Before Fidget Spinners, these were the toys that swept the nation

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Fidget Spinners

Did some say a Super Soaker water fight?!

Fidget Spinners are the ‘toy’ of the moment, schools, workplaces, children and adults all over the world are currently obsessed with the toy that is marketed at relieving stress. 

Fidget Spinner

But before there were Fidget Spinners these were the toys that took the world by storm…

YOYO’S

We’re calling this one the original Fidget Spinner. The Yo-yo can be tracked back to nearly 500 B.C but didn’t find mainstream success until the late 1920’s.  Yo-yo’s is a toy which in its simplest form is an object that contains two disks and a length of string that ‘yo-yo’s’ up and down.  

YoYo

Tazos

Tazos were round circular discs that were found in chip packets. Tazos started out with a set of 100 featuring the Looney Tunes characters and 124 Tiny Toons character. In Australia, they were first released in 1995 with the Looney Tunes set and then grew into various themes. The Simpsons, Beyblades, Star Wars, Marvel Heroes, AFL and NRL all had a Tazo set. 

YoHo Diabolo

A YoHo Diabolo was a juggling toy that was spun using a string attached to two hand sticks. Hundreds and hundreds of tricks are possible including the toss, trapeze, cat’s cradle, and the elevator. 

YoHo

Super Soaker

The Super Soaker was invented in 1982 and was the perfect cure for a hot Australian day. A Super Soaker is the ultimate water gun and has generated more than $1 billion in total sales. 

Super Soaker

Tamagotchi

Tamagotchi’s took the world by storm in the 90’s and since their debut in Japan in 1996, 70million have been sold. The attention seeking toys needed to be fed, groomed, trained and played with. Neglected pets go hungry and pretty much die.

Toys

Beanie Babies

Beanie Babies made a staggering $100 million between 1993-1996. Each toy was stuffed with plastic pellets rather than conventional stuffing, making the Beanie Baby more flexible. 

Beanie Babies

Razor Scooter

The Razor was the folding, compact scooter that swept the nation. When the Scooter was first released in 2000, over 5 million were sold in just the first 6 months. The Razor Scooter popularity soared throughout the early 2000’s and in 2001 it was named the Toy of the year. 

Razor

Footy Cards

Nothing screams a collectable trading card like a footy card does. The concept was simple, collect your favourite footy player or teams card until you had the whole set. Both the NRL and AFL had versions of Footy Cards. It was almost like a status symbol to collect ever single card. And for an extra throwback who remembers when they used to come with a stick of chewing gum? 

Footy Cards

Written By Gemma Prendergast
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