In the 80s we weren’t afraid to say that some things were made for girls and some were made for boys. Whether it was toys or cartoons they were definitely marketed to one sex or the other. Thats not to say that the boys didn’t play with girls toys and vice versa, it was just the girls found it a lot easier to admit! So boys how many of these 80s cartoons that were aimed at girls will you admit to watching?
1. Jem (and the Holograms)
The ultra cool Jem was the alter ego of Jerrica Benton the owner of starlight music. It’s the super computer Synergy that helps Jerrica by projecting the Jem hologram over her, this allowed Jem to project her own holograms with the use of her earrings. This often helped her get the better of her rival bands The Misfits and The Stingers!
2. My Little Pony
As with a lot of cartoons in the 80s, this one was built around a toy line, but this was not just any old toy line, it was one of the most popular: My Little Pony. The toys sold in their millions, and all the girls who owned them watched the cartoon!
3. She-Ra Princess of Power
What do you do when you’ve got one of the most successful boys toy lines of the 80s? You create an alternative along the same lines but for girls! She-Ra was introduced in 1985 as He-man’s sister! Storylines and characters were recycled, but it didn’t matter because the girls loved her! The toys began to sell and Filmation and Mattel cemented their position as merchandising gods!
4. Rainbow Brite
In this case the cartoon came before the toys! Rainbow Brite was the creation of Hallmark cards who eventually teamed up with toy giants Mattel. It followed the adventures of Rainbow Brite, Twink, Starlite and the Color Kids, who all went around spreading color wherever they went!