Fun from the Past: Top 5 Childhood Fads Making A Comeback

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By Hazel-Lovely Saunders

“Gotta catch ‘em all!” A slogan that has been sung or said multiple times since the wake of Pokémon Go.

Pokémon Go, A location-based augmented reality game that lets you capture, battle and train fictional monsters called “Pokémon.”

The world is heavily focused on the game due to it bringing a classic childhood fad back. Since Pokémon Go a lot of other games and toys have either never left so kids now can enjoy them now or resurfaced just like Pokémon.

But is Pokémon go just merely just a passing trend? Are people just wanting to capture all the creatures forget about the “hype” once the fad is over? Already a Pokémon Go player has caught all the Pokémon available in the U.S. and is traveling to other countries to capture region-specific creatures and the infamous Ditto.

Let’s walk down memory lane shall we? Read below about some throwback games and toys that should be back.

1. BeybladesP3

 

The toys that were released in the early 2000’s which came with a ‘launcher’-a device to spin the tops in a plastic arena called Beystadium. It is also the name of a Japanese manga and soon became a not so successful TV show. These spinning tops gave kids the opportunity to battle in real life unlike Pokémon or Digimon.

2. Digimon

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Digimon short for “Digital Monsters” soon came out after Pokémon in the early 2000’s, but with their concept focused on digital monsters living in a “Digital World,” a parallel universe. Just like Pokémon, the franchise had a TV show, movies, manga, toys and video games.

With the Digimon device you had to take care of your digimon, made sure it ate, stay healthy, clean up after it and battle. Seems like Digimon may be better than Pokémon.

3. Beanie BabiesP6

 

The popularity of these “beans” stuffed animal became a worldwide phenomenon when it launched the nine original Beanie Babies. The franchise was made by Ty Warner Inc., which he only created a limited number of each Beanie Baby.

You can see on eBay that some Beanie Babies are being sold for thousands of dollars. For example, the 1997 Princess Diana Beanie Baby is listed for $428,400 on eBay with 132 buyers watching the product before making an offer.

4. FurbyP5

 

The Furby toys that resemble an owl-like creature are still trending but took it up a notch by having LCD eyes. Back in 1998 people went crazy collecting the different kinds of Furbies that launched during that holiday season. The sale price went from $35 to about $100 on limited edition Furbies.

They did make a revival in 2005 and 2012. The latest Furby was Furby Connect, which uses Bluetooth Smart Technology to sync with compatible devices to command phrases, music and videos. Also to be updated with technology there Furbies can be synced with the Furby app on smartphone devices to play other games. Retail value: $99.

5. RazorP8

 

The fun yet can be dangerous compact folding kick scooter made its way in 2000. The original Razor scooter launched  and sold more than 5 million within six months. Razor scooters are still in style for kids with new upgrades like the new electric scooters and different versions of the original A Razor scooter.

Make sure to always wear a helmet and any additional safety guards.

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How to Check if Pokémon Go is Down

If you’ve paid any attention at all to anything going on over the past few weeks, you probably know that Pokémon Go is huge (Seriously, even Andrew tried it out!). And with the servers constantly going down, it has become apparent that the response this game has received is way more than the developers had expected. Impressively, the game is so big after only being out a week it had more daily users than Twitter and people have reportedly spent more time on the Pokémon Go app than Facebook. According to TechCrunch, 5.92% of the Android population in the U.S. engages with Pokémon Go daily. That’s A LOT of people playing this game, no wonder the servers can’t handle it. And now with the game finally being released in Japan, the servers are really getting out of control with constant crashes.

There has to be a way to be able to check if it’s worth it to go outside to start hunting some Pokémon. Well, here’s a website that some developers made that will check for you whether or not the servers are down or about to go down – IsPokemonGoDownOrNot.com. The site runs on a pretty simple algorithm. Basically, it uses an automated account that attempts to log-in in thirty second intervals. If the log-in takes over fifteen seconds, most likely the Pokémon Go server is down or about to go down.

We’re glad we found this because we’re sick of getting stoked to play the game only to unfortunately realize once we’re outside that the server is down. Pokémon Go is addicting, so knowing when it’s available to play makes it even better.

Are you going to be checking this site before you go hunting for Pokémon? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Twitter!

 

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