One toy that any kid from the 90s is likely to remember is the Skip it! Don’t remember it? Well, I’m sure you’ll remember the catchy theme song from the commercials that repeatedly played while we were growing up. Check out the commercial below and see if you remember the song!
The Skip-It is a toy manufactured by Tiger Electronics based on a toy from the 1960s called the Lemon Twist, which featured a lemon-shaped weight spun around the ankle. Looped around a child’s ankle on one end, the Skip-It was spun around in 360-degree rotation while continuously jumped over by the user. Think of a hands-free jump rope.
Time Magazine has named the Skip-It as one of the 100 best toys ever.
During the late 80s and early 90s, Skip-It became a massive commercial success through advertising during children’s broadcasting, specifically on Nickelodeon and other kids-focused programming like Disney Afternoons and syndicated Saturday morning content.
During the early 90s, the Skip-It was upgraded to bright neon colors and featured a counter on the ball end to record the number of skips. Some versions were also sold with ribbon streamers, charms, and stickers for decoration. As a result of the kid-friendly bright colors and skip counter, sales more than doubled.
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