I’m a child of the 80’s which gives me a very unique perspective on life, I was around to see all the amazing Saturday/Sunday cartoons, great toys and stuffed animals. I got to grow up in a time that had really cool fads like Pac-Man, He-Man, Moon Walking, Hello Kitty, Rainbow Bright, Nintendo, Chia Pets, WWF Wrestling, Garbage Pail Kids, Cabbage Patch Kids, Care Bears, and Chuck E. Cheese just to name a few.
At a younger point the Muppets and Sesame Street were the best shows that anyone could watch, other than Saturday morning cartoons.
We were born at a time of creative explosions not just of culture and media but also toys. Fast forward 20 plus years, we are the generation now having children… we’re the generation that is fully digital but yet we’re also the generation with a huge desire to have a “retro” feel to our life. Our super-sharp digital cameras all come with settings to give it a feel of film and of processing from the 1980 toy cameras; we have clothes that are toss backs to those days as well.
We have kept nearly every cultural aspect of our childhoods still around… if you take a look at the cartoons on TV. If you take a look at the toys my child plays with – it’s all clear. My child is playing with the toys that I grew up with but not the same ones because my mother threw those out. These are toys made today that are of characters that I grew up with or even toys made 1:1 of what the original piece that was produced in the 1980s.
It’s amazing to think that He-Man is still around today, that the Muppets is one of my child’s favorite shows. It all brings bit of nostalgia to my life and a joy to know the toys that I played with growing up are the same characters he’s growing up with.
We really are living in the retro world and I am loving it.