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Your kid wants a dog, but you don’t, so get him the next best thing a virtual pet! The egg shaped handheld, which had its heyday in the mid 90s according to Wikipedia, lets you name your pet, feed it, clean up its poop, give it medicine, and get it to bed. Fail to take proper care of it, and it dies just like the real thing, only a lot less traumatic. In early versions, half a day of neglect could lead to the pet’s demise, but after complaints from teachers and parents who wanted their child to engage in other real world activities, the company introduced a pause feature. You can still purchase the latest iteration of the toy, TamaTown, which lets you plug in and swap out characters for more varied play.Lime Green TamaTown, $21.99TV Elmo has an eerie ability to enchant toddlers; those tiny minds get blown away when they meet him in 3 D. Tickle Me Elmo, a giggling, vibrating plush toy version of the red furry monster, was introduced in 1996 according to Wikipedia, and became an instant success. Due to unexpectedly high demand, the toy, which retailed for $28.99, fetched as much as $1500 in re sale. In 2006, TMX (Tickle Me Extreme), an amped up version that rolled around on the floor and begged the tickler for mercy, was released. The hype was so great that it was unveiled live on Good Morning America, and packaging made it impossible to get a sneak peek at the product. Although the hype has since died down, Tickle Me Elmo is still on the market today.Tickle Me Elmo, $29.9922 Ridiculous Parenting ProductsHitting the market in 2001, these saucy dolls ignited a firestorm over the hyper sexualization of little girls. Even the American Psychological Association weighed in, saying in 2007: ” dolls come dressed ugg boots in sexualized clothing such as miniskirts, fishnet stockings, and feather boas. Love ’em or hate ’em, Jade, Sasha, Cloe, and Yasmin the original girls with a passion for fashion were big business in the mid 2000s, and are set to be relaunched. Cloe, $19.99Cabbage Patch KidsDid you know that the original name for Cabbage Patch Kids was Little People, and that all have the signature of inventor Xavier Roberts stamped on their butt cheek? The fugly cute dolls that you don’t just buy but adopt become all the rage in the mid 80s, even making the cover of Newsweek in 1983 ugg boots . Later versions had more human like hair and come in special editions NASCAR CPK an ugg boots yone? You can still, uh, adopt an original Cabbage Patch Kid today, but it will set you back $295 to do so.Original Cabbage Patch Kid, $295Zhu Zhu PetsThese interactive toy hamsters are as cuddly as the real thing but come in pink and don’t smell! Each Zhu Zhu pet makes one of 40 noises based on how you interact with it, from purrs to squeaks. Pet them and they zoom across the floor, making a surprised sound and changing direction when they bump into something. Hit another button to put them in “nurture mode,” where they’ll coo and even go to sleep. Low supply in 2009 made these a hot and hard to get toy, according to Wikipedia, but bigger shipments caused the hysteria to die down a bit in 2010.22 Ridiculous Parenting ProductsActually a game that’s been around since the 1920s (according to Wikipedia) but commercialized in the 1990s, Pogs are small discs you stack, then hit with a slammer that causes them to scatter. You keep the Pogs that land face up during your throw. When all the chips have been claimed, whoever has the most wins. As this toy fad gained steam, Pogs started being manufactured with themes movies, sports, famous world leaders, ev ugg boots en anti drug messages. Although their popularity has plummeted, you can still get your hands on Pogs today.