Nearly everything was better in the 90s – and that includes the array of simply awesome Christmas gifts we all excitedly circled in the Argos catalogue for Santa.
While nowadays, children aren’t happy unless they have the latest phone or iPad, back in the 90s a water gun, a laughing Sesame Street character or a section of circles made from card would get us excited.
From the Doodle Bear and Pokemon cards through to Power Rangers merch and the mighty Game Boy Color – here are the gifts that prove the 90s was the unbeatable decade for receiving truly exciting toys as a child.
If there was anything more exciting thanc reating your own ice lollies, then 90s kids hadn’t come across it. Owning one of these was guaranteed to expand the guest list of any birthday party you held
Back before kids owned mobile phones from a young age and had Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, the Dream Phone was the closest they would get to contact through technology. And it felt oh so grown up. Harmless too.
Thunderbirds Tracey Island
3…2…1…CHRISTMAS IS GO! Or it was when you unwrapped this amazing fortress. I still have mine in the attic and wouldn’t dream of throwing it away
At the end of the decade, Buzz was the must have toy for every child who had heard of Toy Story. Which was literally EVERY child. With a laser bulb, wings and sounds, it didn’t matter that Woody wasn’t impressed. We all were.
Star Wars toys
Collectible figures, Death Stars and vehicles – Star Wars toys remained popular in the 90s despite a lack of Lucas releases. Like Lego kids have now, 90s kids had boxes of Star Wars figurines. Which we hoped woke up at night and had epic battles.
Power Ranger merchandise
Getting the red or green ranger meant the world.
Forget the Rubiks Cube – this was the 90s frustrating challenge. And as adults we are still tempted to whack it out at a drunken party.
The next generation console of the 90s, the Playstation was mindblowing and series such as Tomb Raider and Crash Bandicoot opened up a whole new world of gaming. The graphics look shoddy now, but back then, they left our jaws on the floor
Made famous in the Home Alone movie, this allowed us to record ourselves covertly – and slow down our voices so we sounded bloody hilarious. It took a long time for this to get old.
It didn’t matter that it was a freezing Winter – what wasn’t fun about soaking people. And these things carried some serious power.
Another thing that seemed to advanced back then, this robotic dog was like having a real pet. Without the poo and responsibility. Double win.
Game Boy Color
Playing Game Boy games in colour? WTF!? And then came the Pokemon games which really put the Game Boy on the map and started a huge trend that would take over the decade and beyond.
Not only did this give us our first sense of caring for something, it also taught us about loss. Because they always inevitably died.
Tickle Me Elmo
Laughter is infectious. Elmo laughter even more so. Nobody admitted to owning one, but we all wanted him.
They got annoying after a while but they were cute and actually picked up phrases you used. When they came out with one of your key phrases without warning, laughter inevitably ensued. And many a parent was left red faced when it picked up a swear word they used when they thought no-one was listening.
Could there have been a simpler concept? And yet we all went crazy for them. What a time to be alive.
Having one of these in your bedroom meant you had made it in life. It was purely a legend for some that only happened to other people.
Brightly coloured and offensive to the eye, these injury attracting boots sorted the men from the boys and the women from the girls. I managed three seconds upright once.
Like an iPod. But massive, easier to break and with 12 songs as opposed to 12,000. It was a major thing, honestly.
Catching that little bastard was the ultimate 90s smug moment.
You could scribble and graffiti a toy – without getting into trouble. And then it would wash away like VOODOO MAGIC.
The first really realistic doll – before they got TOO realistic. Most little girls wanted one of these.
Sorry, Barbie WHO?
The real fun was seeing how far he could get before the inevitable heartbreak of his armpit splitting.
‘Someday these will be worth thousands,’ assured our lying parents. Nevertheless, they were cute and fun to collect.
The most badass action figure ever? Action Man, eat your heart out pal.