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A Child Of The 1980s Button Badge Set

£1.75 £2.95

This set of 4 button badges beautifully recreates the retro feeling - for brands of old. Button badges have always been a fun and simple way to declare our affection for (and/or affiliation with) the things around us. This themed set celebrates some of the classic branding of games of the 1980s: 


  • Commodore 64
  • MB Simon
  • Rubik’s Cube
  • Atari


Dimensions: 25mm each


A so-called ‘uncaring’ (except about wealth) time, this had a more raw and visceral quality than what came before. More in focus, colourful and brash consumerism took hold and the seesaw of good and bad times gives this a bipolar, schizophrenic, edginess and unpredictability.


The highest-selling computer model of all time (with up to 17 million sold), the Commodore 64 (C64) was an 8-bit home computer. Released in 1982 by Commodore, it was preceded by the VIC-20 and PET. Technologically superior to its earlier competitors, it took its name from the 64 kilobytes of RAM. With benchmark-setting sound and graphics for its price, it dominated the budget end of the computer market for much of the 1980s.


Simon, an electronic game of memory, was launched in 1978 and was immediately a success, and became an icon of the late 1970s and 1980s. Originally manufactured by the Milton Bradley Company (MB Games) and latterly Hasbro, which bought the company in 1984.


Probably the world’s highest selling toy, let alone puzzle or game, the 3D combination-based Rubik’s Cube has sold over 350 million units. Invented in 1974 by a Hungarian sculptor and architecture professor called Ernő Rubik, the “Magic Cube” (as it was originally called) was licensed to the Ideal Toy Corporation in 1980. It reached the peak of its popularity in the 1980s.


Atari, Inc. was a pioneering technology company specialising in arcade games, video game consoles and home computers. Founded in 1972 by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney, its products (like the breakthrough Pong, Atari 2600 and Atari ST) helped shape the industry in the 1970s and 1980s.

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