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Skip-It

Skip It

Before childhood obesity crippled our nation, toy companies began to release semi-innovative ways to perform average childhood actions. One such invention was a toy called Skip-It.

Add together the dynamics of a leg fastened tether ball, the potentiial for harm of a medieval mace, and some glitter,(and later a counting mechanism) and you have the next new toy craze for 1990’s America. Or so it seemed.

Granted this “toy concept” had been around since the 1960’s, this new “space age” design got parents to buy it for their kids.

I always was a bit frightened of the immediate threat of a being cracked in the shins by an overzealous young girl and my getting to close to the Skip-It. Thanks for the broken ankle Tiger Toys!

Here’s a commercial for the “new and improved” Skip-It from 1994.

The most entertaining piece of this puzzle comes via the Wikipedia entry for this toy:

Marshall Swails of Irmo, SC won the 1995 World Skip-It Open at the 1995 Toy Congress in Wolfsburg, Germany. He skipped 300,546 times on his custom glitter filled Skip-It. What was remarkable about this achievement was that nobody cared. He worse(sic) simple white, canvas Keds and a pair of skin tight BIKE bicycle shorts with his name on the side. He did not wear a shirt.

Hypercolor Clothing

Hypercolor image (Used without permission)

For those of you who didn’t have some article of Hypercolor clothing, let me refresh your memory. Imagine a shirt that knew when you were sweating, nervous, or had just been groped or physically assaulted by someone nearby. Well, that notion came to reality when Hypercolor clothing was invented.

The concept didn’t stay around forever as the fad died within a year or so, but in its day this trend was quite popular for the same kids who like snap bracelets and gummy shoes. (Though these shirts weren’t nearly as fun or interesting.)  Much like mood rings to the generations before, Hypercolor shirts were a fun ice breaker and “one trick pony” but never really had much permanence.  This wasn’t due to the product just being rather trivial, the chemical that caused the change to happen was easily damaged if washed improperly.

Though you may be able to find some Hypercolor clothing to this day, I can only imagine the insanity in a school setting when the administration would see kids groping each other trying to imprint their hand on their friend’s shirt. Instant school board hate list for this fad I am afraid.