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22 toys every Irish kid begged for for Christmas
Nostalgia fest.

AS WE CELEBRATE the festive season, let us cast our minds back to Christmases past, when all we wanted was…

1. Mr Frosty

Surely the top coveted toy of all the coveted toys?

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2. Sylvanian Families

So expensive. So tiny. So necessary.

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3. Scalextrix

No matter how many times the cars flew off the track, this was a quality toy.

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4. Screwball Scramble

A frustrating noisefest. The dream.

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5. Fashion Wheel

Hours and hours of tracing. That’s all it was: tracing.


6. Commodore 64

Or its nemesis, the Amstrad CPC 464.

7. Cabbage Patch Kids

Many Irish kids settled for the cheaper alternative … the cauliflower kid.

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8. Operation

“You’re the doctor, it’s so much fun to play!”

9. Subbuteo

Floodlights were the holy grail.

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10. Mouse Trap

The cause of so many fights.

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11. Bed Bugs

So, so loud. Your dad would definitely have hid the batteries by 11am.


12. Buckaroo

“Cos you never know when that mule is gonna…”

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13. Fisher Price garage

Was there anything more fun than firing those cars down the ramp?

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14. A microscope

Making tiny things appear huge was a BIG childhood dream.

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15. Chemistry set

To go along with the microscope.

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16. Big Yellow Teapot

They always had one in other people’s houses. WHY CAN’T I HAVE ONE?!

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17. Big Red Fun Bus

Ditto the Big Red Fun Bus.

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18. My Little Pony Dream Castle

It was HUGE*!

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* About the size of a shoebox. Cost £1253464542.

19. He-Man Spydor

Just for the “SPYDOR, SPYDOR” chant alone.

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20. Transformers

Robots in disguise. Optimus Prime was the ultimate dream.

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21. Millennium Falcon

The Holy Grail of Star Wars toys.


22. Spirograph

True artistry at your fingertips.


What ones did we leave out? Let us know in the comments…

Written by Emer McLysaght and posted on

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