This society, full of competition, endlessly forces weighty duties upon every crosswalk of our lives. Hence we very unconsciously steer our lives for today at our present and tomorrow at our future. But sometimes we must sit back and reminisce. We must reminisce our treasured childhood memories, perhaps hidden in your inner most part of your closet or already past your generation of hand-me-down, these toys that define our childhood will certainly make you nostalgic.
(Yet I warn you, this list may be subjective.)
No doubt these animals were all of our first official pets. First generation customization, I should say. From stuffing it (where you would choose “Soft & Cuddly,” “Hard & Firm,” or “Somewhere in Between”), choosing it an hip outfit, to giving it a birth certificate, you learned to build-a-bear from scratch!
American dream and every girl’s dream, put them together, we got American Girl. Again another customization offer for kids to for the first time feel that spirit of independence. But there was just one downside, its price.
It was our first experience of virtual reality. You would buy the stuffed animal with an impressed rainbow letter “W,” then find a secret code that opened you up to a virtual world online to take care of that new existence.
Another virtual pet community, with a magical twist.
The stars meant it all. The cards were sold in blind packets and that was probably why you owned so many cards of the same character.
These critters were not only adorable but velvety—guilty soft.
Craft Lace Lanyard
The seamless weaves were just too satisfying. Starting and finishing a braid were the most challenging steps—I still can’t.
Littlest Pet Shop
Absolutely plastic yet undoubtedly my favorite. Every little piece was as precious as gold. If one got lost, it was as if I could not complete a puzzle. Littlest Pet Shop was godtastic but maybe a bit demeaning now. Let’s face it, we gave every animal a different voice.
Think of this as the smartphone of toys. It represented essentiality. A doll, house, car, furniture, outfits, even a castle, you name it, every thing quintessential was magically packed into just this one pocket.
When you asked for a pet, your parents brought you this. You were for the first time given a true responsibility, except the device and game were basically impossible to comprehend that your pet’s life depended on your rough guesstimates to hopefully press the right button.
If you spent your childhood in Korea, these Sue games were those you couldn’t miss out. Making Ulcho (Frozen Chocolate Snack), eating in the classroom without getting caught, and giving your boyfriend Bin a haircut, were all possible opportunities as Sue. If you feel, sing with me, “Shrudidubibi shallalalala, my name is Sue, my name is Sue!”
There was no such upper limit as to one in math class for the number of pogs you could have. You would match every single friend just to collect more and more. First time you learned that sometimes it’s quantity over quality.
Hair wraps were cuter (maybe more stylish) than ombre.
Another hot trend that you could not miss out, heelys was a must for both guys and girls. Why? Because it made you look so cool.
It reads Club Penguin, but I proudly call it a legend. If you find Rockhopper in this picture, you know it all. (I think I’ll play this tonight.)
Has a tear of sentimentality, of remembrance, of longing for your naive self dropped yet?
You do Toy Story Andy today.
– Yoo Bin Shin (’18)
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