In the same way that we can all remember our favourite toy as a kid, parents usually want their children to experience the same joy with those toys that they did. Did you have Cabbage Patch Dolls or My Little Pony? Did you collect Forrest Families? Were you constantly terrorising your sister with a slimy stretchy hand or collect Micro Machines? Do you have a box of your toys in a cupboard somewhere or do your kids get to play with them? One of the hot trends identified at this year’s Spielwarenmesse was Retro Mania – toys that we grew up with and toys that look like they come straight from the 50s!
The first was this new and improved version of the Tamagotchi – and I was shocked to think that this is a retro toy. Tamagotchi’s sparked a craze in the 90s. 17 years after their first release they are now available as Tamagotchi Friends. Bumping them against each other allows them to communicate, they can go on “play dates” and have an iPhone and Android app.
The next retro toy was a mini radio which the child can assemble – and it really works!
Or how about this stove from Grandma’s?
IMHO I don’t really think that a digital take on an old toy qualifies as a retro trend, but what if the toy was digital to begin with? What do you think?
If you’d like to take a trip down memory lane, why not visit this blog for slinkies, snap bangles and sticky hands?