Full disclosure, I’m a ‘90s kid, born and bred. The ‘90s run in my veins and I’m very much a kid of that era! You wouldn’t believe the level of nostalgia I have for the era. It’s utterly ridiculous how much I miss watching Sunday morning cartoons while eating a huge bowl of cereal and playing with my beloved toys. (All at once, of course—I’m a fantastic multitasker when it comes to doing the things that I love.)

I’ve still got a huge box of toys from my childhood that I love to go through from time to time. And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t pop in some batteries to play Mario, Donkey Kong, and Pokémon on my GameBoy Color when I feel like I need a break from ‘The Real World.’ When it rains, when I get the blues—it’s nostalgia time. And a yearning for a more carefree era in my life. However, we here at Bored Panda know that there are lots of you Pandas who are nostalgic for the '70s, '80s, and ‘90s, so we’ve compiled this fun list of the toys you likely played with during that decade. Keep in mind that some of these toys are from even earlier still, but they were still very popular in the '70s, '80s, and '90s. Growing up with them was great!

Oh, and don’t forget to upvote the toys that you loved playing with the most. We’d also love to hear about what your fondest memories and favorite toys were from your childhood, so don’t be shy and drop on by the comment section. Ready to plunge straight into the Land of Nostalgia? Let’s go!

#1

Devs Need To Bring Back True Offline Gaming

Devs Need To Bring Back True Offline Gaming

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Mike Loux
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1 year ago

Man, this takes me WAYYYY back. I had a bunch of these in the 70's and the 80's and loved them.

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#2

This Is One Of My Most Detailed Renditions - St. Basil's Cathedral, Which Took ~30 Hours To Render (Etch A Sketch)

This Is One Of My Most Detailed Renditions - St. Basil's Cathedral, Which Took ~30 Hours To Render (Etch A Sketch)

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Marc
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1 year ago

Don't turn the k**b!

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#3

Let's Go Fishin'

Let's Go Fishin'

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 year ago

These are still around, bought one for my son a couple of years ago.

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This isn’t the first time that Bored Panda has tackled the topic of nostalgia (here are two great posts by yours truly if you're feeling any nostalgia for my writing). London-based child and adolescent therapist Kemi Omijeh, who is a member of the BACP, went into detail about nostalgia with me on two previous occasions. She explained that our memories of the past can contribute to our sense of self and well-being.

"The period of time we tend to be nostalgic over are significant moments that stood out. Perhaps it was a time when we felt happiest or safest, or perhaps it’s a period where things changed for us,” she told Bored Panda.

#4

These Bouncy Balls You Got From Quarter Vending Machines And Arcades

These Bouncy Balls You Got From Quarter Vending Machines And Arcades

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Anthony Nizza
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1 year ago

Best things ever!! I used to bounce them over my house!

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#5

One Of My Favorite "Toys" As A Kid, Fashion Plates

One Of My Favorite "Toys" As A Kid, Fashion Plates

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Naima Ivansdóttir
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1 year ago

i loved it so much!

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#6

Found My Old View-Master

Found My Old View-Master

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Sue Hazlewood
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1 year ago

I still have my bakelite one from the 50's/60's

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According to therapist Omijeh, what a specific time period means to us is far more important than what age we were during the period of time. "Our memories of the past can change over time depending on how often we revisit and also depending on what is going on for us in the present,” she said.

Omijeh noted that who we were during each decade will change our impressions of the time period. So, while she jokes that “oh course, the ‘90s was better!”, she also notes that she might be biased in this particular case.

#7

My Wife Got Me This For Christmas. She Knew That My Parents Never Got Me One When I Was A Kid. I Love Her So Much (Gameboy)

My Wife Got Me This For Christmas. She Knew That My Parents Never Got Me One When I Was A Kid. I Love Her So Much (Gameboy)

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Marc
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1 year ago

Those were the days... of me and Zelda!

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#8

Lite Brite

Lite Brite

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StellaLehggs
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1 year ago

I miss my lite brite. They're not the same nowadays.

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#9

Polly Pocket. Ordered It Off Of Ebay And Cried When I Saw It Because The Nostalgia Hit So Hard

Polly Pocket. Ordered It Off Of Ebay And Cried When I Saw It Because The Nostalgia Hit So Hard

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

I was so jealous of one of my friends, she had like every polly pocket set. I was super excited when I got one for Chrissie one year. I remember it was a shopping centre type theme with a moving elevator.

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“Generally speaking, the better decade is associated with youth and freedom. Nostalgia also often gives us rose-tinted glasses from which to reflect from. How we reflect on the past decades can play a part in how we engage with the current decade."

Earlier still, Omijeh explained to Bored Panda that we tend to feel nostalgic for those time periods where we felt loved and nurtured. Meanwhile, if we had a difficult childhood, odds are, we won’t have much nostalgia for it.

#10

Spotted This Fisher Price Set Today

Spotted This Fisher Price Set Today

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Izzy_
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1 year ago

I loved this toy

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#11

I Know No One Cares But I Got A Mimitchi On My Second Try. I Am 33 Years Old And Regret Nothing

I Know No One Cares But I Got A Mimitchi On My Second Try. I Am 33 Years Old And Regret Nothing

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Vicky Zar
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1 year ago

I wanted one when I was a kid but they were too expensive for us. Now I can have it as an app and somehow I can't see the appeal anymore

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#12

Crayola Stamper Markers

Crayola Stamper Markers

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

I was so excited when I got a pack of these, trouble is that after a lil while you get bored of them so you start using them like normal textas lol.

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"Nostalgia can also be a good coping strategy for times of low mood and challenges," she said, adding that nostalgia can also start to become a problem if it interferes with our everyday lives, as well as our ability to be present in the current moment.

"If we end up comparing it to our experiences today and feeling like nothing is as good as it was, then this will inevitably affect our mood and our ability to do what we need to do. We can become stuck in our nostalgia; in which case it might be best to seek help from a counseling professional to help you process your past in order to enjoy your present."

In short—nostalgia’s fine… in moderation. Now, if you’ll excuse me, Mario won’t be able to save Princess Peach without my help. Watch out, Bowser! [Beep boop.]

#13

Anybody Remember POGS? Just Found Mine From The 90s

Anybody Remember POGS? Just Found Mine From The 90s

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

I remember when we used to get tazos in chip packets. My aunty had 3 albums full of them.

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#14

Slinky

Slinky

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 year ago

I could never get them to go down stairs like they show on videos etc. The most I could do was get them tangled lol.

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#15

Koosh Balls Are Back At Target

Koosh Balls Are Back At Target

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ᑭIᗰᑭᒪE ᖴᗩᑕE
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1 year ago

My hair would always get stuck in these

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#16

Troll Dolls

Troll Dolls

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

Ugly little things they are lol.

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#17

Stretch Armstrong With Three Of His Limbs Platted

Stretch Armstrong With Three Of His Limbs Platted

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Ms.M.
Community Member
1 year ago

That dude was hilarious

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#18

Mouse Trap

Mouse Trap

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Mahayana
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1 year ago

Never understood how to actually play the game but did have a lot of fun just building it!

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#19

When We All Learned To Drive In This Thing

When We All Learned To Drive In This Thing

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Jo Johannsen
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1 year ago

Pfft! Now, a Big Wheel, that's driving'!

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#20

Nothing Says 90s Like A Clear Plastic Neon Conair Phone

Nothing Says 90s Like A Clear Plastic Neon Conair Phone

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Ms.M.
Community Member
1 year ago

I wanted one of those so bad!

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#21

Magic Ball And Mitt Game

Magic Ball And Mitt Game

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Jayne Kyra
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1 year ago

I had this! And nobody to play with.

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#22

Monster Finger Puppets

Monster Finger Puppets

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Robert T
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1 year ago

Oh god, I remember these monstrosities. What exactly were you supposed to do with them?

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#23

Thrift Store Pick Up. 1978 Simon Game. Package Isn't Great But The Toy Is Like New

Thrift Store Pick Up. 1978 Simon Game. Package Isn't Great But The Toy Is Like New

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Moodles
Community Member
1 year ago

I used to spend hours on this and my mum was always amazed at my memory skills. 40 years later and I can barely remember what I did yesterday

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#24

I Forgot I Used To Love These Until I Saw Them In The Store (Flying Gliders)

I Forgot I Used To Love These Until I Saw Them In The Store (Flying Gliders)

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Marc
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah, they didn't last very long. Especially with siblings around.

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#25

My Mom Still Has My Toys That My 10 Month Old Son Plays With When He Comes Over

My Mom Still Has My Toys That My 10 Month Old Son Plays With When He Comes Over

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Anni
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1 year ago

That’s so sweet.

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#26

Neon Klickers Clackers

Neon Klickers Clackers

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Monique Reed
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1 year ago

There was another kind before these--two larger, very hard acrylic (?) balls on strings. You started by bouncing them against one another and worked up to having them collide at both the top and bottom of the pattern. You could knock yourself out with those, and when they broke, shards flew everywhere. These were tame by comparison!

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#27

Plastic Tube With Water And Plastic Fish Inside It, If You Try To Squeeze It It Just Rolls Itself

Plastic Tube With Water And Plastic Fish Inside It, If You Try To Squeeze It It Just Rolls Itself

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Jessica Cifelli
Community Member
1 year ago

The old handy trainer

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#28

Rubber Poppers

Rubber Poppers

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KJ
Community Member
1 year ago

The anticipation of waiting for them to go off.

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#29

Skip It

Skip It

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Music Mania
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1 year ago

death to all ankles!

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#30

The Game Of Perfection

The Game Of Perfection

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Tamra Stiffler
Community Member
1 year ago

Ahh...this game stressed me OUT. Didn't stop me from obsessively playing with it though.

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#31

Silly Putty

Silly Putty

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Ms.M.
Community Member
1 year ago

How we shared memes in the 1970's... lol

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#32

Fisher Price Adjustable Skates - Most Fun Ever

Fisher Price Adjustable Skates - Most Fun Ever

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Mahayana
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I hated those! They never really « rolled ». I just awkwardly walked in them.

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#33

LEGO Ghost From The 90s. Glows In The Dark

LEGO Ghost From The 90s. Glows In The Dark

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Miss Cris
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1 year ago

I want one!

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#34

McDonald’s Happy-Meal Transformers

McDonald’s Happy-Meal Transformers

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Gillbella
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1 year ago

McDonald's needs to bring back McDonald toys

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#35

Glittery Sand Lizards

Glittery Sand Lizards

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Helwin
Community Member
1 year ago

I still have one and I love it and am keeping it forever. I have a tiny butterfly too ♥.

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#36

1981 Garfield Phone I Have Wanted Since I Was A Kid!! Guess I’m Getting A Landline

1981 Garfield Phone I Have Wanted Since I Was A Kid!! Guess I’m Getting A Landline

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Naima Ivansdóttir
Community Member
1 year ago

i need one

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#37

Sesame Street And Disney Poppin' Pals (Playskool)

Sesame Street And Disney Poppin' Pals (Playskool)

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Floofy Samoyed
Community Member
1 year ago

There are still versions of this

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#38

Old School Kinder Surprise Toys

Old School Kinder Surprise Toys

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Jayne Kyra
Community Member
1 year ago

These little collectible figurines were awesome! I had so many. Even on this picture I remember the ones I had.

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#39

Play-Doh Fuzzy Pumper Barber And Beauty Shop

Play-Doh Fuzzy Pumper Barber And Beauty Shop

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Vicky Z
Community Member
1 year ago

Anything with play doh was so much fun!!

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#40

$1 Garage Sale Score: Original Super Soaker 50

$1 Garage Sale Score: Original Super Soaker 50

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ThoughtsAreNotFacts
Community Member
1 year ago

And when the super soakers that could hold more water and be worn as a backpack came out it was ON in my neighborhood during water fights

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#41

View-Master Mickey Look Gift Set

View-Master Mickey Look Gift Set

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

Our very own slide show. These were great, especially when you could buy different viewer discs.

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#42

Easy Bake Oven

Easy Bake Oven

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John Baker
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1 year ago

'60s.

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#43

Micro Machines

Micro Machines

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Lothriel
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1 year ago

Woa.. wish i had one

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#44

Slime

Slime

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Vicky Z
Community Member
1 year ago

This is again in fashion! Who remembers also this terrible movie with Robin Williams "flabber"?

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#45

Glitter Magic Wands

Glitter Magic Wands

We’re mesmerized over these new glitter wands! from kiddos to adults, these are the hot new fidget toy! head over to our Instagram story for a video demo, each wand handmade in the USA.

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Lucky
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1 year ago

They were so beautiful! There were caleidoscopes you could insert them, it was mesmerising!

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#46

Cannot Believe I Forgot About My Marbleworks Towers

Cannot Believe I Forgot About My Marbleworks Towers

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Llewella
Community Member
1 year ago

My sons found a way to connect this to the waterfountain in the backyard. They had so much fun with it

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#47

Furby

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Helwin
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1 year ago

Those ones can stay in the 90s, they are terrifying ! :o

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#48

Who Else Had This Toy Sword?

Who Else Had This Toy Sword?

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James016
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1 year ago

I did. Along with the shield, helmet and chest plate.

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#49

Sky Dancers

Sky Dancers

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Naima Ivansdóttir
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1 year ago

there's a hilarious flick on youtube i guess of a super-excited girl trying her sky dancer for the first time and the thing flies right into the burning fireplace lol

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#50

Blow Pens

Blow Pens

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

Omg, I forgot about these.

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