Originally released in Japan in the mid-1990s, these “digital pets’’ (pictured), all the rage here just a few years ago, require their owners to “feed’’ and care for them daily or they “die.’’ Still unclear what’s fun about that.
Back in the mid-’90s, these cardboard disks were an obsession for kids, who collected them, traded them, played games with them, and annoyed their teachers so much that some schools banned them. Sound familiar?
CABBAGE PATCH KIDS
Launched in the late 1970s, these cuddly dolls were ubiquitous by the early ’80s. Each had a slightly different look, a creative name, and a birthday. It was only a matter of time before the backlash began, spawning yet another kids’ toy craze: Garbage Pail Kids trading cards.
AMERICAN GIRL DOLLS
This line of historical dolls has grown into a toy powerhouse, with books, movies, accessories, and stand-alone stores that are paradise for wee fans. Favorites include Kit Kittredge, whose family deals with the hardships of the Depression; Addy Walker, a slave who escapes the South during the Civil War; and Rebecca Rubin, American Girl’s Russian-Jewish immigrant doll, released in 2009.