Years before children perused Amazon to collate their much-coveted Christmas gift list, they’d select their presents by flipping through the humble Argos catalogue.
Many children of the 80s and 90s will fondly remember spending hours browsing its laminated pages filled with purse-friendly toys and gifts, and dropping subtle hints to their parents.
For anyone who wants to take a trip down memory lane, the retailer has unearthed some incredibly retro pages from its 1980s and 1990s catalogues – and they’re sure to make you feel nostalgic.
Argos has released its 1980s catalogues featuring the much-loved Sindy, Etch-a-sketch, Twister and some rather retro electronics
Linzi Walker, Chief Toy Buyer at Argos said: ‘Looking at the archived toy sections in our catalogue always brings fond memories and a strong sense of nostalgia. Some toys like Barbie, My Little Pony, LEGO and Star Wars have been firm favourites for generations of children.
‘Looking ahead to this Christmas and beyond, animatronic toys are hot ticket items; with the Luvabella doll and Hatchimals leading the charge.
‘Further automation is expected within the next 12 months, as the often traditional sector continues adapting to the wants and needs of the current technology-loving generation.’
Long before the days of Playstations, Wii and iPads, children made do with keyboards, a chipmonk voice activator and the humble karaoke singalong
It’s not just the toys that are retro in the faded archive images, some of the children’s outfits and hairstyles are rather questionable, too
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Children of today will be left baffled by these chunky, retro devices that will leave them feeling grateful for their iPhones
Barbie is one of the few toys that is just as popular today as back then
The humble Rubix cube and the popular pink vanity stands for little girls were two of the most sought-after toys from the 1982 Argos catalogue
Every little girl will fondly remember the Tiny Tears doll and Carousel collection of hair tools
For anyone who wants to take a trip down memory lane, the retailer has unearthed some incredibly retro pages from its 1980s and 1990s catalogues
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The vintage images are a far cry from today’s version. Argos launched its first ever children’s toy catalogue featuring Star Wars, My Little Pony and Peppa Pig memorabilia