3. Care Bears
Although they were almost directly targeted at girls, there were some boys who liked the Care Bears as well. Yet another American Greetings creation, the Care Bears have continued to be a force in the toy aisles ever since.
It was their bright colorful stuffed likenesses that ruled the 1980s and earned them a spot on this list.
2. Teddy Ruxpin
The most expensive stuffed animal of the 80s, Teddy wasn’t any ordinary plush. Teddy was a real life animatronic that you could have in the comfort of your own home.
Teddy could read stories, tell you of his adventures and even connect up with his pal Grubby for a reenactment of their greatest adventures. There wasn’t anything else like Teddy Ruxpin in the 1980s and there hasn’t been anything comparable since. Ruxpin at the heart of it all, was a stuffed animal… Just a very fragile one.
1. My Pet Monster
This gruesome blue beast was also produced by American Greetings (noticing a trend?) and was just about every boy’s dream stuffed animal as a kid. Even when older kids laughed at you for having stuffed bears or trinkets, nobody laughed at the My Pet Monster.
In a reverse trend of most the stuffed animals on this list, My Pet Monster was primarily a boys toy that was marketed to girls as well. His massive size and breakable chains made him the only stuffed animal that seemed to be as big as you were. He’s a monster, but he’s also your friend too.
Purveyor of pop culture, toy enthusiast and award winning amateur scientist, Newton Gimmick founded and currently runs InfiniteHollywood.com. One of many web writers not afraid to profess his love of 80s cartoons, toys, pseudo sports and Jell-O. What makes Newton unique from the others? He does it all from the comfort of his custom Denver: The Last Dinosaur Snuggie.
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