Every generation has its toys and games that were utterly addictive and the more collectible they were the bigger the craze at school. The 80’s and 90’s were no exception and they gave us some of the most collectible items ever to hit the playground. From card games to plastic toys let’s take a look at ten of the most collectible items we played with at school. Mini Boglins Mini Boglins were, of course, the small collectible versions of the Boglin hand puppets but they were infinitely more collectible. They came in packets so you never knew which one you were going to get which made buying them exciting and frustration, especially if you only needed one to complete a tribe. The Mini Boglins came in 12 different themed tribes each with their own chief. You had The Clumsies, The Freaks, The Greedies, The Jokers, The Rude Dudes and the Tough Guys which were the original six tribes. More tribes were added as well as new colours and the super rare Silver, Gold and Slimy ones. Micro Machines Micro Machines were a part of every kid’s life in the late 80’s and 90’s. In case you don’t know, Micro Machines were tiny replica cars that were totally unique in their style and design. They came in packs of three and there were a huge number of different cars, planes, spacecraft, boats and army vehicles to collect. Once you had a decent size collection you could get an awesome lorry shaped carry case for them as well as city playsets that could be joined together to make vast play areas. There were so many that only the most dedicated collector could ever get them all and with new series being added all the time between 1987 and 2016 it would be a serious challenge. Garbage Pail Kids There are countless collectible card and sticker series out there but back in 1985 Garbage Pail Kids took the crown. Garbage Pail Kids were a parody of the Cabbage Patch Dolls and reveled in their use of puns and gross-out themes. You had characters like Adam Bomb, Leaky Lindsay, Juicy Jess and Shaggy Aggie which were all satirical and grim in their own way. Kids would trade them in the playground whilst trying to hide them from the teachers who deemed them inappropriate. Ring Raiders Despite the somewhat suggestive name Ring Raiders were actually very cool. They were miniature Fighter planes that were attached to rings you could wear on your fingers. There were surprisingly detailed and came in two factions, The Ring Raiders themselves lead by Victor Vector The evil Skull Squadron lead by Scorch. Each pack came with 3, 4 or 6 planes and a mini comic book about the planes in that pack. Every plane had its own pilot identity which was usually reflected in the awesome paint job. Ring Raiders also spawned a TV series and a number of Comic Books. Marbles Now kids have been collecting marbles for as long as anyone can remember but in the early 90’s the craze took hold again in a big way. The market was suddenly filled with all sorts of new types including galaxies, metallics, swirlies and cat eyes. Kids would play in the playground with the winner getting to keep the losers marble. This lead to more fights than we care to remember, especially when the school bullies would bring in metal ball bearings to smash them with. They were quickly banned in many schools thanks to the fights and the kids coming home with cuts from the broken glass. Mighty Max Mighty Max toys were all the rage back in 1992 when they were unleashed onto the playgrounds of the UK. They were small playsets in the shape of monsters heads or creatures which opened up to reveal a play zone containing small monster figures and the hero himself Mighty Max. These came in various sizes including the larger Doom Zones and smaller Horror Heads. Later they released Monster Heads, Hairy Heads, Shrunken Heads, Battle Warriors and much larger playsets. Kids would take theirs to school and join them up with ones that their friends had brought in to create huge dungeons for Max to explore. They became so popular that a TV series was inevitable as was the video game on the SNES and Megadrive. Panini Football Stickers A rite of passage for many school kids was the collecting of Panini Football Stickers. This is where many children learned the art of trading as they tried to complete the album for that season. Most of us tried to complete our favourite team first before starting out on the quest for that elusive goalkeeper or rare Shiny variation. Even better was when a World Cup year came around and we could start collecting all over again to complete all the international teams. Pokémon Cards As we said before, every generation had their collectible card or sticker game and Pokémon has to be the master of them all. Originally released in 1996 these seemingly innocuous trading cards became the hottest property of the playground and by the turn of the millennium, they became a lifestyle of their own. Everyone wanted to be a Pokémon master and once everyone was addicted to the Nintendo games and the TV series there really was no stopping it. As with all collectible card games Pokémon had its ultra-rare cards, shinys and that one card that you seemed to get in every damned pack you bought. Yet again the surprise element of not knowing what was in each pack helped to increase the addiction. You know once a craze in parodied in South Park then it really has taken on a life of its own. Monster In My Pocket Monster in my Pocket were small dayglow monster figures that were ridiculously collectible. Once you had the addiction that was it you just had to get them all. Starting in 1989 there were eventually eleven series of Monsters released with over 200 figures in total. One of the things that made them so collectible was that each monster could come in a range of colours so just having one of each wasn’t an option you had to have them in each colour as well. Some kids at school wanted them all in just one colour whereas some just wanted them all. Just in case you hadn’t become addicted to them already they were also free gifts in boxes of Kellogg’s Frosties in 1992 which really turned it into a playground craze. Pogs Pogs became a real playground obsession in the mid 90’s as the UK became obsessed with the game. Pogs were originally known as Milk Caps and started out life in Hawaii. They became popular after a Canadian company known as The World POG Federation started producing their brand of caps. The game saw kids collecting round cards with various designs on. These would be piled on top of each other and then each player would take it in turns to throw a heavy disc called a slammer at the pile. Any that turned over to reveal their design them belonged to that player. As you probably remember, this lead to more than a few arguments as kids squabbled about the rules or dodgy modified slammers. As with all great collectible cards Pogs had some great holographic shinys that were always the most sought after. So that brings us to the end of our look back at the collectibles we all had a school. Whether it was Pokémon Cards, Ring Raiders or Mighty Max we will never forget the excitement of getting a new pack and as we’ve got older we can now appreciate how much money our parents had to fork out for these things. What did you collect and what crazes swept your school? Let us know in the comments and join in the chat.