The Best 90s Toys Reimagined: Trolls, Polly Pocket, Tamagotchi, and More
The 90s are back, baby! Well, kinda. It recently came to The Guide's attention that a slew of 90s toys have been reimagined and re-released for the youths (and youths at heart) of 2018. If you're looking to relive some of your childhood antics, keep scrolling. You're sure to find something that will hit you right in the nostalgia.
Drench Your Friends
Nothing improved a hot summer day like soaking your buddies with the king of water guns—the Super Soaker. While these water-pistols-on-speed were created in the 80s (by a NASA engineer!), it was in the 90s that they experienced a renaissance, with all kinds of soakers with all kinds of capabilities. This new iteration is a little tamer, but it can still drench someone quite effectively.
A Teeny, Tiny Pal
Polly first hit the toy scene in 1989, but most of her greatest and most fun playsets were released in the 90s (if you really want some nostalgia, check out this vintage Polly Pocket Instagram account). Polly has recently reappeared on the scene, slightly bigger, but still pocket-sized. We love this set, which has Polly and her friend chilling by the pool.
Blast from the Past
The first American Girl Doll released in the 1990s, Felicity was a spunky redhead from the 1770s who loved horses and freedom. This doll comes with one of American Girl's signature books, with a tale about how Felicity met her horse, Penny. She also has an AWESOME outfit—much cooler than the one from the 90s.
A Toy That Goes To Infinity and Beyond
When Toy Story was released in 1995, it ushered in a new age of animation. It also introduced the world to awesome characters like Buzz Lightyear. This nifty Buzz Action figure has a retractable helmet and pop-out wings, and at the press of a button can say more than 30 catchphrases in his original voice. He even has a laser*!
*A little light bulb that blinks.
A Fuzzy Friend With Connections
When Furby first hit the market in 1998, there was a slew of press about how the little guy was listening in on your conversations. It was kinda true at the time, and in the last 20 years, Furby has become even smarter. Now he has his own app through which he can play all kinds of games with his owners. If you're ready to stop interacting, just put a little eye mask on him! It's the cutest thing.
Redux of a Gamer Classic
Ok, we're going to cheat a little bit. Technically, the NES came out in 1985, but since the Nintendo 64 didn't come out until 1996, gamers spent the front half of the 90s with these exact controllers clutched in their game-hungry hands. This redux of the original NES comes fully loaded with 21 games, including perennial favorite Super Mario Kart.
A Doll With Fierce Hair
Troll Dolls were first introduced in the 1950s, and have since seen several reimaginings. From the groovy trolls of the 70s to the "Treasure Trolls" of the 90s (you remember, they had jeweled belly buttons!), now we have adorable trolls that tie into the Dreamworks movie of the same name. If you're a collector, you definitely want this iteration. It's also a little less scary than its predecessors, if you're looking to get a little one engaged with these delightful creatures!
A Gross Lab for the Goo-Obsessed
First released in 1994, this delightfully disgusting toy let kids make edible treats that looked like brains, snot, or even barf. Yeah, it's still really gross. It also seems like it would be a lot of fun! Maybe you could even add some adult beverages to the results...
Look at how adorable these are! First released in Japan in 1985, then released in the U.S. shortly after, Calico Critters are available in little families of cats, dogs, raccoons, and all sorts of woodland creatures. There was even a show starring these guys in the 90s!
A Bear for Your Inner Hippie
The Peace Bear's birthday is February 1, 1998, but he was one of the rarer Beanie Babies when he came out. That meant only the grooviest kids had him in their collections. Now's the time to put that FOMO behind you and add one to your collectibles shelf.