I Still Think 1990 Was 10 Years Ago.
So, I haven’t written in a while. A long while. Let’s just say I’ve been less than motivated. But I was inspired once again to put fingers to the keyboard, and thought I would give you one of my favorite things: a list.
This post is courtesy of a conversation we were having in my office today, which started off as a casual question of “Do you remember LiteBrite?” and devolved into “How many old toys can we find to ask DO YOU REMEMBER THIS?!” When the conversation started to include some interns (who were born in 1990 and later – you know who you are), it went steadily downhill. None of them know the greatness of 90s toys! And so, guys and gals, I present to you: My favorite toys of the 90s.
LiteBrite was created in the 60s, but definitely still had a lot of traction during my childhood years. Basically it’s a box with a light bulb inside, and a screen on the front with holes in it. It came with opaque black paper and little colored pegs. The black paper had patterns printed on it, and you would punch the pegs through the paper into the holes on the screen, and the pegs would light up. It was a really simple concept, but it kept me busy for hours. Until I used up all the black paper. Then I was done.
Not to toot my own horn, but I was AWESOME at Skip It. It was another super simple toy, but it was so fun. It’s really hard to describe, so here’s what it looked like:
You put your foot through the loop, and skipped over it . The ball counted how many times it went around, counting your jumps. Again, hard to describe, so here’s a demo:
It’s a good concept, until you realize you can just spin the ball around and pretend you got a really high score. Thanks, best friend. Give me my Skip It back.
Oh, and accidentally hitting your foot with the ball when it was going full speed was the WORST.
This also originated in the 80s (I think) but it carried over well into the early 90s. Before there were smartphones, there was the ViewMaster. The little discs had pictures on them, like slides, and you pulled the lever down on the side and the disc rotated through the pictures. You just needed to make sure you had a good light source. And nothing better to do.
Easy Bake Oven
So in the 90s, a metal box with a light bulb was good enough to be used for cooking. And so it was. I loved using my Easy Bake Oven, just as much as my dad pretended to love eating what I “baked” in it. I’m sure it was all terrible, but he was a good sport. Chocolate cakes, upside down cakes, cookies, you name it. This oven cooked it. Or just burnt the outside and left the inside raw. Either way.
I had a lot more toys (I was an only child, after all), but these ranked in my top favorites. That, and I’m making myself feel really old. So I’ll open the floor to you: what’s your favorite 90s toy, or toy from your childhood?