Skip-It Toy: Childhood Memories
My Favorite Toy as a Kid
I know I went through two of these toys, maybe even three, as I played with them so much that they took quite a beating. I don't remember the hundreds or maybe even thousands of skips I achieved, but when I was a kid I knew exactly how many I had done and at that time it never seemed like enough. I can't imagine trying to attempt to play with one now, but Skip-It was my toy of choice when I was younger.
What is a Skip-It?
The Skip-It was a plastic toy with a hoop that you put around your ankle with a rotating ball at the end of a line that you skipped with your other leg as it went around. The coolest feature was that the ball kept track of how many skips you had. It only had the ability to go to 999, if I remember correctly, but you could reset the counter. The popular thing to do when I was young was to have skip-it wars and see how many skips someone could complete within a certain amount of time. You were in canstant motion while playing with this toy.
Where Did it Come From?
Skip-It first came out in the late 1980s. It was manufactured by Tiger Toys, also known as Tiger Electronics, and invented by a man named Victor Petrusek. Popularly known for the creation of Furby, Tiger Electronics made the Skip-It one of the most popular toys of the 1990s. It's best feature was that it had a counter on the ball for you to keep track of all your skips.
Types of Skip-Its
The first Skip-It toys only included a few different colors. However, as time went on, the toy changed. New models included ribbons, new colors, beads, sound, etc. There were even retractable Skip-Its. Along with a new look and additional company name came into play when Tiger Electronics started making toys for Hasbro. They were so popular at that time that it wasn't uncommon, when I was young, to even see boys with these, as they made them in green, blue, and yellow, but they were always the skip-its without the ribbons or beads.
The Electronic Skip-It
I'm guessing this got pretty annoying quickly because I don't even remember this model!
New Colors Skip-It
The original commercial definitely had a catchier tune. It would seem to me that the electronic model was a flop if they went back to revamping the original.
I swear I remember a glow-in-the-dark and light up Skip-It, but couldn't find anything on the internet, am I the only one?
What Type of Skip-It Did you Have or Remember?
Where are The Skip-It Toys Now?
For whatever reason, Skip-Its stopped being made in the early 2000s. I apparently should have kept at least one of mine, as they are now starting to be considered "vintage" items, which makes them worth a lot even if they are used. Since they were discontinued they can be very hard to find online. I'm sure they will only increase in value as time goes on. Here are a few more for sale on ebay, get them while you can!
In 2013 an attempt to bring back the Skip-it was made by joining it with the game Twister. How does that work? Well, you skip a certain amount of times in a row to complete a level. It seems like it would be a fund game with another friend, although they have completely redesigned the skip-it; it lights up, it has a different shape, the loop is more like a hook, etc. Try it out and come back to tell us what you think.
Toys Like the Skip-It
Sadly, since the skip-its are rapidly disappearing, your kids will probably not get to experience the fun of the Skip-it. Although the popularity of the "copycat' toys were not as great as the Skip-It, there are some other toys similar to it that your kids could or might already have. A ball tied to a rope that goes around your ankle just isn't as much fun in my opinion, but there are some products that come close to the real thing.
Good Times & Memories
I hope one day I can share this article with my kids when they get older, especially if nothing else is left of the Skip-It, because it brings back a lot of fun memories of my childhood. I am kind of sad children don't have more active, inexpensive, toys like this that they will enjoy. I'm sure that is part of the reason I was so heathly as a kid because I was always doing something active outdoors or in our basement to have fun. Maybe I need to get a Skip-It to get fit again! Hopefully this brought back some childhood memories for those of you who also grew up with this toy.
More about the Skip-It
What are your thoughts on this toy and toys that are similar to it? Did you used to Skip-It?