On Friday, June 3rd, the sequel to the 2014 reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise hits theaters. After the first movie brought in nearly $500 million worldwide, Nickelodeon Movies began putting together a sequel which has now been titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
The second movie, as the trailers have shown us, seems to bring back a lot of what fans of the TMNT franchise loved the most, the most popular characters and villains. It took them some time but we finally get to see Bebop, Rocksteady, Krang, and Casey Jones. It almost feels like the 90’s have returned.
The biggest part of the success of the TMNT franchise can be traced back to the beginning of the original trilogy with the first sequel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Secret of the Ooze and all the amazing toys that young bro’s from all over America were playing with throughout the 90’s.
In honor of the memories these movies have given us, let’s take a look back at the most Badass toys every boy had during the ’90s.
Honorable Mentions: Video Game Systems
The ’90s were the best time for boys and kids in general thanks to the amazing video gaming systems that were released every single year throughout the decade. It started when Nintendo released the Gameboy in April of 1989 in Japan followed quickly in the United States a few months later. The sales were good not great until the ’90s when games like the Pokemon series (Red and Blue, Gold and Silver, and Yellow), Kirby’s Dream Land, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, and Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins.
Then came the Sega Game Gear, Super Nintendo, Sega Saturn, Nintendo Virtual Boy, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo-64, Game Boy Color, Sega Dreamcast, and Sony PlayStation 2. The ’90s were an amazing time for video game systems to say the least.
20. Spin Fighters
For some reason or another, the ’90s was a great time for the simplest of toys. Spin Fighters were as simple as it gets. Just take your spinner, charge it up (insert it into the holster), click a button and watch as it spins in a bowl, knocking around your opponent’s spinner until a winner emerges. The coolest feature was the designs on the spinners. That is what really changed the game for this product. It became something every bro wanted to own and show off to their friends.
Nickelodeon made some of the greatest toys in the ’90s and they all had awesome names like Floam, Smud, and Sqand. But it was Gak that started it all and it was nothing more than a canister of slime similar to the stuff used on one of the networks most popular shows, Double Dare.
18. Moon Shoes
How is it that kids were allowed to play with something like this without having worried about lawsuits or injuries? Maybe it is because back in the 1990s, we were more about having fun and enjoying our lives rather than suing a company because a kid hurt themselves using one of their products.
17. Beast Wars
Beast Wars: Transformers was more than just another popular TV show, it was a toyline that changed the way boys played with action figures. The action figures that came out before Beast Wars were labeled as “poseable” but these were fully poseable in ways people never imagined. It was a truly amazing toy that we all played with without even knowing how incredible of a product it was back in the ’90s.
16. Street Sharks
With the success of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles proving that almost any animal, on land or in water, could be turned into a successful character. Street Sharks rode the coattails of the turtles popularity and it worked for a little while until the fad wore off.
Most of the toys on this list were made for younger kids, not so much for the teenagers or young adult age group. The Spawn action figures were probably played with by kids but they never got a chance to read the comics or watch the movie simply because Spawn is for adults only.
14. Micro Machines
Galoob turned a brilliant idea into a massively profitable toy when they combined miniature toys with vehicles like race cars and helicopters. The entire idea of a micro machine was just to give the kids of the ’90s yet another toy, they hadn’t heard of yet, to play with.
13. Barnyard Commandos
Pigs with rockets on their backs? Yes please! Why don’t they make products like these anymore? This is the epitome of a 90’s toy for boys.
When Macaulay Culkin used the Talkboy during Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, it wasn’t even a real thing. It was a useless prop designed for the film long before the technology existed. Tiger Electronics figured out a way to make one at an affordable cost and released it on the same day in 1992 that the movie was released too, Black Friday.
11. Battle Trolls
Little girls loved Troll dolls and the craze took over the ’90s. So Hasbro came up with an idea to market troll dolls to boys by creating a Battle Troll basically mocking the Troll Dolls in the process.
10. Batman Movie Action Figures
As if Batman wasn’t already the coolest and most badass comic book hero ever, then the first movie came out in 1989 and it got even better. The action figures were so incredibly awesome that it’s still hard to get a hold of an original Batmobile still in the original packaging.
9. Vortex Football
Before the Vortex football, kids were playing the game but not enjoying it because the ball was so large you would have to have a larger hand to be able to throw it correctly. Then came the Vortex and it was game on. You could throw that thing a mile thanks to the design of the ball and tail. It helped create a new audience of the game.
8. Mighty Max
Just like Micro Machines, Mighty Max was a small, tiny version of an action figure that came with a Doom Zone which was another cool way of giving a kid a way of carrying his Mighty Max figures with him without losing any pieces.
7. G.I. Joes
Since 1964, G.I. Joe action figures have been sold in this country. It has truly been one of the greatest action figure collection ever because of its ability to change with the times and adapt with the cartoons, movies, and comic books. It can be said that the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s were dominated by G.I. Joe’s and we would have to agree as they were just about everywhere.
6. TIGER Handheld Games
Once TIGER Handheld games starting hitting the market, cross-country trips were no longer boring. So many kids would travel with a large backpack of 15 of these bad boys, losing the battery cover for most in the process. They had amazing games like Aladdin, Batman Returns, Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat, Pac-Man, Mega Man 2, Sonic the Hedgehog, and the most popular handheld game of all-time, Paperboy.
5. Nerf Guns
The invention of nerf material in use in children’s play toys has revolutionized the entire idea of a safe toy. You can literally make anything you want and if it is made with the nerf title, parents assume it is safe and that’s that. Why? Because it is nerf, not real. The nerf guns saw a giant leap in production during the ’90s thanks to the rise in action films in Hollywood.
4. Creepy Crawlers
Creepy Crawlers have surprisingly been around since the ’60s but they didn’t become that popular until the 90’s got a hold of it and created a catchy tune to go along with the boy’s version of an easy bake oven.
3. Super Soaker
It took a rocket scientist in the ’80s to figure out a way to safely construct a toy water gun that had a pressurized cannon to shoot water at a forceful rate. After he figured it out, it took almost 8 years before he sold his idea to Larami Toys, who eventually were bought out by Hasbro. But the last thing they did was created the Super Soaker 50, changing the way kids safely played with water and guns in the process.
At just about every level of school (elementary, middle, and high), boys and young men were obsessed with playing pogs in the early 90s. It was the most fun you could have because the game was simple. Each person puts in the same number of pogs in a stack face-down and then would throw their slammer down trying to flip over as many pogs as possible. Any pogs that flipped over were yours, it was that easy. It was so popular that school districts across America started banning this form of “gambling”.
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
If you played with toys between 1990 and 2000, then you owned a few Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys. They had it all, from a Party Wagon that shot missiles to the Mutant Module that was designed to drill to the center of the earth. (Not really, it’s just a toy.) The attention to detail that went into the creation of all these toys caused it to become a massive hit during the ’90s that has stood the test of time.