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Nostalgia is one of those things that keeps us older folks from going bat crazy when the rest of the world seems to want to fossilize everyone over the age of 30. It goes beyond the good ol’ days when “music was still good” and people wore their pants up around their waists. Toys were different, too. No doubt some of them were safety hazards and probably had levels of asbestos and lead that could cripple a rhino, but that was our era and we loved them.

Something has to be said about the classic appeal some of them had to warrant the resurgence of interest in classic toys we’ve seen during the past few years. Everything from Star Wars to Jem and the Holograms has been revisited. Though the latter wasn’t much of a barn burner. No shade to Jem and her crew.

The journey back into the golden age of toys (at least for us) hasn’t slowed a bit as more of the classics have been reborn to make our kids squeeze money out of us just as we did to our parents. I’ve found a few toys that you may have forgotten about that the kids in your life will soon be hounding you for.

Care Bears 


Price: Starts at $25.00

If you’re too old to be a part of Team Millennial, you’ve got to remember the 80’s Care Bears craze. They were the cute and viciously happy creatures that used super powers from their bellies to bring joy to everyone. Next year will mark the 35th anniversary of Care Bears and they’ve hooked up with the Build-A-Bear Workshop for a re-release.

The first of the year starts off with the two most popular bears of the bunch and will expand throughout the year to include the whole gang. Care Bear adopters get the chance to stuff, clothe and accessorize with the same options as all the other Build-A-Bears along with exclusive pajamas, tutus and bedding. The new bears also have scented fur, hearts that thump when you hug them and can play the Care Bears theme song when you squeeze their hands.

Anki Overdrive


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