15 iconic toys from the '90s

'Sup? These relics are all that and a bag of chips. How many of these precious '90s toys did you have as a kid?

By Amy Valm

15 iconic toys from the '90s

American Girl

These fancy dolls are still all the rage. 

American Girl doll in boxPhoto: The Strong

Beanie Babies

Admit it, you’ve still got one of these stashed away because you just never know when it’ll be worth millions. 

Purple Princess Diana Beanie BabyPhoto: The Strong


Bop It

The most anxiety-inducing game ever?

Bop It toyPhoto: The Strong


You were the envy of all your friends if you had one of these furry pets when they first came out. You regretted that jealousy when it creepily woke you up in the middle of the night. 

Black Furby in the boxPhoto: The Strong


Basically schoolyard currency of the ’90s. Also, never forget slammers. 

box of PogsPhoto: The Strong



Made popular by Kevin McCallister in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. “Howdy do! This is Peter McCallister, the father. I’d like a hotel room, please, with an extra-large bed, a TV and one of those little refrigerators you have to open with a key. Credit card? You got it.”

Talkboy recording devicePhoto: The Strong

Power Ranger action figures

We all had a favourite Mighty Morphin Power Ranger #Pinkforlife. 

Red power ranger action figurePhoto: The Strong

Puppy Surprise

Oh, the miracle of birth. How many pups will you find when you rip open the Velcro from your plush doggy’s belly? 

Puppy Surprise with four little black and white puppiesPhoto: The Strong



An early intro to parenthood—don’t forget to feed your digital babe, it’s not just a cute accessory to hang off the belt loop of your wide-leg Mavi’s. 

pink tamagotchiPhoto: The Strong

Tickle Me Elmo

Department store fights erupted when this hot-ticket toy was released in 1996. 

Tickle Me Elmo in the boxPhoto: The Strong

Polly Pocket

Later deemed a choking hazard, the OG Polly Pockets were itty-bitty dolls with bendable waists who lived in themed pocket-sized homes. It was a glorious time to be alive, until your cat ate Polly. 

'90s Polly Pocket daycare set in heart-shaped containerPhoto: The Strong


Moon Shoes

It’s all fun and games until somebody breaks their face. Or their ankle. The feeling of stomping around in trampoline shoes was worth it, a hundo P. 

Pair of '90s trampoline-style moon shoesPhoto: The Strong

Doodle Bear

The beauty of a Doodle Bear was that you could write or draw whatever the eff you wanted then throw it in the wash for a clean slate. Because, like, sometimes your brother was being a loser and you needed to write it on the bear, you know? 

Pink tie-dye Doodle Bear from the '90s in the boxPhoto: The Strong

Electronic Dream Phone

Who, who, who has a crush on you? Maybe it’s Dan, but it’s probably Paul. This guessing game was the best. 

Game box of electronic dream phone game from the '90s of two girls talking on phone to fake boysPhoto: The Strong


Nintendo 64

In 1996 you and this console spent a lot of quality time together. 

Nintendo 64 console with controllerPhoto: Nintendo
This article was originally published on May 12, 2021

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