Monday, July 19, 2004

Retro toys get makeovers

Cabbage Patch Kids aren't the only retro toys that are making a comeback. Twenty years after they were first inspired by greeting cards or cartoons, here are a few more toys that are returning.

Care Bears

Debuted: 1982, Kenner

Relaunched: 2003, Play Along

What's new: Bears that dance, sing, glow or interact with each other. Computer-animated adventures on video and DVD are due Oct. 5.

Strawberry Shortcake

Debuted: 1981, Kenner

Relaunched: 2003, Bandai America

What's new: A spunkier, more independent character clad in more modern clothing (jeans instead of a dress), and animated adventures on DVD.

My Little Pony

Debuted: 1983, Hasbro

Relaunched: 2003, Hasbro

What's new: Ponies with a different theme every year, symbols on only one side of their bodies, magnets on one hoof to allow them to interact with different play sets.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Debuted: 1988, Playmates

Relaunched: 2003, Playmates

What's new: Edgier, more serious attitudes (the Turtles have lost some of their "cheese factor," except on their pizza). Coming soon: Turtle action figures that perform their own martial arts moves.

Lauren Bishop

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