Christmas is over but the toys live on!

Did all your 80s dreams come true this Christmas?  If not, there’s plenty of new-old favourites already in stores and slated to come out this year such as these Cabbage Patch cuties from Toys R Us.

Commercial Jingle Month: Toys R Us

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Back when Geoffrey and the gang made us dream of winning a Nickelodeon toy run through Toys ‘R Us, this was the song that put us off to dreamland…. I Don’t Wanna Grow Up. I Don’t Wanna Grow Up courtesy Jonathan Watson

Cabbage Patch 30th Birthday Celebration ‘Kids at Toys ‘R Us

Babyland General has rolled out the Vintage Limited Edition dolls for the 30th Birthday Celebration and like CPKs always were, these are a little pricey at $49.99. A little digging found out that Toys ‘R Us has the Strawberry Blonde Girl Brunette Girl for $34.99 in store and online.  They’ve also got these sweet little guys with glasses also selling for $34.99 at Toys ‘R Us: TRU CPK 30vin1 TRU CPK 30vin2 TRU CPK tooth1 TRU CPK tooth2 TRU CPK tooth3  
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Jimminy Christmas- it’s time for Wishbooks!

Star Wars' Sleepwear - Sears Wish Book Catalog...
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70’s and 80’s kids will remember with spectacular glee the huge Christmas catalogue Wishbooks sent to their houses right around this time of year from Sears and Roebuck and J.C. Penney’s with Montgomery Ward later getting in on the act. Wishbooks were a kid’s own toy Encyclopedia Brittanica. Somehow Sear’s and Penney’s had made contact with the jolly old elf himself and snuck top secret agents into the North Pole Workshop to bring back detailed info on all of the offerings that could possibly be gotten if on the Nice List. So detailed was the info that you could view anything from size (sorry Suzy, if you hadn’t snuck those extra Twinkies in your CBK lunchbox all year you might have fit into that tutu on page 126 but the elves only sew them up to a 14) to colour to open market price. Wait a minute, Santa’s selling toys? Is that why those starving kids across the world don’t get toys- cos they’re naughty and can’t afford to buy them from Santa? Then again, I bet it’s not cheap to fuel that sleigh. Moving on. My parents got around explaining this by telling me that  Santa could only give so many toys at a time to kids around the world ad the rest they had to buy from him so when I made my list from the WishBook I was given a pricepoint that I could for a few tings (like, say $10) and then one bigger thing (maybe $40). Let’s just say I went through way more Eagle brand school tablets making lists than any environmental group would ever be comfortable with! Luckily enough for Nostalgia some awesome people have scanned old WishBooks in and I am SO SO SO excited those are up for viewing on Flikr- props to Wishbook for scanning all of these awesome Wishbooks over the years,  t’s a definite can’t miss photostream!!! Montgomery Ward Christmas Catalogue 1980 Sears Wish Book 1980 Montgomery Ward Christmas Catalogue 1981 JC Penney Wish Book 1982 Sears Wish Book 1982 Sears Wish Book 1983 Montgomery Ward Christmas Catalogue 1983 Montgomery Ward Christmas Catalogue 1984 Sears Wish Book 1984 Sears Wish Book 1985 Sears Wish Book 1986 Toys R Us Wish Book  1986 Sears Wish Book 1987 JC Penney Wish Book 1987 Sears Wish Book 1988 Sears Wish Book 1989 JC Penney Wish Book 1990 For die-hard WishBook fans there is supposedly an online version at Sears still ongoing since 2009 at  but it’s basically a regular shopping page. How am I supposed to tear the pages out with my items circled and put this in the envelope with my letter to santa??? Sources: Wishbook’s photo stream Sears Archives