These and other electronic toys seemed incredibly futuristic at the time with their light-up indicators, keypads, and buzzing sound effects. Today, of course — over three decades later — these toys would hardly pass muster with any eight year old. And yet the following five electronic toys I still remember with incredible fondness.
The '80s and early '90s were a magical decade for gadgets for kids. Computing power and display technology were evolving and cost effective enough to penetrate the toy market in a big way. Purely mechanical toys evolved into electromechanical toys and gave birth to the digital toy revolution.
The s were a great time to be a geeky kid, thanks to the introduction of the first digital electronic toys. With their beeping songs and blinking lights, who could resist them? Recently I decided to take a trip down memory lane, buying some classic 70s digital toys, and carefully disassembling them to reveal their vintage electronic guts.
After 94 years in business, it is likely that Radio Shack will soon be no more. And sadly, it has taken the impending death of Radio Shack for me to realize how absolutely ingrained its products have been in my life. As the son of an electronics engineer living in the US, our home growing up held at least five Radio Shack products per room or those of its related brands: Tandy, Realistic, Optimus, Archer, or Micronta.
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Whereas now children play on apps and online communities, there were whole generations that stored tangible nuggets of nostalgia on bookshelves and cupboards. The value of vintage and iconic toys from as early as the s have started soaring — with some racking up to hundreds of thousands of dollars today. Do you have any of these classic toys in your attic? If so, you might just be owed a payday.