No matter how old you are, there are certain toys that will always catch your eye, and nothing quite catches the eye like glow in the dark toys. Throughout time, certain toys have amazed us with their magical ability to glow when the lights are off. So let’s take a look at some of our favorite glow-in-the-dark toys.
1) Glo Worm
This adorable larva was originally introduced in 1982 by Playschool (now part of Hasbro). The Glo Worm was a cuddly plush toy with a soft body featuring a glowing vinyl head that lit up from the inside when squeezed.
This beloved glow in the dark companion proved to be a comforting toy for many small children who took the Glo Worm to bed each night. To the delight of young children, their pajamaed insect contained a hidden battery-powered device that when squeezed would light up the toy’s head.
Spurred by success with Glo Worm, Hasbro introduced over 20 other variations, including the GloSnail, GloButterfly, and GloTurtle. In fact, these toys were so popular that Hasbro expanded the Glo Worm franchise to include storybooks, nightlights, and videos.
2) Glow in the Dark Creature from the Black Lagoon
In 1980 the Remco toy company introduced a Gill-man monster based on the movie “The Creature from the Black Lagoon”. The iconic Gill-man figure was made entirely of glow in the dark plastic resin materials.
The eponymous glowing creature was faithfully replicated from the classic film originally released in 1954, one of the first 3D movies. The film became an instant hit and remains a cult classic to this day.
Gill-man was a half man, half fish sea monster character able to survive on both land and sea. He featured luminous glow in the dark gills and was pretty scary looking.
Keeping up with the Star Wars craze of the time, this toy was a perfect 3 ¾ scale that perfectly fit in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon for the greatest early sci-fi crossover.
3) Lego Glow in the Dark Ghost
Lego, the maker of popular interlocking brick toys, added this glow in the dark resin ghost to its popular collection of figures.
Originally launching in 1990, the Ghost appeared in 4 variations over the years. All toys featured special headgear and were molded of ABS glow in the dark plastic resin material.
The original ghost mini-figure had a glow-in-the-dark cowl with an eerie smiling expression, white torso with arms and hands, and brick legs that attached to the ghost’s torso. The second glow in the dark Lego ghost looked similar to its predecessor, enhancing it with white legs. The third version changed very little from its predecessors, except this time adding yellow hands. The latest version features the most complete detail, including a wailing expression and molded plastic tip for the cowl.
4) Tonka Naturals and Ghostlings
For those who remember the 80’s, you may recall that Tonka developed a toy line called Super Naturals, which was also a short-lived UK comic series. Tonka Naturals were the larger size version, while the Ghostlings were their small sized companions. The line was originally introduced in 1986.
These toys had both heroic and evil warriors, introducing Lionheart as the heroic leader and Skull as the head evil warrior. All these warriors featured holographic shields, functioning as holographic innards with several glow-in-the-dark features. They held glow in the dark plastic weapons and on some models the hands were also made from glowing plastic resin. Unfortunately the cloaks did not glow. We think that would have made them even cooler.
5) Kooky Spooky
In 1968, Hasbro developed a line of six glow-in-the-dark rubber finger puppets shaped like a family of ghosts called Kooky Spooky. Each ghost came with its own quirky accessory, such as a guitar or umbrella. Removed from their box, these toys provided hours of ghoulish fun. However, if you’re looking to collect these figurines still in their original box, you should know that not many survived. Any prolonged contact between the rubbery ghosts and hard plastic resin accessories caused the accessories to melt into one another. The accessories also tend to melt in prolonged contact with the original cellophane packaging. Yet perhaps by some ghoulish luck, many of the figurines themselves remain perfectly intact. Now that’s kooky spooky!
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