12 must-have Christmas toys for 2016 that all 80s and 90s kids will recognise


By Alison Lynch, 09 November 2016
12 must-have Christmas toys for 2016 that all 80s and 90s kids will recognise

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - Christmas 1986 that is. 

Just take a look at some of the must-have Christmas toys for 2016 and it's like you've stepped back in time to Christmas past.

All you 80s and 90s kids out there might even be tempted to add a few to your own Christmas wish-lists. 

From Furbies to Millennium Falcons, this year's predicted top sellers will delight all nostalgia-lovers. They also prove that, while the technology might - and very probably will - change, some toys will never go out of fashion. 

Here are all the toys that are topping little kids' wish-lists and making big kids nostalgic this Christmas (plus a couple we really wish they'd bring back). 

1. Star Wars Millennium Falcon

Star Wars is back and, with it, the must-have toys. If you were one of the kids who begged their parents for a Millennium Falcon back in Han Solo's 80s heyday, then you'll be really jealous of kids today - the 2016 model comes with a pop-up Nerf launcher, lights, motion-activated sound effects, and a BB-8 figure.

2. Barbie

Good old Barbs (not to be confused with Barbs from Stranger Things) is always in fashion. Back in our day, it was all about Peaches N Cream Barbie, in all her 80s taffeta glory. These days, she's updated her wardrobe a little, got herself a snazzy pink convertible and they even throw Ken in for free. 

3. Trolls

With the new DreamWorks film comes with the return of those ugly, yet strangely endearing, little dolls everyone used to stick on the end of their pencils at school.  

4. Furby

We never really knew what it was - a hamster? An owl? - and it was definitely more demanding than a real pet, but, for some reason, every 90s kid still wanted one. 


In 2016, the new and improved Furbies still have blinking eyes, moving ears and a commanding grasp of Furbish, but, because we're living in the future, they now come with their own interactive app (hopefully, so you can stop them talking in the middle of the night). 

5. Scalextric

The Scalextric still tops the list of nostalgic toys that Brits struggle to throw away - it's probably all those memories of hours spent driving your sibling(s) round the bend. Literally. Of course, it's come along way since the 80s. These days, you get to race Jaguar C-X75 and the McLaren P1 supercars over leap ramps and around 180 degree curves. 

6. Marvel superhero action figures

It really doesn't matter how old we get, we still all secretly want to build dens and battle with action figures. Spider-Man, Iron Man and Captain America are still just as cool as they were when we were growing up. 

7. Teletubbies

If you thought Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po had all disappeared back to Teletubby land never to be seen again, you're in for a shock. Possibly one of the most surreal children's programmes of the late 90s returned to our screens in 2014 and the toys, which giggle, sing and jump up and down, are set to be top sellers again this year

8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

We were obsessed with them back in the early 90s and the Ninja Turtles are seeing the benefit of another movie reboot this Christmas. Cowabunga dude! (We have no idea what that means either, sorry). 

9. Mr Frosty

Top of every single child's Christmas list for years was a little plastic snowman who basically just crushed ice. 

Well, the good news is that Mr Frosty is still around and he now appears to be running his own ice cream shop. Fancy. 

10. Teddy Ruxpin 


Remember this guy?! My favourite toy as a child!!#teddyruxpin

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The original talking teddy bear was very much on our wish list back in the 80s and, sadly, he still is. However, not for too much longer, it seems, as a new app-friendly Teddy Ruxpin was unveiled back in September at an American toy fair and is set for a re-launch in 2017

11. Hatchimals

Hatchimals are one of the most popular toys of 2016. We may not have had them back in the 80s and 90s, but the description will sound familiar to anyone who used to spend their lives caring for their Tamagotchi. Hatchimals are magical creatures that live inside eggs. To get them to hatch, you need to care for them and play with them. 

In other words, they're basically a real life version of a Tamagotchi.

12. A La Carte Kitchen 


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This little plastic kitchen was highly desirable back in the 80s. Sadly, it's no longer around - please someone bring it back - but if you do have any budding chefs who are looking for a 'professional' kitchen, there's this Little Tikes ultimate cook kitchen, complete with oven, fridge and microwave. 

Is it bad that we're slightly jealous of the kids this year? 

If you're quick and get your list into Santa soon, he might even be able to take advantage of Asda's Big Toy Rollback, where you'll find discounts on many of this year's most sought after toys in store and online, for a limited time only.