One could argue that they just don’t make toys like they used to. The 1990s brought with it a whole new attitude toward playing. Some awesome fads and crazes came about, some pretty pointless gadgets made its way into the decade, but overall it was a great decade for kids to be kids. Disagree? Take a look at these 25 toys from the 1990s that will induce a serious sense of nostalgia.
25 Of The Best 90’s Toys To Give You All The Nostalgia Feels
You wanted a pet, right? Well you got a Tamagatchi instead. Close enough. The needy digital pet gave kids a sense of responsibility. And who doesn’t like cleaning up pixelated poop?
#2: Beanie Babies
Ah, beloved Beanie Babies. “Be careful with those tags! Those Beanie Babies are going to be worth money someday.” Just wondering, has anyone gotten rich off of their Princess Diana TY yet?
#3: Tickle Me Elmo
This is one of those toys parents wished they had never purchased. Elmo giggled when you tickled him and when you tickled him more, he laughed more. What wasn’t so “tickling” was the frantic search to purchase one of these hard-to-find toys when it seemed like they were sold out everywhere.
Furby was a step up from a Tamagatchi in a way. I’d say kids got about an hour of play in before adults wanted to yank its batteries out because of repetitive noises. Luckily, most kids got to teach it some bad words first.
Even Kevin McCallister had one. You know you wanted one, too. The portable variable-speed cassette player and recorder was originally conceived as a non-working prop for the 1992 movie Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. One week prior to Black Friday, a fully working retail version, based on specifications provided by the movie studio, was available at Toys “R” Us, the same day the movie hit theaters.
#6: Fashion Plates
Fashion Plates may have gotten started in the 80s, but girls of the 90s that dreamed of being fashion designers were still dying to play with them. Place a piece of paper over one of the cut out stencil plates and rub it with a crayon to become an instant designer.
#7: Lisa Frank Everything
Lisa Frank was definitely a craze in the 90s. Lisa Frank’s colors were captivating and girls everywhere wanted stickers, folders, erasers, pencils and more that were covered in majestic unicorns and bears.
#8: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Ninja Turtles are somewhat timeless. The kids are still playing with them today. The 1990s brought with it so many TMNT action figures it’s hard to keep accurate count.
#9: Polly Pocket
Do you remember the days you used to step on tiny people that dotted your living room floor? If you had kids in the 90s you sure remember finding those teeny Polly shoes all over your house. And then the question. Can I just throw this away?
#10: American Girl Dolls
Here’s another classic still relevant today, but back in the 90s American Girl dolls were fresh. It all started with the original three girls and their historical books: Kirsten Larson, Samantha Parkington, and Molly McIntre. American Girl was born and still thrives.
#11: Pretty Pretty Princess
Young girls were captivated by this fun dress-up game which allowed you to collect princess jewelry with every spin of the wheel.
#12: Super Soakers
Water guns are water guns, but Super Soakers took it to a whole other level. I’m sure everyone (except maybe innocent bystanders of water warfare) appreciated a giant barrel of water that would allow for longer periods of shooting.