A very important part of our childhood was convincing our parents to get us the right 80s bedding sets, which ones from this list did you have?
1. Care Bears
The Care Bears were initially created in 1981 by Those Characters From Cleveland (TCFC), the licensing division of American Greetings. Jack Chojnacki, the co-president of TCFC, introduced the first Care Bear, to six businessmen—three from American Greeting Cards, and three from the toy company Kenner—in February 1981. Muriel Fahrion, the artist who helped create Strawberry Shortcake’s look, was also among the franchise’s first concept artists. Working with TCFC Creative VP Ralph Shaffer, Muriel designed the first six bears, creating the best-selling greeting card themes for their belly graphics. Susan Trentel, Muriel’s sister and doll designer of Strawberry Shortcake, designed the Care Bears plush. Once out of the concept stage children’s book illustrator Elena Kucharik became the primary artist for the Care Bears creating hundreds of full color illustrations for cards, books and a myriad of licensed products. TCFC’s creative team of artists and writers worked to create numerous characters in the line, which was a joint development by Those Characters From Cleveland and MAD (Marketing and Design Service of the toy group of General Mills). As they had done with Strawberry Shortcake, once titled “Project I,” American Greeting Cards called the Care Bears development “Project II” as they strove to make the character program secret until advertising was ready. At the start of the franchise, Care Bears was already established as its working title. It did of course go on to be a massive success with toy and merchandise lines that as you can see, included a bedding set.
2. The A-Team
The A-Team was created by writers and producers Stephen J. Cannell and Frank Lupo at the behest of Brandon Tartikoff, NBC’s Entertainment president. Cannell was fired from ABC in the early 1980s, after failing to produce a hit show for the network, and was hired by NBC; his first project was The A-Team. Brandon Tartikoff pitched the series to Cannell as a combination of The Dirty Dozen, Mission Impossible, The Magnificent Seven, Mad Max and Hill Street Blues, with “Mr. T driving the car”. The A-Team was not generally expected to become a hit, although Stephen J. Cannell has said that George Peppard suggested it would be a huge hit “before we ever turned on a camera”. The show became very popular; the first regular episode, which aired after Super Bowl XVII on January 30, 1983, reached 26.4% of the television audience, placing fourth in the top 10 Nielsen-rated shows. The A-Team was portrayed as acting on the side of good and helping the oppressed. The show remains prominent in popular culture for its cartoonish, over-the-top violence (in which people were seldom seriously hurt), formulaic episodes, its characters’ ability to form weaponry and vehicles out of old parts, and its distinctive theme tune. The show boosted the career of Mr. T, who portrayed the character of B. A. Baracus, around whom the show was initially conceived. Some of the show’s catchphrases, such as “I love it when a plan comes together”, “Hannibal’s on the jazz”, and “I ain’t gettin’ on no plane!” have also made their way onto T-shirts and other merchandise, including this bedding set!
3. Victoria Plum
Victoria Plum was the titular character of a series of books written by the then journalist Angela Rippon. Victoria was a tree fairy who lived in the great wood along with other characters like Marsha, Ben and Sugar Plum. Victoria and her friends became so popular that they inevitably spawned a whole range of merchandise, with this bedding set becoming very popular in the 80s!