The 35 best toys of the 90s: They don't make them like this anymore

Mr Frosty will forever be on our Christmas lists.

Our best toys of the 90s are sure to take you on a trip down memory lane...

Every generation grows up thinking their childhood toys were the best, but with nineties kids - we think this might actually be true.

The best toys for 6-year-olds (opens in new tab) might have improved aesthetically and scientifically in recent years, but who can forget the fun we had with tamagotchis, trolls and those gooey egg-hatching aliens? And though educational toys for kids (opens in new tab) are currently all the rage, we believe you can't beat these retro toys for good old-fashioned fun.

So whether you're looking to reminisce about the toys of your youth or are in the market for new toys for 7-year-olds (opens in new tab), we recommend re-familiarising yourself with these best toys of the 90s...

The best toys of the 90s

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We take a look at the best toys of the 90s, sharing where you can shop them (if the feeling takes you).

1. Dream Phone The Secret Admirer Board Game

Dream phone board game

You can still get Dreamphone nowadays, but the original version was clearly the best - and if you didn't ever play it at a sleepover, we highly recommend getting your girlfriends round for a game today (you never outgrow it, we promise... )

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2. Tamagotchi Electrical Pet

Tamagotchi Electrical Pet

For most 90s kids, this was your first, and most beloved pet. Until you forgot to feed it for a day, and those sad little cross eyes appeared.

VIEW AT - AMAZON | £16 (opens in new tab)

3. Bop It! Electrical Game for Kids

Bop It! Electrical Game for Kids

The original Bop It was a long shape and had less functions, but then the newer, more exciting Bop It Extreme came out, and we all lost our tiny minds.

VIEW AT - AMAZON | £17 (opens in new tab)

4. Mr Frosty

The ultimate gift for Slush Puppy aficianados, we circled this every year in the Argos catalogue for Christmas, but all those E-numbers meant that Santa never obliged.

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5. Stretch Armstrong

Almost every 90s toybox had a Stretch, but a lucky few also had his sidekick, Fetch Armstrong, too!

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6. Hasbro Perfection

A close-up of the board game Perfection - one of the best toys of the 90s

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A race against time to fit shapes into holes might not sound like the most riveting of games, so why did we still spend hours slaving away trying to beat the clock?

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7. Retro Troll Dolls

Retro troll dolls

Troll Dolls were kind of a leftover from the 80s, but 90s kids still loved them just as much. Bonus points if you styled their hair into anything other than the trademark pyramid (ours may have had pigtails at one point... )

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8. Hasbro Hungry Hippos

Hungry Hippos

If you didn't have this game, at least four of your friends definitely did, meaning you still got to spend plenty of time mashing the buttons as hard as possible to chomp those pesky marbles.

VIEW - AT AMAZON | £20 (opens in new tab)

9. Playskool Mr Potato Head

Mr Potato head

Can you believe the very first Potato Head came out in 1949?! It was actually the character's appearance in 1995 film Toy Story that brought him back into fashion with children of the time. Hands up if you had his wife, Mrs Potato Head, too?

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10. My Little Pony Lickety-Split Classic

My Little Pony

One look at their coloured manes and you can instantly hear that advert jingle - all together now, 'My Little Pony, My Little Pony, we'll never be apart... '

VIEW - AT AMAZON | £14 (opens in new tab)

11. Magna Doodle

Magna Doodle Board

You wanted one because the characters from Friends had one on the back of their door, but never managed to get your dad to affix yours in your bedroom. In fairness, you wouldn't have been tall enough to reach it anyway.

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12. Etch a Sketch

Etch a Sketch

If you actually drew anything that didn't resemble a child let loose with a Sharpie on yours, you were a better Etch a Sketch owner than us.

VIEW - AT AMAZON | £35 (opens in new tab)

13. Fur Real Friends

Fur Real Friends

Amazingly realistic pets, with none of the mess, noise, or 6am walkies. There's a reason that kids AND parents were big fans of these...

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14. Game Boy Colour

Okay, so 80s kids got the original Game Boy, but the Game Boy Colour brought your virtual world to life - especially when you were playing Pokemon Red and Blue...

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15. Baby All Gone

A close-up of the 90s toy Baby all gone

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Baby Born's greedier cousin, although all she ate was milk and cherries, so she was definitely healthier than us and our McNuggets.

16. Thunderbirds Tracy Island

Tracy Island was a phenomenon similar to Elmo - demand was so high that in 1993, Blue Peter designed a version you could make at home because the shops had run out. If you want to have a go at one now, here's the whole tutorial in 90 seconds.

17. Spice Girl Dolls

Spice Girl Dolls

A 90s childhood wasn't complete without the Spice Girls, and owning the doll of the band member you most related to was of the highest importance (we were Baby, in case you were wondering).

VIEW AT AMAZON | £80 (opens in new tab)

18. Sesame Street Tickle Me Elmo

Sesame Street Tickle Me Elmo

Elmo was released in 1996, and the shelves were empty in minutes - people went nuts for him! Some Tickle Me Elmos sold for hundreds of pounds, so if you've still got yours, it might be worth popping him on eBay...

VIEW AT AMAZON | £45 (opens in new tab)

19. Doodle Bear

The first toy that we were ever told to draw on, and one that still has a special place in our hearts. The Doodle Bear had to make our best toys of the 90s edit.

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20. What's Her Face doll

A close up of the what's her face doll in it's original 90s packaging

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One of the more creative 90s options, What's Her Face allowed you to stamp your chosen features onto your doll's blank head. Creepy to start with, but loads of fun once you got used to her (read: once she had eyes)

21. Teksta Dog

Teksta Dog

Of course, more tech-minded pet lovers were all about the Teksta, who was neither cute nor fluffy, but could do much more impressive tricks and put our Fur Real spaniel to shame.

VIEW AT AMAZON | £149 (opens in new tab)

22. Talkboy

A close up of the talkboy tape recorder - one of the best toys of the 90s

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After watching Home Alone, everyone wanted one of these electronic recording devices, and after months of begging, most of us got one. There was also a Talkgirl version too!

23. Power Rangers Figure

Power Rangers figurines

The Mighty Morphin team were always on our TV screens anyway - these plastic replicas just allowed us to carry on the action once the episode ended. If more than three girls were present, there was ALWAYS a fight over who got to be the pink and yellow rangers.

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24. Mr Bucket

Trying to get all four balls into Mr Bucket's mouth using plastic scoops was a struggle we all faced at some point. He was discontinued in 2007, so if there's a copy in your cupboards, you've got yourself a little piece of toy history.

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25. Pogs


Who knew tiny cardboard disks could be so exciting? We even invested in protective plastic tubes for ours.

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26. Baby Born