> Lifespan: 1994-2000
> Maker: Galoob Toys
These plastic dolls with foam wings could launch into the air like helicopters at the pull of a cord. Despite the wings being made of softer material, the toys caused 150 reported injuries, including broken teeth and scratched corneas, and 8.9 million of the toys were recalled in June of 2000.
> Lifespan: 2000-2002
> Maker: Tiger Toys
Introduced during a trend of robot pets, Poo-Chis were robotic dogs with LED eyes that could recognize their owners’ voices, do tricks, sing, and communicate with other Poo-Chis. Special editions including 101 Dalmatians Poo-Chis and McDonalds Happy Meal mini Poo-Chis were created before Tiger dropped them in favor of the plush, slightly more lifelike FurReal Friends robot pets.
What’s Her Face
> Lifespan: 2001-2003
> Maker: Mattel
These 9.5-inch dolls had large heads, interchangeable wigs, and a lack of facial features so that children could draw their faces using washable markers and stamps. A fusion between fashion dolls and creative toys, What’s Her Face dolls saw mild success compared to Bratz dolls, which were released the same year.
> Lifespan: 1998-2004
> Maker: Ohio Art
A rubbery doll with long limbs and changeable body parts, Betty Spaghetty had stylable hair and many outfits and accessories to change into. Ohio Art released dozens of popular themed Betty travel sets including Hollywood, Paris, skiing, and camping, before the toy finally lost its luster and was discontinued in 2004. A brief comeback in 2007 failed to meet sales goals and the doll was once again discontinued.
> Lifespan: 1999-2004
> Maker: Hasbro
These micro audio players could play 60 seconds of a hit song from a small memory card that was inserted into the player. From the Backstreet Boys to Avril Lavigne to Sugar Ray, a wide range of pop artists were featured in the short “clips.” Later versions featured circular memory discs that could play two whole minutes of a song.
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