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Colorforms of the 1980s: Easy to Play, Hard to Put Away

The Colorforms of the 1980s continued a rich tradition that began in the 1960s and that lives on strong to this day. And, while the toy was (and is) as simple as can be — a few hunks of thin plastic that you stick to a glossy picture board — they were (and are!) impossible to put away. And that’s especially true for these kits, the best Colorforms of the 1980s.

Smurfs Colorforms

The first set, entitled Smurfs Colorforms, was released in 1980. It had a white background with blue sky and green grass on the board. In total there were 16 pieces of colorform including Papa Smurf, Brainy Smurf, Jokey Smurf and Hefty Smurf plus trees and bushes.

Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog Dream Date

The second set, entitled Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog Dream Date was released in 1983. This colorforms had a pink background with purple hearts on it. It came with 16 pieces of colorform that included Muppet characters like Rowlf, Scooter, Dr Teeth and Animal as well as colorful flowers for your dream date setting.

E. T. Colorforms

This Colorforms was released in 1982 and is based on the Steven Spielberg film E. T.: The Extra Terrestrial. This set has a blue, light green and white background with three pieces of colorform that includes Elliot (the main character), the small alien who befriends him, and his bike for when they fly away to safety together at the end of the film.

The set also has a small moon-shaped sticker with E.T.’s face that can be used to color in Elliot’s bicycle when he leaves his house on their “adventures.” The last piece is one large number five, which would have been enough for Elliott and E. T., but not enough for Elliott’s two siblings.

Rainbow Brite Colorforms

This Colorforms set is based on the popular cartoon of the same name. It was released in 1982 and includes four pieces, which are: Rainbow Brite (the main character), her horse Starlite, an apple tree sticker to color in their garden together during what seems to be a time of peace for them.

Pac-Man Colorforms

This set of Colorforms was released in 1983, and it’s based on the game of the same name. It includes three pieces: Pac-Man, who is chasing a bunch of ghosts; an apple tree sticker with an arcade that can be colorized together during their adventures; and a bonus sticker sheet for other games like Frogger or Donkey Kong.

Ghostbusters Colorforms Set

Released in 1984, this set of colorforms is based on the popular movie franchise with a similar name and includes three pieces: The Ghostbusters themselves; an apple tree sticker with their headquarters that can be colorized together during their adventures; and a bonus sticker sheet for other movies like Back to the Future.

A-Team Colorforms

The A Team colorforms were released in 1984. The set includes three pieces: Hannibal, Face, and B.A., and is based on the popular TV show of the same name. It also has a sticker sheet with other vehicles from that era to colorize together during their adventures as they fight crime.

Gremlins Colorforms Set

Released in 1984, the Gremlins colorforms set is based on the popular movie franchise of the same name and includes three pieces: The gremlins themselves; an apple tree sticker with their headquarters that can be colorized together during their adventures; and a bonus sticker sheet for other movies like Back to the Future.

Marvel Super Heroes Colorform Set

The Marvel Super Heroes colorforms set was released in 1984 and is based on the popular comic book series of the same name. The set includes five pieces: Iron Man, Thor, Spider-Man, Hulk, and Captain America. It also has a sticker sheet with other superheroes to colorize together during their adventures against crime and evil villains.

(Like Colorforms of the 1980s? Then you might like our article on Colorforms of the 1970s, click here.)

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