Adam 12

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We’re going back to the classics with Christmas less than a week away. The best ’90s Christmas toys are under the tree.


I’ve done toy-themed 12-Inch Polls in the past, but I think this one is the best one. I’ll share my reasoning with you. There’s good chance you fall into one of two camps. You either unwrapped one of these as a kid at Christmas (or maybe a sibling or cousin or friend did). Or, you were the one wrapping one of these for a kid at Christmastime.


The ’90s were wild for so many reasons. One of those was the way marketing toys to kids evolved. Madison Avenue firms had really honed their skills in the ’70s and ’80s and were even more on top of their game in developing toys that kids would crave in the ’90s. And that ’80s trend of developing TV shows that existed explicitly to sell toys to kids–either in the programming or in the commercials–was still going strong in the ’90s.


The Best ’90s Christmas Toys: 12-Inch Poll

I did a bit of research and identified some of the top-selling toys of the early part of the ’90s. A lot of them are obvious choices that were on many a kid’s Christmas wish list (hello, Nintendo Game Boy). But there are some others that were maybe a little less obvious but were still huge at the time. Especially in the Boston area (hello, New Kids on the Block Concert Kits).


If you’ve voted in one of my polls before, you know the deal. Scroll through the toys below, soak in the nostalgia from the early ’90s commercials, then cast your vote. And, as always, if a favorite toy of yours didn’t make the cut, let me know on our Twitter or Facebook.


  • New Kids on the Block Concert Kits

  • Nintendo Game Boy

  • WWF Wrestling Buddies

  • X-Men Action Figures

  • Barbie Golden Dream Motorhome

  • Creepy Crawlers

  • Nerf Guns

  • Matchbox Car Wash

  • Tiger 2XL Robot

  • Play-Doh Cookie Lovin' Oven

  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Action Figures

  • PlayStation 1