I was a kid in the late 80's/early 90's; a bit young for New Kids on the Block, but way too old for Barney the Dinosaur. We did spends loads of time playing with Barbie, Legos, and these following toys that seemed to have been over in a time span shorter than Vanilla Ice's career. Hey, universe, plaid and ripped jeans have made a comeback; bring back my Super Soaker!
never lived that long, but wait! Sometimes the buttons would
malfunction, making it impossible for you to remove their, ahem, waste
droppings. I swear! (above)
POGs. Remember? You flipped them or threw them or something? The ying-yang POGs up there might be the most 90's thing ever.
Hungry Hungry Hippos was clearly the best game ever, although looking back, it might have secretly been an astute metaphor for capitalist greed...
Troll dolls. How did we ever sleep with these creepy things staring at us from the nightstand?? I loved them though, must say!
Did anyone else have the pizza-scented Gak? That stuff was nasty.
Looking back, Nickelodeon was basically the cultural embodiment of the
I'm sure they still make these in some super high-tech version that
comes with a clutch and a gear-shift, but I remember pumping that
air-pressure gizmo until I was blue in the face.
Skip-It. What other toy could you play with while simultaneously trying to trip your sister?
We all talked our parents into buying us fuzzy platypus after fuzzy
platypus by saying that eventually we could sell them all as collectors'
items and thus finance our college education. Well, that didn't turn
out so well. UPDATE: I just did some Googling and found out Ty is still
in business and cranking out the Beanies (and also something called "Ty
Girlz"), but judging from their slightly ghetto website they're not pulling in a huge bankroll from pawning off Inch the Worm.
BONUS TOY I DO NOT MISS:
Remember how cool those commercials were of kids yanking poor Stretch's
corn-syrup-filled rubbery limbs clear across the room? Where did you
go, Stretch? Come back.... No wait please don't. I don't need to deal with that mess again.
What toys do you miss from your childhood?