I was making a late night Walmart run the other day when out of the corner of my eye I thought I saw a two-headed doll. I did a double take only to confirm that my eyes had not fooled me. It was indeed a two-headed “Monster High Great Scarrier Reef Peri/Pearl Serpent Doll” (basically a two-headed mermaid with way overdone make-up). The doll (if you want to call it that) was overtly creepy and a little disturbing, and I had one of those moments where you simultaneously roll your eyes while thinking, “kids these days.” But then I started thinking about some of the toys from my childhood, and I realized my generation had quite a few creepy toys of our own.
10 Incredibly Creepy Toys from the ’80s and ’90s:
1. Teddy Ruxpin
This talking robot bear is all fun and games until he wakes you up in the middle of the night when his batteries are low and asks, “Do you want to be my friend?”
What’s the deal with trolls? They’re creepy and pretty much always naked.
Hey kids, let’s play with Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa, and Po in a psychedelic “Tubbytronic Superdome.” Not weird at all…
4. My Buddy Doll
These dolls were a big hit in 1985 then the “Chucky” movies came out a few years later and suddenly no one wanted to go to sleep at night with their “buddy.”
5. “Midge” AKA Pregnant Barbie
Mattel’s first pregnant Barbie, “Midge,” was part of the Happy Family line that was introduced in 1988. Midge was sold “pregnant” with newborn baby, Nikki, a tiny baby doll inside Midge’s magnetic removable womb. Kids everywhere could finally realize their dreams of playing C-section with Barbie!
6. Play-Doh Doctor Drill ‘N Fill
Pulling teeth and filling cavities – it’s every kid’s dream toy.
7. Mad Balls
From the Mad Balls commercial:” Mad balls, mad balls, gross for one, gross for all…Freaky fun is what they’re for.” That’s pretty much all you need to know.
8. Creepy Crawlers
Little bug like creatures made from die-cast molds. Mattel also introduced similar toys called “Creeple Peeple” and “Eeks.”
9. The (Original) Baxter Stockman-Fly Action Figure
The half man/half fly character from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Believe it or not, a creepier version has actually been released in the last couple of years.
10. N’Sync Dolls
The only thing worse than getting an N’Sync song stuck in your head – these N’Sync marionette dolls, a visual reminder of the creepy “No Strings Attached” music video.