Those of us who were fairly young in the 90s would remember playing with all sorts of crazy, fun toys. We say ‘crazy’ because many of these toys would probably not make much sense today–for instance, there was a craze around the classic Tamagotchis, a sort of digital pet that did nothing but demand food, medicine, playtime, and fell asleep just as you were getting into the flow. They were still fun, though, so who know whether kids today might like the? Let’s have a nostalgic look at the classic 90s toys that might bring back your childhood even today:
While it might be better to learn how to keep your real pet happy and healthy, a Tamagotchi was the quintessential device for many 90s kids. This as usually their first pet and a most beloved one; that is, until it simply won’t wake up and was dead the next time you looked at the screen.
You can revisit your 90s childhood or pass on some of that frustration to your own offspring today. It’s still available on Amazon, with this model even including a numbers game. The batteries are included, so you don’t have to wait for those nostalgia-inducing beeps.
The annoyance aside, some people might use this device for teaching a kid responsibility. A child who’s constantly asking for a pet might learn just how difficult its care is when they have to look after a Tamagotchi for some time. Get one of these sparkly purple ones, and you might stave off your child’s demands for some time.
The original ‘Bop It’ toy had just a few functions and came in a long shape. The company behind it soon added more function, making it a more exciting and complicated game. The version available on Amazon today seems to be of the simpler kind, but that doesn’t diminish the fun.
This game is all about following commands for as long as possible. It’s an electronic device that can keep a kid aged 8 and older entertained by themselves or within a group. Either way, it’s sure to be a fun experience.
Furbies were (and still are) very cute and made for an adorable addition to any playroom or bedroom. However, there wasn’t much you could do with them in the 90s, as most models were just designed to tell you their name and say ‘yum!’.
Today, we have the option of buying a Furby that’s smart enough to learn how to talk! The way you talk to it will even shape its personality, so we can interact with it accordingly. The Furby will also sleep if we hold its tail for about ten seconds. What’s more, there’s a free app called Furby Boom that gives us fun games, eggs, and even virtual Furblings to raise. This is certainly one toy that 90s kids can go for today if they’re missing their childhood.
With a movie and a web series based on these dolls, one might say that they deserve to be among the most iconic toys of all time. While these were technically an 80s toy, troll dolls and their merchandise was very much a part of many 90s childhoods.
Kids loved to make clothes for these dolls, fashion their upright hair into various hairstyles, and even tote around tiny versions of them on their pencils.
Today, you can buy these PVC vintage Troll Dolls in bulk to make your own 90s-themed collection. These dolls can serve as action figures, dollhouse props, collectibles, or even decorations for those who’re still in love with the 90s.
Many 90s kids might also have known this game by the name of ‘Candyland’. Whatever you called it, this entertaining toy was a staple for most kids back in the day. The concept was simple enough; you pressed your button to make the hippos’ jaws chomp away at the marbles or the ‘candies’. Whoever could eat up the most marbles in the least amount of time won the game. This led to hours of fun for all ages in the 90s and probably still could do so today.
The Hasbro Hungry Hungry Hippo Tabletop Game is more of a smaller, portable version. This won’t take up much space, but can give you all the enjoyment you remember from your childhood. Some reviewers also report that the quality isn’t exactly like it was in the 90s, but you’d be hard-pressed to find that in most games or toys.
This classic toy was first introduced in 1949, but it got a major comeback after appearing in the Toy Story film in 1995. The popularity of the series led to the toy itself seeing several updates and becoming a common sight in many kids’ collections. Along with the original Mr. Potato Head, we could also collect Mrs. Potato Head and their children.
Today, we can get a Mr. Potato Head for the younger generations. One of the options available on Amazon is suitable for tiny hands, so even kids aged two could enjoy it. The Toy Story series released a new movie not too long ago, so even kids of the 21st century would be entrance by this toy. With around 15 pieces to mix around, there’s a lot of creative possibility here. It’s certainly one age-appropriate gift that you can reserve for the next special ocean.
When the holidays are on the horizon, there’s always that one toy that seems to fly off the shelves and even vanish in seconds from the stocks online. In 1996, Tickle Me Elmo was that toy. People would go nuts looking for it and even fight for the last remaining piece.
Luckily, we can easily sit at home today and buy our own Tickle Me Elmo doll to relive that nostalgia. This doll gives hours of fun, laughing and shaking when you tickle it on the tummy or foot. It also plays several funny phrases and different kinds of laughter. The laughing is infectious, so you might be seeing the kids giggling uncontrollably with this toy.
Of course, if you already have one of these dolls lying around from the 90s, get them out and dust them off. The original ones could be worth quite a tidy bit today!
If you’re familiar with games from the mid-1990s, then you would know Pogs. Pogs gets its name from a brand of juice called POG, which is made of Passion fruit, Orange, and Guava.
People used the POG bottle caps to play the pogs game for quite a while before the game became commercialized.
The origin of the pogs game is most likely traceable to Hawaii in the 1920s/1930s or Menko, which is a Japanese game card that has been around since the 17th century and is similar to pogs.
In the 1990s, pogs games returned to the scene when they were reintroduced by the World POG Federation and the Canada Games Company, and peaked in the mid-1990s.
You need two playing discs to play pogs; that’s the slammers and the pogs.
The pogs are often flat, circular discs made of cardboards with images designed on either or both sides.
You find that most traditional or traditional-patterned pogs have limited colors and are made from rougher cardboard. They often have a staple in them, just as they do when in use as POG bottlecaps.
On the other hand, modern commercial pogs are printed with more colorful imagery. They are also thicker and stiffer than the traditional ones.
The slammer is the other equipment used in the game of pogs. It is a heavy game object often made of rubber, metal, or plastic in some cases. It comes in several weights and thickness levels, but its diameter is mostly similar to the pogs.
Due to their weight, metal slammers aren’t often allowed into some games because the player using them has more advantages than the player using slammers made from other materials.
Rules of the game
Although the rules can very amongst players, there are some common features to know when learning how to play pogs. Each player has a group of pogs and one or more slammers.
At the start of the game, they decide whether they are playing ‘for keeps’ (which means the players keep the pogs they win during the game and give theirs to the opponents who win them).
They can also decide not to play for keeps, which means that each side still keeps their pogs.
Here’s how the game goes
Every player contributes the same number of pogs to build a stack that will be used for the game. The pieces will be stacked face-down.
Each player takes turns to throw their slammers on the top of the stack and scatter the pogs as it springs up. The play keeps any pogs that land face-up once they’ve been thrown.
All the pogs that landed face-down after the throw will be re-stacked, and the next player will throw their slammers.
When there are no pogs left in the stack, the player who has the most pogs wins the game.
The banning of pogs
Many schools banned pogs because children would play pogs ‘for keeps,’ which was considered gambling.
Pogs also became a continued source of distraction for school kids and also the cause arguments on playgrounds. As a result, a large number of schools across North America have banned pogs. Some schools across Australia also followed suit in banning pogs.
During the 90s, toys were also given several updates and features to excite our imaginations. Some of these just might be suitable and even enjoyable for kids today, so consider putting some of the options above on your holiday shopping list. While you’re at it, you might also want to check out these 80s toys that are still available today.