We all had them or pined for them… and I’m sure some of us STILL play with them secretly. Below is a list of the top 10 toys from the 90s that ever existed. AKA If you didn’t have these toys growing up, your childhood probably sucked.
Nano’s, Giga Pets, digital aliens/babies/pets
When I was a kid, my mom called ALL the toy stores to reserve a Nano Puppy when they got a new shipment. They were only around $15, and everyone wanted one. And once you had one, you had to have more. The pets had to be fed, put to bed, and you even got to clean up their barf and poop! It sounds really boring, but they were highly addictive. Admit it, you tried to see how many poops and barfs you could ignore until your pet died. We ll did it. When Furbys came along later, it was like “ah sh*t!!”
Pogs were so simple, Just little pieces of cardboard or metal with colors and images on them. Yet, we loved them and battled with our friends to collect more. It’s such a pointless game, I don’t even know why I liked them so much. I can’t recall the official rules of Pogs, but I remember every person flipped over cardboard pogs with a metal “slammer.”
Yak Bak’s or Talkboys, as seen in the movie Home Alone, were essentially the same thing. They’re sick little devices, used to record sound with a built-in microphone. They were so popular, they even sold yak bak pens. I cleverly hid mine in my sleeve to record people saying things they shouldn’t. If you had one of these, you definitely spent hours recording yourself or others saying swear words.
Game Boys really go without saying, but I’m going to mention it anyway. The first one that came out weighed about 10 lbs, and looked like a bad MS-DOS operating system. They were all black and white, or should I say black and grey, with weird distorted graphics that were incredibly awesome. I’m not going to lie, I still use my non-color screen Game Boy whenever I’m on a plane or train and need to pass the time. Even though they don’t say it, I know everyone around me is jealous.
This made-for-boys doll was first released in the late 70s and made a huge comeback in the 90s. The wrestler had arms that would stretch out so far! And that’s literally all it did… I still remember my brother taking one arm while I took the other, pulling it until it finally ripped because we had to see what was inside. If you never saw what made him stretchy, you had a boring childhood.
Sock’em Boppers, were the best toys you could have. If you have a brother or a sister and had these blow-up boxing gloves, it was fight time all the time. It was the only time my mom said I was allowed to hit my brother. There were all different kinds too; There were the originals, blow-up swords and some even came with sound. I can’t think of a better toy than one that encourages family violence. What’s happening with the kids today?
TY Beanie Babies
Everyone got TY Beanie Babies for their birthdays, Christmas, you name it. They were cute too. At recess we would all compare who had what Beanie Babies, like it was a contest. Now, I know what you’re thinking; I know they still sell them at Hallmark, but they will never be as big as they were in the 90s, and here’s why. Remember book orders? Those little catalogues that came to class and you ordered books from them? There were Beanie Baby books in those catalogues. Those little handbooks told us what the estimated value of our Beanie Babies would be in the 2000s. Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t think there’s anyone out there who would pay $1,500 for Iggy the iguana.
Binders of Pokemon trading cards were in every kid’s backpack in the 90s. Pokemon was one of the most popular TV shows in the 90s, where weird little characters would battle each other with their powers. Like Jigglypuff, who would sing her opponents to sleep. What kind of name is Jigglypuff anyway? The holographic cards were the hardest to get. I remember trading something like 20 cards for a holographic Charizard. Oh, those were the days.
Moon shoes are probably responsible for the bad knee I have, but I wouldn’t trade them for the world.The incredibly dangerous moon shoes were these plastic, and velcro shoes you attached to your own shoes. The only difference, is that these moon shoes have crazy elastics that suspend your feet off the ground. The trampolines on your feet are supposed to simulate walking on the moon, but for some reason, I don’t think I would fall on my face as much, on the moon.
Easy Bake Oven
Last, but not least, the Easy Bake Oven. At first I’ll admit, I hated it because I didn’t want to cook ever. One day, perhaps out of boredom, I decided I was going to make this chocolate fudge cake. Not only was the cake super easy to make, it was the best damn cake I’ve ever had to this day. Best part, the tiny serving size you make ensures you won’t become obese! Easy Bake Ovens were popular as far back as the 60s and they’re still sold today. I love how every generation has a memory of them!