Does anyone remember Polly Pockets or the Big Yellow Teapot? These are all toys which the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery are appealing to the public for.

In their Pick of the Month case the museum is currently displaying a selection of some of the most popular children’s toys from the 1980s and 1990s, and they are asking for helping adding to the collection.

"We are particularly interested in some of the other big kits that people had, so either the Big Red Fun Bus or the Big Fun Jumbo Plane," said Sophie Cummings, curator at the museum.

"We're just really keen to know what’s out there and if people are potentially willing to donate things to the museum."

These toys are all made by Bluebird Toys, the company behind the Polly Pocket brand, Havok wargame and Disney Tiny Collection, among other popular toys.

The toy manufacturer was based in Cheney Manor in Swindon between 1983-1996, before they were bought out by Mattell.

Sophie added: "Swindon has a lot of history and I think it is really important to celebrate Swindon’s recent history.

"Since the war, Swindon has played home to many big companies responsible for creating many interesting products, including quirky ones which probably made childhoods a lot more fun during the 80s and 90s."

"It’s one of those Swindon companies that we wanted to celebrate," she added.

Each toy has 'Bluebird Toys PLC Swindon' on the back, alongside the date they were made.

"Although we think the actual casting of the plastic toys was done over in china, they actually had an assembly line here in Swindon," said Sophie.

"They show the 1980s attitude towards toys and that things were brightly coloured, they were hardwearing, they were suitable for boys and girls, and they were quite creative and a bit quirky."

Those currently on display for the next month include the Polly Pocket 'slumber party' set aimed at girls, featuring the inside of a house where a sleepover is taking place. The tiny house even has the ability to change the TV channel as well as a fridge stocked full of treats.

Mighty Max was the equivalent for young boys, and the museum is displaying an 'against the robot invader' set complete with the android and master brain from the original story.

"The aim is that if we get enough toys, then we’ll do a big display downstairs next year," said Sophie.

She added: "We want people to take away that here is another Swindon company to be proud of, a bit of Swindon’s history to learn and maybe just to re-appraise some of those toys you’ve got in the attic. They may look like junk but they could be a museum exhibition of the future."

She added: "If people have got toys and they want to tell us more about them they can get in contact and we can take it from there."