Nifty Novelties

artwork by Amanda

artwork by Amanda

I am generally a very nostalgic person, so when I saw a toddler playing with an iPad while waiting for his food to arrive at a restaurant, I felt extremely old and almost felt sorry for that toddler. Why? Because he, along with thousands of babies all over the world, will most likely never get to experience the joys of toys. Currently, most technology and toys are touch screen. With everything at our fingertips, it can be redundant to take “the hard way out” and purchase toys that do not give instant gratification. While those little children do not have any idea what the heck a Furby is, us ~90’s kidz~ can take a trip (on our scooters, of course) down memory lane.

Let’s begin with Skip-It!

This is literally a ball attached to a string and a circular piece of plastic. And it was SO MUCH FUN. Everyone who was anyone had a skip it, and these selected popular kids would stare their inferiors down as they smugly swung the string around their ankles. Here is an example of a real Skip-It commercial along with a nice little jingle. Good luck getting it out of your head.

Next we have Tamagotchis.

I don’t know who came up with the idea for these babies, but all I know is that they took over our lives. We lived and breathed Tamagotchis, mostly because they needed us in order to live and breathe. Tamagotchis had to constantly be monitored and be receiving enough food and love, or else they would (gasp) die! At first glance this seems like a terrible idea for a kid’s toy, but it does teach kids the importance of responsibility. Tamagotchis are basically practice for actually taking care of a child, so kudos to the creators of Tamagotchis for giving children important life lessons and making us more obsessed with technology. You win. They even have Tamagotchis in app form for iPhones now. The are back and (slightly) better than ever!

Water snakes.

Were they superfluous? Yes. Did we care? No. Did I once accidentally break one while at The Rainforest Cafe, bursting the Water snake, along with all my hopes and dreams? Perhaps.

Next up, Furbies.

Do you ever have nightmares about Furbies? Oh, me neither. Magical little creatures, Furbies talked in their own special language called Furbish. I never really went through a Furby phase, because they are creepy as hell. It looks like they are staring into your soul, but I guess the general public likes that kind of stuff because more than 40 million Furbies have been sold globally. Is it an owl? It is a hamster? Nobody knows, and we may never know. The lingering allure of mystery regarding what species the Furby is will keep us guessing for years to come.

“Once you get your hands on Bop-it, you’re not going to want to stop it!”

Possessive, but improves coordination. A+.

BEANIE BABIES.

Just take a moment and look at this photo. They are basking in Beanie Babies. This photo makes me want to simultaneously cry and sing S Club 7 songs. I highly recommend saving it onto your desktop for future reference and possibly even making it your wallpaper someday.

The moral of the story is to enjoy the simpler things in life, like battery operated alien hamster-owls and water filled plastic tubes.

 

4 Comments

  1. Britney Franco · July 11, 2013

    I LOVE THIS! That part with the toddler using an iPad is EXACTLY (I swear, EXACTLY) how I always feel when I see something like that happen. I love this entire article, because even though I was born in ’99, I grew up like a ’90s kid because the shows I watched were from that time, & my friends and I used to compare Tamagotchies and play Pokemon and use the Skip It thing (I didn’t even know it had a name!). But yeah, I really feel so bad for kids nowaday because they will never have that experience. Toys > apps. (SORRY FOR THE SUPER LONG COMMENT)

  2. Anna · July 11, 2013

    Omg this article bought back so many memories! I remember taking my furby in on ‘toy day’ in primary school and it broke and wouldn’t shut up so the teacher had to lock it in the cupboard hahaha
    Toys where so much better when we where little!

  3. Miriam Teich · July 12, 2013

    Go Hannah!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You got such great comments too:)

  4. liz · July 5, 2014

    omfg the rainforest cafe