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The Top 20 Biggest Fads of the 1990's

Ah, the 1990s—a time when slap bracelets adorned our wrists, and our Tamagotchis demanded more attention than our actual pets. Buckle up, fellow 90's kids, because we’re about to dive into the top 20 fads of that glorious decade. Grab your neon windbreakers, fire up your Walkman, and let’s groove!

Crazy Bones: The Marbles of the '90s

Gogos Crazy Bones TV commercial

Remember Crazy Bones? Those little plastic figurines that looked like they escaped from a psychedelic fever dream? They were like the unholy offspring of marbles and action figures. We traded them like currency on the playground, and the rare ones were more precious than gold. If you had a glow-in-the-dark Bone, you were basically the playground kingpin.

Magic: The Gathering—The First Trading Card Game Phenomenon

Magic: The Gathering was the ultimate nerd battleground. We dueled with decks of cards that could summon dragons, wizards, and existential crises. The rare Black Lotus card was like the Holy Grail, and if you owned one, you were either a genius or a time-traveling wizard. Either way, you probably didn’t have a prom date.

Baseball Cards: The Original NFTs

Before NFTs broke the internet, baseball cards ruled the collector’s scene. We flipped through packs, hoping to find a Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card or a holographic Cal Ripken Jr. An impressive baseball card collection basically turned you into the Warren Buffett of the playground. And yes, we traded them during recess like Wall Street tycoons.

Digimon: The Cooler Pokémon?

Digimon TV commercial

Digimon were like Pokémon’s edgier cousins. They lived in digital worlds, evolved into bizarre creatures, and battled evil forces. Plus, they had attitude. While Pikachu was busy being adorable, Agumon was out there spitting fireballs and dropping one-liners. Digivolve, my friends!

Super Soaker: The Ultimate Water Warfare Weapon

Super Soaker TV commercial

When summer hit, Super Soakers transformed suburban lawns into war zones. These neon-colored water guns had more firepower than a small militia. All it took were a few friends armed with their own Super Soaker, and you had your very own epic neighborhood war games. Bonus points if you had the Super Soaker CPS 2000—the nuclear option of water warfare.

Polly Pocket/Mighty Max: Tiny Worlds, Big Imagination

Mighty Max TV commercial

Polly Pocket and Mighty Max were our gateway to miniaturized adventures. Polly’s compact playsets unfolded into entire worlds, complete with teeny-tiny furniture and micro-sized drama. Mighty Max was the alternate boy version of the toy line, featuring the same concept but with a fresh paint of maximum coolness. We lost them all under our couches, but they’ll forever live in our hearts.

Bop It: The Stress-Inducing Handheld Game

Bop It 90's TV commercial

Bop It! Twist it! Pull it! This handheld game was the ultimate test of reflexes and sanity. We’d gather in circles, passing the Bop It around like a hot potato. Miss a beat, and you were out. It was like a high-stakes dance-off with a plastic stick. And don’t even get me started on the Bop It Extreme—it was the Dark Souls of hand-eye coordination.

Roller Blades: The Fast Lane to Coolness

Rollerblade 90's TV commercial

Strapping on a pair of roller blades was like unlocking a secret level of cool. Suddenly, you were gliding down the sidewalk, wind in your hair, pretending you were in a radical TV commercial. Bonus points if you could execute a flawless spin or dodge a pebble without face-planting. Roller blades were the OG hoverboards.

Beanie Babies: The Plushy Stock Market

Beanie Babies were the original crypto—except cuter and fuzzier. These tiny stuffed animals came with their own birth certificates, and we treated them like the crown jewels. Unlike most of the fads on this list, this one was mostly driven by boomer adults speculating on their future value, convinced that their retirement fund would be funded by a mint-condition Princess Diana bear. Spoiler alert: Retirement plans were not Beanie Baby-dependent.

Furby: The Creepy Robotic Pet

Furby was part pet, part alien, and 100% nightmare fuel. These animatronic critters blinked, cooed, and occasionally woke up in the middle of the night to whisper sweet nothings in their demonic language. We loved them and feared them in equal measure. Plus, they were the reason our parents invested in extra AA batteries.

Street Fighter II: Hadouken, Anyone?

Street Fighter II

Street Fighter II was more than a game—it was a way of life. We’d gather in dimly lit arcades, quarters clutched in sweaty palms, ready to unleash fireballs and dragon punches. Ryu, Chun-Li, and Blanka became our alter egos. And let’s not forget the iconic “Hadouken!” shout—our battle cry during heated thumb wars.

Pogs: The Circular Cardboard Currency

Universal Studios Monsters pog

Pogs were like Baseball cards on steroids. These colorful cardboard discs ruled the schoolyard. We’d stack 'em, slam 'em, and trade 'em like Wall Street tycoons. The rare Slammer was our golden ticket to playground fame. And if you had a holographic Alf pog, you were basically the coolest kid in the cafeteria.

Tamagotchi: The High-Maintenance Virtual Pet

Tamagotchis were our digital offspring. These pixelated critters demanded constant attention—feeding, cleaning, and discipline. Forget algebra; we mastered the art of keeping our Tamagotchis alive. And when they beeped at 3 AM, we’d groggily hit the “feed” button, praying it wasn’t a ghost haunting our tiny screens.

Mortal Kombat: Finish Him!

Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat was the ultimate button-mashing bloodbath. Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and Raiden battled it out in pixelated arenas. We’d execute fatalities with the precision of brain surgeons—because nothing says “friendship” like ripping out your opponent’s spine. And the secret code for blood mode? ABACABB. It’s etched into our souls.

Goosebumps: Fear Factor for Kids

Goosebumps TV show logo

R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books were our gateway to sleepless nights. Werewolves, haunted masks, and ventriloquist dummies haunted our dreams. We’d read them with flashlights under our blankets, hearts racing. And that eerie theme song from the TV show? It still gives us goosebumps.

Power Rangers: Mighty Morphin’ Nostalgia

Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers logo

“Go, go, Power Rangers!” These color-coordinated heroes were our after-school obsession. We’d morph into action, imitating their martial arts moves and summoning Zords. The Green Ranger’s flute? Iconic. And let’s not forget the epic battles against Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd. If you didn’t own a Power Rangers action figure, were you even a '90s kid?

Nickelodeon: Aww, Here it Goes!

Nickelodeon 1990's logo

Nickelodeon was our sanctuary—a neon-soaked wonderland of cartoons, game shows, and slime. We’d tune in for Rugrats, Doug, and Ren & Stimpy. Legends of the Hidden Temple tested our knowledge and agility, while Double Dare turned slime into an art form. And who could forget Stick Stickly? “Write to me, Stick Stickly, PO Box 963, New York City, New York State, 10108!”

Sonic the Hedgehog: The Blue Blur is Born

Sonic The Hedgehog Sega Genesis box art

Sega’s spiky mascot, Sonic, raced into our hearts at supersonic speeds. We’d guide him through loop-de-loops, collect golden rings, and battle Dr. Robotnik. His sneakers were cooler than any Air Jordans, and his demeanor? Pure 90's 'tude. Plus, that Green Hill Zone music! There were Saturday morning cartoons, fast food toy promotions, weird-looking Sonic ice cream truck bars, and tons of other Sonic-related merchandise. Sonic the Hedgehog was everywhere! Instant nostalgia overload.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Cowabunga, Dude!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles logo

Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael—our pizza-loving, sewer-dwelling heroes. They taught us that crime-fighting skills and pizza toppings were equally important. We’d practice our ninja moves with broomsticks while wearing our officially licensed Ninja Turtle pajamas, hoping to master the art of shell-shocking. And Splinter? The wisest rat sensei in town.

Pokémon/Pokémon Cards: Gotta Catch 'Em All!

Pokemon Red & Blue 1998 commercial

And finally, the crown jewel of '90s fads: Pokémon! Pikachu, Charizard, Jigglypuff—the gang was all here. We traded cards on the playground, battled in pixelated arenas in the original Game Boy cartridge games, and dreamed of becoming Pokémon Masters in real life. The Pokémon theme song? Our national anthem. Many of our parents' dollars were spent on booster packs trying to acquire that elusive holographic Charizard card, and we spent countless hours on our Game Boys trying to catch 'em all.

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