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Plastic sticker-like things that you could stick to an extravagant piece of cardboard to make cartoon scenes. You could get them in a variety of different cartoon characters...from Disney to the Smurfs to Barbie.
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Jenna - May 05, 2007 - Report this comment
I had 2 sets of these. I had one disney one and then I had one that came with a video. It had shapes and stuff and when you got to certain points in the video you would use the shapes to make things to "help" the characters. I usually just watched the movie because it was awesome.
Delany - June 05, 2007 - Report this comment
I LOVED THESE !!! I had a muppet baby one and a strawberry shortcake one I would play with these for hours on end
Tammy - August 08, 2007 - Report this comment
This is so WEIRD! One of those weird memories that stick in your mind forever. I had a Mork and Mindy color form set which was the first one I ever had and I remember it because my mom had to have eye surgery once when I was like 4 and I remember her coming home wearing a white eye patch after being away from us for the first time ever and me playing with those things while she was gone. I think I got a Winnie The Pooh one with Tigger later.
SL - August 28, 2007 - Report this comment
These were cool. I liked the way they smelled, like sweet plastic.
Kelly - August 30, 2007 - Report this comment
I loved these things so much. I can't remember which ones I had but I remember playing with them for hours.
krikit96 - September 01, 2007 - Report this comment
I had alvin and the chipmunks!!!
Victoria - September 10, 2007 - Report this comment
I loved colorforms! I had the Mork & Mindy set, and a Charlie's Angels set, and probably some others, but my favorite set was this HUGE Mickey Mouse set where the colorforms glowed in the dark.
Mish - September 12, 2007 - Report this comment
I LOVED these, one of my favorite toys. My favorite one was Holly Hobby, of course.
Suz - October 24, 2007 - Report this comment
I had tons of these! I LOVED them. I remember having this super huge one that was Raggedy Ann Tea Party theme. I got it for my 4th or 5th birthday. I have a picture of it somewhere....I was so happy I was beaming in that picture.
Kelly - October 28, 2007 - Report this comment
I had the Cabbage Patch Kids House!!!!
Carmen - November 17, 2007 - Report this comment
I had a more recent one from the early '90s of The Little Mermaid, I also had some other ones that I can't think of & I had an old birthday card with the same idea.
Sarah - November 23, 2007 - Report this comment
I had a Sesame Street one. It had several levels on the house. It was so AWESOME! You could put the refrigerator and beds and Ernie and Bert wherever you wanted. I wish I had that to pass on to my son!
Hannah - January 03, 2008 - Report this comment
I had the Sesame Street ones if I can recall. I wish I had the Popples colorforms like the ones they show on top, but I don't think I did. They just don't make them like they used to
jeff - January 10, 2008 - Report this comment
i was actually raised by colorforms. colorforms, and tv. ah, the sweet, sweet eighties.
Robin - January 11, 2008 - Report this comment
I had the Cabbage Patch house too (it was the best!) and a bunch of others. I have seen these in stores recently.
Jill - April 06, 2008 - Report this comment
Oh wow! I remember these!! I had a Holly Hobbie one. I loved that thing! I played with it until the forms just wouldn't stay on the shiny cardboard anymore! LOL
Sidney - April 08, 2008 - Report this comment
I had a Smurfs one and I absolutely loved it!
jesslynn26 - April 27, 2008 - Report this comment
I had some sugar and spice one, girls house on one side and boys on the other. That like all I know.
Lisa - May 25, 2008 - Report this comment
These ROCKED! I had a Holly Hobbie General Store set, a haunted house set that had "secret doors", Snoopy, and probably others.
Jason865 - May 25, 2008 - Report this comment
I absolutely loved these! I had Superfriends and He-Man...They were awesome. I'm 30 years old, but would still play with them today if they existed!
Jangothreat - May 30, 2008 - Report this comment
Man, I had Spiderman, He-man, Star wars, and Mork and mindy. The hardest one to find is King Kong. I'll give you a dollar if you can even find a picture of one on the internet.
J - July 08, 2008 - Report this comment
i have been trying to remember a mickey mouse color form set where u placed a colorform on a wheel (think u lifted mickeys treasure box) and they changed as u spun them thru t different colored windows ( 1 green 1 purple? ) any clue??? thanks
Melissa1970 - July 09, 2008 - Report this comment
J - You just brought back a quick flashback to me!!! What was that thing?? I'm going on an ebay quest to find this right now.
Melissa1970 - July 09, 2008 - Report this comment
J - I FOUND IT!! WOW!! That one was buried deep in the memory banks! It was called Tricky Mickey Magic Colorforms!! Here's a link to someone's tribute page: http://bp1.blogger.com/_JjbrRQp_wk8/Rhuv8xmlUiI/AAAAAAAAAFM/ttc-EGhFk24/s1600-h/trickymick.jpg There was another Mickey set like that one that I had and absloutely LOVED - it was like a birthday party scene with cakes and party hats - here it is on ebay! http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-MidCentury-Mickey-Mouse-Colorforms-Set_W0QQitemZ360042392791QQihZ023QQcategoryZ1398QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1638Q2em118Q2el1247 And then the last Mickey one I had was a pop-up 3D version with a Mickey Mouse Band! I just found it on ebay for $159! Yikes! Here's a pic: http://cgi.ebay.com/1973-Raggedy-Ann-Mickey-Mouse-Pop-Up-Colorform-Trade-Ad_W0QQitemZ200121332654QQihZ010QQcategoryZ723QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1638Q2em118Q2el1247#ebayphotohosting
Lani66 - August 31, 2008 - Report this comment
Hollie Hobbie House in Colorforms and Bedknobs and Broomsticks Colorform set here.
ADA - September 02, 2008 - Report this comment
God, I hadn't thought of these in years!! I had the Holly Hobbie schoolhouse one and Little House On The Prairie!! Yayy!! What fun they were!!
Sara - September 04, 2008 - Report this comment
I had recieved a big E.T. colorforms set when I was getting my tonsils out. It was the forest setting with fold out flaps that revealed E.T.'s spaceship!
Stewie - September 06, 2008 - Report this comment
I had many of these when I was a kid. The best ones were Sesame Street with the two opening buildings and A Peanuts one where on one side you could open a big house (Charlie Brown's house I would presume) and the other side you could open Snoopy's doghouse!
SavageLettuce - September 11, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved Colorforms! I had this huge Smurf village. It was a tree that you opened up & became their village w/ all the mushroom houses & stuff. It ruled.
Jenny - September 25, 2008 - Report this comment
I would literally play with these for hours. I also had the Smurf village one, and a Cabbage Patch Kids one.
Sandra - November 14, 2008 - Report this comment
I had the ginormo Smurf village too and used to play with that thing endlessly. It never got old with me...I was such an easy-to-please tot. Also we had 2 of these sets that were MAGIC SHOW colorform sets. Kinda hard to describe (but I'll give it a shot..) You would stick the colorform on this wheel and you turned the knob and it came into view under a green window and you'd see a little cartoon fishie (presuming the colorform in question is a cartoon fishie, that is) and then you turned the center knob a bit more, and it would come into view thru a red window and that would show THE FISHIE'S BONES!! Woohoo! Actually in retrospect, it was kinda lame, nowhere near as cool as the Smurf town playset. But we played quite a bit with ours, because it was a Mork & Mindy Colorforms Magic Show and I think we just loved that unique cachet that accompanied fine Mork & Mindy merchandise.We had a Minnie&Mickey Colorforms Magic Show that was nearly identical and we hardly ever touched the thing...unless we were lifting those colorforms for use on the Mork & Mindy Magic board.
Meredith - December 12, 2008 - Report this comment
Oh wow I used to LOVE my Colorforms!! I'm now 26 years old. I had so many of them, but one I remember most was the New Kids on The Block lol. A few years ago I bought a Cabbage Patch Kids one on ebay. It's awesome and just sits on my old stereo in my old room! :)
Mel - December 18, 2008 - Report this comment
The best thing EVER! I had Popples, Smurfs, She-Ra, Sesame Street, Mickey Mouse, and Cabbage Patch kids. I am sure I had others. My mom would buy them or pick them up for me at a garage sale. They were so simple and fun. I don't understand why they don't make these still.
Jen - December 31, 2008 - Report this comment
These things were awesome. I remember having tons of them. Isnt it funny how something so simple could provide hours of amusement. Kids now-a-days would probably hate them. We definitely had the best toys in the 80s!
Stewie - January 02, 2009 - Report this comment
We had the best toys in the 80's? In a word - AMEN.
Aimee - March 30, 2009 - Report this comment
loved playing with those! i still have the popples one at my mom's house.
M - April 08, 2009 - Report this comment
I just scored a Holly Hobbie Colorforms original set on Ebay - has never been played with and the box has no broken corners - awesome! I played with this as a child - it brings back great memories!!!
Pete - April 08, 2009 - Report this comment
Holy %#^^ - I had a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Colorform, Home Alone 2 (guess they were still popular in early 90s), and many more. I wish my parents did not get rid of all my toys at yard sales!
robby - April 16, 2009 - Report this comment
i think I remeber having a Batman color forms.
Val - April 29, 2009 - Report this comment
apparently they still make these. My aunt sent a set its a box you open thats shiny cardboard with an outdoor scene, its about a caterpiller and how it changes into a butterfly. I wouldent have believed it by my 3yo plays with it often.
Erin - May 02, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved these things! I remember a huge Smurfs one, and also a Garfield one. You could put Garfield in his cat bed and stick his food dish in front of him : )
steve - May 12, 2009 - Report this comment
Colorforms go back to the 60s!! I had a Top Cat set, after the TV show that I played with a lot. Also a Colorforms baseball game played with spinners that was actually a very good game with realistic final scores, etc. My older brother and I played this a lot. The background was obviously a baseball field, with Colorforms players to put on the bases. As someone else here has noted, the sets had a particular pleasant, sweet smell. I'm pleased to hear that they kept making them for a long time - they required children to exercise some imagination in their play, unlike too many modern toys/games.
PeepsMcGee - May 26, 2009 - Report this comment
Colorforms are awesome! I had several sets, Garfield, Cabbage Patch, and tons of others, I would spend hours decorating the room & playing with them, but I always lost them, thus the reason for having so many sets...lol
WereDog - May 26, 2009 - Report this comment
I got the Pound Puppies one for Easter. I was angry because I wanted a stuffed animal. What a brat I was. But I had fun with it nonetheless. Why they don't make these now I'll never know.
Karen - August 12, 2009 - Report this comment
WEREDOG- They do make them now! I babysat for a 3 year old that had a Dora The Explorer set. My mom loved Colorforms when she was younger, and made sure I had them when I was young. I remember having A disney set, Sesame St, and Muppet Babies set.
MTK - August 12, 2009 - Report this comment
I'm 33...does anyone remember a Disney (Mickey and crew) colorforms set that was a glow-in-the-dark haunted house? I LOVED it. If you turned off the lights, there were little ghosts and stuff, like the fish in the fishbowl would just glow as a skeleton. I swear I'm not making it up, but I have not been able to find any info on this set!
amanda-beth - August 14, 2009 - Report this comment
i had dozens of these when little in all kinds of chaters but didnt know what they were called till right now.
Jennifer - September 02, 2009 - Report this comment
I had muppets. micky mouse, cabbage patch. my neighbor had smurfs one.
Retronut - October 08, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember the Mickey Mouse glow in the dark set! I had one of the Peanuts characters set from the '70s. I really loved those because I could stick them to the window also. :)
Suzi - December 18, 2009 - Report this comment
@ MTK, I had the set you're talking about, and for the life of me, I can't remember the name of it. I found a listing on eBay yesterday of an UNOPENED box of Mickey's Funhouse colorforms sets, all brand new, never used. Taking a chance and getting the thing in the hopes it's the one I used to play with back in the 70's. Wish me luck!
Suzi - December 18, 2009 - Report this comment
@MTK Follow up: I think the name of that Mickey colorforms set is called Mickey Mouse Magic Glow Funhouse.
Kristen - December 18, 2009 - Report this comment
I had some kitchen like one and a Barbie one.
Cindi - December 19, 2009 - Report this comment
Colorforms were fun and they had a really neat new plastic smell.
Josie - January 23, 2010 - Report this comment
I'm trying to find the one I had on line but can't remember what it was called. It was of a house. You could put the people in their home. It had furniture that you could place in what ever room you wanted. Maybe from the 70's? Anyone know what I'm talking about?
AIS - February 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I LOVED Colorforms as a kid, especially the Garfield ones! My fondest memory,however,is of my mom buying Peanuts Colorform set for my sister and me when we had the chicken pox!
Richard - March 04, 2010 - Report this comment
Why is this in "toys of the eighties"? Colorforms were being sold in the early 50'S! Wow, talk about uninformed. Please folks a little research before posting.Thanks
Jadedoz - March 05, 2010 - Report this comment
@ Richard, that would be because this website is about toys that were available in the 1980's, not first re;eased in the 1980's.
SZA - March 05, 2010 - Report this comment
Richard = Total DB. And an old fart.
Lori - April 18, 2010 - Report this comment
I had the Mickey Mouse Magic Glow Fun House set, and I thought it was about the coolest thing ever. In fact, I'd like to find it again. (Mine probably got sold in a garage sale) Anyone know where I can get one?
Becca - August 08, 2010 - Report this comment
To Lori and MTK, I had this set too! I've been describing it to my husband for years but have never been able to find it! Has anyone had any luck tracking it down?
MTK - September 28, 2010 - Report this comment
Holy cow- I had totally forgotten that I had posted this, and I am just now seeing responses! Thanks to all who shared the memory of the glow-in-the-dark Mickey set, and to those who knew the real name of it! I was truly beginning to think I had just imagined the whole thing...
Jennifer - December 15, 2010 - Report this comment
To Josie...I have been looking for the same set you are talking about. It had furniture and food I believe, although I can only remember bits and pieces of it. All I know is I loved it and played with it all the time! I wish I could find one but I have no idea what it was called. I'm sure my daughter would love it too. The 80s were awesome!! Ahh the good old days!
Laura - December 17, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember having a Garfield set and a She-ra set, and I could swear I had a Poochie set with bigger pieces. Does anyone remember that last one, or am I making it up? :-)
Jessica - December 17, 2010 - Report this comment
I had the giant Smurfland that folded out and an older one that was just the basic shapes in red, blue and green on a black background
Brooke R - January 07, 2011 - Report this comment
I had a Mork and Mindy set!
Marie M - February 18, 2011 - Report this comment
I had a Barbie colorforms sets of her house and it came with furniture for the bedroom, kitchen, and living room! Played with it for hours!!!! My Mom threw it out on me when I was at school when she was "cleaning my bedroom!" Would love to find it again but haven't been able to locate one. I miss the 80's!!! Best days of my life!
Billy Downey - April 19, 2011 - Report this comment
I had the colorform baseball game with spinners. It was great, and much fun!Wherer can I get another?
uniquelov4 - June 03, 2011 - Report this comment
oh wow im 36 n these were one of my fav toys , i had a few but the one i remember playing the most was the one josie n jennifer are referring to but for the life of me i cant remember the name either , the thing that sticks the most in my mind is that it had furniture , a lamp , and a little flower . lol
Asuwishshop - June 04, 2011 - Report this comment
I have a brand new sealed 80s Pound Puppies Colorform set for purchase in my store if any one is interested. It is on eCrater at Asuwishshop. Best Wishes!
Laser Squid - June 18, 2011 - Report this comment
Colorforms seem like the kind of toy that my other toys would play with. I wish I had a whole big box of them. Then I could give away the Colorforms and play with the big box.
Jan Griffiths - July 01, 2011 - Report this comment
I had lots of Colorforms sets when I was a kid in the 60s. I got a couple sets when I had my tonsils out. I used to mix the characters in the sets, so the Disney ones could play with the Hanna-Barbera ones, for example. They were fun!! My cousins got all of them when we moved to a different state, and I couldn't take many of my toys.
Danie - February 06, 2012 - Report this comment
Im in desperate need of any of the 90s colorforms my first colorforms books!! Please email me deelove987@yahoo.com If you have any to sell!!!
Ally - March 19, 2012 - Report this comment
I still have one of these mine is from The Real Ghostbusters cartoon and my little sister had one that was from the cartoon The Raccoons. Hers however is gone now I think we sold it in our garage sale before we moved.
Maryann - October 23, 2012 - Report this comment
I remember having the Holly Hobby one!!
Lisa - April 05, 2013 - Report this comment
I still have Rainbow Brite and Magic Kingdom colorforms in original boxes!! I used to play those for hours and hours when I was a little girl and now a little girl who I babysit plays with them!! :)
Sunny - July 08, 2013 - Report this comment
I had many of these throughout my childhood. I had eye surgery as a toddler and one of my earliest memories is sitting in my hospital bed with my eye bandaged, playing with Raggedy Ann Colorforms. Later I know I had the Mickey Mouse set pictured, and some Peanuts ones, and a Holly Hobby dollhouse version. So fun!
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Shelly - August 03, 2014 - Report this comment
I'd play with these things for HOURS! I had a Cabbage Patch Kid one that was a house that had a few doors you could open and could put the people/items inside). I think one thing that opened was an oven and I remember there being a turkey or something I'd put in there.

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