I met my next door neighbor and future best friend in 1994 when we were five years old. The first time we ever had a play date, she walked into my house, looked around, and said, "My toys are way better than your toys."
I have since forgiven her, and we have moved past this. But I have not forgotten. In the '90s, there were certain toys that every girl was obsessed with. If you had them, you were cool. If you didn't, you made friends with someone cool so you could play with all their toys.
These were the most coveted toys for every girl in the '90s. How many did you have?
If you set aside the health concerns that went along with having a light bulb cook your baked goods (and you did), the Easy-Bake Oven was the pinnacle of cool toys in the ’90s.
I’m a 27-year-old woman, and I’m still upset I never got one.
You fed it, then forgot to feed it, then it died.
The Tamagotchi was a harsh lesson in reality disguised as fun.
My Size Barbie
My Size Barbie was three feet tall, you could dress her up in outfits and she came alive every night and watched you sleep.
Just a theory.
If you wanted to be a cool girl in the ’90s, you couldn’t have a Beanie Baby. You needed to have at least a small army’s worth of them. Bonus points if you snagged a Princess Diana bear.
While they didn’t end up quite as valuable as some hoped, they were priceless currency in circles of ’90s preteens.
American Girl Doll
In the ’90s, there were no custom American Girl Dolls. You couldn’t choose specific features to get one that looked just like you.
There were a group of girls, each with a specific backstory, and unless you had a wild imagination, you chose the one you that you sort of resembled.
I had Molly because she had brown hair and glasses and so did I.