Furby! Tamagotchi! Tickle Me Elmo! The 10 Most Iconic Products You Could Find at Toys 'R' Us
We've compiled a list of the 10 most iconic toys one could pick up at Toys "R" Us
After 70 years in business, Toys “R” Us will shut down or sell off the remaining of its 735 stores in the United States, according to U.S Bankruptcy court documents filed early Thursday and obtained by CNN and multiple other outlets.
The sad news amid stiff competition from companies like Wal-Mart and Amazon is enough to make anyone who grew up taking trips to Toys “R” Us with their birthday money feel a bit nostalgic. For that reason, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 most iconic toys one could pick up at Toys “R” Us.
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1. Barbie Dreamhouse: A multi-story, all-pink fantasy home with a working elevator and no one to have to room with except maybe Skipper? A dream, indeed.
2. Furby: This teachable critter was all the rage over the 1998 holiday season.
3. Cabbage Patch Kids: The ’80s precursor to ’90s kids’ obsession with Magic Nursery dolls (remember the one that came with a fake belly?), each of these newborns came with its own unique name and the exact same face.
4. Easy Bake Oven: You know that saying that everything tastes better when you make it yourself? That should’ve been the tagline for this contraption that we all still know and love today.
5. Tamagotchi: Virtual-pet keychains came in a variety of colors and different brands (e.g., Nano Baby), but the Tamagotchi was the original. Regardless of the type you nabbed circa 1997, you could definitely count on accidentally starving it to death by noon.
6. Tickle Me Elmo: Another late ’90s gem that was hard to find come Christmas time. But let’s not forget Elmo’s penchant to burst out into laughter when you’re just trying to enjoy a quiet evening but then remember you need to check all your door locks. Immediately.
7. Ty Beanie Babies: Ah, 1996: the year of the Spice Girls, Scream and these overpriced-yet-adorable stuffed animals whose “Teenie” versions tweens’ parents were so over going to McDonald’s for.
8. Pet Rock: The quintessential ’70s toy that was one of the earliest examples of being able to market literally anything to kids.
9. Teddy Ruxpin: Literally the most parent-loved toy on this list considering it was basically a babysitter for any ’80s child who needed story time before bed and wasn’t prone to animatronic-induced nightmares.
10. Stretch Armstrong: As long as you didn’t accidentally (or deliberately) rip this Speedo-clad dude’s “skin” to reveal the disturbing dark goo inside, seeing how far he could stretch truly did make for hours of entertainment.