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15 Toys From Our Childhood That Were Given Unnecessary Makeovers

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. The surest sign that you're getting older is when you take a trip through the toy aisle and don't recognize any of the brands - if you're shopping for your own kids, that's also a hint that you're over the hill. But some classic toys never seem to go out of style, and comparing the playthings of our childhoods their modern versions can be pretty shocking.

Did you know the View-Finder got a high-tech reboot? Or that Furby has an app now? Check out this list but be warned: you may feel your age by the end!

1. Strawberry Shortcake

This classic greeting card and cartoon character was given quite the makeover in 2009, being re-designed to look more trendy and fashionable than the original toy. Comparing the original Kiebler Elf-style design to today's Shortcake is kind of like looking back at embarrassing photos of yourself from Junior High.

2. Bop It!

It was a much simpler time when the original Bop It! was released back in 1996 with just three commands. To keep up with today's fast paced world and compete with smart phone, today's versions of Bop It! feature multiple difficulty levels, color-changing lights, and tons of other bells and whistles.

3. Teddy Ruxpin

Getting a Teddy Ruxpin from your parents was their way of telling you they were tired of reading Good Night Moon over and over. The ability to play cassette tapes made this bear a high-tech gadget in the '80s, but the updated model has 4 gigs of memory built-in.

Unfortunately, he also has glowing eyes to frighten a whole new generation of kids with.

4. Barbie's Dream House

Barbie has always kept up with the trends, changing her outfits to match the current style, and her house has changed over the years as well. The pastel pink paint-job is still here, but new features include WiFi-connected working TVs(!), with enough room for all of Barbie's friends, pets, and even the new and improved Ken dolls. How does millennial Barbie afford this place?

5. Littlest Pet Shop

We were so quaint when we were kids, willing to settle for a zebra and a small plastic stable as a "playset." Compare those dinky sets to the huge plastic structures kids get today and try not to feel bad. Although, the original animals were a little nicer than these bug-eyed ones.

Keep reading to see how Transformers and Polly Pocket look today!

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