Come Out And Play in The 90’s

Are kids today even excited about new toys? Remember the insanity that surrounded Pogs? You just don’t see that today…Unless you replace the word “toy” with “app.” It’s a shame that the youth is wasting away the time of their lives when their only responsibility is brushing their teeth. So let us adults take a break from stupid work and relationship stress and remember our favorite play things.

10. Creepy Crawlers

Move over Easy –Bake Oven! Who needed brownies and mini cakes when they could have ghoulish night crawlers and spiders to munch on?

9. Password Journal

When those little side locks that had the bendable key failed, the tech savvy 90’s was there to save every girl’s deepest, darkest secrets like who was the cutest in the class photo and why she hated her BFF for getting the latest Lisa Frank stuff before her.

8. Cool Tools

Yes! A toy that further pushed gender stereotypes! Cool Tools let future handymen get a head start. The saws didn’t work and the hammer couldn’t kill a fly, but that didn’t take away from their cool factor at all.

7. Skip-it

“The very best thing of all? There’s a counter on this ball.” Basically You put your foot in the hoop and do the skip like action while it counts. It seemed like a trick to get us away from Saturday Morning goodness, but alas I had one until my mom ran it over. Total “skips”…0.

6. Bop-It

What was even the point of this one? It makes very little sense but made its creators a butt load of money when it hit the Toys R’ Us shelves.

5. Polly Pocket/Mighty Max

They’re going to share because one was a feminine world adorned in pastels and the other was a dark realm with skulls. In the end both were micro mini play sets that were huge amounts of fun.

4. Power Ranger

This one needs no definition or explanation because they were awesome and we all know it, especially the way their heads flipped!

3. Barbie

By the time the 90’s rolled around Barbie was already entering her 30’s, but that doesn’t mean that she should be excluded. In that decade she was given a Hip-Hop makeover, had a stint as a Baywatch lifeguard, given a kid sister named Kelly and well, this list could take all day. Bottom line? The 90’s was the last time Barbie strived because do we even dare mention those Bratz atrocities?

2. Giga Pets/Tamagotchis

To prove you could care for a real life cat, dog or alien (that’s a little absurd), and way before the Internet games like FarmVille, these handheld pets were all the rage. And if things weren’t going the way you planned, a simple paperclip to the reset button made your pet brand new. Let’s hope kids were smart enough to real animals didn’t work that way.

1. Pogs

A cardboard like circle with graphics from TV shows to rad skulls that you had to flip over with a larger circle called a slammer. When we explain Pogs to our children, we will sound like we grew up in a time of the Great Depression because when you think about it…weren’t Pogs a glamorized version of Jacks and Marbles? This doesn’t mean I don’t carry around a slammer to this day…

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About sunnymenagerie

Socially awkward in most situations most 25 years olds would call easy, that’s me. TV is my soul mate, Music is my mistress and writing is my best friend. Without those three things, I’d be in an insane asylum calling myself Rosa Parks, refusing to sit in the back of the so called bus. I know more about pop culture and celebrities than I do about my family history, and I’d like to keep it that way. Words I live by: We´re all tiny books in one big compilation called life. Some of us will wait for what seems like forever for our climactic part to come. Others will have a romance novel their entire life. Or maybe one filled with just adventure. Or one that is a poetic tragedy. Then, there are those that will have best sellers. You know, the ones that everyone wants to read and base their versions on? Don´t forget the little paperbacks sold at the carwash that only a select few will ever lay eyes on. We´re all born with the power to either take what was written for us or choose our own adventures.
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