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90's-2000's toys nostalgia thread Fellow Time Traveler 12/07/2019 (Sat) 16:50:57 No.223
The 2000's were arguably the last decade when children actually played with toys...

What toys did you have? What toys did you want? Share memories from visiting the big toy aisles, etc.

P.S. The size of the pictures does not indicate the importance/quality of the toys besides Action Man vs Max Steel..'cause Action man is better or you can argue otherwise.
I had this alien spaceship toy you could open up and see the interior and all the small alien figurines manning it, you could even detach them from the ship. It had this biological feel to it and I also had another similar one, but it was a giant biomech that you also could open up and see the aliens controlling it. I hope I could see it again someday.
I remember in the early 2000s Toys R Us used to play the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker but on repeat, occasionally breaking it up with an advert (e.g. they had a 10% off deal on a certain toyline). I could never afford any toys (neither could my family), so I'd spend hours looking at all the toys I wanted, but could never get. The theme is still burned into my head to this day, but it must have drove my mother mad.

The /toy/ bunker has a toy identification thread, maybe ask over there? https://prolikewoah.com/toy/res/73.html
I really wanted Wuvluv, in hindsight it was stupid toy and as I grow up it wasn't for my taste. I remember watching an ad for it on TV which is why I wanted one, however it was too expensive so I didn't get it.
>I hope I could see it again someday
Don't lose hope anon! Do you have anymore details about that toy? Manufacturer, Year, Country, Toyline name, Scale?
>>223 Honestly, I loved playing with Digimon toys along with dinosaurs and toy trains. Another one of my favorite toys as a child were the little green army men and similar fare like those bags of little Cowboys & Indians that came in all sorts of bright colors.
>>269 >Another one of my favorite toys as a child were the little green army men and similar fare like those bags of little Cowboys & Indians that came in all sorts of bright colors. Yeah, those were the best. My favorites were probably the ones with the dinosaurs and cavemen.
>>269 >>283 >dinosaurs Unfortunately, I was born too late for Kenner JP toys and was even too young for JPIII, however I got two lame human-dinosaur packs which I own to this very day (pics aren't mine). I liked them quite a lot as kid, though even back then the raptor' weird mouth baffled and annoyed me.
>>286 I remember getting a blue raptor toy from the Dollar Tree or somewhere that I think was a tie-in to one of the later Jurassic Park movies. I can't even find a picture of it.
Does anyone else remember "Skannerz"? I used to run around stores with these all of the time with some friends.
>>293 I had the one on the right, I don't remember much about it though, I think I hardly used it. I also had one of these (still got it somewhere), I remember it seeming weird and being pretty much useless.
>>296 I vaugely remember those. I had something kind of like that at one point. I'll have to look for it and post if I can find it. Can't remember the brand name now. But I do remember other kids at school having the one in the picture here the "Cybiko". As far as the Skannerz, you scanned UPC codes in stores or on items you had at home and it would give you specific items/weapons, run into battle with monsters, and sometimes even monsters to add to your collection. Also upgrades, evolutions, etc. It was kind of in a weird way like a generic crossover between Pokemon, Digimon, Tamagotchi, and other toys of that nature at the time. I wish I still had mine. I had all three but ended up keeping the Red one while giving the other two to friends so we all three could play around with them together. Now it wouldn't be the same without friends and the fact that you would be seen as weird being a 30 year old man running around with a electronic toy scanning barcodes in stores. But eh, I'd probably still do it if I found one in my possession again after all of these years.
Did anyone else in here have any "Dragon Flyz"? I had this exact one. I believe I still have the figure somewhere.
Here's some random shit I remember having or remember being crazes. Still got all my gel pens buried in a drawer. >>325 I didn't have any but my cousins did, as well as Sky Dancers. I ended up playing with a lot of girly toys in the 90s/early 00s thanks to my female cousin and sister.
>>293 Pretty sure I used to have a Digimon version of those, I remember having alot fun just scanning stuff around the house.
>>327 I used to have Pogs and remember getting one or two Crazy Bones from some fast-food place. I hardly ever see people bringing up Crazy Bones.
>>330 I don't think I've ever seen Crazy Bones mentioned, it took me a while to even remember what they were called, they just suddenly popped into my head when I was thinking back to when I was a kid. I don't think I actually had any, but I remember other kids bringing them into school and showing them off.
>>327 My sibling own few Mighty Max including the ones in your pic. I remember how I used to gaze at them with admiration and now to think those were made before 3D sculpting/ printing it's amazing. What a shame Bluebird (the company that produced MM and Poly Pocket) got bought by Mattel. >Still got all my gel pens buried in a drawer I got some leftovers from elementary-middle school. >I ended up playing with a lot of girly toys in the 90s/early 00s thanks to my female cousin and sister Neat, can you elaborate? t. femanon >>332 I remember watching Biker Mice Mars, but I didn't got any and I don't think I ever encountered those at the store. Their toys don't look bad for their time and what a nice usage of chrome , something so rare these days.
Anybody remember the Gold Rush train set? It was a Western-themed train set that was around in the 90's and you could buy it at K-Mart and Walmart as well as dedicated toy stores like KB Toys and Toys R Us. They even brought it back for a little while in the mid-2000's or so. I had it when I was a kid back in the day.
I've been thinking about the different army men I used to play with and was wondering if there was a resource that identifies all the different lines of them. Does anyone know of such a thing? I'm specifically interested in the cheapo ones that were popular in the '90s, rather than the more detailed ones that were put out by companies like Airfix and Marx. >>357 I don't remember one of that size, but I remember getting a tiny train set as a present at one point.
>>358 I love army men myself, and I'd wager that Thor Trains would be a good place to start (assuming the site is still up, the owner died in late 2018) Most of the cheapo army men from the 90's and early 2000's were mostly clones of Airfix figures from the 1970's and early 1980's, the most common ones being clones of the Vietnam War troops that were produced by Tim Mee and Airfix in the 70's. Since army men aren't copyright or trademarked, a lot of smaller companies simply cloned the designs of companies like Airfix and Marx when the older went out of business and a lot of assets like molds became available. Tim Mee was another company that went under but then came back, producing relatively higher quality figures that can be bought online. Most are revivals of their older figures, but they are also making new ones as well.
>>361 Thanks for all the information. I knew the cheap ones were knockoffs of what those companies were putting out, but I had no idea that there was nothing preventing the originals from being completely ripped off. I figured the knockoff versions at least changed things here and there.
>>363 As a follow-up to this, I ended up tracking down most of the army men I had as a kid. These ones on the left were the ones that were able to elude me the longest. It turns out they were knockoffs of these Airfix paratroopers on the right. The difference in detail is like night and day. I think I still prefer the look of the cheap ripoffs, and not necessarily just because of nostalgia. Something about them just looks cooler to me. The officer wearing the helmet instead of the beret is one of the few things I can put my finger on. If the Thor Trains guy is dead, then that's pretty sad. The world is going to be a far worse place when all the "nerds" left are just dweebs who mindlessly instead of actual hobbyists.
No love for Bionicles in this thread? I have tons of them. My favorite years were 2001-2004. It was still good after that and I still bought the toys but it was never as same and as comfy as the era where all we knew about was the island of Mata Nui. I have all of the old books and all of the comics from 2003 onwards, with some in better shape than others. I used to fuck around with Bionicles almost everyday for years.
>>391 I had one but never could get into it. Not only did I prefer playing with many smaller toys at a larger scale, but the mechanical look of them turned me off.
>>391 I had all six of the original set, and I made the two larger ones you could make out of them (pic related). Had them like that on my shelf for about 5 years, I think they're in the attic now though.
>>391 >>394 I remember how big Bionicle was and everyone had it. Even I had two sets (pic related), but tbh I preferred the also dead, Mega Bloks competing line, Neo Shifters. The lighting and turning into a ball gimmicks were neat and were more interesting than what Bionicle had to offer. Sadly the bigger figure' rubber have been torn, not long after I got it which was immense disappointment. As for the smaller set, I love it to death back then... >>393 > but the mechanical look of them turned me off In hindsight and from adult collector prescriptive , it was very ugly toyline.
Anyone here remembers bayblades? They were all over the fucking place in my country back in the early 00s.
>>511 Yup, I had one. They were popular at my elementary school.
>>511 >>515 Like anything else at school, they got banned after a while. The battles were fun occasionally. It was also fun shooting the ones with the exposed metal rings at the chain link fences to try and get them to spark.
>>511 I got a good KO back in the day, I don't think I've kept it and I can't remember how it looked like. Last time I visited a toy store before the quarantine , I saw a mother buying her son bayblade. Some franchises just keep coming and go... P.S. Reuploading the deleted OP pic
>>223 >The 2000's were arguably the last decade when children actually played with toys... Is that actually true? I feel like toys are one of those things that aren't going anywhere no matter how much changes. At least not until we all plug ourselves into some AI-controlled matrix or whatever. I used to collect action figures, especially the Marvel Legends line. Best toys on the market and they all came packaged with a classic comic. I can still remember the smell of that obnoxiously tough plastic they came in.
>>601 >Is that actually true? I think it is to some extent, children are less imaginative and focused due to growing up with the internet/smartphones/tablets. In addition, the action figure aisle keep getting smaller and more toys keep relying on gimmicks, most noticeably the unboxing BS that's made specifically for youtube points. >Best toys on the market and they all came packaged with a classic comic ToyBiz was such a great toy company, even their more simple non-collector oriented toys were terrific. Ever since Hasbro got the Marvel license the toys went to shit. >I used to collect action figures, especially the Marvel Legends line. Nice, what other action figures did you collect? Do you consider collecting again?
>>357 Who had one of these?
>>369 It looks like the Thor Trains site is down now. Hopefully the Wayback Machine has it backed up.

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