Walmart Has a Hidden Toy Section That’s Like a Time Machine to Your Childhood
‘Tis the season to do some toy shopping! It’s no surprise that high-tech items like hoverboards, gaming systems, and the interactive Juno the Baby Elephant are topping most kids’ wish lists this year, but we can’t help but feel nostalgic for the simple toys and games that brought us so much joy with so few bells and whistles. Walmart totally gets us and has curated a Classic Toys section that’s filled with iconic favorites that span generations, including Connect 4, My Little Pony, the Easy-Bake Oven, and Trouble (oh, that Pop-O-Matic bubble!). We rounded up some of our all-time favorites that you’ll want to share with your favorite kid this holiday—or maybe even gift to yourself to bust out after Thanksgiving dinner.
Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven
Before the Instant Pot and the Air Fryer, we were cooking by lightbulb with the Easy-Bake Oven. Well, at least we were as kids. This dazzling edition includes a glittery oven, plus a baking pan and pan tool that budding bakers can use for making sweet and savory treats.
Buy: Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven – Baking Star Edition,
We’re not buying that a kid drew that artists’ palette in the photo above. Drawing with an Etch-a-Sketch is tricky—but still tons of fun. And the best part is that even if you mess up, all you have to do is flip the tablet upside down, give it a shake, and start over again.
My Little Pony – 35th Anniversary Collectors Ponies
Everyone has blue, pink, and purple hair these days, but My Little Pony did it first, back in the ’80s. As always, every Pony comes with a comb and ribbon for creating flawless horsey hairstyles.
Buy: My Little Pony – 35th Anniversary Collectors Ponies, $12.90
Care Bears Large Plush
It doesn’t get much more ’80s than this: a Care Bear and a rainbow. Cheer Bear was just one of the popular personality-packed characters in the beloved Care Bear line, which also included Bedtime Bear, Birthday Bear, Friend Bear, Good Luck Bear, Funshine Bear, Tenderheart Bear, Love-a-Lot Bear, Wish Bear, and Grumpy Bear. Which one did you relate to as a kid, and which do you relate to as an adult?
Buy: Care Bears Large Plush,
Hungry Hungry Hippos
Don’t mind us, we’re still trying to match up all the colors on the same Rubik’s cube we’ve been turning since we were 8.
Buy: Rubik’s Cube,
Mr. Potato Head
As the song goes, it walks down stairs alone or in pairs…. aaaaand that’s pretty much all a Slinky does. Still, that’s pretty entertaining when you’re 4, no?
Buy: Original Slinky,
Polly Pocket Sweet Treat Cupcake Cafe
Polly Pocket’s cupcake-shaped compact is filled with doors that open up to lots of sweet surprises. In the cafe, you can lift the table to transform it into a stage where Polly and her friend Shani can perform. The best part is that the new Polly includes something called “stick technology,” which keeps her securely in place and prevents her from toppling over and embarrassing herself while performing.
Buy: Polly Pocket Sweet Treat Cupcake Cafe,
The classic board game includes new tokens like a rubber ducky, Tyrannosaurus Rex, and penguin, but the objective remains the same: Buy up as much property as you can, then build hotels and houses. Oh, and try not to get sent directly to jail for no apparent reason and with no real legal explanation.
Magic 8 Ball
Chutes and Ladders
LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Collection
Strawberry Shortcake 35th Anniversary Doll
Though she’s gotten a more modern makeover in recent years, we’re “berry” happy to see this Strawberry Shortcake rag doll, wearing her classic uniform of a bonnet, red dress, green striped stockings, and signature strawberry scent. Nothing wrong with being stuck in a fashion rut.
Buy: Strawberry Shortcake 35th Anniversary Doll, $14.49
The Game of Life
Get in your car, spin the numbered wheel, and steer your way through life, building a career, starting a family, and even adopting pets along the way. Of course, all of this will cost you money, and the ultimate object of the game is to retire rich. We can all dream, can’t we?
Buy: The Game of Life, $13.44
More grown up than Etch-a-Sketch, Magna Doodle includes a pen for making precise drawings or writing messages, plus X and O “stamps” for creating patterns or playing tic-tac-toe. To clean the board, simply slide the orange tab back and forth. Wait, we could use one of these now!
Buy: Magna Doodle,
You know the drill: Grab seven tiles (pray that you don’t get the Q and no vowels!), use them to form a word on the Scrabble board, and try for that coveted triple-word-score spot. Be sure to have a Scrabble dictionary on hand for challenging those words you’re convinced your friend made up.
This post originally appeared on Apartment Therapy. See it here: Walmart has a Hidden Section that’s Basically a Time Machine to Your Childhood