National Play-Doh Day: A Look Back At Our Favorite 90s Toys
With National Play-Doh Day being September 16th, we can't help but feel a little nostalgic. Take a look at Brisco's favorite toys of the 90s. Do you remember them all?
Like her doll cousin Barbie, Betty Spagetty was aimed at girls to dress her up and give her makeovers. Unlike her stiff Mattel counterpart, however, she was bendable and flexible. Her hair was made like spaghetti so users could change her hairstyle however they wanted. Often found with her friends, Zoe and Hannah, and her younger sister, Betty Spaghetty let girls use their imaginations and experiment with many fashion styles. Betty isn't around anymore, but you can probably find her on Amazon or eBay.
With groundbreaking technology, the Super Soaker first came onto the toy scene in 1989 as the Power Drencher. A year or so later, their name changed to what it is today and the rest is history. These water guns have since taken off, getting bigger and better every year.
If you're anything like the rest of the 90s kids, you wanted a dog. So, your parents got you a Tamagotchi to see if you'd take care of it. From an egg to an old creature, users must feed, play, and take care of their virtual pet. In later versions, marriage and generations were also available. This toy is still going strong with technological advances and an app for your phone.
Do you still have your beanie babies? Well, I bet you wish you would have taken care of them, right? Stuffed with plastic pellets, these were not the average stuffed animal. Their sales grew over the years as they were regarded as collectibles - and still, are. The Princess Diana Beanie Baby is worth $10,000.
These toys were created in 1959 but they still went through waves of the fads in the 90s, including cartoon TV specials, TV shows, and a video. With their recognizable vibrant hair color and variety, they were ideal for anyone with an imagination. Trolls have evolved to the big screen today, with the Dreamworks movie franchise that reimagined the concept of these unique creatures.
Invented to fit into a compact, Polly Pocket was designed to let girls take their dolls with them anywhere. In the 1990s, Polly made her debut from overseas when Mattel purchased the brand for America. After a few recalls and redesigns, Polly still makes her comeback today, letting girls express themselves and their imagination.
Before the iPads, computers, and iPhones, there was the great outdoors. Children played outside a lot more than they do now, which opened a market for cool outdoor toys. Thus, Skip-It was born. Users would have it around their ankle and spun around in circles to skip it, like a jump rope (sort of.) This successful toy stayed around until 2009, when they stopped making them.
It was Simon says but times 1000. Users followed audio directions and had to keep the pattern going until they messed up as the speed increased drastically.
This fashion doll still remains one of the most popular toys for girls due to its notoriety, but its seen some evolutions. In the 90s, Barbie used her fashion to do many things and be many things - showing girls all over the world they can be anything.
It was magical, squishy, and cool - it was floam! A spinoff of Nickelodeon's slim "gak," this compound had microbeads and allowed kids to make shapes. The good thing is that this substance exists today so kids can create something cool.
Nobody knew what it was but everyone wanted one. The Furby was released in 1998 and was in high demand until its upgrade in 2000. The best part was? They could talk. The worst part? They couldn't stop talking.
Everyone had one of these cool toys. With a popular tv show based off of the toy, their popularity skyrocketed as high as the toys went themselves. You just put your dancer into its base and it would shoot up! Plus, Dragon Flyz were released after their release and geared towards boys with the popular Dragon Flyz
Power Rangers Action Figures
These were the coolest. They had switches you could actually press to make them morph into their ranger. These collectibles were good for girls and boys who wanted an alternative to dolls and superheroes.
They have existed even before the 90s, but Play-Doh let kids really show their imaginations. This non-toxic clay has been around for centuries but it was in 1995 that Play-Doh came out with a CD-Rom computer game to go along with kids' creations. Pick up a can today!
What was your favorite 90s toy? Comment below!