I feel sorry for today’s generation of kids. They just don’t have the same quality of entertainment that I did growing up. I’m sure that every older generation says that about the younger one, but it’s true this time. Let me prove it to you. Here are five awesome things that they don’t make anymore.
1. Alphie (late 80s)
This was the perfect all-in-one toy. It had a ton of different cards you could use to play all types of games (matching, math, etc.). It made all types of cool sound effects, and it made you smart. I spent countless hours playing with my Alphie, and I’m positive that it put me on the right track when it came time for school. Playskool has a new model out that isn’t too expensive. You can find it on Amazon. It’s still not the same, though.
2. Saturday Morning Cartoons (early 90s)
My grandmother was Seventh-Day Adventist. While I didn’t have anything against God, I was determined not to miss Saturday morning cartoons. Honestly, you wouldn’t either if you grew up with all the great shows that I did. He-Man, She-Ra, Super Mario Bros, Captain N, Wish Kid, and the list goes on! Cartoons now just seem lame by comparison, unless they are from Japan.
3. Basketball/Baseball Cards (mid 90s)
Are basketball cards a thing of the past? No one even mentions them now, unless some older person is auctioning off one of to the highest bidder. Even though I wasn’t into sports that much when I was younger, it was fun to watch kids trade the cards and argue about the card’s value. It added a dimension to the love of sports that I think is missing now. Perhaps the internet made sports cards irrelevant.
4. Happy Meal Toys (early 90s)
Back in the day, happy meal toys were awesome! I remember when Super Mario Bros. 3 came out, and they advertised the special happy meal at McDonalds. I must’ve gone at least 12 times a week trying to get every Mario toy. And to top that, you could even use the box the meal came in to play with! Nowadays, happy meals just come in a plain old bag. No fun at all.
5. Playgrounds (early 90s)
This might be a little controversial. The playgrounds now are made with all sorts of safety requirements. That’s not a bad thing. However, don’t you remember how it felt to slide down the slide when it was 90 degrees outside? Or the splinter you got from the woodchips? It was a part of growing up. These were our war stories. You earned your marks, literally. It’s just not the same anymore.