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Kid of the 80s

qbert

Q*bert was released in the fall of 1982. The game was developed under the name Cubes, but was also known as Snots And Boogers and @!#?@!.

Q*bert was well received in arcades and by critics, who praised the graphics, gameplay and main character. The success resulted in sequels and use of the character’s likeness in merchandising, such as appearances on lunch boxes, toys, and an animated television show.

Q*bert originally sold about 25,000 arcade games in cabinet and cocktail versions. The original machines have become collector’s items; the rarest of them are the cocktail versions.

Kid of the 80s

sega-master-system

The Sega Master System was released in the US in 1986 as a competitor to the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).

The Master System was technically superior to the NES, but failed to overturn Nintendo’s significant market share advantage in Japan and North America. Due to Nintendo’s licensing practices with third-party developers, the Master System’s game library lacked a number of quality titles.

Final sales estimates show the Master System sold 13 million units in its lifetime, compared to the 62 million NES units.

Games for the Master System came in two formats: ROM cartridges were capable of holding up to 1048 kbit of game code, while Sega Cards could hold up to 256 kbit. Cards were cheaper to manufacture than the cartridges, but Sega Cards were eventually dropped due to their lack of memory.

Kid of the 80s

peaches-cream-barbie

Peaches ‘n Cream Barbie was introduced in the mid-80s. The commercial for the doll included future Saved by the Bell star Tiffani-Amber Thiessen.

Kid of the 80s

my-pet-monster

My Pet Monster’s blue fur, horns, fanged smile and orange break-away chains were a hit in the mid-to-late 80s.

My Pet Monster was first produced by American Greetings in 1986. The monster was one of the few plush toys marketed directly to boys at the time.

The popularity of the doll led to direct-to-video special in 1986 and an animated series in 1987.

Kid of the 80s

kissing-barbie

We had Kissing Barbie in the 80s. After applying lipstick and pressing the button on her back, she would tilt her head for a kiss.

Kissing Barbie was dressed in a a sheer pale pink nylon dress with a floral and kiss imprint pattern. The box read…

“Make her kiss! See her lips pucker! Hear the sound! See her lipstick mark!”