From Transformers to Care Bears: The 10 best toys of the 1980s

5. Cabbage Patch Kids (First appearance: 1982)

The story behind the Cabbage Patch Kids — 16-inch-high dolls with plastic heads, fabric bodies and sinister eyes — involves a boy being led by a BunnyBee (a sort-of bee with rabbit ears) behind a waterfall and through a tunnel to a land where a cabbage patch grew children that needed homing. Naturally, then, every kid wanted to adopt one of the things, leading to fights in toy shops during the 1983 holiday season, parents desperate to secure one of the gurning babies for their own (possibly gurning) babies.

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