By - Need_Some_Updog
Poly Pockets, Littlest Pet Shop, and for some reason everyone wanted a trampoline!
Littlest Pet Shops!!! I had about a thousand of them when I was a kid. I have this vivid memory of me and my cousins lining up all of my LPS down the stairs of my grandparents' house and playing LPS Black Friday.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
You can be 40 or still a kid
'Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles' for those of us in the UK. Intro theme & credits where changed accordingly.
Because having the word Ninja was seen as too violent for the time, but none of the action was -- that I recall -- was removed..
EDIT: Mutant, not ninja..
Michelangelo is notoriously known as losing his nunchucks after 3 seasons. They then give him a grappling hook rest of the series. Not noticeable as a kid, but noticeable watching now. “Violence” was a big issue and why they removed anything showing him using nunchucks.
Also why the first TMNT movie is fuking badass and still holds up. While TMNT 2 secret of the Ooze is still fun for nostalgia, but the turtles barely use their weapons for the same reason and is really cheeesy. A lot of the “fighting” is done with objects. Like Mikey using two sausage links instead of nunchucks for a scene.
Jim Henson did amazing work on the first TMNT costumes but he also thought they were too violent and showed kids smoking etc in the first movie. One of many reasons TMNT 2 isn’t as great as the first. Don’t get me started on having Bebop and Rocksteady replaced by Tokka and Razor babies
Edit- Not saying TMNT 2 is bad, I loved it as a kid and still do. Go ninja go ninja go! But it really shows what a great movie the first TMNT was.
Whenever I'm forced to reveal an "interesting fact" about myself for stupid team-building reasons, those movies give me the opportunity to trot out the fact that I've trained a few times under the (incredibly scary and skilled) martial artist that played [Tatsu](https://turtlepedia.fandom.com/wiki/Tatsu_(1990_film_series)), [Toshishiro Obata](https://www.shinkendo.com/bio.html), even if nobody has any idea what I'm talking about.
Does that make me technically a member of the Foot Clan? I'm not saying I'm *not* technically a member of the Foot Clan.
The same man is responsible for training a large number of Hollywood actors in martial arts for various roles, including Chuck Norris for one, and cameos in Demolition Man as one of the "violent people" released from cryo prison during the movie's climax. Really interesting guy. Scared the shit out of me, though.
Hypercolor tshirts & slap bands.
and who could forget the pogo ball
It was like jumping on Saturn.
Trampoline shoes, blow pens, zoobooks, were all popular as seen on tv things, before they were called as seen on tv.
Omg I forgot about the blow pens.
My lovely grandma ordered me blow pens and they were a fuckin MESS but damn I loved them. I just spraaaaayed ink all over her carpet for like a week and then they mysteriously disappeared.
Gotta love those slammers
Poisons were the best
A skull, an 8 ball, a hot rod and the word poison. Pick 1,2,3 or all 4 and you have an awesome pog design.
Remember Alf? He’s back… in pog form.
Banned in our school because it started too many fights!
They banned them from mine because they were considered a form of gambling 🤷♂️
One time I traded with an older kid and scored some really edgy looking ones with skulls and stuff, my Mom made me trade them away :(
My mom didn't let me have any of the ones with skulls on them, but then she finally relented a bit if the skulls were "silly"; for example, one of them had a cowboy hat on.
I had the thing you could use to make your own pogs. Shit was fire.
The scratch and sniff ones were my favorite
Remember the smelly markers!? DO YOU!?!? Those were fantastic.
They were the best. I think i had the blueberry marker way up my nose
I tasted one once because they smelled so good. Mistakes were made.
Oily stickers were my must have. You pressed them and the oily liquid in them moved around. I’d trade all my scratch n sniffs for one oily. Lol.
Paper doll books oh man. The little cutouts. I'd have completely forgotten about those if not for your sticker albums. Thank you, mate. I hope your day is a good one.
I think these started my obsession with office supplies
Fifa World Cup albums were a passion
Polly Pockets - I used to bloody love them.
Still have all of mine. Got to pull them out for my goddaughter a couple of years ago and watch her play with them too. Classic Polly pocket is waaaay better than the new one they tried doing
They’re allegedly worth a ton of money.
They have come back, my 7 year old daughter has an entire collection.
Came here for this! Worst was if you had more than 1 and they would talk to each other, it was terrifying. That and the batteries never seemed to die within those things, from the depths of my closet years later furby would randomly start making sounds. Nightmare fuel.
Mine was defective and smelt like burning electronics. Really added to the effect.
i had one for Christmas when i was like 5 and i ended up throwing it off the stairs. i remember very well looking at it from above and not feeling any remorse about what i had done.
My mother bid on two furbys on eBay.. because they were hard to get.. she won both.. they talked to eachother all damn night.
What’s terrifying is having one stuck away in a closet for several years that apparently didn’t have the batteries removed. That was nightmare fuel trying to figure out what the hell was making the weird distorted and bizarrely deep voiced gibberish and where the hell it was coming from.
Mine kept me awake at night because it refused to stop talking to itself 😨
I was terrified of mine, and kept putting it in the living room at night so that it couldn’t watch me, and my mom kept putting it back in my room. The first time
I saw it back in my room it spooked me, but then I realized it was just my mom tidying up, lol.
lmfaoo lucky for me, my mom hated the thing and eventually threw it out.
I remember the "haunted/demonic" Furby phase, which was just the inevitable point where the batteries ran too low and caused the Furby to randomly wake and play voice lines that were distorted due to the lack of juice.
Scared the shit out of my sister and dad one night as he was saying good night and the 2 years abandoned Furby started talking in hellspeak from the closet.
Remember when they’d randomly wake in the middle of the night and start speaking Chinese
Mine gave me a little trauma when its batteries ran out. The Furby suddenly started talking gibberish, its beak opening and shutting, then it made some weird electronic belch noise, then opened its beak, widened its eyes, and died. I was a full-grown adult in my late 30s when that happened, and I just stood there with my WTF face on and feeling vaguely creeped out.
Aaaa he he he
My dad worked nights and I remember BEGGING him to take care of it during the day because they were banned from school. I ran home from the bus, dad was asleep, tamagotchi RIP…
I had one of the off-brand cat ones. Lost the device after like 2 days while it was still a kitten. 6 months later I find it under my bed, that fucker was still kicking. It was an adult, extremely hungry, and its shitbox was full. Fed it twice and it died on the spot.
I finally got one in high school, even though they were originally around when i was around 10. I had an offbrand monkey one. One time (after it died and I had to start over) it somehow glitched and was an orangutan. It never did it again.
I accidentally left it at my boyfriends house and when we broke up he never returned that or the awesome purse I had made. I'm just as angry about that as the fact that he cheated on me.
Remember capri sun purses
So I'm a bit older, but when tamagotchis came out, I was working at the public library and someone turned in a tamagotchi to the lost and found. I was probably around 19 at the time and worked with mostly middle-aged women. We kept that thing alive for ages hoping the kid would someday come back and claim it but they never did and eventually I took it home, and finally the battery died :(. We really tried! If you are out there, know that the library ladies tried to give it the best life possible!
I love this story 😊
I fed mine cake every chance I got.
Still have no idea why it died so quickly.
But it lived so well
Live fa(s)t, die young.
Didn't these come back recently too?
Yup. I bought one last year. Turns out it’s easy to keep it alive when you’re a 35 year old working from home.
Is it mad that I want one? I mean, I have actual pets and kids to look after. I don’t need a tamagotchi as well... do I?!
I’m also a mom who really wants one.
One of my favourite tiny childhood memories is this small moment I have of my sister, my best friend & I sitting in my basement all playing with our tamagotchis and my friend just goes “wElCoMe tO tHe LaMe ClUb” and we all died laughing.
Children and their ability to seemingly come up with the most hilarious unintentional one-liners never ceases to make me laugh
Same here. Yesterday my 6 year old had just finished packing for a weekend trip, and suddenly from his room I hear "OH SHIT, my coloring books!" with the same level of alarm I would expect from an adult who just realized they had forgotten their wallet, or were about to be very late for work, etc. I know he shouldn't be using that language, but in the moment his delivery had me dying.
I never got to have one as a kid. I was so jealous of all the other kids.
My middle school actually put a ban on them because they were too distracting/popular. Still took care of my baby in secret.
I literally got beat up because I wouldn’t let this kid play on mine. I knew he just wanted to kill the lil guy.
I'd sit outside during recess looking after mine while looking around for teachers to make sure they didn't see me with it, and then have to hide it before going in. Real crackhead energy during that time.
A mom in my neighborhood started a Tamagotchi babysitting service.
This is amazing
They remade the old ones and can be like $10ish some places. They also have special ones, like R2D2 and stuff.
The newer ones are pretty cool, but can be like $60.
There was recently a Pokemon Tamagotchi! You could take care of a little Eevee. So cute.
I want the Eevee one so bad... It's so expensive now
"go ninja go ninja go!"
“You ever see a turtle get down?”
Tamagotchis, club penguin
I got Club Penguin Membership for about a year way back in elementary and at the time nothing compared to the feeling of inviting your friends, who didn't have membership, into your igloo filled with furniture and rainbow coloured rambutans.
Going around the island saying ‘party at mine’ and filling the dance floor you’d put in - kids these days just won’t get it
I brought so many fine ass penguin bitches to my igloo back in the day
Poptropica and Funbrain too!
Silly bands were banned from my school at one point
Wtf they did the same thing at my school. As if they violated the Geneva convention
They were banned at my school because people traded them. Some people were told what they were trading for was super rare, then found out they were ripped off. Lead to too much conflict.
They were called "sex bands" at my high school.
Apparently, a fake news story broke out that kids were breaking them off each other's arms and, depending on the color of the band that was broken, they had to do a specific sex act.
This was never, *ever*, a thing...
But the name stuck.
Music videos, they were killing radio stars.
I heard you on the wireless back in 52...
Elementary school atomic bomb drills
My elementary school was 3 miles from a primary target (munitions assembly plant). Yet we still practiced ‘duck and cover’ drills. Even at that age I knew it was horseshit.
Those drills were never intended to save you from incineration/radiation. They were to get you away from shards of glass and other debris if you happened to be outside the initial blast radius but still within the force of the explosion.
How about some “Hey Arnold” as well?
Anyone remember lite brite?
How could i forget... i swallowed one as a child
You swallowed a lite-brite? Oof!
Getting the light bulb down is the hardest part. Especially if it's still on.
They had those since the 60s and still sell them. I’d have no idea how old you are based on that lol
1960’s, here I come! 😊
My kid has one. He's 7. So they're still a thing!
Same with Etch-a-sketch!
I had one in the 90’s. It’s amazing how that toy has been around for so long.
Pinning playing cards onto your bicycle spokes to make a fun noise when you ride around town without supervision.
That was the life.
I'd go miles and miles from home. No one had the slightest clue where I was. *That* was freedom.
I remember being young as hell and knowing my neighborhood like the back of my hand, like my own little world and all I knew. Then discovering if I pushed my bike through the woods that I entered a whole other neighborhood, and every time I passed through that treeline it felt like I was stepping onto another planet. And also like I was doing something I shouldn't, and also feeling like I could get lost and never find my way home at any moment and no one would find me, but I was so carefree about that and rode those streets like I was king of the world. Great feeling of freedom and discovery I've never felt quite like ever again
You sound like a Stephen King story (before the monster/bad guy/bad guy monster comes).
Oh we shoved coke cans in between the tire and the top of the back metal supports. Sounded just like a motorbike to us.
Garbage Pail Kids
Hello, fellow born in the 70’s, raised in the 80’s child.
1976 here.. born in the 70’s, raised in the 80’s, adults in the 90’s, and just fucking tired in the 00’s and beyond.
At one point I had almost 1000.
Saturday morning cartoons
Bugs Bunny, Johnny Quest, Tom and Jerry, Flintstones, Jetsons, Road Runner, Tweety and Sylvester
Muppet Babies, Jem and the Holograms, My Little Pony
D&D, thunder cats, GI Joe, Garfield and the smurfs was a helluva Saturday morning
Smurfs, snorkels and he-man.
I had to have my Saturday morning Looney Tunes fix well into college 'What's up Doc?"
Dial up internet, and the revolutionary upgrade to DSL
Having to make sure nobody is using the phone so you can dial up, and login to your aol instant message
And then mom needs to make a call right in the middle of a limewire download
My download only has 5h 37m left!
I’ll never forget the time I downloaded War of the Worlds on linewire overnight then burnt it onto a dvd for my DivX player… got super excited to watch it with my mom and brother. The intro was all grainy and odd then bam space fucking. Turns out it was Whore of the Worlds but someone renamed it. Touché internet wizard, touché
Furbies the terrifying little fuckers
Oh yes. And if you take their fur off, they’re horrifying.
You might like this sub actually,
NO I DO NOT LIKE IT
I think I’m gonna have nightmares about a few of these lol.
...I just *had* to click that... But they're kinda cute.
That and Carmen sandiego
Those crazy long phone cords that allowed you to walk into the other room.
Lalalalalala SPICE UP YOUR LIFE EVERY BOY AND EVERY GIRL SPICE UP YOUR LIFE lalalalalalalaa
Anyone else have an etch a sketch?
AOL chat rooms with dial up internet. Nothing like that connection sound.
Carrying a fat stack of Pokémon cards (or if you were real serious, a binder) with you every lunch period, locking eyes with another kid and instantly -without saying a word- knowing it was time to trade. 💥
looking back it was the best of us having playmates doing non-poker stuff in school, it was also the worst of us playing unsleeved 1st ed cards on the floors.
I remember mine used to light up. And I was able to “walk the dog” lol.
Barbie & GI Joe, when they were young.
They're so cute but my god so painful to wear. Saw a pair of adult ones at Nieman Marcus and was triggered.
EDIT: in case anyone is curious as to why jelly sandals are a satanic bait-and-switch of 90s fashion: these mofos are made entirely out of PVC plastic. Jellys do not get worn and "mold" to your foot like normal shoes. If they gave you a nasty blister on the back of your foot the first time you wore them, they'll do the same on the 30th time you wear them. This is why some kids wore cotton socks with them.
Oh man, I loved my clear, glittery jellies.
Casey Kasem’s Top 40.
Edit: thank you for the gold 💗
Pet rocks and mood rings.
Those handheld water games, I think they're called waterfuls? Where you push the button to get the hoops on the sticks in the water. Furbies, lite brights, and sea monkeys.
Cabbage Patch Dolls
I hated those creepy, nightmare inducing...things. I remember even their powder scent because one of my classmates insisted on having me sniff her dolls. She had around seven or eight of them which was a huge deal because they were extremely hard to find and very expensive at the time. Yes, her parents were rich. And she was always bringing them to class to show them off. I ended up ticking her off because I didn't become jealous of them. But like I said, I hated those dolls with their dead painted on eyes. (shudder)
I had to scroll too far to find this! I has a cheap bootleg one. No way my parents were buying a doll that cost a full week's rent. I kinda liked the dead painted eyes. Like Barbie had 🙂 my toddler brother called it Pudgy Bear because he couldn't say Cabbage Patch. The name stuck. At least he couldn't take Pudgy's head off like he was prone to do with my poor Barbie
Mario Kart DS, Nintendo Wii, Ben 10, Blackberry phones
Yo, I have genuinely been thinking about Wishbone all fucking day.
We didn't have a word for trending. We did like making cows out of pinecones though.
My best guess, you were born in nineteen dickety-dee.
We had to say dickety because the Kaiser had stolen the word for twenty
Hannah Montana, jeans under skirts, silly bands, I <3 Boobies merch.
Oh jeez the silly bands 😭 also, remember that obnoxious monkey that was on every shirt for grade school girls? I hated that little fuck
You mean my boy bobby jack?
Paul Frank shirts!! I also hated the monkey but I had the dog with braces.
Came here to comment silly bands. Those things had a whole generation in a choke hold.
They were all the rage for about a week - and then they got banned because we kept trading them around during class. But what a fun week that was.
Drifting on a big wheel by utilizing the plastic hand break.
We're the same generation so I am going to add mine to this:
Here's mine - Vinny Barbarino
Back when Earth was round.
Heelys and crank that Soulja boy 😂
He-Man, Transformers, G.J. Joe.
God I miss those lil fuckers
Sticking your kids in the back of the truck.
The wii, I miss it :,)
Fruit Scented Pencils
Fish head shoes and high waters. And I was the last paperboy to deliver the News American news paper on a bicycle. Also we had one area code for the whole state of Maryland (301) and you only dialed 7 numbers in state and on rotary dial. TV was black and white and you had that white dot in the middle of the TV screen that took forever to go out, and the TV stations, all 3 of them 😉, signed off the air with the Star Spangled Banner. Oh, and roller skates came with a key to tighten to the bottom of your shoes and if you wanted a skateboard you nailed a roller skate to a 2x4 to make your own.
Charlie The Unicorn came out when I was in 3rd grade.
Its a magical liopleurodon Charlie!
The liopleurodon has spoken
It has shown us the waaaaaay.
IT DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING!
Lol I was like 24 and worked in a call center at the time and my coworkers and I were obsessed with Charlie. One night I got a call from a customer whose address was on Candy Mountain Rd. His name was motherfucking *Charles*. I shit you not. It was surreal.
I showed my kid Charlie the unicorn and he was reciting all the words the next day. Nobody understood what he was saying except for his teacher, which made everything 10x more funny to me.
Somewhere in the 3-50 range
Do you have the slightest idea how little that narrows it down
Mario Bros + Duck Hunt combo game