With only 2 weeks left in our popular toy countdown, we dive straight into the 1990’s. Yes, it was a time when people became obsessed with the ‘must have’ toys of the season. How many of you fell victim to the fad?
Manufactured by Ty Inc, and released in 1993, Beanie Babies would go on to a be a cultural phenomenon not only in North America, but worldwide. The highly sought after toys became collector’s items, and people scrambled into toy stores in search of the seemingly “rare” find, such as the dark blue variant of “Peanut” the elephant. At it’s height, the Beanie baby empire was worth over $6 billion USD.
I will admit it, I owned a Furby at one point, but I am not proud of it. Launched during the holiday season of 1998, Furbies sold 1.8 million units, then in 1999 sold 24 million, and another 16 million in 2000. Furby was so popular that it’s speaking function was translated into 24 languages. Kids where addicted to the electronic toy that started out by speaking entirely Furbish, and would learn English as time went on. Contrary to common belief, Furbies did not learn English from their owners, and repeating words in front of them did not help them learn English any quicker. However, the myth was more powerful than the reality, and concerns over security breaches forced many intelligence agencies to ban them from the office.