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October 26, 2016

30 Popular Vintage Toys From the 1970s

In the 1970s, some major advances in computer technology started to influence children's toys during the decade as evident in the simply computerized game of Simon and the development of the Atari computer and gaming system.

Popular culture also continued to greatly influence the types that were available, with many youngsters being able to recreate their favorite movies or television shows with matching actions figures and dolls.

Here, below is a list of the 30 most popular toys from the 1970s:

1. 1970s Barbie Dolls & Accessories

Barbie Dolls were popular through out the 70s and still are today, they have changed and evolved each year to cater for the latest fashions and trends, these are from 1971.

2. Atari 400 Home Computer System (Came Out in 1979)

One of the earliest home computer systems available to the general public, the Atari 400 Home Computer System which included Console, basic language cartridge, TV Switch box to plug into your TV and AC Adapter, this was an expensive item if you consider the average wage at the time was under $20,000 but they sold like hot cakes.

3. Vintage Easy Bake Oven

Easy Bake Oven unit includes cake mixes and utensils. It is always fun for young cooks to prepare and serve their own food, just select a mix, add water and place pan into tray then slide into oven. Oven measures 14 x 6 x 11 inches.

4. Vintage 1970s Pocket Transistor Radios

Pocket Transistor Radios became available as the new solid state technology allowed anything electrical to become smaller, they allowed kids to listen to their favorite pop music on the radio.

5. Hot Wheels Track and Cars

Anything with cars will always be popular, every boy wanted Hot Wheels cars and tracks for Christmas and Birthdays.

6. Punch Me Toys

Punch Me's including Frankenstein Monster Squad, Snoopy as Joe Cool, Welcome Back Kotter, King Kong and Batman.

7. Silly Putty

Stretches likes taffy and bounces like rubber, comes in protective plastic shell egg. Still as popular today as it was back then 40 years ago.

8. Toy GI Joe Astronaut

GI Joe is similar to Barbie in concept and adapts to the changing world. Following on from the successful moon landing in 1969, GI Joe and many other toys helped young boys enter the world of space travel in their imagination.

9. Talky Crissy Doll

17 1/2 inch Talky Crissy Doll with growing hair who says six phrases. Ask her a question, pull her ring, and her answers include "why not?", or she may say "I don't think so", press her and pull her hair it grows and grows, Crissy wears a long elegant robe.

10. Erector Sets

Sets range from the small basic set right up to the master set which includes 2 motors, remote control, superhoist, 16 girders and 900 other pieces allowing you to build whatever your imagination can think of. Comes with instruction booklet, tools to put your erector set together and some ideas to get you started.

11. Hoppity Hops

Hoppity Hops are big bouncy balls you will want to ride for hours.

12. Eight Track Portable Music Player

Dual Powered Portable 8 track tape player.

13. Rock Em Sock Em Robots

Some play ideas do not need a description, they just are what they are.

14. Hungry Hungry Hippos

Use your lever controlled Hippos to catch all the marbles.

15. Simon Says

Simon Says Challenge your memory and repeat my sounds and light signals.

16. Talking Viewmaster

Watch and Listen to your favorite cartoon characters.

17. Walkie Talkie Sets

Walkie Talkie sets were popular with kids of all ages and genders.

18. Charlie's Angels Dolls

Charlie's Angels Dolls featuring Jill (Farah Fawcett), Sabrina (Kate Jackson), and Kelly (Jacyln Smith) in jumpsuits and boots with posable 8 1/2 inch plastic bodies.

19. Star Ship Enterprise

The Crew from Star Trek and the U.S.S. Star Ship Enterprise. Star Trek was extremely popular in 1979 as the first of the movies Star Trek: The Motion Picture was released that year, Star Trek also had built up a following from the TV series Star Trek: The Original Series, which ran from (1966–1969) and Star Trek: The Animated Series from (1973–1974).

20. Raggedy Ann and Andy

Raggedy Ann and Andy ranging in size from 15 1/2 inches to 38 1/2 inches. They had cloth bodies, red yarn hair, locked in eyes, silk screened faces. Raggedy Ann wearing Blue dress, white apron and pantaloons. Andy wearing striped top, sailor pants and Sailor Cap.

21. Lionel Train Set

Like the car racing sets, train sets were popular and none were better than those from Lionel who had been making them for 30 years.

22. Cheap Childrens Stereo Phono

Music was an integral part of teen life as the number of pop stars increased in the mid to late 60's and a Cheap Kids Stereo allowed them to listen to the latest records. Comes with 2 speakers, uses latest solid state technology, plays the latest 45's automatically, separate volume speaker controls.

23. Street King Skates

Skating rinks were in many small towns and cities and skating was popular with family and kids.

24. Boys and Girls First Bikes

No popular toy list would be complete without children's bikes, so here is an example.

25. Mr. Potato Head

Mister Potato Head, take him apart and put him together ideal children's toy for fun and games, stands 9 inches tall.

26. Pogo Sticks

Pogo Sticks ranging from the junior at 44 1/2 inches high to the super high rise Pogo Stick 48 inches high.

27. Foosball Game

Foosball soccer game with two or 4 players. Push, pull, and twirl the rods to make your players score goals.

28. Frosty Snow Cone Maker

Just add Ice Cubes and Syrup Flavoring and turn the handle. Includes paper cups, 10 different Syrups, funnel and grater.

29. NHL Table Hockey

NHL Table Hockey game allows you to pass, manipulate, skate and shoot for goal creating your very own Stanley Cup.

30. 4 Car Model Car Racing Track

Car Racing Tracks like this or similar were in most homes in the 70's and provided hours of fun.

(via The People History)


  1. Hello. Am looking for a vintage toy weather prediction tool. It had 7 paper slips, 1 for each region of the US, with 8 entries for wind direction in several collums for various cloud types depected on a plastic housing into which the strips were to be inserted. Note that on 1 side of each paper strip a winter forecast was given and on the other side the summer forcast.

  2. I'm interested in a table hockey game from the mid-1970's. Also searching for a used Rick Benej table hockey game. -Brian from RI/USA




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