Plenty of retro toys are making a comeback this holiday season. Pop Insider Editor-in-Chief Marissa DiBartolo stopped by Better Connecticut in New Haven to show off some great old-school toys experiencing a revival this year. For more on the products featured in this segment, check out the product notes below.


  • Learn about the realities of 19th-century pioneer life on The Oregon Trail, just like in one of the most successful computer games of all time!
  • Choose your profession and your traveling companions, then set out on the trek from Independence, Missouri to Oregon’s Willamette Valley circa 1848.
  • Fill your covered wagon with supplies and prepare to cross rivers and mountain ranges along the way—hunting for food and trading for supplies as you go.
  • Monitor your traveling pace, supplies, and the health of your party closely to make sure everyone arrives safely and to avoid the dreaded “You have died of dysentery” message.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: Target


  • The only thing better than seeing your favorite character on the screen is experiencing your favorite character off of it. All you have to do is build the BRXLZ or EEKEEZ character. 
  • Build your favorite character and add some serious fun to your collection.
  • With approximately 1,373 total pieces, fans can fully build a model of their favorite characters.
  • Age: 8+
  • MSRP: $15-$30


  • With this Arnold Eekeez Figurine, your favorite character is ready to jump off the screen and into your collection for some serious tropical fun.
  • Modeled after your favorite character, EEKEEZ are ready to pose on your desk or in your collection.
  • The 4-inch figures feature realistic wood carving and are handcrafted and hand painted.
  • Age: 8+
  • MSRP: $15-$30


  • Now you can complete and bust up your own Golden Girls tribute puzzle.
  • Clocking in at 1000 pieces, it’s perfect for fans of Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, and Sophia from the iconic series The Golden Girls.
  • Age: Adult
  • MSRP: $19.95
  • Available: Amazon, ThinkGeek


  • Golden Girls games offers fans a chance to check in with Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, and Sophia during game night.
  • With Golden Girls’ take on Clue, Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, and Checkers and Bingo, fans can share their love of the Emmy Award-winning show.
  • The Golden Girls Clue features a custom illustrated game board, where players attempt to solve the crime of WHO ate the last piece cheesecake, WHAT they left at the scene of the crime, and WHICH room they did it in.
  • The Golden Girls Monopoly offers fans a unique experience as they buy, sell, and trade iconic locations from the show.
  • The Golden Girls Trivial Pursuit contains 600 questions based on all seven seasons of the Emmy Award-winning show.
  • Join your favorite group of gals in a classic game of checkers and bingo. The bonus bingo game highlights memorable detail from the series.
  • Age: 8+
  • MSRP: $19.95- $39.95
  • Available: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, ThinkGeek


  • This new line of Marty Abrams Presents Mego 14 inch DC Super Heroes features classic Wonder Woman with her golden lasso of truth and Batman.
  • Fully posable with 20 points of articulation and cloth costumes, this Amazon princess who debuted in the comics in 1941 will bring action and excitement to your adventures today .
  • Dressed in his iconic early uniform of black and gray, Batman, the Dark Knight Detective, swings into action fully posable with 20 points of articulation and his batarang.
  • A limited edition, numbered, holographic seal is prominent on the window box package.
  • Age: 8+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target


  • Celebrate 90 years of Mickey Mouse with the Disney Mickey’s 90th Anniversary Steamboat Willie Plush!
  • Steamboat Willie Mickey is a classic to treasure.
  • Press Mickey’s hand to watch him sway along to the iconic Steam Boat Willie song.
  • Mickey comes dressed in the signature Steamboat Willie outfit with matching Captain’s hat and he even holds a felt ship wheel in his hands.
  • Mickey is made with super soft fabrics and exceptional character detail.
  • The perfect gift for kids and collectors alike.
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: Target


  • Arcade1Up game cabinets look, feel and play just like the classic arcade games you remember.
  • These 3:4 scale Arcade Cabinets let you play seated or standing (Gaming Stool and/or Riser add-on available).
  • The classic upright cabinet design has authentic arcade controls and gameplay, such as joysticks, trackballs, buttons, and sounds.
  • The 17-inch screen features multiplayer controls and no quarters are required for play.
  • Ages: 7+
  • MSRP: $399
  • Available: Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, FYE

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Bill Reese

Bill Reese

Bill Reese is Director of Operations at Adventure Media & Events, where he's worked since 2014. A former editor at Playbill and graduate of SUNY–Purchase, he spends most weekends rooting for the New York Red Bulls pro soccer team and making subway systems out of Brio trains with his little boy Jonah.