Archive for the ‘1990’s Fad’ Category

Reebok Pumps

Reebok Pumps

A wonderful marketing tool, Reebok Pumps had a generation of young boys stopping sports games so they could “pump up” their relatively overpriced shoes.  As if that small cushion of air in their sole could acutally affect their inability to hit a free throw or overcome their lack of any athletic ability.

The pair I had for playing Junior High B-Ball looked something like these (see above).  They were fun to wear but I had resist the urge to cut open the bottoms and see what was on the inside, almost every time I put them on.

Hey it could have been worse.  They could have had some sort of pump handle that flipped out or required an attachment.  Not that the pump on the tongue was really that comfortable.



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.