6 '80s Childhood Characters That Have Become Naughty Instead of Nice

Polly PocketYou guys may not know this about me, but I'm a Gen X Lifestyle Expert, which means part of my job entails nostalgically recalling all the fun things that came out from the '70s through the early '90s, and I do so with love and a mild obsession. Which is why I can't understand why all the totally awesome characters that were popular with my generation needed to be glittered, glammed, and slutified for my kids.

Do you remember the innocence of Polly Pocket, how she just bent at her midsection? The chubby cheeks of a Rainbow Brite and her entourage? Of course you do, because that was what made them adorable and innocent like us.

They didn't look like they were on their way to go clubbing with Ke$ha. They didn't have curves and they certainly didn't don body-hugging unitards that Madonna would call too racy for an awards show.

Now, they come with cocktails and cellphones, though it looks like some of them should come with an IUD ... or at least a morning-after pill.

Here's proof:

What do you think of these toys?


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LostS... LostSoul88

How the hell are those slutty? None of those are proof. As a woman I am surprised you throw the word slut around to carelessly. 

nonmember avatar Sunflower

Not so much slutty as creepy thin in most cases. The rainbow brite one breaks my heart the most. The rainbow brite movie was one of my favorites when I was young.

Jespren Jespren

I definately agree with a few of these. My husband and I were in the toy area of a store the other day and reflecting that, while the baby dolls were still mostly 'normal', the other side of the aisle was a bunch of tarted up dolls with tiny waists, huge heads, bee stung lips, no real clothing to speak of and most of them were either some form of 'zombie'/monster or otherwise non-human.

nonmember avatar Dawn

Jespren--Monster High Dolls. They do look tarted up. The ones in this article don't look bad. I have no idea what the writer is talking about!

nonmember avatar Person

While I think the writer was a little dramatic, I agree. It's crazy that just because society is going towards this "look" our kids dolls have to follow. In all of the above pictures the dolls were highly made over to the point of not being the same doll but a thinner more "trendy" new doll. They look more suited for 16 year olds then 6 year olds. Obviously I just stay away from them but its to the point that I don't have many options. Yes, it's my job to teach my daughter but can't she have normal looking dolls? Some things are taught by society.

SaphireH SaphireH

i think they are stupid for changing them just for the damn times, if it isnt broke dont fix it. rainbow bright and strawberry shortcake were my favorites but ill never let the new ones in my house, only the originals

LadyM... LadyMinni

Bratz dolls were worse than any of these. I don't know if they still make Bratz, of if they've been replaced by the stupid monster dolls. When I was a kid we had My Scene (which I loved, because it was all about fashion), Bratz, and Barbie. I still love Barbie. I don't get what people have against her. Maybe people don't know that she isn't supposed to look realistic?


I hate the new Polly Pocket dolls. I was a 90's baby, but I still had 80's Polly Pockets thanks to my cousins. They used to move around their own little houses on a track, and now...?

nonmember avatar Amanda

I greww up in the 80's and i agree with the author. I cheresh my memories of my dolls (Strawberry Shortcake, Rainbow Brite, Jem) and now society is sexualizing even our childrens toys...makes me sad that the innocence of childhood is being taken away at such a young age.

Kediset Kediset

I remember when Polly Pockets were pocket sized... do they still have pocket sized things? I think last time I looked there wasn't but that was a while ago so my memory could be messing with me

amnew... amnewlon8982

My daughter has her fair share of some of the new dolls and even Monster High dolls. She is eight and more concerned with taking the monsters apart and putting them back together than anything else. She couldn't give a rats behind about them being too sexy. She thinks it's gross when her dad and I kiss. Yes there are children who are still children. I have one.

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