Twaggies Contest Poll and My Favorite Toys from the 90’s

by Eden on January 26, 2012

If you are here for the Eden Twaggs contest, scroll down. But you should read this anyway cause all my posts are awesome.ra

Its “flashback Friday” and from my previous posts, you guys sure like all these nostalgic recaps. So today, I’m revealing my favorite toys that today seem so simple and border-line lame compared to the toys today’s kids have. It kind of scares me that kids today point at pay phones and dial-up modems and ask, “What’s that?!”.

sniff, sniff.


Anyhow, here are awesome, seemingly lame toys I loved as a kid:

My Little Pony

If you are a frequent reader of my blog, this isn’t a surprise. I wasn’t really a “girly girl” but this is where I got pretty girly. I fucking loved those ponies. Why did I love them?

  • Sparkly plastic horses
  • brushable hair,
  • glitter
  • their butt smelled like vanilla cake!

    I welcome their farts.


Come on! This was a no fail concept!

Look! Its "Kill Bill" pony!

Lite Brite
On the surface, Lite Brite seemed lame because the television commercials always showed kids making elaborate patterns with the tiny bulbs, thus leading most people to think this toy had great artistic potential.

it reeks creativity. really. yes, really.

 And then when you actually got your own, it was sort of a buzz kill to find out you’d be working from the pre-made pattern punch-out sheets. But thats why I loved it! I made me a much better “artist” or “crafter” than I actually was! Sure, a false sense of self confidence but I personally loved spending hours clicking faux-lit dots into simulated slots.What kid wouldn’t?
What kind of a child wouldn’t adore playing with stacks of bottle-cap-esque disks and later bashing them with a heftier cap?
 I have no idea why I like these so much. I guess us kids from the 90’s were easily amused. Cause really, you just couldn’t sell that to today’s kid with iPads, Xbox, Wii, and whatever else kids these days amuse themselves with. They’d be bored to tears before you could even utter the word “slammer”.

stand back. this could get ugly.

Gak was another one of those inexplicable phenomenons like Pogs that only children could understand.

not my spawn. duh.

 After all, it had no purpose outside of my distractability and bemusement. But it was awesome for a few simple reasons:
  • Perfect hybrid of slime and silly putty with whoopie-cushion-style talents.
  • Nickelodeon produced it (and I was basically Nickelodeon’s bitch when I was a kid)
  • Gak came in lots of other varieties: glow-in-the-dark, scented, multi-packs…
Sure, they made your hand smell awful, they got stuck on the carpet, and unlike play-dough, it definitely WAS NOT EDIBLE. Nonetheless, I still loved that slimy, messy, neon-colored, fart-noise-producing goo.


What toys did you love as a kid? Were they as useless as the ones I liked? Am I really the only one that finds pleasure in making fart noises with Gak?

Ok, on to our Eden Twags contest!

Out of all the entries, the twaggies team chose their top five and now its YOUR turn to chose the winner! Voting ends Monday, Jan 30 at 7 pm PST.

*I’d like to thank the Twaggies team for their participation and Janetha for technical/emotional support

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

melissanibbles January 27, 2012 at 2:19 am

I loved My Little Ponys and Lite Bright! I used to write swears in my Lite Bright to annoy my parents.


Eden January 27, 2012 at 2:16 pm

My parents were proud that I could spell anything! I usually just spelled something gross like pee pee only I was a moron so I spelled it wrong like “pii pii”.


Kristina January 27, 2012 at 6:23 am

Yes, I had SO MANY My Little Ponies! I was definitely not a girly-girl either… my ponies went on adventures and safaris with the ninja turtles while everyone else’s ponies went to the beauty salon. And I definitely had a phase with Gak, which my parents did not love…

BTW, have you seen the new My Little Ponies? They look like creepy aliens, it makes me sad :(


Cammy January 27, 2012 at 6:58 am

I played with every single one of those. I have a distinct memory of playing with a Lite Brite while the Ewoks was on TV in the background. If that doesn’t scream “child of the 80’s” I don’t know what does.

I also had a Sega, anyone remember way back before Sonic the Hedgehog sold out to Nintendo and now does a parallel version of every Mario sports tournament game on Wii?

One (compound) word: Bop-It.


Eden January 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Bop it annoyed the crap out of me! i was so bad at it that I felt like such a loser doing. Even SEEING someone do it made me tired :(


Mary Legare Whaley January 27, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Sega was awesome. I loved Sonic and Tails, the little flying fox. I haven’t played any Sonic games on my Wii…it just doesn’t seem right to mix Sega + Nintendo. I can’t do it!!!


Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy January 27, 2012 at 7:00 am

I had and loved all of these things! But I have to say, in my opinion, silly putty was far superior to GAK if only for the fact you could transfer newspaper print onto it. That shit was magic, yo.


Eden January 27, 2012 at 2:18 pm

yes, silly putty is WAY better than gak. I didn’t include it cause technically it was a 70’s craze but I still play with it to this very day.


eve January 27, 2012 at 7:20 am

Pony butt smell and bright lights are definitely part of my childhood. I’m slightly grateful this Gak smelly goo isn’t part of my childhood memories.

Legos: My best friend was a boy, so we’d be playing “house” lego as a middle ground. I would also play TMNT (Rafael -cause I liked saying it), in return of playing with dolls later. It worked, we were pretty compatible.

Barbies: I personally never had many of these, but my neighbor had TONS. Barbie houses and cars, trucks, and Kens. We made Ken and Barbie make things to each other that made us blush and giggle. All in the name of baby Babies and Jr Kens.

Care Bears and Popples: Cartoon and stuffed animal alike. Just made me happy. Popples had the advantage of turning into a unusual ball.

I’m sure there’s more, but we also played outside most days and had a Nintendo for rainy days. Looking back, life was busy as a little one.


Cameo January 27, 2012 at 7:24 am

I loved My Little Pony! I had a purple one and my sister had a white one with rainbow hair. They were the best. Light Brights were pretty fun, as well. I never got the POG thing…probably because I had moved on to kissing boys and stealing wine coolers by the time POGS came around.


StoriesAndSweetPotatoes January 27, 2012 at 7:25 am

I feel like all the popular toys from the 90s either got banned from schools or had safety recalls. It’s a miracle we survived. I loved my pogs. It’s weird how something like that has so much value to a kid. It’s just cardboard, lol.


Katie January 27, 2012 at 9:42 am

That kid is SERIOUS with his slammer. I still remember smuggling my pogs in my pocket to school in 3rd grade – they weren’t allowed. Now 8 year olds smuggle cell phones to school. (I feel old when I say critical things about technology things like that)


Asian Bitch January 27, 2012 at 9:54 am

Lite Bright!! Finally a ”Flash Back” post that I can relate to! I loved this game.
How about ”Guess Who?” ? I also liked Tamagochi. Such a waste of time.

p.s: I totally thought the twag was ”I let my PARENTS close to death”!


Sarah January 27, 2012 at 10:07 am

I loved My Little Ponies but I only ever had a sea pony. Even more useless than a normal pony as it couldn’t stand up. It went in the bath and stayed upright with this little plastic rubber ring thing.

Lego was probably my main favourite toy. I had loads of lego train set stuff, and used to set up the track and then build houses to go with it.


Eden January 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I died laughing reading that sea pony comment


janetha January 27, 2012 at 10:26 am

Haha yeah it worked! Good job! I really didn’t do anything, but thanks for the holler. I love you. Dude I forgot about GAK! It smells so bad.


Eden January 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I know, Gak smelled terrible but it was just so much fun! My mom put lavender oil in mine to mask the smell.


Megan @ Braise The Roof January 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Gak was the shit (no pun intended). I had big dreams about being on Double Dare when I was a kid. I blatantly ignored all the “don’t try this at home” warnings when it came to that show. I wanted to live it.


Eden January 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Oh I had double dare dreams too! And “Global Guts” dreams. Nevertheless, I was very unathletic so I just hoped one day they would do a pie eating game or something.


Mary Legare Whaley January 27, 2012 at 6:36 pm

I always dreamed of attaining a piece of the Crag on Global Guts. I so badly wanted to be on that show. My parents did not support my athletic dreams. They still don’t. And I’m 26.


Sara January 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm

who could forget the TY Beanie Babies craze??? Invest in hundreds of these bean-filled critters, keep them in perfect condition, and in 70 years they may be worth something! And God forbid anyone damaged the tag….

A friend and I used to have “Beanie Baby Wars,” in which we’d divy-up my massive collection, hide on either side of my bed and chuck them at each other :D. Being a kid in the 90’s was so fun!


Eden January 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I was never into beanie babies. I thought they were just silly, sand-filled animals. I also didn’t like that they had their own names. I liked to have control over naming my animals. Take THAT TY!


Sable@SquatLikeALady January 27, 2012 at 6:57 pm

I still have approximately a million beanie babies. No, seriously, I have at least sixty. I would trade the other kids half of my lunch money for them and just eat cookies ($1) versus, you know, a balanced meal ($2). In retrospect this sure explains a lot. lol!


Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) January 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm

I couldn’t vote from my iphone, but I can from my laptop! yay.

Dude, I have nothing to add in terms of commentary here- while you were playing with My Little Pony, I was already married, egads. I was playing with Samantha though and she was a lot of fun. :-)


Mary Legare Whaley January 27, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Gak was great. They had glow in the dark Gak, solar Gak that changed color in the sun (I was a sucker for color changing anything), but they also had the scented Gak–which was nasty. Do you remember Floam? That stuff was fun, but it dried out if you were irresponsible and stored it improperly. Tamagotchis were awesome, but they were banned in my school because they would beep all day. Littlest Pet Shop, so fun! Did you ever have a Furby? That thing was creepy. I tried to hide mine in my closet, and he would always wake up and start talking in the middle of the night. Kids’ toys were way more fun when we were growing up! Wow. I feel like my parents…”in my day, we didn’t even have color tv…”


Sable@SquatLikeALady January 27, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Ahhhhh pogs! I totally forgot about those. I loved how they were hot for ONE MINUTE and I made my mom spend like $50 on them and then no one cared. (See also: Pokemon and bright vests over turtlenecks.)


Lindsey @ Happy or Hungry January 28, 2012 at 9:49 am

I don’t know wtf a Twaggy is, but I died for My Little Pony. I loved my little ponies so much. I did a post around Christmas about my fave childhood Christmas presents, and MLP’s were #1. When I found a pic of the very first pony I owned, I nearly started crying. I am a loser.
I also used to be a big Pog fan, until my fat bully neighbour stole ALL of mine and I went home crying.
I promise I don’t cry that much, these are just two extreme incidents.


Eden January 28, 2012 at 2:51 pm

@twaggies is a cool website the turns funny tweets into cartoons. check them out!


Jolene ( January 30, 2012 at 5:10 pm

I never had Pog or a Lightbright, but I did have My Little Pony … and Barbies … many, many, many Barbies!


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