5. Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry Shortcake and her cat Custard were originally designed for a greeting card in 1977. After the image grew in popularity, Kenner bought the license to create a line of toys. The toys became so popular in the 80s that a cartoon was created. During the 1980s, Strawberry Shortcake became a popular for young girls throughout the United States. At the time, there were many related products, such as sticker albums, clothing, a video game by Parker Brothers entitled Strawberry Shortcake Musical Match-Ups for the Atari 2600 and numerous other products. Several TV specials were made featuring the characters, one each year between 1980 and 1985, when the characters’ popularity had waned. Kenner produced no new dolls or toys thereafter.
In 1991, THQ tried reviving the franchise by producing an updated line of Strawberry Shortcake dolls. Strawberry and five of her classic friends each got a makeover with new clothes, hair, and eyes. However, the line enjoyed at best a modest success, lasting just a year.
6. Care Bears
After the success of Strawberry Shortcake, Kenner were on the look out for another property to turn into a toy line. They turned their attention to greetings cards again, where they found the Care Bears. After that the story is all too familiar but this time the success was unprecedented. Care Bears were everywhere, on beds on wallpaper, on pens and pencils and more. Care Bear Stare! Aired between 1985 and 1988 in syndication; on the ABC network, The CBN Family Channel from 1988 to 1990, The Family Channel from 1990 to 1997 (DIC episodes only) and from 1990 to 1998 (Nelvana episodes only) in the United States. The 1985 episodes were produced by DIC Entertainment and LBS Communications; the ABC episodes were made by Nelvana under the name The Care Bears Family. This is the only Care Bears series produced by Nelvana; in 2007, Sabella Dern Entertainment produced a revival, Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot.
It was the 80s and every popular toy wanted in on the cartoon action! Your favourite little thumb sucking character sold in the millions and so it was inevitable that they would get their own cartoon!