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.

Mr Frosty

Mr Frosty XX of the toys from the 90-s that we'd still love for Christmas now Credit: Funskool

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

Dream Phone

Dream Phone XX of the toys from the 90-s that we'd still love for Christmas now Credit: MB Games

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

Tracey Island Thunderbirds toy XX of the toys from the 90-s that we'd still love for Christmas now CRedit: Thunderbirds

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

Buzz Lightyear

Buzz Lightyear XX of the toys from the 90-s that we'd still love for Christmas now Credit: Alamy

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

Star Wars Death Star XX of the toys from the 90-s that we'd still love for Christmas now Credit:Toyworth

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

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Getting the red or green ranger meant the world.

Bop It

Bop It XX of the toys from the 90-s that we'd still love for Christmas now Credit; Hasbro

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 Playstation

Original Playstation console XX of the toys from the 90-s that we'd still love for Christmas now Credit: Alamy

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

Talkboy

Talkboy XX of the toys from the 90-s that we'd still love for Christmas now Credit: Tiger Electronics

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.

Super Soaker

Super Soaker XX of the toys from the 90-s that we'd still love for Christmas now CRedit: Lond On Lite

It didn’t matter that it was a freezing Winter – what wasn’t fun about soaking people. And these things carried some serious power.

Teksta Dog

 

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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

Game Boy Colour XX of the toys from the 90-s that we'd still love for Christmas now Credit: Nintendo

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.

Tamagotchi

Tamagotchis, a virtual pet that grows from chick to adult on a minicomputer screen in 10 days only w. proper care from button-pressing owner, made by the Japanese firm Bandai. (Photo by Kimberly Butler//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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

398408 19: Fisher Price's Tickle Me Elmo is on display in an undated photo. The doll is advertised to be soft, plush and now ticklish in five places but only one makes him shake and roar with hysterical laughter. The Tickle Me Elmo doll is expected to be one of the best selling toys for the 2001 holiday season. (Photo by Fisher Price/Getty Images)

Laughter is infectious. Elmo laughter even more so. Nobody admitted to owning one, but we all wanted him.

Pokemon cards

Pokemon cards XX of the toys from the 90-s that we'd still love for Christmas now Credit: Alamy

Furby

Furby XX of the toys from the 90-s that we'd still love for Christmas now Credit; Tiger Electronics

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.

Pogs

Pogs XX of the toys from the 90-s that we'd still love for Christmas now Credit: Alamy

Could there have been a simpler concept? And yet we all went crazy for them. What a time to be alive.

VHS Recorder

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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.

Rollerblades

roller blades XX of the toys from the 90-s that we'd still love for Christmas now Credit: Alamy

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.

Discman

Discman, Sony's first portable CD player,1984 XX of the toys from the 90-s that we'd still love for Christmas now Credit: Alamy

Like an iPod. But massive, easier to break and with 12 songs as opposed to 12,000. It was a major thing, honestly.

Mousetrap

Mouse Trap XX of the toys from the 90-s that we'd still love for Christmas now Credit: MB Games

Catching that little bastard was the ultimate 90s smug moment.

Doodle Bear

Doodle Bear XX of the toys from the 90-s that we'd still love for Christmas now Credit: You Tube

You could scribble and graffiti a toy – without getting into trouble. And then it would wash away like VOODOO MAGIC.

Baby Born

Baby Born XX of the toys from the 90-s that we'd still love for Christmas now Credit: Zapf Creations

The first really realistic doll – before they got TOO realistic. Most little girls wanted one of these.

Bratz

Bratz XX of the toys from the 90-s that we'd still love for Christmas now Credit: Bratz

Sorry, Barbie WHO?

Stretch Armstrong

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The real fun was seeing how far he could get before the inevitable heartbreak of his armpit splitting.

Beanie Babies

Beanie Babies XX of the toys from the 90-s that we'd still love for Christmas now Credit: Etsy

‘Someday these will be worth thousands,’ assured our lying parents. Nevertheless, they were cute and fun to collect.

Street Sharks

Street Sharks Credit: Figure Realm

The most badass action figure ever? Action Man, eat your heart out pal.
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