It was a secret fortress, your sole getaway. Inside, secret treasures sat inside inside locked vaults or some loose piece of paneling, safe from parents and dweeby little siblings. Your bedroom was, well, yours. And if the world felt wrong, you could lay on your mattress, stare at your glow-in-the-dark stars and escape it all.
Every decade had it's bedroom-defining toys. Chances are, if you were a '90s kid, yours was filled with some, if not all, of these. Enjoy the walk down memory lane. Now, who's up for a game of Crossfire?
Super Soaker 50
With its neon canister and bright yellow body, this pump-action water gun was the H20 shooter of the 90s. It resided in the bedroom, not just for safe keeping but also for squirting unsuspecting neighbors or squirrels through a screened window. Fun fact: It was created by a NASA engineer in his spare time.
Before “troll” meant “message board asswipe,” it meant “fully nude, fluffy-haired elfin creature with a smile and a jewel in its belly.” These neon-tressed dolls were born in Denmark around 1960 and originally made of wood. Fast forward to the “troll Renaissance” of the early 90s, and trolls took over everything from Barbie to war.
The Creepy Crawler Oven
This deranged Easy Bake oven was the desire of every little kid who wanted to spook mom and dad with a strategically placed centipede, roach or spider in shower soap dish.
It was the commercial, which featured what one can only describe as "junkyard punk gladiators from space battling it out for intergalactic supremacy," that made this game an under-the-bed must-have. The actual game lacked any of the promise of the commercial, but it still provided hours of marble-shooting fun when friends came over.
TMNT Party Wagon
If you didn’t have one of these, you spent your nights dreaming that you did. The preferred mode of transport for the four tubular terrapins, the Party Wagon – even though technically made in the late 80s – became the ultimate Ninja Turtle toy after the animated series exploded in popularity.
N64 with GoldenEye 007
The game that single-handedly dropped GPAs across America — first in high school, then later when you took it to college. In what remains the absolute standard for multi-player gaming fun, GoldenEye 007 set a bar that’s been touched, scraped, and held on to — but never quite reached — by many worthy contenders. And anyone who decided to play as crouched Odd Job was officially booed out of bedrooms across America.
The amount of allowance lost and won over heated matches of Pogs will never be known. Nor will the number of Slammer-related black eyes. What we do know, however, is that the cardboard discs were coveted schoolyard currency, meticulously curated in plastic tubes and kept under the bed, alongside only the most important adolescent booty.
Fun Fact! The history of Pogs is pretty cool. Played on the Hawaiian island of Maui as early as 1927, original versions of the game involved bottle caps from a brand of passionfruit juice called POG. There is also a similar Japanese card version of the game called Menko, said to have existed since the 17th century. None of us cared about that as kids, though. We just wanted the Green Day Dookie Slammer.
Sure, you got Nickelodeon's messy answer to Play Doh stuck everywhere: the carpet, the VCR, the dog. The pro move, however, was keeping a spare tub of putty on your nightstand so that you could squeeze out a handful and simulate nighttime flatulence at sleepovers. (The flourescent green stuff's nostril-igniting stench was enough to gross out even the most unflappable friends.) And that taste? Oh, right, like you never tasted it…
Michael Jordan Growth Chart
Every boy had one of these Scotch-taped to the back of his bedroom door in the hopes of one day skyrocketing to Jordan-like heights. And, if not, at least Mike could watch you slam-dunk your socks into the hamper.
Walking was so 80s. We 90s kids had to be places, man. Rollerblades, or “aggressive inline skating,” were the vehicle of choice. Or at least it’s what got us to beg our parents for a pair of skates and a 20-oz bottle of Mt. Dew to chug while we practiced our T-stops in the middle of the street.
The plush toy that lined the pockets of hundreds of future bankers, Beanie Babies were so rare they saw a massive uptick in value. If you had some on your bed after 1997, double check to see if they’re legit. Counterfeit Beanie Babies were a huge business in the late 90s, with manufacturers even doing time for ripping off the likes of Pinchers the Lobster and Splash the Whale.
Before LEGOs became the mod way to injure your feet in the dark, Micro Machines were the OG obstacle lining bedroom floors. We didn’t have to be asked twice by motor-mouthed pitchman John Moschitta, Jr. to stock up on miniaturized cars, tanks, planes, boats and spaceships to populate our headboards and nightstands.
Tiger Electronic Games
If your parents didn’t love you enough to buy you a real GameBoy, you got these — handheld “versions” of popular games such as Street Fighter II, CastleVania and Sonic The Hedgehog. Sure, the gameplay was below clunky, the graphics were almost indecipherable and the sound basically rivaled the worst parts of a digital watch. But they were portable video games, which was enough to keep us up for hours on school nights.