist in the whole world.
Similar to Monopoly, Hot Wheels also follow popular cultures and franchises. Today you can find Star Wars Hot Wheels, Batman Hot Wheels, Avengers Hot Wheels, and many, many more. Affordable prices and huge variety are the main selling points for this cool retro toy.
Retro Game Consoles
Super Mario, Donkey Kong, Duck Hunt, Metroid, Contra, Legend of Zelda. Any of these sound familiar? I bet they do. Many of these titles are big franchises even today. Back in the 1980s, these video game titles were huge hits. The video gaming industry was starting to explode and it was lying foundations for what this industry is today.
NES or Nintendo Entertainment System was a huge thing in 1983. Its successor SNES or Super Nintendo Entertainment System took over the role of the previous console back in 1990. Along with these two Atari also had a horse in this race. Their model Atari 2600 also had a big success in 1982. The fact that speaks enough about the success of these consoles, especially Nintendo ones is that recently they released a remade version of the console. NES Classic Edition was released in 2017. Esthetically, it looks the same as the original console, it’s only a little bit smaller. Thirty classic games are pre-installed on the console. Some of the titles that we mentioned above, like Donkey Kong or Zelda, are a few worth mentioning. The console is coming with the controller and it supports 4:3 picture format to get you back in the golden age of video games.
In case that you possess an original NES console, you can get a pretty penny for it. Collectors love this retro console. Especially if it’s in working condition with the original cables and controllers. On top of that, there is plenty of Nintendo merchandise collector’s out there!
Lego Building Toys
The Lego Group, a Danish company established back in 1949 stands behind this awesome toy. I would say that we can call it retro toys as well. The idea is pretty simple, you build stuff with plastic bricks. This basic idea created a whole enterprise. Lego sets are so popular these days that you basically won’t be able to find a popular franchise in pop culture that doesn’t have at least 5 lego sets somewhere on the shelves.
Not only that, but you will see the Lego brand in movies and video games as well. With all of that being said, it’s comes without the surprise that over 600 billion Lego parts have been produced. Yes, billion, you read that right!
Some sets have several thousand pieces that you need to put together to successfully finish a model. Lego sets are also one of the toys which are being bought by adults as well. Mainly because of Star Wars and Batman sets which are highly sought after by collectors. Bottom line is, Lego building sets are perfect toys for everyone. Ages 3 to 93, everyone will have fun with them!
Twister – Physical Retro Toy
We are not advertising Hasbro, I swear! But, this is another toy on our list of retro toys which has been published by them. All the way back in 1966. Advertise under the motto “The game that ties you up in knots” this game is extremely because of the funny situations in which players can find themselves.
The game consists of a mat with colored circles and a spinner. After you spin the needle on the spinner you need to move one of your extremities to a colored circle on the mat. Depending on where the needle on the spinner stops of course. The player which falls during the movement is out of the game.
The simple rules of this game are making sure that it can be played by anyone over the age of 6. The maximum number of players is 4. I am positive that you played Twister by now because a lot of households have this game at home. In case you didn’t play it by now, it is time to do so!
Mr. Potato Head Retro Toys
Of course, no list of retro toys would be complete without Mr. Potato Head! This classic is on the market since 1952. and it had multiple editions released since then.
The idea behind this toy is as simple as it can be. You have a plastic potato and a huge variety of pieces that you can attach to the potato. Pieces are mainly parts of the face such as ears, eyes, noses, and fashion accessories such as hats or pants. This popular retro toy appeared in Toy Story movies as well. There was also a TV show, but it aired for only one season. Additionally, the huge Mr. Potato head ballon is a part of Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York City.
Mr. Potato Head is a perfect toy for your child if you are looking for good old retro toys. They are not too expensive and they guarantee loads of fun.
Retro Toys Will Never Go Out of Fashion
And that is not an exaggeration! A lot of these retro toys from our list withstood the test of time for several decades. And I don’t see anything on the horizon which could remove them from the market any time soon. In all honesty, it’s good that these toys are still popular. We all remember our childhood and how much fun we had with these toys. It’s only natural that we want our kids to experience the same emotions.
There are plenty of retro toys that we loved and they are still popular, but there wasn’t room for all of them on our list. I wrote about the ones which left the biggest mark on my childhood. Some of these memories are precious to me and as a matter of fact, I still collect some of these toys even today. Because of that fact I really do hope that generations that will come will experience the same joy as I did when I was a kid. Retro toys are awesome! Cherish them!