How Many of These '90s Toys Would You Still Like to Play With?

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Ah, the '90s: Blur vs Oasis; banned Tango adverts; Ren and Stimpy; Geri Halliwell's Union Jack mini-dress at The Brits; memorising all the words to the theme from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air... What a time to be alive! 

But the best thing about the '90s? The toys. All those sweet, noisy, plasticky toys. In the final years before playtime became digitised, the toy industry really went all-out to capture pre-teens' imaginations, resulting in some of the most wonderfully insane playthings ever created. How many of these did you own – and how many did you yearn for with the intensity of a million suns?

Bop It!



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Hasbro's classic four-coloured Simon Says game may have brought frantic, frustrating fun to millions of '80s kids, but by the turn of the decade it had started to seem a little old hat.

Enter Bop It! – a demented and ridiculously addictive follow-the-instructions game that updated the Simon Says concept for the noisy '90s. The Bop It! series is still very much around – there have been more than a dozen remixes of the original 1996 design – and it's now, if anything, more horribly all-consuming than ever. 

Tamagotchi



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First released in Japan in 1996, Tamagotchi virtual pets went on to become one of the biggest-selling toys of the decade, shifting 76 million units worldwide in all (and that's without even counting all the cheeky knock-offs which flooded the market). These keyring-sized games cast kids in the role of parents to cute/weird little creatures, with food, affection, play and discipline being judiciously administered via three tiddly buttons. Fancy revisiting the joys of virtual pet ownership? Then eBay is your friend. 

Nintendo 64



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The Sony PlayStation may have been 'cooler', and the Sega Dreamcast more powerful, but for many the Nintendo 64 will always be the greatest console of the '90s, thanks mainly to the stone-cold classic games that graced it: Super Mario 64; Star Fox 64; Mario Kart 64; The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time; and, of course, all-conquering multi-player shooter, GoldenEye 007.

And thanks to the fact that both N64s and its games cartridges were surprisingly rugged in their construction, there are still zillions of them circulating in full working condition to this very day.  

Spice Girls Dolls



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There are few things which epitomised the '90s more than the Spice Girls, and if you were caught up in Spice Mania back in the day, there's a good chance you had one of these Spice Girl dolls in your bedroom. Or, if you were particularly fanatical, the full set – from Baby to Sporty.

Toy company Galoob released nine different collections of dolls between 1997 and 1999, with the first in the series – known as the Girl Power collection – the most collectable and sought-after editions. 

Tickle Me Elmo



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First introduced in 1996, this interactive Sesame Street toy was at the centre of one of the most fevered Christmastime fads of the '90s. Demand for the furry little giggler far outstripped supply, and things got particularly crazy in the US, where empty shelves led to near-riots in toy stores and Tickle Me Elmos changing hands for $1,500 – a delusional 50 times the retail price. One desperate parent in Denver reportedly paid $7,100. Thanks to the incredible number of Tickle Me Elmos sold during the '90s, you can now pick one up for way, waaay less than that on eBay. 

Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers



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First hitting screens in 1993, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers was a US-produced show centred around footage re-purposed from Japanese series Super Sentai. It was instantly controversial: Parents hated it for its hyperactivity and highly copyable violence, while kids loved it – for pretty much the exact same reasons.

The bright and brash Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers toys sold like hot cakes, with heaving Deluxe Megazords being the most coveted come Christmastime. Believe it or not, Power Rangers toys are still very much a thing – and with a new big-budget movie arriving next year, they're likely to become even bigger than back-in-the-day. 

Furby



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Tiger Electronics' Furby was an animatronic owl-hamster-rabbit-bear-thing that became a late-'90s must-have, due to its apparent uncanny intelligence. After starting out speaking in a gibberish language known as Furbish, each Furby appeared to 'learn' to communicate in English (or one of 23 other languages, depending on which country it was purchased in).

Tiger Electronics sold 1.8 million Furbies in 1998, 14 million in 1999 and 24 million in 2000. The brand was revived in 2012, so if you miss your prattling childhood pal, you can now get your hands on a brand-new one. 

Elefun



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Launched in 1993, Hasbro's Elefun was responsible for countless children colliding with each other and knocking mum's favourite vase off the mantelpiece. The game was simple enough, and yet ingeniously carnage-inducing. A motorised fan blew nylon butterflies through a metre-long elephant trunk, while players had to try and catch as many as possible with their nets.

Hugely popular, it's still possible to purchase Elefun brand-new – and it's still sending pre-schoolers manically clattering into each other.  

Beanie Babies



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Perhaps the biggest toy fad of the entire '90s, TY's Beanie Babies were a collectors' dream/nightmare: There were hundred of designs in thousands of variations, with the rarest released in agonisingly small quantities. This led to a frantic market in sought-after models, with Beanie Babies regularly going for 1,000% their original value.

In the early days of eBay, a staggering 10% of all auctions were Beanie Baby-related, and while the toys remain in production, the feverish collecting has died down a little. Although you can still expect to pay out in multiples of thousands for a genuine 1997 Princess Diana Memorial Beanie Baby

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