10 Totally Rad '80s Toys… And Where They Are Now

The toys of the 1980s helped define a generation. They're still with us today. D. Fagan/HowStuffWorks

By the 1980s, kids had plenty of things other than toys competing for their attention -- from the widespread installation of cable television to an ever-increasing availability of home video games like the Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis. Despite the technological breakthroughs of the decade, '80s kids still went for the same basic types of toys as earlier generations, from stuffed animals and dolls to the coolest action figure heroes.

We'll also take a look at where these radical classics are today. Most are still around in some form or another – some completely unchanged, some updated for a new generation – but there are a few classics that remain locked in the decades gone by.

So if you're ready to dive into this neon-hued blast from the past, put on some MTV, break out the leg warmers and bomber jackets, and read on to learn more about some of the gnarliest, most righteous toys of the '80s.