The 1990s gave us pretty much everything we needed to live: a presidential scandal, thin eyebrows, pop music icons, baggy pants and tight shirts. If you grew up in the '90s, you probably celebrated Earth Day and made the tough transition from the four food groups to the food pyramid (let's all say a quick prayer for the carbs at the base of that wonderful little pyramid). Despite the leftover cheese factor that spilled over from the 1980s, the 1990s were a pretty awesome decade. We were trying to discover who we were as a culture, borrowing from the '70s (bell bottoms and crop tops) and various other decades. However, what we probably remember the most from the 1990s was the intricate and creative toys that made their way into our lives. From the Spice Girls dolls to Furbies, every '90s kid knows that we had something special in our toys and playsets.
If you were a '90s kid who had all the toys (or coveted them from afar during Nickelodeon binges), you'll probably recognize some of these bad boys. But do you think you can name all 40? Take this quiz to see what your true '90s toy IQ is.
This game tricked kids into exercising. What is it?
If you were looking for something more fun than a jump rope, but less fun than a Nintendo, you got yourself a Skip-It ... well, your parent's got it for you, but still. In the 1990s, Skip-Its came with counters, so you could challenge your friends.
You could do their hair, and they didn't have to wear clothes. What were they?
Cabbage patch kids
These days, trolls are something very different than they were in the 1990s. These toys had fun hair that came in bright colors. Some of them wore clothes, but most of them didn't. These dolls boomed in the early 1990s.
Which '90s toy prepared children for cell phone neck?
The Nintendo Gameboy was initially released in Japan in 1989, but it made its way across the ocean in 1990. It was an instant hit that took a lot of batteries and weighed around 30 pounds (that's an exaggeration).
Do you recognize these small toys that kids loved to collect?
Pogs were all the rage in the early and mid-1990s. They were basically just discs of paper that you'd stack up and smash. If you had a good slammer, you could win Pogs from your friends, but most people didn't play for keeps.
Tamagotchi toys were basically little electronic video games. You had a tiny creature that you had to feed, put to sleep and exercise. Most kids were given these in place of real pets, as it didn't matter if they died or not.
This take on Simon was a great way to learn coordination. What is it?
Bop It toys had different devices on them that made noise. The toy would give commands on which part you were supposed to twist, pull or bop. It got faster and faster as you progressed, and made for an exciting game with friends.
Do you recognize this '90s toy that had a little AI to it?
Furbies were all the rage when they first came out. They were stuffed animals that would have conversations with you. If you put it in a dark place for a while, it would mention that it was alone and scared. Talk about creepy.
"Home Alone" (1990) made this toy popular. What is it?
Every kid wanted one of these after Kevin McAllister had one in the movie "Home Alone" (1990). It could record, change your voice and playback all at once. It wasn't the best quality, but it was fun to work with.
Can you name this word game that was popular in the 1990s?
Boggle was an excellent word game to have around. It had several six-sided dice that had different letters on them. You'd shake the board and change the dice, then try to create as many words as possible.
Etch A Sketch was an entertaining way to draw when your parents didn't allow markets in the house. Everyone who owned one of these did their best to cover the screen in etch completely. However, it was always shaken and erased before we could.
These giant balls were a fun way to get around and get your exercise. What are they?
Hippity hots were mostly seen on television, and very rarely around the neighborhood. That's probably because they weren't as well made as some people might think. If they were blown up to big, they'd pop, and if you hit a rock at the wrong angle, the same thing would happen.
What is the name of this toy that you could see in hippie circles?
Hacky sack was a very popular game in the 1990s. You could see it played on college campuses across the country. The object of the game is to get the sack to the next person in the most creative way possible. No hands!
You could draw whatever you wanted on this. Do you know the name of it?
Etch A Sketch
Magna Doodles were an excellent little toy to help those who couldn't control the knobs on an Etch A Sketch. You could draw whatever you wanted on it, and with the slide of a switch, it would disappear.
Can you identify this Barbie with super long hair?
Totally Hair Barbie
The Totally Hair Barbie doll was one of the most popular Barbie dolls of all time. She had a skin-tight dress on and hair down to her ankles. It sold well, because most parents didn't understand what happens to plastic hair when it gets brushed.
Wind it up, pull the string and release ... this little doll would spin and fly at your command. Sure, it looked like a Barbie, but it could fly, and that's what little girls were looking for in the 1990s.
Do you recognize this Nintendo system with an odd controller?
Gaming changed for everyone in the 1990s, and the Nintendo 64 gave us something interesting to hold in our hands. These controllers looked like they required a third set of fingers to use, and for some games, they did.
The Spice Girls took over the planet in the late 1990s. They had a movie come out as well as a laundry list of products (including dolls). The dolls are now collectible, but not as collectible as the New Kids on the Block dolls.
If your parents weren't worried about safety, you probably had these. What are they?
The 1990s were the time of basketball players who seemed to defy gravity. Therefore, everyone wanted to do the same. What better way to do so than to wrap rubber bands around flip-flops and make moon shoes?
Sega's game gear was their response to Nintendo's game boy. The buttons for controlling were on the sides to simulate an actual gaming controller. It was popular among all kids because it had a color screen.
These dolls came with their own books. Do you know what they are?
American Girl dolls
What happens when you have high-class dolls with expensive clothes and rich (pun intended) storylines? American Girl dolls happen. These dolls were all the rage in the 1990s, and little girls who had them felt far superior to those who did not.
While it may not have been the most popular toy of the 1990s, it did give kids hours of fun and play. The little figurines without eyes made for some great stories for kids to make up. You can buy one of these on eBay for around $300 these days.
This toy vibrated, and everyone loved it. What is it?
Tickle Me Elmo
The Tickle Me Elmo doll had parents running to stores the day of its release. For some reason, people paid outlandish amounts of money for their four-year-olds to have this when they were sold out of stores. Looking back, we can't figure out why.
Before people made slime in their homes, parents bought this. What is it?
Gak was slime that was made by Nickelodeon. Children of the 1990s loved watching people get slimed on various shows that aired on the network, so it only made sense for them to create a product that could help kids recreate these scenes.
These action figures were for boys and girls. What are they called?
In the 1990s, we were introduced to the Power Rangers, a group of teens who fought evil space aliens and monsters. It was a fantastic experiment in film editing, and children loved the show, the characters and the toys.
It was pretty close to a smart phone. What was it?
If you had snooping siblings, you probably begged your parents to get you one of these. They were electronic diaries that were password-protected, and as long as your siblings didn't figure out the password, you were good to go.
What is the name of this dog that gave you something extra?
If you were lucky enough to get a Puppy Surprise for Christmas or your birthday, you probably only received three or four puppies with it. However, the toy could have up to five puppies stuffed inside of its mother.
This was a stuffed animal your parents wanted you to draw on. What is it called?
People wanted Doodle Bears for various reasons. They would often ask their friends to sign the bear at birthday parties or elementary school graduations. They were essentially stuffed animal yearbooks.
If you were looking for an authentic doll that wet itself, you probably wanted a Baby Born doll. These dolls were on every toy store shelf across the country, and pretty much the only one you could find that wasn't from the Cabbage Patch.
Do you think you can name this doll that tried to go up against Barbie?
What's Her Face doll
What's Her Face dolls were dolls that gave you the ability to design them. While Barbie tended to put all other doll companies out of business, these dolls held up for a little while in the 1990s. Of course, she came without eyes, but once you put them on, you were good.
When a bucket runs around your living room spitting out balls, what are you to do? Get a plastic fork and put those balls back, of course! Truthfully, though, Mr. Bucket was a great game for children to learn colors and counting.