90s Movies.net: Revisiting and recollecting the pieces of childhood. Topics include: 90s movies, songs, television shows, commercials, cartoons, comics, photographs, old advertisements, toys, and video games that remind me of simpler times.
I’ve been spending some time going through my old toy bins lately, constantly coming across beloved pieces of the past. Today, prying open another dusty lid, I saw a familiar friend staring back at me. This little guy used to be one of my favorite larger toys and often made his way to the front of the line in my massive action figure battles. His size and demeanor made him a perfect fit for a lead villain or another mastermind’s right hand henchman. They call him the Trollminator. Much like Arnold on Judgement Day, he has decided to come back.
The Original Battle Trolls are action figures produced by Hasbro in the early 90s. In a shallow effort to capitalize on the popular troll doll craze that was sweeping the nation, a real star was born. Wanting to take the appeal of the troll doll in all of its many forms and spin the brand to appeal to young boys, the troll image had to be redefined. With the addition of some mean facial expressions, robots, monsters, and other cool things of that nature, Hasbro succeeded in capturing their target audience.
I always liked this line of toys. It’s impossible to resist a troll doll in its purest form, so adding elements of badassery and referencing classic fiction and pop culture only makes the Original Battle Trolls figures even more appealing to my childish sensibilities.
I always thought fanny packs got a raw deal. There’s no way they should be as socially oppressed as they most definitely are in everyday situations. In this age of smart phones, iPods, fistfuls of cash and credit cards, it would be nice to have a zipper-secured bundle wrapped around your waist to hold important things. Now confined to lame dads on vacation and strapped to the front handlebars of a 3 year old’s Huffy, the fanny pack has all but reached extinction.
Here we have another priceless artifact I found in a Rubbermaid tub labeled “Ninja Turtle Stuff.” It is my first, my most beloved fanny pack.
As I’ve said previously, pretty much anything with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles logo can find a spot in my collection. I have a bit of a soft spot for those gnarly green dudes. The logo on this nylon fanny pack is exquisitely screened on and, even after nearly 20 years of sitting in a tub, shows almost no signs of wear or tear. This thing was built to last.
Digging around in a giant rubbermaid bin labeled “Ninja Turtle Stuff,” I came across a few historical gems that I’m going to be showcasing in a series of articles I’m also labeling “Ninja Turtle Stuff.” The first in the series is a look back to the simple pleasures of pop-up books.
Pop-up books are like children’s books on acid. They take the humble appeal of a regularly-illustrated, vanilla storybook and steer it directly into the realm of the strange. Instead of flat, lifeless pictures strewn across the page, there are three dimensional objects bent in a way that makes them magically stand up as you turn the pages. The real reason these books are so fun for kids are the interactive portions, though. Instead of just having your favorite bedtime story read to you over and over again by your parents, now you can actually PLAY with it.
I remember being totally obsessed with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pop-Up Storybook when I was a kid. It actually held a special place in the pants drawer of my bureau, always within reach when I wanted to gaze upon its colorful goodness.
Anyone with even the slightest shred of intelligence knows that the 90s was an indescribably awesome time for music, but what most people don’t realize is that 90s movies contributed heavily to this era of audio bliss. I’ve compiled a list of the best soundtracks of the apathetic decade that provided a solid selection of grunge, indie, rap and power ballad songs. Whether you have specific memories attached to the films themselves or you’re just looking to hear a long-forgotten tune, you owe it to yourself to check out these quintessentials 90s movie soundtracks.
Earlier this week, my girlfriend’s dad found a little gem hiding in his garage that he thought I might like. My response was initially ambivalent. Unlike most nostalgia addicts, I’m not much of a hoarder. My OCD forces a vague sense of minimalism in my life and I often throw away things that I’m not actually using. I dislike the clutter.
The truth is, though, I’ll always make an exception for anything plastered with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles logo. That little instantly recognizable red, white, and green logo can make even the most worthless piece of garbage transform instantly into a treasured friend.