Fad-Tastic! Skip-It

    February 2, 2011 at 11:00 am

    There is a reason they are called fads. It’s because they disappeared just as quickly as they blew up in popularity.

    Today’s Fad: Skip-It

    Skip-It is a children’s toy invented by Victor Petrusek. It was manufactured by Tiger Electronics. During its initial release in the 1980s, the Skip-It became a commercial success thanks to avid advertisements on daytime Nickelodeon broadcasting as well as other children’s programming. It seemed like every other commercial was for Skip-It to be honest. Guess advertising does work. Who knew!

    Here are some things you probably didn’t know about Skip-It

    “The ‘Skip-It’ apparatus was designed to be affixed to the child’s ankle via a small plastic hoop and spun around in a 360 degree rotation while continuously skipped by the user.” It was also designed to trip as many kids as possible.

    “During a second production occurring in the early-1990s, the toy was manufactured with a counter on the Skip-It ball to record the number of skips.” For those tikes with early showings of OCD.

    “Some Skip-Its have colorful glitter filled and covered plastic decorations that can be slid on in order to make colorful patterns while being twirled about.” For those tikes with early showings of interior decorating flare.

    “The Toys “R” Us website used to sell ribbon streamers, charms and stickers to decorate Skip Its, stopping sometime in 2009. During this period, however, they did not sell the actual Skip-Its themselves. Toys “R” Us no longer sells any item from the Skip-It collection.” I don’t care how much you advertise, not getting sold in Toys R’ Us is HUGE.

    “There was a model which may have been called skiparoo or skip-a-roo that is from the 60s that was all plastic and had a red bell-shaped end.” Except no one can remember because they were all so high.

    “There was also a model called the “lemon twist” which was made in the seventies. It was black PVC piping and had a big lemon at the end. It had little rocks inside that made noise as you twisted.” Sounds more like a weapon.

    1. Kendra says:

      This is how I got my big muscular thighs

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