Pound Puppies

Pound Puppies

You can’t really blame someone employed as an assembly line worker from letting their mind wander on occasion - thinking that there must be a better way to make a buck. Such was the case with a man named Mike Bowling. He couldn’t help but notice that Cabbage Patch Kids were about the hottest collectable ever to hit the market and decided that if people liked collecting dolls, maybe they would have an even bigger soft spot in their heart for man’s best friend. His curiosity led to a line of plush canine critters called Pound Puppies - and his little Rovers would rescue him from the auto assembly line forever. Continue reading...

Koosh Ball

Koosh Ball

Anyone who has ever been a child – yes, that includes you – is no stranger to the terror of playing catch. Some hard substance stitched up in animal skin blazing toward your face. Never mind that in most cases the fear was easy to eventually overcome, it was no fun to face it the first time, especially with pre-adolescent motor skills. Enter the Koosh Ball... Continue reading...

Beanie Babies

Beanie Babies

Perhaps the old saying, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” is best demonstrated by the frenzy that erupted around a little group of critters known simply as Beanie Babies, some of the most coveted and collectible little creatures to hit store shelves since the Great Cabbage Patch Epidemic. Continue reading...

Wacky Wall Walkers

Wacky Wall Walkers

In the 80s, it wasn’t an uncommon sight to see a rubber octopus slowly make its way down a wall - a slimy and slithering slinky of sorts. The critter retained its hold, thanks to its remarkably sticky eight legs which adhered when thrown, then methodically walked towards the ground under the merciless forces of gravity. The Wacky Wall Walker would become a toy fad that gripped the entire nation like no other, to the astounding tune of a quarter of a billion of the wiggly beasts being sold in a few short years. Continue reading...

Mood Rings

Mood Rings

During the mid-70s, it was no longer necessary to wear your emotions on your sleeve; any appendage would do! Science and marketing merged to unleash one of the biggest fads of all time, the mood ring. Soon, everyone and their mother seemed to be wearing one of these jewelry accessories on their finger, making it easy for the bystander (if the ads were to be believed, at least) to tell what the other person was feeling. Continue reading...

Rubiks Cube

Rubik’s Cube

Few toys are as equally fascinating and frustrating as the Rubik's Cube. They lure the unsuspecting in with their bright colors and mysterious mechanical workings, never giving hint to the addictive properties waiting to be unleashed with a few simple twists and turns. Through much of the 80s, the world twisted and turned, their minds in overdrive as they tried to solve the complex computations that once again right the cube to its original form - an aligned form that some of us only saw on the first day we opened the package, then never again. Continue reading...

Hula Hoop

Hula Hoops

Fads are not an easy thing to explain, especially to future generations. Take a kid who is accustomed to being surrounded by computers and gaming consoles and try to get them to understand the impact that a simple ring of plastic could have on the populace and you are likely to be met with the blankest of stares. They might even accuse you of making the story up. But truth is often stranger than fiction and the truth is, this single ring of plastic known as the Hula Hoop was something that, at one time, was the most coveted toy in existence. Its popularity transcended both gender and age and got a whole generation to gyrate their hips (and other body parts) with reckless abandon. Let's go back in time. Continue reading...

Pop a Point pencils

Pop-a-Point Pencils

Kids in the 1980s kept it sharp with stacking “pop-a-point” pencils, one of the biggest fads-- outside of Trapper Keepers and scented markers-- to hit the classrooms of soon-to-be Gen-Xers. Pop-a-point pencils came in a variety of forms, from regular ol’ graphite to colored pencil and crayon versions featuring all the basic colors. Some of them had a clear exterior, some were tinted. Some were glittery, others were opaque. Many a treasured pencil featured favorite characters of the time, from Rainbow Brite to Care Bears and Transformers. Continue reading...