The phrase “What’s Old is New” could not be more true today with everything from remakes of classic songs, movies, and now that the holiday season is arriving, toys from yesteryear are making a bigger comeback more than ever. New generations are discovering classic toys and seeing what made them so popular when they were released. There are a number of products that are out this holiday season and some classics with new upgrades. Here is a look at the best nostalgic toys coming out this Christmas.
Creepy Crawlers: The male version of the Easy Bake Oven is a fun creative toy known as Creepy Crawlers. Making its comeback this year without any upgrades or changes, the Creepy Crawler set does not need any. It is simple to use, kids fill up bug shaped trays with multi-colored goop, place in a light-bulb oven and minutes later out pop rubber bugs ready to play with. Either to collect or scare family and friends, this new generation of children will love this classic toy.
Rubik’s Cube: The classic brain puzzler Rubic’s Cube is a fun game in itself but now there is the Rubik’s Evolution. Rubik’s evolution is a light up Rubic’s cube that has multiple games, brain teasers and other puzzles that test speed and memory. There are many different challenge modes and fans of the original may not like the update, but people who have not experienced the cube yet will thoroughly enjoy this.
Tamagotchi: Nowadays kid’s pockets are filled with Ipods, cell phones, and other electronics, but back in the mid-1990s, the only electronics that filled children’s pockets were either Giga Pets or a Tamagotchi. Both toys were little egged shaped key chains with a one-inch screen that displayed a bitmap pet like a cat or dog. Owners would have to feed, wash, and take their pet to the hospital, or it would die. Tamagotchis were much like Giga Pets, but were unknown creatures that could be given names. Recently released is the new Tamagotchi 4.5, with a lot of upgraded features and more customization. The pets can now have careers and features many different designs for the cases, accessories, and are able to follow your pet online.
Monopoly: Monopoly has been around since the 1930s and there are many different versions, like Spongebob Squarepants, Boston Red Sox, and Superman, but they all stick to the same concept and game rules. The newest Monopoly changes everything around though, replacing the classic multi-colored paper money and giving each player a digital bank and ATM cards. While it ruins the adding and subtraction learning for younger players, it helps create a faster and more accurate game, and helps represent the times that we are living in now.
Video Games: The consoles of today, PS3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii all have amazing graphics and game play, but players still continue to crave older games and they are available now more than ever. Xbox Live and the Wii Online store both offer downloads of classic games like Zelda, Super Mario, and other from older systems like Nintendo and Sega Genesis. There are also discs that players can buy like the Sonic Collection, featuring over 7 Sonic the Hedgehog games from the mid-1990s.
All of these toys and products were popular for a reason back in the day and have proven to stand the test time and become some of the most wanted toys this Christmas and Holiday season.