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DOCTOR DREADFUL

Looks gross, tastes great!

Doctor Dreadful is a children’s toy involving the creation of confectionery of viscous consistencies, lurid colors or in molds in the shapes of animals. It is produced by Umagine.

Based on the principle eat everything you make, it’s pretty much a boy’s version of an easy bake oven.

Products include:

  • Organ Grinder (crank up delicious juicy goo-filled Zombie organs)
  • Spider Eggs (lays hundreds of edible spider eggs, devour them before they hatch)
  • Zombie Lab (brew bubbly brains and watch as your Zombie barfs a delicious drink)
  • Stomach Churner (pour out foamy belly brew and mix up tomach acids)

LOLO BALL

The thing that looked like Saturn.

A Lolo Ball also known as a Pogo Ball, Springbal, Lolobal, Disc-O or Pogobal is a children’s toy. It consists of a seamless figure-8 rubber ball locked into a structurally supported, sturdy plastic platform.

To play with it, one stands on the plastic platform, balancing one’s weight on the bottom portion of the rubber ball and jumps or hops around in the same manner as one would use a pogo stick.

Invented by a small company in 1985, the Lolo Ball became a fad in the mid 1980s when Hasbro mass-produced it. Hasbro produced the toy until the early 1990s, and the Lolo Ball can still be purchased (made by other manufacturers) today.

I liked the simplicity of the Lolo Ball but the novelty of bouncing around on it wore off pretty quickly.

PLASMA GLOBE

Plasma Globes (plasma lamps, balls, domes, spheres, tubes or orbs depending on shape) are novelty items that were most popular in the late 80s/early 90s.

The lamp was invented by Nikola Tesla after his experimentation with high-frequency currents in an evacuated glass tube for the purpose of studying high voltage phenomena but the modern versions were first designed by Bill Parker

 

Most commonly, Plasma Globes are available in spheres or cylinders. Although many variations exist, a plasma lamp is usually a clear glass orb filled with a mixture of various gases (most commonly neon sometimes with other noble gases such as argon, xenon and krypton) at nearly atmospheric pressure.

Plasma Globes are mainly used as curiosities or toys for their unique lighting effects and the ‘tricks’ that can be performed on them by users moving their hands around them.

Yes, I was easily amused and enjoyed touching the globe with my fingertips and following the lightning-bolt looking lights.

SKIP IT

Skip-It is a children’s toy invented by Victor Petrusek and manufactured by Tiger Electronics.

During its initial release in the 1980s, the Skip-It apparatus became a commercial success through its advertisements on daytime Nickelodeon broadcasting as well as other children’s programming.

The toy was designed to be affixed to the child’s ankle via a small plastic hoop and spun around in a 360 degree rotation while continuously skipped by the user.

During a second production occurring in the early 1990s that was referred to by the then-CEO as a “Skip-It Renaissance”, the toy was manufactured with a counter on the Skip-It ball to record the number of skips. As a result, sales doubled from the late-1980s.

Some Skip-Its have colorful glitter filled and covered plastic decorations that can be slid on in order to make colorful patterns while being twirled about.

The only time I used a Skip-It is when I’d see one out of the box at Toys ‘R’ Us.

I reckon a ‘hoola-hoop’ had the same functionality and didn’t cost as much.

FURBY

It was the must-have toy of 1998,  Furbies were electronic robotic toys resembling a cross between a hamster and an owl.

Furbies were the first successful attempt to produce and sell a domestically aimed robot.

A newly purchased Furby starts out speaking entirely Furbish, the unique language that all Furbies use but are programmed to speak less Furbish as they gradually start using English.

English is learned automatically and no matter what culture they are nurtured in they learn English.

When first released, Furbies retailed for about US$35 and flew off the shelves. The demand was high which drove the holiday season sale price to over US$100.

Was Furby worth his buck? His vocab had a total of nearly 200 Furbish/English words and with some parents so desperate to please their kids they forked out as high as $300 (that’s a $1.50 a word)

When I was a kid, all I wanted for Christmas was a Hulk action figurine instead I got a Barbie doll painted green. I spit on that $300.

SUPER SOAKER

Super Soaker is a brand of recreational water gun first sold in 1990 by Larami, the first ever of its kind was called the Super Soaker 50 (originally called the Power Drencher).

The first Super Soaker blasters utilized manually pressurized air to shoot water with greater power, range and accuracy than conventional squirt guns.

They were popular for many years – the brand was further popularized in the by Michael Jackson declaring it was one of his favorite toys.

 

 

Water fight! Aren’t we lucky to have grown up in the water weaponry revolution.

The long Summer days when you’d divide into teams with the other neighborhood kids and play drench wars.

The only con was running for cover when you needed a re-fill but then the relief of hearing the hissing sound the Super Soaker makes when you pump it.

RUBIK’S CUBE

There’s gotta be a mathematical equation to solving this thing cos I know peeling off the stickers ain’t the right way to get all the colors on the same side.

Presenting my arch nemesis, hail the almighty Rubik’s Cube

The classic Rubik’s Cube, has six faces covered by nine stickers each one of six solid colours (traditionally white, red, blue, orange, green, and yellow).

A pivot mechanism enables each face to turn independently thus mixing up the colours. For the puzzle to be solved, each face must be returned to consisting of one color.

Although this 3D mechanical puzzle was invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik.

This toy boomed in popularity during the early 90s making making it the world’s top-selling puzzle game and ultimately the world’s best-selling toy.

If you check out YouTube it’s insane what some fanatics can do. They can solve this cubed conundrum in under 10 seconds flat, use one hand only and even do it behind their backs.

One day I will have my vengeance… until then Rubiks Cube 1Throwback Princess 0

TROLL DOLLS

I use to sleep with one eye opened in case I got attacked by one of these *quivers*

Troll dolls were also known as Leprechauns, Dam Dolls, Gonks, Wishniks, Treasure Trolls and Norfins (apparently they are the bringers of good luck)

I still don’t get it… how did this craze spread like pox?

According to legend, Thomas Dam a Danish woodcutter was too poor to buy his daughter a toy so instead he carved up a doll and gave it to her. She adored the doll and dressed it up thus the Troll Doll was born!

During the doll’s period of popularity in the early to mid 90s there were numerous attempts to market the concept to young boys by including action figure lines such as Troll Warriors and even Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Trolls.

Love them or hate them, these wrinkly fluro-haired plastic figures with exaggerated features became a pop icon of the 90s.

Die hard fans even dressed them in themed costume uniforms.

Sure we can point and laugh at those who threw their hard earned pennies at collecting our pot-bellied friends but I must say I do recall myself braiding a troll on a rainy day. 

I’m pretty sure the source of my Troll paranoia stemmed from being dragged to a bingo game where I saw this creepy looking woman who reminded me of Tangina from Poltergeist.

She had dozens of trolls on her table when I walked by and accidentally bumped her army of lucky charms she growled at me and I was forever traumatized.

 

On a lighter note:

I just had to put this TotalLookAlike for good measure!

TAMAGOTCHI

I went to an all girls private high-school where the hallways grew thick of divas trying to out style each other with the latest trends.

However the age of the “digital pet” was a bandwagon I didn’t hitch a ride on.

So what on Earth is a Tamagotchi?

The name is derived from Japanese words  “たまご” (tamago) meaning egg and “ウオッチ” (uocchi) meaning watch.

Stemming from Japan, the Tamagotchi (たまごっち) is a handheld digital pet first sold in 1996. A typical Tamagotchi is housed in a small egg-shaped computer with the standard interface consisting of three buttons.

Yes, I agree at first this keychain-sized virtual pet appears trés  cute but that’s short lived once you hear them beep non-stop.

A simulation game designed for children, the characters are simple with one purpose – to see what life was like on Earth.

Your pet will go through several stages of growth and will develop differently depending on the quality of care you provide resulting into a smarter/happier pet that requires less attention.

Interface options:

  • Health meter: hunger, happiness and weight
  • Food menu: feed the pet a meal or snack
  • Play icon: entertain the pet using a mini-game
  • Toilet icon: clean up after the pet
  • Discipline icon: to scold a misbehaving pet
  • Medicine icon: to administer medicine to a sick pet
  • Lights icon: to turn off the lights in a pet’s room while it sleeps
  • Attention icon: lights up when the pet is in need of attention

The pet goes through several distinct stages of development throughout its life cycle. Each stage lasts a set amount of time depending on the model of the toy and the pet can ‘die’ due to poor care, old age and sickness.

I’d chuckle *insert villain laughter* when a class would go overtime and girls wouldn’t be able to tend to their insanely beeping Tamagotchis. For a while there we had devastated princesses preparing virtual funerals and questioning the meaning of life.

 
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