> Lifespan: 1990-2007
> Maker: Ideal Toy
A frantic chase game with a memorable commercial jingle, Mr. Bucket was an anthropomorphised, motorized toy bucket that spit plastic balls out of its mouth as players raced to get the balls back into the bucket with shovels. The first player to get all of their color-coded balls into the bucket was the winner.
Barbie and Tanner
> Lifespan: 2006-2007
> Maker: Mattel
Barbie briefly had a dog named Tanner – and of all the things that dogs can do, Tanner’s big tricks were eating and pooping. Barbie and Tanner came equipped with a magnetic poop scoop and trash can for the doggie doo doo. Unfortunately, a magnet on the scoop was known to come loose, and although it didn’t cause any reported injuries, it was enough to get Barbie and Tanner sets recalled to prevent children from swallowing the small, detached magnets.
> Lifespan: 1980s-2000s
> Maker: Tiger Toys
A simple but addictive exercise toy, Skip-it relied on centripetal force. Users would spin the ball around one leg and dodge it with their other leg as it circled around. Later versions even had a gauge that counted the number of continuous rotations.
> Lifespan: 1991-1990s
> Maker: Milton Bradley
A classic sleepover game marketed to girls, Dream Phone centered around a board of 24 teenage boys’ pictures. Players could “call” these boys on a hot pink phone to gather clues as to which one was their secret admirer.
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