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We’ve been flicking through an old Argos catalogue and it’s an utter time machine and we’ve concluded that Christmas 1985 was the best year for toys, and we’re going back there now.

Just look at this array of awesome stuff:

Oh man! Your own carrying case for your Vic-20 or C64! How swish! How executive

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We fantasised about having a Domino Rally but had to make do with piling up old books and knocking those over instead

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Pac Man as a board game – a friend had this, it was crap but we still wanted it

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He-man figures! Our mum wouldn’t let us collect these because they were a “waste of money”

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Wow – all the A-team kit. Never knew you could get a tent. WANT IT!

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Look at the prices on this Star Wars stuff. It probably goes for 100 times that on eBay.

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Train sets before John Major nationalised them. Proper British Rail!

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All of the Lego Technic stuff before it became a bit rubbishy with the extra pieces

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Oh man! Game and Watches. Again, how much would these go for mint on eBay?

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Calculators so cool that they were mini-computers. Imagining taking that into school! You’d probably be the KING OF THE SCHOOL.

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Let’s zoom in on those calculators oh yes…

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Remember this one with the flat keys? So, so cool. Solar powered too.

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A synth with built-in tape player. Nik Kershaw probably used this to write The Riddle.

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A radio so thin it’s as thin as a credit card. Imagine! You could listen to Radio 1 in Maths and get away with it!

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Detachable speakers! How cool is that?

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But what hasn’t changed is all the batteries you need for this stuff

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Seriously BBC should make the next Doctor Who Christmas special a trip back to 1985 and to Argos. We don’t need Daleks, we need this stuff.

Source: The 1985 Argos Catalogue, obviously

 

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