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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?

The 1990’s

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.

Get out your super slammer, Pogs are back in town! Originally named after POG, a brand of juice made from passion fruit, orange, and guava; players used the POG bottle cap to play, and dates as far back as 1930 to Hawaii and the island of Maui. It wasn’t until the 1990’s when the Canada Games Company and the World POG Federation brought them to the North American Stage. People where hooked on the fad, and soon collector Pogs began showing up all over the world. Pogs were such a phenomenon that many schools in North America banned them, citing that because it is a “game for keeps” Pogs represent a form of gambling, and should be banned.

Introduced in 1996, Tickle Me Elmo became North America’s “must have” toy for the holiday season. During the Christmas shopping months, parents would line up for hours in advance just to get a Tickle Me Elmo, and literally pushed, shoved, and even punched their way to the front of the line. There are numerous reports of employees being caught and injured in the brawl. A single Tickle Me Elmo could fetch as much as $1500 on the open market, despite having a retail price of only $28.99. In only a few short months after it’s release, the huggable doll had earned over $22 million in retail sales.

...The 1980's                                                                                                                                                           The 2000's...


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  2. Darren says:

    You forgot Power Rangers the next phenomenon that dropped TMNT off the top of the mountain in boys toys. C'mon there were riots for those toys that mirrored the Cabbage Patch Kids. At least make the list a top 5.

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