In the late '90s, we started shifting from cassette tapes to those shiny new CDs. But unless you were way ahead of the game, you had a Walkman for most of the decade. If you had a Discman in the '90s, you were definitely a trendsetter.
It seems a little quaint now that the height of cool toys in the '90s was a lightbulb that cooked gross baked goods, but it was a special time. And Easy Bake Ovens were the s***. Needless to say, I never had one.
In the '90s, as long as you were equipped with a water gun of the highest caliber, you could pretty much get whatever you wanted. It was easy. You'd just point the loaded soaker at your little sister and say, "Go get me Dunkaroos." Worked like a charm.
The Furby was an insanely popular toy for the kids who had never seen Gremlins and couldn't imagine the thing accidentally getting wet, morphing into a horrifying scaly creature and killing them in their sleep. For the rest of us, we were content with our Furby-less lives.
If you came to school with cornrows and/or hair wraps, it said one thing: "I just got back from my vacation in Aruba." And that was the vacation of cool kids. Again, I never had either. Starting to sense a pattern here?
"Razor" was the coolest name for things in our youth. You had to have a Razor scooter (I had an off-brand one, obviously) and you had to have a RAZR phone. (Nope. Never got one. I was really deprived.)
If you weren't quite as cool as the Lunchables kids, you could still impress your cafeteria buddies with artificial fruit-flavored gummy snacks. Gushers, Fruit Roll-Ups and especially Fruit by the Foot made you the envy of every pretzels-and-baby-carrots-wielding sad kid at the table (AKA me).
Whether it was a trusty Duncan or an extra sweet Yomega Fireball, yo-yo proficiency was a sign of disposable time ”” probably spent not doing homework ”” and therefore, a sign of coolness. Not trying to brag or anything, but I could totally take it around the world and walk the dog. NBD.