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Skip-It, the highly addictive ’90s toy that forced you off the couch

Skip-It, the highly addictive ’90s toy that forced you off the couch


If you grew up in the’80s or ’90s, you knew there was no joy quite like hopping up and down on one foot with a Skip-It.

Sounds a bit too active for today’s age of toys, but back in the day, Skip-Its peppered suburban neighborhoods and schoolyards alike. Originally released in the ’80s, then rereleased with a makeover a decade later, the Skip-It was one of the most popular toys of the ’90s. It even forced you to get off the couch and hop around.

That hippity, hoppity joy is the subject of this week’s episode of The Toy Shop, Mashable’s new show where we revisit retro toys from the ’80s and ’90s.

If you don’t remember this fun little gadget, it was a nifty contraption you looped around one of your ankles. You then spun it around your leg while hopping up and over the string with your other. It was  kinda like playing jump rope with yourself, but took twice the energy. 

You jumped over it as much as you could, while the counter on the ball at the end recorded your score. But step wrong, and that giant, wrecking ball of an anchor would wrap around and peg you right in the shin — which felt like a metaphor for never exercising again.

Here’s the original commercial to immerse you in full ’90s nostalgia.

If you want more blasts from the past, be sure to follow along with ‘The Toy Shop.’ We’ll be posting new videos every other Tuesday to Mashable’s Watercooler YouTube channel.

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