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So here it is - the definitive list of every toy that was hot for each of the last 25 years. Everyone at Geoffrey House has got soooooo excited about their old toys that I have convinced them all to write down their memories so we could share them with you.

There is loads more to talk about on my Facebook fan page - visit it now and join in the discussion! Tell me what your favourite toy was from when you were a kid - Maybe it will be one of these...

Top toys form the last 25 years
1985 Transformers, Robots in Disguise

Optimus Prime. The vehicles that switched from vehicle to robot and back again were in huge demand
Transformers, Robots in Disguise
1986 Football Stickers

Just 10p per pack. For school kids old enough to enjoy their own team. The year of the World Cup – and Maradona’s infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal – sparked a nationwide playground sticker craze
Football Stickers
1987 Sylvanian Families

The cute little animal families came with hundreds of accessories – everything from houses to clothes and even table ornaments.
Sylvanian Families
1988 Ghostbusters

Proton Pack. Kids everywhere wanted a replica ‘proton pack’ to capture spooks.
Ghostbusters
1989 Batman Batmobile

Batmania swept the UK with the launch of Tim Burton’s Batman movie
Batman Bat Mobile
1990 Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles

The ‘heroes in a half-shell’ (Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo and Raphael) came kung fu kicking their way out of the sewers of New York and into the hearts of UK youngsters.
Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles
1991 Nintendo GameBoy

Nintendo launched the pocket-sized computer game in the UK to a rapturous reception.
Nintendo GameBoy
1992 Thunderbirds Tracy Island

Thunderbirds was reborn and dads treated their kids to the famous ‘Tracy Island’ causing queues galore at Christmas
Thunderbirds Tracy Island
1993 Barbie

Ever popular, the beautiful and perfect Barbie was a huge favourite for girls in '93
Barbie Doll
1994 Power Rangers Figures

The launch of Power Rangers caused worldwide demand with their ‘GO GO Power Rangers theme tune.
Power Rangers Figures
1995 POGS

A new craze swept the school playgrounds and were a sensational success. These little ‘milk caps’ were meant to be collected – and flipped like outsize tiddlywinks
POGS
1996 Toy Story Buzz Lightyear

The Pixar movie opened in the UK setting a new standard for animation and making an overnight sensation of Buzz Lightyear.
Toy Story Buzz Lightyear
1997 Tamagotchi

The new playground craze as virtual pets came over from Japan. The egg shaped virtual pet sold over 40 million pieces in 1997. Created massive queues at stores as Toys "R" Us made overnight deliveries to cope with demand.
Tamagotchi
1998 Furby, the Interactive Pet

Furby, the Interactive Pet from Bandai launched in late October and became the big Christmas toy
Furby, the Interactive Pet
1999 Who wants to be a Millionaire?

Chris Tarrant’s popular TV quiz got the nation guessing and a new board game and interactive game flew off the shelves.
Who wants to be a Millionaire?
2000 Teksta the Robotic Pet

Teksta became a popular interactive pet – his artificial intelligence responded to light, sound, touch and infra-red.
Teksta the Robotic Pet
2001 Bob the Builder

Loved by all, Bob and his pals, Scoop, Muck and Dizzy were on all pre-schoolers’ wish lists.
Bob the Builder
2002 Bratz Dolls

Bratz, the dolls with a ‘passion for fashion’ arrived in town, putting Barbie’s nose out of joint.
Bratz Dolls
2003 Beyblades

A new Japanese phenomena - Beyblades, the battling spinning tops took UK playgrounds by storm and became a hit for Christmas.
Beyblades
2004 Robosapien

The radio control robot with NASA technology was in big demand with last minute deliveries being made to Toys "R" Us stores.
Robosapien
2005 Technology

It’s the year for MP3 Players, PSP and Xbox 360 for a younger generation becoming user-friendly with modern technology
Technology
2006 Nintendo Wii

Took the world by storm and became the must-have toy for Christmas.
Nintendo Wii
2007 In the Night Garden Iggle Piggle

Newcomer Iggle Piggle from In the Night Garden was loved by little ones. Nintendo Wii still in huge demand.
In the Night Garden Iggle Piggle
2008 High School Musical

Reached popularity stakes in the toy section and filled shopping baskets across the UK.
High School Musical
2009 Go Go Pet Hamsters

Became the must-have toy with shelves being restocked on a daily basis
Go Go Pet Hamsters
2010 Our Prediction - Toy Story 3

Has already influenced British shoppers and is sure to be a stocking filler for kids up and down the UK this Christmas
Toy Story 3
Meet Team Geoffrey

Here they are in all their glory - the people behind the scenes - the ones that help make sure there really are 'toys in their millions all under one roof!' I thought you might like to know what toys some of Team 'Geoffrey' played with when they were little...

There are more people to meet on my fan page - all with stories to tell of their childhood toys - go and meet them!

3d Dave 3d Dave

Duck Hunt on NES

I loved playing this game. The real skill was getting as far back from the TV as you could with the bright orange Nintendo Zapper which was attached by cable, and still hitting the ducks. I remember I was the first one to get this amongst my mates and they all used to invite themselves to my house to play it – I couldn’t get rid of them most of the time! I hated that dog though! That annoying Mutley-like giggle when the duck got away!
Duck Hunt on NES


Chief 'MC''MC'

Subbuteo

Need I say anymore...
Subbuteo


Deely Bopper
Deely Bopper

My Baby Talks

I remember seeing the advert for this in the mid 80’s and being amazed by a doll that talked and played and responded to you just like a real baby. She would tell you when she was tired or thirsty and would always want you to play peekaboo, if you didn’t respond to her she went to sleep.  I used to take her everywhere with me, much to my Mum’s frustration – it used to cost a fortune in batteries to keep her running!
My Baby Talks


GooseGoose

Dolls House

I didn't have any….I just used to get an orange and a lump of coal in my stocking if I was lucky. Lol. Just kidding…

I reckon I would have been about 5 when one eagerly anticipated Christmas morning my brother and I came downstairs to see what Father Christmas left for us….I got an amazing dolls house, I still have a great picture of me with a look of shock and awe on my face.
Doll's House


'Ocky 'Ocky

Sinclair ZX Spectrum

I couldn't believe my eyes when I opened my present on Christmas morning to see a ZX Spectrum! We spent hour after hour trying to beat one another's score on The Wall. Frogger, Manic Miner, Harrier Attack, Horace & the Spiders, Jetpac, Atic Atac, all games that were swapped in the playground I miss those simple games, the distinctive feel of those rubber buttons, the electronic noises of loading a new game on tape if I told my son I am sure he wouldn't believe me. Tape?!
Sinclair ZX Spectrum


One-Eye-JediOne-Eye-Jedi

Chopper, by RALEIGH

I rode it almost everyday in one of best summers of the 1980's. The bike belonged to my older brother, but he had gone off it and dumped it in our garage. I found the bike buried under a load of junk, dusted it down and took it out for a ride. I only fell off a few times, sustaining minor cuts and grazes, nothing too serious. My brother reclaimed the bike at the end of the summer. Good memories.


Chopper, by RALEIGH



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