I’m sure everyone thinks that their generation had it the best as children. I’m 37 years old. Just earlier this week, I caught myself talking to our resident film critic Brandon Vick about how we were both glad that we didn’t grow up in the era of social media. We’re bordering on the old men shaking their fists at the clouds, sure, but the point stands. We look back on our childhood era fondly.
And, in my opinion, for good reason. Maybe it’s just me being generally restful and reflective at this time of the year, but the 1990s just felt like much simpler times. We weren’t worried about what everyone else was doing. We weren’t posting something to Snapchat every 30 minutes. We just had our badass toys, and we had our close friends. I know I’m sounding old right now. It’s fine. I get it – but we’re just going down Memory Lane for a second here.
Black Friday used to be crazy. I can remember back in those days before you had the option of getting anything off of someone’s Christmas list online, you had to get out and throw some elbows at your local mall to make sure you brought the hottest toy of the holiday home. There wasn’t a guarantee that you’d get what you asked for at Christmas because it all depended upon whether or not your parents could find it in the stores. Isn’t that insane to imagine today? Like, we can go on Amazon and order pretty much anything we want these days. I think the thrill of the hunt is gone, and we, collectively as a society, grow to appreciate things less that way. But, that’s just me.
Knowing what our parents had to go through to fulfill our Christmas wishes was a special thing. For me, it was getting my Sega Genesis (no judgment if you got a Super Nintendo or if you were fortunate enough to have both – 16-bit consoles ruled). I’ll never forget that Christmas. All of this is what got me thinking about this month’s episode of The SoBros Hot Minute, on which I continue this walk down Memory Lane and talk about a few more toys from the 90s that had the country in a crazy at the holidays.
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