Zack Morris, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, round tinted frame sunglasses and beepers — that’s right, it was the 90s! The 90s was possibly the greatest decade, spawning great movies, great shows, and great toys. It also gave us nerds our king, Steve Urkel. But you can probably remember some of the cool 90s toys you played with. I mean, it’s not like you could really spend all that time waiting for your 56k modem to boot up, log on to American Online and watch Netflix or anything. Instead, you played with toys!
The 90s gave us some of the best toys ever, including Creepy Crawlers, Micro Machines, Beanie Babies, and cool action figures like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Of course, buying these toys today can be a real chore, since many of them have ceased production a long time ago. There are still some 90s collectibles available today, though.
So without further ado, here are the 90s toys for sale:
1. Sky Dancers
Sky Dancers became popular in the mid-1990s. They launched into the air with their pull-string base, spinning around and around gloriously until they hit someone (like your little sister). And, she cried…and cried…
Price: Varies. Currently $30.00 for a lot of used.
2. Koosh Balls
I didn’t care so much about what the ball actually did, I just cared about the smell. Nothing was as comforting as the smell of Koosh Balls in the morning.
Tamagotchi was the first major Japan imported toy that I can remember, and it was also the first toy that I can remember that both boys AND girls played with equally. Everyone had a Tamagotchi virtual pet at one point or another and always talked about how their Tamagotchi was still alive and well (even though we all know you killed it long ago). Tamagotchis were surprisingly durable, too — must’ve been the hard plastic shell, I guess. Fun fact: I had a Tamagotchi that turned on after 8 years of sitting in storage.
4. Ask Zandar
Ask Zandar was a board game from Milton Bradley in the 90s that was targeted at young girls. It was a game that tasked girls with asking Zandar questions, waving their hands over the orb, and getting an answer. The object of the game was to get the right answer, and the first to guess a certain amount of Zandar’s responses won. No word on if the girl in the commercial actually took a geek to the prom, though.
5. Magic Mitt
Magic Mitt was a fun game that pretty much gave anyone the ability to catch a ball since the ball actually stuck to the grip board you were holding. They don’t actually make the original Magic Mitt toy anymore, but there are plenty of clones that work just the same, like a Pitch N Catch.
Pogs kept me busy for hours, and I had sleeves and sleeves of them, including torpedoes. These collectible and tradeable cardboard discs created what is now referred to as the obsessive gamer. The idea actually originated in the 1920s, but they blew up in the 90s as one of the most popular collectibles.
Price: $19.99 (for 206pc set)
8. Moon Shoes
Moon Shoes were bouncy fun shoes for kids, that were incredibly dangerous. If you didn’t fall and give yourself a bloody nose once or twice, you weren’t moon shoeing right.
9. Nickelodeon Solar Gak
The nastiest, stickiest, gooiest yet coolest toy you just had to have as a kid that your parents hated. Nickelodeon’s Solar Gak changed colors, and it pretty much helped define what Nickelodeon was about in the 90s.
The Talkboy sold so many units due to the popularity of the Home Alone movie franchise (back when Macaulay Culkin was normal). You can actually still buy Talkboys today, but they’ve become a collector’s item, so they’re a little more on the expensive side.
11. Slap Bracelets
Slap Bracelets are a toy that still exists today (of course, with updated styles). At the time, they were fun wearables that slapped onto your wrist, allowing you to proudly display unique colors and patterns for all to see. If your wrists weren’t red at all, you weren’t slapping hard enough.
Price: $16.99 (for 50)
I remember the Crossfire commercials like they were yesterday, always with the badass Crossfire song. Milton Bradley created this board game in the early 90s, and it felt like an arcade shooter meets board game mash-up. There was so much fun to be had with your friends, and no matter how many times you played Crossfire, you never got sick of it. It is a bit of a 90s collector’s item nowadays, so it’s quite pricey, but if you’re lucky you can find an auction or garage sale that is selling it.
13. Super Soaker 50
Nothing beat the first Super Soaker 50. It was such a creative concept that everyone enjoyed. It was high-powered, pump action water fun that made summers even summerier. It was actually first created in 1989, but it obviously grew quite popular in the 90s. If you’re lucky, your parents still have the Super Soaker 50 that you had as a kid.
Price: $109.00 Starting Bid