Ahh, the 90’s – arguably one of the best decades yet. The release of the internet as a public service, Harry Potter’s debut, arguably the best Disney movies ever to be released, and the awesome cartoons we’ll never forget. Yes, the 90’s was an amazing decade, despite some of the regrettable fashion choices. But possibly the most nostalgia-inducing memories of the 90’s come from the epic toys.
Whether you were lucky enough to have all of the best 90’s toys, or you just wistfully played with your friends’ cutting edge toys, it’s hard not to look back to the simpler times, where toys were fun and cell phones were bricks. A time the generation after us will never truly get to appreciate.
Sit back and prepare for nostalgia, as we take a stroll down memory lane, with 10 of the most popular toys of the 90’s!
The sought-after digital pet that every kid wanted. The Tamagotchi gave kids the opportunity to try to care for a pet of their very own. Some very responsible kids were able to keep their virtual pet until they grew bored of it and gave it away. However, most kids weren’t up to the responsibility of remembering to feed their virtual animal. Needless to say – there were a lot of dead first-generation Tamagotchis.
Moon Shoes – a new way for kids of the 90’s to hurt themselves. If wearing seatbelts and drinking from the hose weren’t bad enough, we all thought it was brilliant to strap tiny ‘trampolines’ to the feet of clumsy kids. It’s a wonder any of us survived the 90’s.
Pinpression wouldn’t entertain a five-year-old for more than two minutes these days. But back in the 90’s, kids thought this simple toy was one of the coolest things around.
This should bring almost any 90’s kid into nostalgia overdrive – Nintendo 64 was my very first video game console. If you had one of these, you were probably the most popular kid in your neighborhood. Unless everyone in your neighborhood had one, in which case you lived in a pretty cool neighborhood.
While yes, technically, you can still buy Polly Pocket sets today, there’s nothing like the original Polly Pocket sets to turn a 90’s girl nostalgic.
American Girl Dolls
American Girl dolls were launched in 1986, but they really became mainstream in the 1990’s. American Girl Dolls were a must-have for every little girl, despite their high sticker price. Today, the vintage dolls can sell for upwards of $1,200, and a new Doll starts at $60. American Girl Dolls are still highly popular due to their uniqueness, and American-made quality.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Everything
Whether you loved Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Raphael, or Donatello, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were a kick-butt superhero gang. They made a long-term impact on the fictional superhero world, and are still popular today. From costumes to action figures, you can find Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys, apparel, and games in almost any form.
The Easy-Bake Oven
Originally introduced in 1963, by Kenner Products, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based company, the Easy-Bake Oven was a huge success – even offering a one-of-a-kind model to the winner of the 5,000,000th Easy-Bake Oven Sweepstakes in 1972.
In 1991, Kenner Products was purchased by the popular toy company Hasbro. Hasbro continued to produce Easy-Bake Ovens, and in 1993 they introduced The Easy-Bake Oven and Snack Center. Needless to say, it was a huge hit. Hasbro’s Easy-Bake Oven and Snack Center took the 90’s by storm, and left an ever-lasting impact on the way kids learned to cook. Easy-Bake Ovens are still in production, and wildly popular, to this day.
Skip It- mass-bruising shins and ankles since the 90’s! For whatever reason, every 90’s girl HAD to have a skip it, despite the fact that we all had to explain to our teachers and parents that the inevitable bruises on our legs were due to our favorite toy. We all remember the basic Skip Its – but did you know that there are new Skip Its being launched? With LEVELS and LIGHTS. We all thought it was amazing when Skip Its could count our jumps, now they’re electronic. Modern technology is kind of insane!
Partly inspired by the Tamagotchi, Furby was the fuzzy electronic pet that you could snuggle – and it took the very late 90’s by storm. Furby has been creeping out kids and parents alike since 1998. You can pick up your very own creepy, bug-eyed fuzzball from your local retailers.
From Furbys to Moon Shoes, the 90’s were a decade of crazy new toys and gadgets. Every other commercial was a toy ad (I’ll take those offer Big Pharma drug ads any day), which made it easier for kids to beg for a new toy by name. I hope you enjoyed the nostalgia brought on from seeing some of the coolest toys of the 90’s – maybe it even inspired you to hop online and order a favorite vintage toy.