Atari Home Computers 1981 courtesy markydkiehl
Grow up playing Space Invaders on your 2600? Swap carts with your friends to play on ColecoVision? Spend weekends with the posse at the mall embroiled in Pac-Man tournaments? If you’ve ever wondered where video game icon Atari came from, check out the Atari page on Yello80s and read all about the company’s beginnings and review comprehensive game lists from their most iconic consoles.
In 1982 a gentle picture book by Raymond Briggs about a boy’s nighttime adventure with his snowman was brought to life to become a beloved 80s animated classic: the Snowman. This wordless animation introduced a new classic Christmas tune Walking in the Air to the world. When the special aired in the UK it originally had an introduction by Briggs himself speaking about his own boyhood Christmas but in subsequent airings had alternative openers including one with David Bowie, which is the one which aired in the US. For the film’s 20th anniversary DVD release yet another, animated opener was recorded. Here is the original special with the Raymond Briggs operning as it was intended to be viewed:
The Snowman courtesy xBeps
One of the best parts of the 80s was the absolute gold mine of toys and toys that were detailed, well-thought out and tied to our favourite cartoons and movies. An 80s Christmas came with an 80s-size Christmas wish-list and where did we get all our lofty ideas for Santa? TV of course! Have a sit and watch the big Yello80s Toy Playlist- find some old favourites and discover some “new” items for that fantasy 80s wish-list.
Few things garnered as much Christmas excitement in the early 80s than Atari!
The Puffalumps were a soft toy for young children made in the 80s by Fisher Price. The Christmas Mouse was one of the last Puffalumps released.
Do you know all the Care Bears- I mean, all of them? They started out as just 10 bears from the folks at American Greetings over 35 years ago but they’ve grown and they keep on adding more to the family! Come on over to the Yello80s Care Bear Characters page and meet em all and see how some of your favourites have changed over the years with new colours, tummy symbols and even genders.
These days boxed drinks are regulated to the preschool set or asian grocery stores (Vitasoy, anyone?) but back in the 80s you could find just about anything in a box ready to pop in a lunchbox – Hi-C, YooHoo, and milk. Ugh. It just sounds horrible to me but when a drink called Sip Ups debuted with its catchy commercial of smiling dancing kids I whistled a different tune. It seems kind of redunant now- I mean, we all drank milk in half-pint boxes at school already- but I can see the straw would have been a draw until Burple and the like came out and blasted the milk box right into the retroverse. Trademarked by Dairymen, Inc., Sip-ups came in Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry and may have also had a blueberry flavour but this has been debated.
Everything seems like it was better when you were a kid, or that’s what people like to think anyway. In the case of holiday candy though, we definitely had it best when we were kids. Consider the makings of an epic 80s trick or treat haul:
Mike n Ikes
Bach’s Harvest Mix
Sour Patch Kids
Bubble gum cigarettes
Nik L Nip Wax bottles
Peanut butter candy kisses
Funsize (back when they were short and fat) candy bars-
Now and Laters
Tart n Tinys
Indian salted Pumpkin Seeds
Feuit Stripe gum
Tops Bubble Gum juice
Brach’s scary tart snacks
Lifesaver creme suckers
Remember all those awesome sticker books we had in the 80s? How about those autograph books we drew dirty pictures in (maybe that was me… )? If you’re like most of my friends you hoarded every manner of sticky piece of paper to plaster all over these and holidays were the high point of novelty for sticker afficianados. Do you remember getting any of these for Hallowe’en? (images property yogaerika) :
Who didn’t love a Happy Meal growing up? It seems you can’t get much more 80s than a McDonald’s kiddie meal but when did McDonald’s actually begin selling those little boxes of joy and what was in those early boxes? Check our Happy Meal promotional page for 1980 and see how Happy Meals came riding into the big 80s. Did you have any of these toys?