Technology kind of rules in today’s world – everything is all about electronics. I mean, the other day I saw my 5-year-old cousin playing with his very own iPad. Seriously?! It blew my mind. Remember when you were a kid, and the most technologically advanced thing you had was a fake cell phone? I do.
So we decided to get nostalgic here at Gurl and look back on the ’90s version of tech toys. Now, they might not be as hi-tech as the Apple products of today, but that doesn’t mean kids didn’t play with these things for hours on end. In fact, these old-school toys might even be better than an iPad…
Check ’em out, and then tell us your faves:
Before there were iPods, there were Hit Clips. Okay, so maybe you could only play 1 minute of your fave songs, but these things were still pretty awesome. And they were so tiny!
The original Password Journal was super popular back in the ’90s. I loved mine, but I’m not gonna lie… it usually took about a million times before it recognized my voice and password.
Nickelodeon Alarm Clock
Who wouldn’t want to wake up to a Nickelodeon alarm clock? This screams ’90s.
This was the original VideoNow player. It only played a 30 minute tape, but it didn’t matter because you could watch your favorite shows wherever you wanted. It was hard to imagine things could get much more hi-tech.
Tiger Electronics Games
The Tiger Electronics games were so much fun back then, even with it’s tiny screen and terrible resolution. And the Disney games ones ruled them all.
Only one of the most fun games in the entire world. Hot dudes answered the phone and gave you hints on who liked you – what could be better? “Hello hunks!”
Fun fact: the Talkboy was created especially for Home Alone 2, but it gained so much popularity from the movie that they had no choice but to make it a real toy. Might be the biggest voice recorder ever, but how much fun was this thing?!
Barbie Fashion Designer CD-Rom
First of all: LOOK AT THAT COMPUTER. Second of all: dressing an electronic Barbie doll was so much better than dressing a real one – there were endless possibilities!
Clueless Hands-Free Phone
I’m not entirely sure what this had to do with Clueless, but this hands-free phone was just plain awesome. The best part? You could press buttons to change the way your voice sounded.
You can’t have a ’90s roundup without a Tamagotchi. These little guys were so popular it was insane. Everyone wanted a tiny virtual pet who woke you up in the middle of the night to be fed. If you didn’t have one… I feel sad for you.
Yak Bak’s were basically another version of the Talkboy, except tinier. Not sure what we did exactly with voice recorders when we were kids, but all I remember is that they were super entertaining.
This magical game allowed you to put ugly rocks in a machine… and get shiny, pretty jewels in return! What could be better?
One of the best video game consoles ever in the history of life. No question. Sorry Wii, PlayStation and XBox – you can only come in second place.
Skip-It’s might have first come out in the late ’80s, but they were updated in the ’90s with a counter, which obviously made them a million times cooler. Who else had skipping competitions with their friends?
Another magical game, this one transformed plain paper into beautiful flowers. Except you kind of had to put them together to create anything actually beautiful – and my tries were usually a fail. Still fun though!
Creepy Crawlers Bug Maker
I never liked the idea of this game, but my brother did. And he liked torturing me with his fake bug creations even more.
True story: I wasn’t even that into video games and I HAD to have a Game Boy. It didn’t matter that the first ones didn’t come in color, or that you kind of had to squint to see the screen – these were pretty epic.
Before Apple created MacBooks that weigh, like, 2 pounds and are as thin as a piece of cardboard, there were these. Huge iBooks that came in different colors and were totally amazing.
Barbie Super Talking Flip Phone
Who cared that Barbie was the only one who talked to you on this phone?! It was a cell phone!
Sega Game Gear
Sega created their own answer to the Game Boy – and while it might not have been as eternally cool, it was still pretty awesome.
Which was your favorite? What did we miss? Tell us in the comments!