Favorite '90s throwback toy: Tamagotchis or Polly Pockets? | The Tylt
Let’s go back, back to a time where iPhones don’t exist and kids hung out in what was known as a backyard to play. In this mystical era, children were able to choose from a large selection of delightful toys to accompany them to the Imagine Nation. Some chose Tamagotchi, which for many, served as the first introduction into caring for something (annoying) other than yourself. Others went for Polly Pockets, mini dolls that, for some, doubled as snacks. Which was your favorite?
Favorite '90s throwback toy: Tamagotchis or Polly Pockets?
For those of you who spent the entirety of the ‘90s under a rock, Tamagotchi were digital pets. Scores of children could not only take care of these pets, but also use them to annoy their parents and teachers in equal measure. See, a Tamagotchi is an “alien” that beeps incessantly any time it is hungry, sick, or just looking for a bit of attention. Imagine trying to teach a classroom of kids with that kind of nonsense in the background. Retired professors from such a time still wake up in a cold sweat. Are the Tamagotchis still beeping, Mrs. Smith?
Annoyances aside, original Tamagotchis were actually a pretty slick way of teaching kids how to care for something other than themselves. The concept was basically this: take care of your Tamagotchi, and it grew up to be cute and affable. If you neglected it, it’d end up ugly and annoying. Not quite biology, but hey, close enough.
Admittedly, even when a Tamagotchi grew up to be “ugly,” it was cute. If you were unsatisfied with how it turned out, though, you were sure to be hitting that “reset” button on the back of your game with a pencil to give it another shot. This may have set slightly unrealistic expectations about actual parenthood, but oh well!
Polly Pockets were darling. As their name implies, Polly Pockets were pocket-sized dolls that “lived” in various tiny locations, from mansions to seashells. For some reason, there is an entire community of people who’ve admitted to also eating their Polly Pockets as a child. We’re more about snacking on Play-Doh ourselves, but that’s another debate entirely.
Like Tamagotchi, Polly Pockets are still around, but vastly different from their first iteration. They’re not nearly as tiny or adorable as they used to be, which kind of defeats the purpose of a toy that has the word "pocket" in its name, but whatever, Mattel.
These days, original Polly Pocket sets could fetch some eyebrow-raising prices. Just don’t tell your mom that, lest you want to see your childhood sold to the highest bitter.