Reliving Fads, Pogs, Furby, Pokemon, and Must Have Toys from 1990 to 2000

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Passing fads make for a great discussion of must have toys and gadgets that stir up a healthy nostalgia on occasion for your favorite childhood memories. Between 1990 and the year 2000 I saw Pokemon, pogs, and Tamagotchi topping the list among other popul

Passing fads make for a great discussion of must have toys and gadgets that stir up a healthy nostalgia on occasion for your favorite childhood memories. Between 1990 and the year 2000 I saw Pokemon, pogs, and Tamagotchi topping the list among other popular hobbies and toys for the decade. Get your Furby now everyone before you read on.

Each person has their own memories of toys of long ago but the list topper for me is embarrassingly Pokemon and Pokemon cards. From the original assortment of 150 creatures to an unknown list of uninteresting spinoffs, Pokemon was undoubtedly the biggest fad of my childhood. At one point the cards became so collectible that card shops were marking up the packs to more than $5 for 12 cards. Now its hard enough even to find a card or hobby shop in a nearby area. Still, every kid knew ever monster along with their attacks and rare nature in the game and on the cards.

Pogs were a quick sensation that are hard to defend now but were an uber trend of the past. Slammers and circular paper cut outs were the subject of hot battle and even hotter contests of angle throwing madness that lasted for about a year. Everyone carried a plastic tube to house their collection until the challenge of prowess known as pogs entered into contest where winner might take all.

Tamagotchi was the first major mobile digital baby. With no colors on about a one inch screen you could feed and take care of your egg shaped martian being and play two or three senseless games to train it. Regardless of your affection you would eventually leave it alone for too long during school and it would die. Rest in peace useless and time wasting game. Kind of makes Farmville look interesting for a day or two.

Cabbage patch dolls were huge for girls and hard to find. Furby took that to a new level with a low level interaction scheme of speaking and rolling back evil plastic eyes to move a small yellow beak and was perceived as a learning tool for the two years that people would pay over a hundred dollars under the table to a store clerk to take home for Christmas.

Now the list does on to you, comment your favorite childhood toy now! Push pops, skip it, disc man, what was your favorite toy growing up?

 

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