Some would say it’s a blessing to have grown up in the 90s, while the kids of today would rather go without eating for a week than give up the internet. There are quite a few gadgets that made headlines not too long ago, starting with the Super Nintendo / Super Famicom. Continue reading to see more.
5. Moon Shoes
Nicklodeon and Moon Shoes were the rage during the 90s, and that’s why these gadgets were a merchandising effort by the children’s channel. Simply put, these were shoes for children fitted with trampoline-like springs. They were billed as “mini-trampolines for your feet”. The Nickelodeon product featured closed sides, plastic construction and bungee style springs which can be considered a safety improvement.
The Skip-It, invented by Victor Petrusek and manufactured by Tiger Electronics, was one toy that nearly every 90s kid wanted for Christmas. It gained popularity mainly through daytime Nickelodeon broadcasting and was designed to be affixed to the child’s ankle via a small plastic hoop and spun around in a 360 degree rotation while continuously skipped by the user.
3. Super Soaker
There was nothing like getting soaked by Super Soaker during a scorching summer day. This awesome water gun was first sold in 1990 by Larami and is now produced by Hasbro under the Nerf brand. It was invented by Lonnie Johnson on November 13, 1989, the first Super Soaker, the Super Soaker 50, was originally called the Power Drencher. The first Super Soaker blasters utilized manually pressurized air to shoot water with greater power, range, and accuracy than conventional squirt pistols.
Kids from the 90s probably all had Tamagotchis, which was basically a handheld digital pet. This gadget was first introduced in 1996 by Japan-based Bandai. As of 2010, over 76 million Tamagotchis have been sold worldwide. Most Tamagotchis are housed in a small egg-shaped computer with an interface usually consisting of three buttons, although the number of buttons may vary for different variations.
1. Tickle Me Elmo
Tickle Me Elmo is one gadget that most everyone loves to hate, and it was first unveiled in the United States in 1996. Believe it or not, some parents literally fought other parents in stores to purchase one for Christmas. Short supply and high demand meant exorbitant prices. People reported that the toy, originally sold at US $28.99, fetched as much as $1500.