Cabbage Patch Kids Turn 35 And Make Us All Feel So Very Old
Plus six other toys that are much, much older than you thought.
Nothing will make you feel older than finding out that something you loved as a child is now just as old -- if not older -- than you are now. In fact, it should be law that childhood memories remain as such, blissful and ageless.
But, just like MTV and Jonathan Taylor Thomas -- they're both 36 lol -- Cabbage Patch Kids, and a whole swag of your fave kids toys, are actually waaaaay older than you thought they were.
Prepare to feel ancient. Oh, and JTT 4eva.
Cabbage Patch Kids
Age: 35 years old.
The year was 1983 and kids around the world were enthralled with a toy doll that was born and later miraculously found in a cabbage patch. The aptly-named Cabbage Patch Kids, which sadly did not retain any cabbage-like features -- unless you count their rather large head? -- were soon flying off shelves.
Apart from that riot they caused in the US before Christmas in '83 when there wasn't enough supply to meet demand, CPKs brought a lot of joy to '80s and '90s kids, and are even beloved by youngsters today.
Age: about 100 years old.
You might know yo-yos as the colourful, plastic and sometimes flashing go-to toys of the '90s, but get this -- the OG yo-yo was first made popular in the 1920s, with evidence of yo-ing stretching back as far as Ancient Greece.
Even though your yo-yo days might be behind you, it's still most defiantly a thing with the World Yo-Yo Contest still in full, er ... swing. Better dust off those yos and start practicing that 'rock the baby' we guess.
Age: she turns the big 3-0 this year!
The story behind Polly Pocket is almost as cute as the toy itself. It was first designed by Englishman Chris Wiggs in 1983 for his daughter Kate Wiggs using a makeup compact, before being licensed by Bluebird Toys and sold in stores in 1989.
Production lulled by the end of the '90s, but PP's are worth a pretty penny on eBay these days, so best start digging through your old toy boxes in the garage, stat.
Age: about 2,500 years old.
Okay, okay, when we say "about 2,500 years old" we're referring to the age of the children's game 'Astragal' -- aka Knucklebones -- that was played in Ancient Greece and Rome and ended up inspiring the '90s playground favourite Crazy Bones.
The game has come a long way since then. Instead of actual bones (usually sheep fyi) modern Crazy Bones were made of plastic and were far less gruesome-looking all round. What was sometimes gruesome was the competition to collect the rarest characters during lunchtimes games, though.
Age: 59 years old.
It might come as a shock to many nostalgic millenials but it was actually way back in 1959 when Barbie, clad in a black and white zebra striped swimsuit, first strutted on to shelves. Mattel snapped up the concept from US businesswoman Ruth Handler, who came up with the idea after drawing inspo from a German doll called Bild Lilliis.
Today's Barbie keeps breaking down stereotypes and just generally impressing us with her woke-ness -- she's an engineer now, didn't you know? -- but it makes it even more cool considering she came from a time when gender roles were rather rigidly fixed.
Mr. Potato Head
Age: almost 70 years old.
The cranky old Mr. Potato Head is actually a lot older than most people think. Invented in 1949, the toy was first manufactured by toy giant Hasbro three years later, and kids have been happily sticking poor Mr. PH's body parts in the wrong holes ever since.
Don't feel too badly about poking his moustache in his eye, though, as he did have a fairly good run in all three of the Toy Story films. Heck, he's probably retired with Mrs. Potato Head in a beach house in Malibu by now.
My Little Pony
Age: 36 years old.
Back in the '80s, the proud owner of a herd of MLPs -- My Little Ponies -- was a happy and much envied little human. Everything about the tiny horse was/is just so darn cute: their luscious, colorful manes, weirdly large yet pretty eyes and sparkly little symbols on their butts (these are called "cutie marks" btw).
They were a hit for a solid decade after they launched back in 1982, with 150 million ponies sold in the 1980s alone. Hasbro decided to discontinue the line due to increased competition in the '90s, but the MLP legacy lives on via a TV series and feature length films.
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