It’s already there, isn’t it?
Even before you clicked the link to see our list, after just reading the headline, a song popped into your head. Maybe it’s not even a full song, but one line that rattles around your mind.
Whether it wormed its way in via the endlessly repeated commercials of the Saturday Morning Cartoon era, or as the theme from a show you just binged on Netflix, we all have songs that have stuck with us no matter how hard we try to forget them.
Here at Goodfind Toys, we’ve dived deep into the recesses of our subconsciousness to drag out the jingles that play on repeat in there.
Finally, a warning: proceed into the rest of this article with caution… You may end up with one of these tunes repeating in your head for the rest of the day… or week… or month (if it wasn’t there already).
Most kids from the ‘80s will instantly recognize the theme song from Hasbro’s popular My Buddy doll (or its Kid Sister sibling, targeted to girls). The nearly two-foot-tall “pal” was one of the first dolls made specifically for boys, but it also served as inspiration for the murderous Chucky doll from the Child’s Play franchise, according to director Tom Holland.
“Chucky’s first name – I originally called him Buddy, and I couldn’t use it because of the ‘My Buddy’ doll. I went out, I got a ‘My Buddy’ doll, I got a Raggedy Ann, a Raggedy Andy and I got one of those life-size baby infants. And I still have it out back. They are the creepiest things in the world,” he explained in a 2013 interview with Xfinity.
At the end of this memorable ad for the classic guessing game, an announcer comes on with a disappointing reality check: “Game cards do not actually talk.”
Sure, that was reasonable in the ‘80s, but it’s 2021 now and it’s ridiculous that we’re still waiting on a version where the characters DO talk to you.
Or can we at least get a gritty movie adaptation that delves into why Robert is so sad?
Check out Goodfind Toys for the re-released 1988 version of the game.
Regardless of your age, there’s a good chance some version of this board game’s theme song is etched into your memory. First released in 1963, the game required kids (and more likely, parents) to cobble together a wacky Rube Goldbergian contraption to catch those pesky mice.
Or something like that. Did anyone actually play this game according to the rules?
In any case, the mouse-catching mechanism teaches basic physics, cause-and-effect and how to deal with frustration when the $%#$% ball just won’t knock the #$%@#$^ hand that’s supposed to hit the piece at the @#$%@# top and I’ve tried to do it 100 @$%!@$% TIMES.
*Donates game to thrift store*
Maybe you’ll have more luck? Buy it here.
My Little Pony
Here’s another theme song for a toy that is genetically linked with most children who grew up in the ‘80s.
The pastel pony products have spanned several decades through toy releases and TV tie-ins, including the Generation 5 lineup that came out in 2021.
See all of Goodfind’s stock of My Little Pony figures here.
“Surprise! Surprise! Puppy Surprise! How many puppies are there inside? There could be three, or four, or five!”
These playtime pups — not to be confused with Pound Puppies — debuted in 1991, and depicted an inaccurately sanitary pantomime of a dog’s birthing process, which involved a velcro-sealed womb and a lot less mucus (thankfully).
Inside the mommy dog came either three, four or five smaller dogs, although only 20% came with four or five pups, so maybe start with a lesson in probability before ruining junior’s birthday.
The classic toy is still in print today, and now comes in Unicorn, Kitty and Llamacorn Surprise variants.
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Though it’s not necessarily for a specific toy, it’s impossible to mention toy jingles without giving a nod to maybe the most iconic theme song of all. The “I don’t want to grow up” lyrics were written back in 1982 by Linda Kaplan Thaler and blockbuster novelist James Patterson, who worked at the J. Walter Thompson ad agency.
The ad above isn’t just memorable for its tune — it also served as an early launchpad for Jenny Lewis (The Wizard actor and lead singer of Rilo Kiley), Lindsay Price (of Beverly Hills, 90210) and Jaleel White (a.k.a. Steve Urkel from Family Matters).
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