Childhood Toys That Will Make You Nostalgic

Let us wallow in nostalgia of our childhood with these treasured games and toys.

This society, full of competition, endlessly forces weighty duties upon every crosswalk of our lives. Hence we very unconsciously steer our lives for today at our present and tomorrow at our future. But sometimes we must sit back and reminisce. We must reminisce our treasured childhood memories, perhaps hidden in your inner most part of your closet or already past your generation of hand-me-down, these toys that define our childhood will certainly make you nostalgic.

(Yet I warn you, this list may be subjective.)

  1. Build-A-Bear

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    Familiar Sight? (PC: Disney.com)

    No doubt these animals were all of our first official pets. First generation customization, I should say. From stuffing it (where you would choose “Soft & Cuddly,” “Hard & Firm,” or “Somewhere in Between”), choosing it an hip outfit, to giving it a birth certificate, you learned to build-a-bear from scratch!

  2. American Girl

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    Only if I could own any one of them… (PC: nytimes.com)

    American dream and every girl’s dream, put them together, we got American Girl. Again another customization offer for kids to for the first time feel that spirit of independence. But there was just one downside, its price.

  3. Webkinz

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    Cute Plushies (PC: webkinz.com)

    It was our first experience of virtual reality. You would buy the stuffed animal with an impressed rainbow letter “W,” then find a secret code that opened you up to a virtual world online to take care of that new existence.

  4. Neopets

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    New Pets (PC: newscult.com)

    Another virtual pet community, with a magical twist.

  5. Yu-Gi-Oh Cards

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    I’ll take the fifth card from the left. (PC: yugioh.co.kr)

    The stars meant it all. The cards were sold in blind packets and that was probably why you owned so many cards of the same character.

  6. Calico Critters

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    Lovely Family Picture (PC: Target.com)

    These critters were not only adorable but velvety—guilty soft.

  7. Craft Lace Lanyard

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    True Accomplishments (PC: pinterest.com)

    The seamless weaves were just too satisfying. Starting and finishing a braid were the most challenging steps—I still can’t.

  8. Littlest Pet Shop

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    Complexity in Architecture (PC: terapeak)

    Absolutely plastic yet undoubtedly my favorite. Every little piece was as precious as gold. If one got lost, it was as if I could not complete a puzzle. Littlest Pet Shop was godtastic but maybe a bit demeaning now. Let’s face it, we gave every animal a different voice.

  9. Polly Pockets

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    17 fashions in one box! (PC: pinterest.com)

    Think of this as the smartphone of toys. It represented essentiality. A doll, house, car, furniture, outfits, even a castle, you name it, every thing quintessential was magically packed into just this one pocket.

  10. Tamagotchi

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    My First Pet (PC: Tamagotchi Time)

    When you asked for a pet, your parents brought you this. You were for the first time given a true responsibility, except the device and game were basically impossible to comprehend that your pet’s life depended on your rough guesstimates to hopefully press the right button.

  11. Sue Game

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    Loading screen of a Sue Game (PC: jr.naver.com)

    If you spent your childhood in Korea, these Sue games were those you couldn’t miss out. Making Ulcho (Frozen Chocolate Snack), eating in the classroom without getting caught, and giving your boyfriend Bin a haircut, were all possible opportunities as Sue. If you feel, sing with me, “Shrudidubibi shallalalala, my name is Sue, my name is Sue!”

  12. Pogs (Ddakji)

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    Precious Hexagons (PC:gmarket.co.kr)

    There was no such upper limit as to one in math class for the number of pogs you could have. You would match every single friend just to collect more and more. First time you learned that sometimes it’s quantity over quality.

  13. Hair Wraps

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    DIY Vogue Girl (PC: alibris.com)

    Hair wraps were cuter (maybe more stylish) than ombre.

  14. Heelys

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    Color on point (PC: skatecut.com)

    Another hot trend that you could not miss out, heelys was a must for both guys and girls. Why? Because it made you look so cool.

  15. Club Penguin

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    Where’s Rockhopper? (PC: freecpcodeonline.weebly.com)

    It reads Club Penguin, but I proudly call it a legend. If you find Rockhopper in this picture, you know it all. (I think I’ll play this tonight.)

Has a tear of sentimentality, of remembrance, of longing for your naive self dropped yet?

You do Toy Story Andy today.

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Buzz? Woody? (PC: tumblr.com)

– Yoo Bin Shin (’18)

Featured Image: cophilosophy.blogspot.kr

Throwback to the Boardgames

Indulge in reminiscence of your childhood’s classic boardgames.

That time of the year has come, with the leaves changing and falling, temperatures slowly plummeting – but more evidently, more of us are starting to stay at home more often to avoid the chilly weather. In this current day with technology as our very best friend, it would either be our phone or computer placed in our hands when staying home. Yet it is sometimes better to go back to the basics. For those longingly reminiscing the past of hand-held cards and tangible dice, here are some classic board games you undoubtedly miss from your childhood.

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Into the Past (aminoapps.com)

Here we go!

1. Clue

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The suspense. The thrill. Every second of Clue was kept quiet and kept secret. It was your very duty to piece together the who, what, where of a murder mystery. The suspects are Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard, now it is for you to decipher the enigma.

2. Sorry!

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Classic (boardgamegeek.com)

Presumably, everybody plays Sorry! differently. You have to get all four of your own pawns from the start to home by drawing cards. It is as simple as that, but why was this game always so puzzling? 

3. Candyland

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Yummy! (bbs.clutchfans.net)

Ah, the memories. Despite the game being no different from other racing board game, Candyland was somehow always our favorite. It was probably the visual satisfaction—the joy of gaping at the word, “candy” because not allowed digesting it.

4. Battleship

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Tense Mind Battle (boardgamegeek.com)

Another classic game, Battleship was a simple guessing game originated from WWII. Although mostly based on luck, this was one of the games that winners felt most pride and losers were most upset.

5. Taboo

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Frustration (galleryhip.com)

In this game, you had to explain a set of words but with a frustrating “taboo”, a restriction of using the most relevant and obvious words. At the same time, most likely unaware of your struggle and tension, the sand in the hour glass rapidly vanished.

6. Mastermind

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Make it or Break it. (theboardgamefamily.com)

Yes, just like the name reads, Mastermind. This was a game where you became Alan Turing. You were to solve a visually simple four peg pattern but with 1296 different possible patterns in just twelve tries.

7. Operation

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Buzz! (cakecentral.com)

You were either appalled by your first encounter of a patient or thrilled, first dreaming to become a doctor. Although rules were as simple as just to remove an ailment from the patient’s body using a tweezer, it was at the same time risky with extremely small openings and a fearful sounding buzzer.

8. Guess Who?

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Deductive Reasoning (hasbro.com)

Playing Guess Who?, you had to find the best question to flip as many characters that do not correspond with the answer. I remember my first question was always, “Is your character a boy or a girl?”

9. Tumblin’ Monkeys

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Caution is key. (target.com.au)

This game required caution, sound judgement, and alert strength in hands. The pressure was on you to pick and carefully pull out a stick dropping the minimum number of monkeys. But it was certainly impossible to drop none because even monkeys also fall from trees.

10. Mouse Trap

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Looked Fun But… (getchriscrossed.blogspot.com)

Although the name seized my attention, Mouse Trap was quite frankly not that exciting to me. It was too much for a five year old to put together simple machines to create a Rube Goldberg mousetrap. Or was it just me and my stupidity?

 

Instead of spending your time—every second to be cherished—with those electromagnetic waves that do you no good, why not dig into the darkest and dustiest part of your closet to find one of these classic board games that had been untouched for years and get that communication going?

– Yoo Bin Shin (’18)

The Biggest Throwback Ever

Relive the sweetest parts of your childhood with us.

As high schoolers, we are all terribly engrossed in our respective responsibilities, athletics, and academics. But it’s time to forget about all that for a short moment, and remember our favorite childhood shows! #hakunamatata #thefeeeeels

1. Kim Possible

  • EM. GEE. Kim Possible was every little kid’s role model. I mean, just think: the gadgets, the sass, the flips, and not to mention the CUTEST relationship with her sidekick Ron Stoppable? As little children, we watched Kim Possible struggle through her normal school life with rivals and drama, and then kick butt against the evil Dr. Drakken and Shego, all beside her best friend and later boyfriend, Ron (don’t forget Rufus, the naked mole rat).

“I love how her upper lip is so much more defined than her lower lip. Oh, and I miss her gadgets!” (Faith Choi, ‘16)

“I like how she’s a cheerleader. And I miss Ron Stoppable. We shipped them before shipping was a thing.” (Michelle Park, ‘16)

“She is life. She will be there. Don’t you know? Call me beep me when you wanna reach me.” (Wesley Lee, ‘16)

2. Suite Life of Zack and Cody

  • It wouldn’t be a complete list without the Tipton! Who didn’t watch these two crazy, funny twins wreak havoc upon the Tipton hotel? Who doesn’t remember Mr. Moseby’s “NO RUNNING IN THE LOBBY”? Who could forget the hilarious relationship between poor Maddie and rich London? No one!

“You could see their evolution. Like seriously we watched Zack and Cody from when they were like little kids until they were high schoolers.” (Michelle Park, ‘16)

“Zack and Cody! Ahhh!” (Kyle Shin, ‘16)

“I wish it was still playing. It feels like I grew up along with them in the Tipton.” (Taeshin Lee, ‘16)

“When I came home I used to just sit down and turn on the television and just watch Zack and Cody for hours and hours.” (Jennifer Lim, ‘17)

  1. High School Musical
  • The original high school romance: High School Musical. There are almost no words to describe the effect these movies had on the world. The perfect amount of drama, love, and random singing to truly define what the perfect high school life would be. We watched the new kid, Gabriella Montez, and the school’s superstar, Troy Bolton, overcome all obstacles and status quos through singing and love, slowly maturing into the adults they became when they graduated tearfully from their high school musical. Why can’t all high schools be like East High?

“What time is it? SUMMERTIME! Haha I don’t think I’ll ever stop doing that.” (Michelle Park, ‘16) 

“It built up my fantasy for what high school would be about.” (Lina Oh, ‘16)

“I liked the music and it’s like really bright.” (Tommy Choi, ‘16)

“It’s such a romantic high school life.” (Kyle Shin, ‘16)

  1. Danny Phantom
  • Danny Phantom was brave, strong, kind, and honest. He was basically the perfect guy (a little dorky, but still). On top of that, he had ghost “phantom” powers to combat any evil ghost! Not to mention, he made the most adorable couple with his best friend Sam! 

“I had the biggest crush on Danny Phantom!” (Faith Choi, ‘16)

“He was so cute!” (Michelle Park, ‘16)

  1. Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • As a kid, one of the greatest adventures we could possibly dream of was the journey of the avatar to save the world from the fire nation. We eagerly watched wistfully as Aang, Katara, Toph, Sokka, Appa, Momo, and eventually Zuko, bonded through hardships for the sake of regaining peace within the world.

“‘But everything changed when the fire nation attacked.’ Oh my god. Because of this, when I was younger, I used to practice, hoping water would move.” (Michelle Park, ‘16)

“Avatar morally shaped my childhood. I learned so many lessons about friends and life. Like, I wanted to be Katara so much. She was my role model.” (Jaye Ahn, ‘16)

“I liked how they used elemental powers against each other.” (Jinny Lee, ‘16)

“It was nice.” (Brian Kim, ‘16)

  1. Jake the American Dragon
  • Asians represent, am I right? Jake the American Dragon was super chill and funny, but at the same time, amazingly cool with his transformation into a dragon! Come on, as a kid, didn’t we all wish to have the ability to become a fire-breathing dragon? And Rose with Jake was literally the cutest thing of the century!

“Oh, he was hella cute.” (Jaye Ahn, ‘16)

“Jake was adorable I wanted him to be my little brother.” (Faith Choi, ‘16)

 

  1. Xiaolin Showdown
  • Xiaolin Showdown was a rare jewel, but if you watched it, you know of the absolute joy it brought you as a kid. As the Chosen Ones, Omi, Kimiko, Raimundo, Clay, and their dragon Dojo, fight evil villains for the possession of powerful items. Mystical and exciting, this was a show that portrayed strong friendships and depth in the storyline.

“It was my childhood Adventure Time. It was so thrilling and adventurous and it got me so pumped!” (Jaye Ahn, ‘16) 

“It was cool! There was a lot of fighting and it was unique, like how they had to fight for the items.” (Agnes Kim, ‘16)

  1. Teen Titans
  • “When there’s trouble you know who to call, Teen Titans!” Robin, the brave leader, Beastboy, the comedian, Cyborg, the half-robot, Starfire, the pretty alien, and Raven, the meditator. These heroes saved the world each episode, with hilarious chemistry and teamwork. Every kid wanted to join the titans and become heroes too!

 “I like Robin the best.” (Faith Choi, ‘16)

“Beastboy was the funniest, Robin was the cutest, and Starfire was the prettiest” (Michelle Park. ‘16)

“Slade was the best bad guy ever.” (Agnes Kim, ‘16)

“Titans, go!” (Irene Lee, ‘16)

  1. That’s So Raven
  • Raven, the girl who can see into the future, always got herself into weird chaos that was resolved way too comically. The Baxter family, Eddie, and Chelsea always found ways to make us laugh when we were kids! Don’t you miss her sass and spunk?

“It has an iconic theme song.” (Faith Choi, ‘16)

“Ya nasty! Haha, I always say that.” (Michelle Park, ‘16)

 

  1. Code Lyoko
  • A virtual world became a reality in Code Lyoko, as Jeremy, Ulrich, Yumi, Odd, and Aelita battled through monsters in the digital Lyoko to stop electrical attacks from the evil Xana. This show was amazing, with the complex plot and true bonding between the friends.

“The music was very cool. It was so futuristic. I remember the little spider with the crystal things! My favorite character was the ninja guy!” (Taeshin Lee, ‘16)

Aahh… Memories… Doesn’t this take you back? Remember to add these shows to your to-watch-in-senior-second-semester list so you have something to look forward to! (Or to your to-watch-when-procrastinating list HAHA). Because every once in a while in the midst of our busy lives, it feels good to go back to the past and remember what used to easily entertain us for hours on end: superheroes, special powers, and epic villains.

– Sarah Chin (’16)

The Breakfast Club: #Throwback to 30 Years

It’s the 30 year anniversary of one of the most celebrated films in Hollywood.

Considered one of the greatest high school films, The Breakfast Club turned 30 two weeks ago and will return to theaters for an anniversary showing in the States in March.

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The Criminal, the Athlete, the Basket Case, the Princess, and the Brain: The Breakfast Club is now considered a Hollywood classic, watched by kids even from our generation! (Universal Pictures)

Let’s have a quick throwback to when Judd Nelson was a total badass hottie who could light a match with his teeth. The year was 1985–a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal were trapped in detention on a Saturday, with a villainous principal. Little did they know, it would be one heck of a life-changing detention. As the film progresses, they come to realize that they are all more than their respective stereotypes and eventually came together as friends, in spite of their social differences. It’s a truly touching and life teaching epic that left a great impact to survive decades of profound remembrance and fame. A relatable one too, considering it targets all types of teenagers and even adults by addressing the issue of stereotyping and bullying.

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A Man of Many Talents(?): Sure looks like that would hurt. And be very, very dangerous. (shynebox.tumblr.com)

We can’t lie, there are still cliques and stereotypes that define teenagers in high school and this can’t possibly happen in a detention in the 21st century because technology has taken over our lives and we’d find a way to sneak in phones and other fancy gadgets into detention.

But let’s turn away from that and take a moment to appreciate what The Breakfast Club taught us.

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More Than Meets The Eye: Sure, John comes off as a bit douche-y and rude, but there were serious reasons for the way he acted as well as his shady past. (Universal Pictures)

First – That even though it’s easy to pigeonhole people into groups, everyone is more complex than that.

Take Judd Nelson’s character, John Bender, for example, he’s the criminal he’s portrayed to be in school because his father was an abusive alcoholic and his mother was uncaring and unloving.

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Eat. My. Shorts. – Although a phrase made famous by John Bender, the modern generation’s memory was refreshed when Bart Simpson from The Simpsons reused the term. (differentplaneofreality.tumblr.com) 

Second – The phrase ‘eat my shorts’. So I guess this was considered a pretty rebellious insult.

Anytime you feel like rebelling to your teachers or parents, go ahead with this bizarre comeback. Although I must warn you, Bart Simpson also started saying it in the 90s and you might just get laughed at.

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The Cereal Sandwich: You can tell by her face how delicious that thing is. Just shove it all in, and try to not let the sugar fall out. (Universal Pictures) 

Third – How to make a cereal sandwich.

Get your sandwich out and open it up, throw away any filling to the side, sprinkle three packets of sugar all over the bread followed by some cereal of your choice on one slice and get the two slices of bread into one piece again and voila! P.S. Apparently, sushi isn’t a bad choice of lunch either. Just pack some raw fish and wasabi on a regular basis. No big deal.

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Pure. Utter. Boredom. – Need we say more? (Universal Pictures)

Fourth – You can learn a lot about a person by observing how they cope with utter boredom.

Pretty self-explanatory.

 

So kids (of all ages), it’s been thirty years and the last lesson the film taught us is an advice I’d give to you all who haven’t seen the movie is this: you’re better off defining yourself rather than letting everyone else decide who you are, and allowing them to treat you accordingly.

– Hyun Jung Choi (’16)
Captions: Faith Choi (’16)
Header: Universal Pictures