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Conventional Toys in the 1990s
It's not an uncommon sight to see kids using technologically advanced devices nowadays to pass their time.
In the 1990s, toys were far simpler and yet youngsters were able to spend a lot of time playing around with them without getting bored. If you were to give such toys to kids nowadays they would probably scrutinize them for a few minutes, and later discard them off labeling them "uninteresting". Nevertheless, they make fun toys to have and if you want kids to dabble in something 'simple' before they plunge into the hi-tech devices, these are the ones for you. They have been loved and cherished by consumers over the years, so you can be rest assured your little ones will love them provided they have not yet been exposed to superior, sophisticated brands or spoilt for choice. Modern technology does not make these toys less memorable for people who engaged their time with them in the 1990s. If you notice, all of the toys mentioned in the list are delightfully 'simple'. You don't have to read through a long set of instructions in order to learn how to use them. This simplicity is what is rare to see in toys nowadays that come with a big set of instructions - some of which take a long time to decipher.
Go through this list of 1990s toys and let us know your very own favorite! Do you own any particular one? Or do you have fond memories of playing with any of these toys? Leave behind your thoughts and comments in the feedback section.
1. Super Soaker
Yes, Super Soaker water guns are available in plenty nowadays. When they first started out, it was considered a big deal to own one. The first product was a really simple-to-use water gun. Modifications have been made across the years to go along with upcoming point and shoot water gun trends. A simple and 'painless' way of having some good fun!
Much like how Silly Bandz was a big rage, Pogs in the 1990s had a huge fan following too. Different Pogs were added into an ever-growing collection and each child was in competition with others regarding who owned the maximum number of Pogs. Just like how Silly Bandz got banned in various schools due to their addictive nature, Pogs in the 1990s too had got banned in most school districts.
Pokemon trading card games came out in the 1990s and like all popular collectibles became a rage with card collectors. Of course, nowadays we are subjected to a lot more Pokemon merchandise including the ever-famous video games.
4. Koosh Balls
What contains rubber filaments protruding from a soft center and is super fun to play with? Koosh balls! Even though they came into the scene in the late 1980s, their usage continued into the 1990s -- and quite popularly too. You can hurl koosh balls at your family members, friends, or whomsoever you want without hurting them. A wide variety of koosh balls are available in online marketplaces nowadays.
5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Everything related to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles became famous in the 1990s. Small children were enthusiastic whenever a new product based on this theme released and flocked outside toy stores to get their hands on them. I used to be a big TMNT fan too - rushing back home from school just in order to see them on TV.
6. Beanie Babies
Beanie babies were first produced in the year 1993 and were highly popular not only in the US but also worldwide. They were rare to find and were sold off quickly as soon as they arrived - which is why they used to hold a special position in a collector's items.
7. Tickle Me Elmo
Tickle Me Elmo is another absolutely adorable toy that was released in the 1990s. Its purchase was especially strong during the holiday seasons (namely Christmas). They were so popular that parents used to get themselves into arguments and fights over who gets the last piece at the store. Tickle Me Elmo earned over $20 million in sales in just a few months of its release.
I remember I used to have one of these virtual pets! Endless hours of fun guaranteed, and I always used to wait for my little digital eggs to grow up fit and fine. It was a huge hit back in the 1990s and many of us owned Tamagotchi. I mean, it was next to impossible to see a child without one during those days, and those who didn't have Tamagotchi coveted for it.
techhound on July 01, 2012:
I do remember most of those toys. I remember how crazy people got at Christmas time with the Tickle Me Elmo. Nice page!
Kris Heeter from Indiana on November 14, 2011:
I still have my koosh ball - a great stress reliever!
samiaali on November 06, 2011:
Hi divacratus, I still like the Beanie Babies! Thanks for the memories! :)
icciev from Kuwait on November 02, 2011:
thanks for sharing this list, wish we could be back kids but not anymore, voted up.
Eiddwen from Wales on November 01, 2011:
A great hub and thank you so much for sharing.
Here's to many more to share.
Take care and have a great day.
Sondra from Neverland on November 01, 2011:
Oooh, your hub made me think of the toys I grew up with...such fun! Thanks for reminding me of the cool toys we had as kids :)
drbj and sherry from south Florida on November 01, 2011:
Most of these lovable toys you mentioned, diva, are still popular with youngsters today. Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane.
sharma92tushar from Jaipur, India on November 01, 2011:
Great list! I had 5 of these toys when I was a kid!