Throwback: Dolls, action figures and talking bears were among the must-have toys of 1985

Posted at 5:30 AM, Nov 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-26 05:30:53-05

INDIANAPOLIS — The holiday shopping season typically begins the day after Thanksgiving. It’s a tradition that dates back decades.

Former WRTV reporter Barbara Boyd explored the hottest trends in kids' toys in November 1985. Boyd found that kids wanted many of the same items they did the previous year.

Cabbage Patch Kids, which were hugely popular during the previous few shopping seasons, were once again must-have items. New for 1985 were the Cabbage Patch Twins, World Travelers dolls and Show Pony.

Also new for 1985 were a pair of talking toy bears.

There was AG Bear, which stood for almost-grown bear. It was capable of listening and talking back to the sound of a human voice. But AG Bear would never become as popular as his fellow furry companion, Teddy Ruxpin.

The Teddy Ruxpin bear could talk and read stories to children, all while moving his mouth and eyes.