How many of the toys we played with in the 80s and 90s would hold up in today’s market? If it isn’t happening on a tablet or phone screen, these crazy kids today don’t want to know. Never mind — we can still look back with fondness at the toys and gadgets that got us through our formative childhood years:
12. The Slinky
Aside from the constant tangling, the slinky was kind of fun. For a few minutes. It was way more exciting at your rich mate’s house with the infinite stairs.
Pogs hit cultural phenomenon status in the early 90s. It was pretty much gambling for kids, so you’d have to be careful which of your Pogs you’d want to throw in the mix at any time, as any pog that was upturned by the fearsome Slammer ended up in your opponent’s collection. Pogs looked cool too – loads of variety in design and plenty of psychedelic colours.
In the end most schools banned them as they quickly became a major distraction in the classroom and were the catalyst for plenty a playground beef. Competitive enough to work in a modern environment.
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