Care Bears Countdown! You could tell a lot about an '80s kid by his choice of Care Bear -- a series of stuffed bears with cheerful designs splashed across their bellies. While the majority of the toys had peppy names like Love-a-Lot, Tenderheart or Friend Bear, there was always that one kid who chose the down-in-the-dumps Grumpy Bear as his Care Bear of choice. Thanks to countless TV specials, an animated series, and a 1985 theatrical film, more than 40 million Care Bears were sold between 1983 and 1987 [source: Care-Bears.com]. Kids who loved the bears could also choose from a line of Care Bears Cousins -- other species with names like Swift Heart Rabbit or Gentle Heart Lamb. And remember -- while there were plenty of imitators and knock-offs, only real Care Bears had the signature heart emblazoned on their backside.
Where They Are Now: Though nowhere near as popular as they once were, the Bears remain both nostalgic touchstones and currently produced toys. A 2012 CGI series aired on The Hub network, and a Netflix-produced series may arrive in 2016.