The 10 Essential Stuffed Animals of the 80s

by Newton Gimmick on September 17, 2013

in Lists, The 80s

5. Popples

Created by a subsidiary of American Greetings (the other greeting card people) and produced by Mattel, Popples were strange stuffed creatures that could fold into themselves via a pocket. They weren’t quite teddy bears, but they also weren’t traditional marsupials, either.

Although these were more popular with girls, Popples were very much targeted at both boys and girls. They came in a variety of colors and shapes and could be rolled up into Popple balls. Some were even transformed into backpacks. It’s a gimmick that made little sense, but it was a hit with kids none the less.


4. Pound Puppies

Tonka’s Pound Puppies were an overnight success that followed the Cabbage Patch Kids formula. You got registration papers along with a collar, and l.D. tag. Unlike Cabbage Patch, the floppy eared soft plush dogs were aimed at boys and girls.

A cartoon soon followed and kids of all ages had tons of different stuffed dogs. There were actually lots of kids who wanted these stuffed dogs instead of real dogs and probably a lot of parents who were willing to oblige.


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.

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OldSchool80s September 17, 2013 at 9:49 am

Fun topic and great list. None immediately come to mind that you missed, though I would say that Care Bears probably should’ve been ranked on top.

Cody September 17, 2013 at 9:56 am

Excellent list. The only thing I can think that may have been missed are Monchichi but I suppose those could be considered dolls.

Dex (@Dex1138) September 17, 2013 at 10:00 am

You’re damn right My Pet Monster is #1! 😀

Lamar the Revenger September 17, 2013 at 10:09 am

NO EWOKS?!?! Booooo!!

Engineernerd September 17, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I would say the most popular stuffed Garfield was the one that suction cups on the paws and stuck to car windows. EVERYBODY had one of those back in the day. (Yes, mine had a sarcastic saying attached.)

Tom Mathias (@More0_0Than) September 17, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Whut? No Wuzzles? One of my siblings had a Furskins and let me tell you those boots hurt when thrown at you from across the room…

Howard Decker September 17, 2013 at 6:36 pm

I had one of the Wendy’s ones, yeah the boots were harder than actual workboots

Jason Gross (@SockOfFleagulls) September 17, 2013 at 2:15 pm

My Pet Monster was great, but never had one. I was all about the large Alf with the joker voice box inside.

I’d consider Teddy at #1 just because he had the cassette player. He was definitely in the cabbage patch, Tickle me Elmo, Furby category for a couple Christmas seasons in the 80s.

Hail Mary September 17, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Shirt Tales were cool. I never had any plush toys of them, but I had a 3-D Shirt Tales board game.

Pop Rewind (@PopRewindOnline) September 19, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Teddy Ruxpin freaks me out to this day! Also, I’m not familiar with Furskins at all and totally misread the name at first. I’ll leave that one up to your imagination, let’s just say it wouldn’t make a good stuffed toy.

Monchichi November 25, 2015 at 7:43 pm


Mala June 8, 2016 at 3:56 pm

Haha! Yes, MonChiChi, too! Good one!

Mala June 8, 2016 at 3:55 pm

The only studies really that should be on this list is Rainbow Brite! Loved her growing up! I still have mine from childhood as well as her horse, Staralight!

Joshua Donini June 27, 2019 at 7:11 pm

Puffalumps. In particular the “wild” variety.

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