THERE were some toys that featured on every child's letter to Father Christmas from the 1980s.

Fortunately, you can now relive your favourite play things at Worcester City Museum and Art Gallery.

Maybe you were lucky to get your coveted toy - or maybe it will be a good chance to reminisce about what Father Christmas forgot to deliver.

We have compiled some of the most memorable 1980s toys from a popular city exhibition which are sure to bring back a lot of nostalgic memories.

My Little Pony

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My Little Pony launched in 1982 and became one of the most popular toys of the decade. 

The brand lives on to this day with television shows, films and toys all being released following the toy's success.

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

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Masters of the Universe is a franchise created by Mattel, revolving around characters such as He-Man (Prince Adam), She-Ra and Skeletor.

Following the success of the toy range, a popular television series was also created under the same name. 

Dungeons and Dragons

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This classic fantasy game has seen a huge resurgence in recent years, partly due to its inclusion in the popular television show Stranger Things.

The game was first published in the 1970s, and was popular throughout the 1980s.


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Transformers has grown into one of the biggest toy, film and television franchises in the world over the years.

The franchise is based around the  Autobots and the Decepticons, alien robots at constant war.

Speak & Spell

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The Speak & Spell, from Texas Instruments, was a text-to-speech toy designed to help children learn how to spell.

It was created in the late 1970s and was popular in the 1980s.

Care Bears

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Care Bears originally were designed on greeting cards, and were later turned into plush teddy bears.

The bears proved to be very popular in the 1980s, and the success also saw the creation of a television series under the same name.


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Simon is a short-term memory game where users have to repeat the sequence shown by illuminated colours on the game.

You can still find Simon games on select shelves and online to this day.

Rubik's Cubes

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Arguably the most iconic toy of the 1980s is the Rubik's Cube, a puzzle toy where you have to get solid colours on all sides of the cube.

The toy was first created in the 1970s but proved to be one of the most popular toys of the following decade.

Collector and cultural commentator Matt Fox has devoted himself to exploring a 1980s childhood through the iconic objects of a decade in which so much changed.

The exhibition will run from July 8 until September 9.