This Christmas season, a singing, talking and dancing plastic doll with a light-up face was the toy that kids wanted the most. Back in the '90s, we kicked our stuffed toys old-school. We didn't need the toy to do all the work; we had our imaginations. Or at least I like to hope so, although I think I discarded many of my stuffed animals not too many months after receiving them for Christmas. Ah, how nostalgia blinds. Let's take a look at some the raddest plush toys from the '90s:
Pound Puppies and Purries. Pound Puppies and Purries definitely profited off of childhood soft-hearts and sweetness, advertising that tiny, homeless animals needed your love and attention. I definitely bought it, and so did every other kid in the '80s and '90s. They even made a TV show.
Puppy Surprise. Puppy Surprise seemed innocent enough--you bought a pink or purple mama dog with that weird, synthetic hair so popular for stuffed animals. But when you brought her home, you opened up her stomach and took out her one, two or three tiny puppies. I lost all of mine. This dog is singlehandedly responsible for giving kids misconception about birthing, and also being a total letdown.
Popples. Popples were about as technically advanced as kids got in the '90s. No wonder we don't have jobs. These multi-color furry creatures folded in and out of little ball shape, so you got a two-for-one deal: a furry ball and a furry friend, according to the commercial. If I learned anything in my childhood, it was that two furry toys was certainly better than one.
Care Bears. Care Bears plush dolls were originally introduced in the '80s, but the popularity of the bears continued well into the '90s. The pastel-colored bears always had a white stomach with a little picture on it that could entertain an imaginative kid for hours. Families collected the original '80s-era plush dolls in droves in the late-'90s and early-00's.
Beanie Babies. Beanie Babies weren't exactly plush, they were filled with tiny, plastic beans that streamed from the doll's abdomen if it had a hole. Beanie Babies were probably the most popular toy of the '90s--plush or not--and the maniacal and expensive craze lasted a few years, putting families around the country in thousands of dollars of debt. They also had hundreds of worthless piles of beans on their hands when the crazed died years later.
What were your favorite plush toys from the '90s?