27 '90s Ads That Won You Over As A Kid


When most people think about iconic moments from the '90s, they may remember the Bush and Clinton years, the emergence of girl power and grunge music, or perhaps the funky fashions of the era. However, what sticks out the most to me about such a legendary decade, were all the '90s ads that won you over with wacky, outrageous, and brightly-colored commercials. I remember swearing up and down that I needed Moon Shoes if I had any hope of ever becoming an astronaut. Spoiler alert: NASA hasn't called me—yet. There was just something magically inticing about ads from the 1990s that captured the hearts of kids everywhere.

In fact, even as adults, the catchphrases made popular by random '90s commercials still survive in today's pop culture lexicon in some way or another. Though some sayings might be used as a joke or to show how dated something is (think: Budweiser's "Wassup?" ad from the late '90s), they've still stood the test of time.

Regardless of why or how an ad from the 1990s has remained memorable, it's a testament to the creative and eclectic minds of the decade and the young kids who were inspired by them. Do you think we'd have the commercial with grouchy stars who just need a Snicker's if we didn't have these '90s ads that totally won you over back in the day?

1Super Soaker

3rdMLKid on youtube

No summer was complete without getting water sprayed up your nose with the Super Soaker. You also knew you just had to have the latest one, too, which had a power gauge on it.

2Easy Bake Oven

RetromercialBilly on youtube

Who didn't love making miniature desserts and watching them cook via lightbulb? Sure, sometimes they came out hard as a rock, but they just looked so damn pretty.

3Nerf Turbo Football

Nan B on youtube

Oh, you're playing with a regular football? How sad. Only the coolest kids had the Nerf Turbo Footballs that all your friends swore went faster and longer than any other kind.

4Stretch Armstrong


I still don't really know what's so appealing about a stretchy guy. But in the early '90s, I felt like it was definitely a good toy to have in case of bank robbing emergencies.


goopiegoo on youtube

All kids love to gross out adults, right? And weird colors and sounds just make things better. So Gak was the goop of choice for many kids.


3rdMLKid on youtube

The less annoying cousin of Gak, Floam was pretty much just as fun. I still remember playing with it solely to hear the crackling sounds.

7Moon Shoes

lokifeyson on youtube

As I stated before, I needed these shoes to fulfiill my dream of becoming an astronaut. How would NASA take me seriously if I didn't at least have the proper shoes?

8Baby Alive

caethes03 on youtube

Why were there so many baby dolls that had "real life" features? The world may never know. Plenty of kids still found a baby doll that could eat and pee to be fascinating.

9Socker Boppers

3rdMLKid on youtube

They were supposed to be these inflated gloves so they wouldn't hurt as much as real boxing would, but I remember getting my fair share of bloody noses from these. That didn't stop my friends and me from playing with them, though.

10Sky Dancers

Deanna Watson on youtube

What genius at marketing thought giving small, sharp projectiles to young children was a good idea? Still, Sky Dancers were all the rage despite their propensity for poking you.

11Creepy Crawlers

Fernando Mora on youtube

Aimed primarily at boys but still enjoyed by girls, Creepy Crawlers were the ultimate gross-out toy to be had in the '90s.

12Sunny Delight

SwozyGustafsson on youtube

Sunny Delight taught the world that "purple stuff" didn't even compare to the awesomeness of Sunny Delight. It also had vitamins or something, I guess?

13Pop-Tarts Crunch Cereal

Gaugzilla on youtube

Girl, you weren't dreaming. These delicious Pop-Tarts in cereal form were very real, for a limited time. Long live '90s cereals.

14Capri Sun

Joshua Whitney on youtube

Who wouldn't want to turn into a silver puddle and have mad basketball skills? Capri Sun promised only the raddest outcome to their consumers.


MrClassicAds1990s on youtube

Oh, the Snapple Lady. She doled out advice and made people obssessed with Snapple for years. Truly a legend.

16Bubble Tape

Wutaii1 Nostalgia on youtube

What good is bubble gum if it doesn't come out of a tape dispenser? Luckily the '90s fixed this fundamental problem with the appropriately named Bubble Tape.

17Pepsi Cola

Jpro789065 on youtube

Though soda wasn't big in my house as a kid, these catchy commercials sure made Pepsi look enticing. All I wanted was a choir to appear when I drank it, too.


KLLuna on youtube

Many still wonder what's in a Wonderball.


TheRetroTimeMachine on youtube

Though they didn't really deliver on the whole "skip protection" thing, Sony's Discman meant you could finally listen to the latest in musical technology on the go.

20Lisa Frank

milakunistv on youtube

Rainbows, unicorns, stickers, and glitter. Need I say more? There's a reason Lisa Frank is still popular and even released adult coloring books for the '90s kids at heart.

21Nintendo GameBoy

GreenArrow1993 on youtube

This blew my mind as a kid. A video game that's also portable? Get outta town.


OnFireGraphicsInc on youtube

Every kid, and I mean every kid, rented a VHS tape from Blockbuster at least once in the '90s and it was glorious.

23'Nickelodeon Magazine'

Kidvertisers on youtube

God dangit. Why did they always have to insist that only grown-ups could call? I want my Nickelodeon Magazine now.

24, Skip-It

DigThatBoxTOYS on youtube

It's like jump rope, skipping, and an odometer all rolled into one toy which may or may not trip you and cause you to fall flat on your face in front of all the neighborhood kids during a Skip-It contest.


TryTheFry on youtube

Khakis rock and I know it must be true because the GAP said so. Plus, look at how edgy these roller bladers are. Don't forget the Crystal Method jams playing in the background, too.

26Topsy Tail

Travis Doucette on youtube

In the golden age of infomercials, nothing was quite as amazing as the Topsy Tail. Why stick with a boring ponytail when you can twist it throught itself, am I right?

27Just My Style Nail Decorator

HamptonRoadsTVFan on youtube

Anything that claimed to be "just for you" or unique in any way was guaranteed to be at the top of many kids' birthday and holiday wish lists. They just look so fancy, dude.