11 Nostalgic Toys of the Past and The Late Late Toy Show

Santa Claus is coming to town, and we are sure he is bringing plenty of toys with him!  In this post we take a look at some of the most nostalgic toys of the past, many of which were shown on The Late Late Toy show.  The Late Late Toy Show is a special edition of the Irish late night chat show shown in late November/early December. The show lets Christmas shoppers and children see the most popular toys of the year presented by children with appearances from celebrity guests. The show was presented by Gay Byrne for 37 years between 1962-1999 who sadly died in November 2019. In honour of the well-loved Irish presenter, we share with you some of our favourite toys of the past. 

1. Cabbage Patch Dolls (1983)

The Cabbage Patch Kids Dolls are on record as  the most successful new doll in toy history. 

2. Millennium Falcon (1979)

If you have kept a hold of one of these you could be in the money. Vintage Star Wars toys now sell to collectors for thousands. 

3. My Little Pony Dream Castle (1983)

The Dream Castle was designed to open to twice its size once opened. 

*roughly the size of a shoebox


4. The Big Red Fun Bus (1988) 

EVERYONE had one of these in their house, except you. 

5. Buckaroo (1970)

Buckaroo was the first commercially published game of its kind. 

6. Subuteo (1947) 

The contents of this game have changed over time, after it was first invented in and showcased in Boys' Own magazine in August 1946. 

7. Fashion Wheel (1993)

8. Big Yellow Teapot (1981)

Nothing screams 80's memories more than this big colourful toy...

9. Screwball Scramble (early 1980s) 

A game as addictive as it is frustrating!

10. Sylvanian Families (1985)

Since its introduction in 1985, more than 100 million Sylvanian Families figures have been sold. That's a whole lot of little critters...

11. Scalextric (1957)

The car racing kit was launched by Freddie Francis  at Harrogate Toy Fair in 1957. It was instantly popular and  sold the brand to Lines Bros to be mass produced. However, he loved the toy dearly and put the first set ever made aside to one day pass on to his children and grandchildren.


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