The holiday season is the time when the herd instinct comes out in force, with parents stampeding to buy the trendiest toys for their good girls and boys. Here’s a dive back into the dumbest toy fads to ever hit the shelves.
A Hawaiian juice brand had little cardboard discs inside their caps with stuff printed on them, and somehow this became an insane trend in 1993.
9. Tech Decks
Skateboarding is, was and will always be cool, but grinding a miniature board around with your fingers is a one-way ticket to lamesville.
8. Zhu Zhu Pets
These idiotic battery-powered hamsters were inexplicably the hot toy of the 2009 Christmas season, and nobody could figure out why.
Electronic toys make great fads, and Bandai’s primitive virtual pet moved a staggering 70 million units over its brief lifespan.
6. Tickle Me Elmo
Spurred by a few TV appearances, the Tickle Me Elmo doll was 1996’s must-have toy, despite being incredibly annoying. Scalpers sold them for hundreds of dollars and riots broke out in stores.
These hideously ugly big-headed dolls first hit the market in 2001 and, against all odds, became a must-have item despite their tastelessness.
These vending machine figurines created by cartoonist David Gonzales were overwhelmingly popular in the late 1990s, despite portraying what some considered racial stereotypes.
3. Pet Rocks
Probably the dumbest fad of the 1970s (and that’s saying a lot), these gray stones packed in a cardboard carrying case sold over a million units a year and a half.
The digital evolution of the Beanie Baby concept, these stuffed animals synched up with an online game that hypnotized millions of kids.
1. Silly Bandz
They’re just rubber bands, people. Sure, they’re shaped like animals, but that just means you can’t actually use them as rubber bands. At least they’re cheap.