Parents who grew up in the 90s: get ready for a nostalgic trip down memory lane, as the most iconic toys of your childhood have made a comeback in popularity just in time for the holidays. The best part? Most have been upgraded with new features that make them better than ever. We’ve rounded up some of the oldest–errr–newest toys out there, including where to find them. Get ready for all the feels.
If the words “Bop it, pull it, twist it, slam it” ring a bell, then you are going to love the 21st-century version of this classic game, which is now enhanced with action-oriented moves (“whip it, selfie it, hammer it”) for the modern gamer.
You may not be able to store your vintage Bonnie Bell lip smackers, Hard Candy nail polish, or hair crimpers in Caboodles anymore, but on the plus side, scrunchies are back, too (30-something moms, rejoice!). Young girls will love today’s Caboodles, which come in more muted colors than the neon ones we used for beauty organization.
You either loved or hated this weird looking fuzzy alien toy that blinked and spoke jibberish. But thanks to technology, the Furby now has its own app, allowing it to digitally eat, poop and lay eggs. Cool or creepy? The jury’s out on this one.
The dream of ‘90s Nickelodeon is alive with the return of the Gak, the original fart-noise making, multi-colored slime that’s housed in star-shaped containers. The new Gak formula (now available in glow-in-the-dark versions) stretches farther and faster than the original stuff, and I know from experience that once you pick it up, you will never want to put it down. Just don’t get it in the carpet – so many years later, they still haven’t figured out how to make a non-house ruining version.
If you didn’t visit the doctor for a Moon Shoes-induced ankle injury, you weren’t a true child of the 90s. The original mini-trampolines for feet, Moon shoes let kids jump with anti-gravity effects while developing balance and coordination. Still bulky today, Moon Shoes now have more safety features, such as a non-skid grip surface.
Every little girl who grew up in the 90s collected and traded these magical, clam-shaped worlds that housed tiny Polly. They were pulled off the market in the early 2000s, after kids began to swallow loose magnetic parts. Now, Mattel has relaunched and rebranded them, making Polly’s accessories sturdier and safer, and her homes more life-like.
While it was just a hoop that went around your ankle attached to a large ball you had to skip over, Skip-It literally provided hours upon hours of outdoor fun and friendly competition, as its counter kept track of how many skips were made. Today’s version, called Twister Rave Skip-It, is less of a single person activity. The multi-player game infuses the fun of Twister with the physical demands of Skip-It, with added lights that display different colors depending upon how long the player can keep spinning.
Did you spend days trying to uncover Star World and beat Bowser? Nope—just me? Now that the launch hype has died down a bit, you may still be able to get your hands on the Super NES Classic, a miniaturized version of the original Super Nintendo. It comes pre-loaded with 21 games, including Dr. Mario, Super Mario (all versions), and Zelda, so you won’t have to worry about blowing on the game cartridges when they freeze.
This storytelling bear, complete with a cassette tape in his back, was the world’s first animatronic toy. The new Teddy Ruxpin, now powered by an app, is embedded with innovative technologies which include color, electronic LCD eyes and a motorized mouth that moves whenever he speaks or sings. He’s still sporting his original outfit, which has managed to stay in style since 1985.
I always questioned whether I’d be a good parent, but only because I struggled to keep my Tamagotchi pet alive for more than a few hours. Remember these digital pets? They were so needy. You had to care for them as they moved through different stages of life. It seemed like they were constantly hungry or needed to be played with. The new versions are about half the size of the originals and come complete with their own app.
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