Nickelodeon Toys facts for kids
This is a list of toys created by the popular children's television network Nickelodeon.
- Fisher-Price (1986–1991)
- Mattel (1992–present)
- Nickelodeon DVD Bingo
- Gak Activity Sets
- Zog Logs
- Jakks Pacific/Flying Colors (1999–2004)
- NSI International (2012–present)
- Other toys
A number of molding substances for children's play were created and sold by the American children's television channel Nickelodeon and toy company Mattel in the 1990s. Like most molding compounds, they could be kept in their container to retain plasticity, or molded and allowed to harden overnight. They featured a wide variety of compounds with different attributes.
Nickelodeon's first compound, whose idea was first taken from the classic Nickelodeon show You Can't Do That on Television. Nickelodeon Slime was first manufactured in the 1980s. Nickelodeon slime was sold again in Fall 2008 but was released by Jakks Pacific. It was released again in March 2012 along with Gak and Floam. In 2017, they were all rereleased with logo changes, and can be found at Walmart.
Green Slime Shampoo
Green Slime Shampoo was the first soap-related compound based on You Can't Do That on Television. Its premise was to "get slimed in your own shower". It had green shampoo that got you clean instead of getting slimed (hence its slogan: "Gets you clean, but won't turn you green!"). This was also featured as a prize on a few episodes of Double Dare.
Green Slime Liquid Soap
Green Slime Liquid Soap was another soap-related compound based on You Can't Do That on Television, but it was less popular than its predecessor, Green Slime Shampoo. It was introduced as an introductory free-pack if the predecessor was bought from the TV offer.
Nickelodeon DVD Bingo
Nickelodeon DVD Bingo is a DVD board game version of usual Bingo released in 2006. The DVD is narrated by SpongeBob, the titular character of SpongeBob SquarePants. On the BINGO cards, they have 5 lines with the letters that spell BINGO and the letters are different colours. In each box on each of the bingo boards, characters from the following Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. shows listed down below are featured.
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- The Fairly OddParents
- All Grown Up
- Avatar: The Last Airbender
- Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
- Danny Phantom
- Dora the Explorer
- Go, Diego, Go! (the newest show at the time)
- The Backyardigans
- Blue's Clues
Even though these were the Nickelodeon shows that all these characters were from, all the characters from LazyTown alongside Joe from Blue's Clues each had a 2D cartoon appearance instead of their traditional live-action/puppetry/CGI appearance. During the game, there are also WILD clips, where the players watch short clips from various Nickelodeon or Nick Jr. shows. Wild calls are color specific; for example, if the player watches a SpongeBob clip, and at the end of it, a yellow wild screen appears, the player can place a chip on any yellow space that doesn't already have a chip on it.
Nickelodeon/Mattel's most popular compound; the idea was taken from the Nickelodeon show Double Dare and Wham-O's Super Stuff from the mid-1960s. The original edition was manufactured in 1992, and then re-issued in 1994 for the Nickelodeon Deluxe Gift Set which included one canister of Nickelodeon Gak and two canisters of Nickelodeon Floam. It was marketed on the fact that, unlike most of the compounds, it made a "fart" noise when squeezed into its clear, star-shaped container. Gak (among other varieties and accessories) returned to store shelves with modern-day Nickelodeon branding in 2012 and 2017; both 2010s incarnations were produced by NSI International.
The name "gak" had previously been used by Marc Summers and the Double Dare crew to refer to slime used on the show.
- Nickelodeon/Mattel's second kind of Gak that glowed in the dark after exposure to light. This variety was manufactured in 1994 and advertised in 1996 alongside the Make-Your-Own Gak Lab. The second and third incarnations were manufactured by NSI International in 2012 and 2017.
- Nickelodeon/Mattel's third kind of Gak that changed color when exposed to sunlight. Colors varied from Blue to Light Blue, Green to Light Green, and Purple to Lighter Purple. This variety was manufactured in 1995. A second incarnation was slated to be resold by NSI International in 2013, with colors varying from Pink to Purple and Light Blue to Blue.
Smell My Gak
- Nickelodeon/Mattel's fourth version of Gak that was scented. It was manufactured in 1996 with scents including Pickles, Flowers, Vanilla ice cream, Buttered Popcorn, Sunscreen, Hot Dog, Pepperoni Pizza, and Baby Powder. The cover of the original toy featured child actor Sean Martinez. This variety was resold by NSI International in 2013 with scents including Green Apple, Vanilla, Flowers, Bacon, Garbage, and Stinky Shoe.
Gak Activity Sets
- Three different color Gaks in one big container.
- A toy vacuum that sucks Gak up and spits it out. Four monster figures (called "Gakoids" in the 2012 re-release) are included. The toy was re-released with a new design by NSI International in 2012.
- Gak's Alive was a dark black-colored Gak that was filled with magnetic particles or fine iron filings. The activity set also included a "magic wand" with a magnet on the end that could be used to entice the Gak to creep or move on its own.
- A toy machine where Gak is placed underneath an O-ring and pumped until a bubble is made and popped; many users claimed that it dries out the compound quickly.
- A playset where the user draws on the foldable tablet, places some Gak on the other side, and closes the tablet. When opened, the drawing is transferred onto the Gak (similar to Silly Putty). This accessory was re-released in 2012 by NSI International.
- This was a container for Gak that looked like a weird creature head whose eyes, nose and mouth would pop out when the Gak was squeezed in through the bottom of the head container. A newer version was made by NSI International in 2012, under the name "Gak Splat!"
Gak Color Mixer
- A new playset released in 2012 by NSI International. It includes six colors of Gak (Blue, Red, Yellow, Green, Silver, and White) that can be mixed to create a new Gak color.
- A 2013 Gak product by NSI International. It is basically a rebrand of the 2012 Gak colors with new packaging and a new formula which is identical to that of the original Gak. This line was presumably created due to customer complaints about their Gak not being squishy and stretchy like the television commercials show; instead being crumbly, sticky, slimy, and not stretchy.
- A 2013 Gak product by NSI International which is similar to 1995's Solar Gak. This variety changes color to the touch and returns to its normal color in sunlight. The Gak is packaged in a dome-shaped container and comes in two colors: Purple to Pink and Turquoise to Green. It was first advertised in the 2013 Gak Commercial (which also advertised the above Gak Super Stretch, Gak-in-the-Dark, and Smell My Gak).
- A 2013 Gak product by NSI International. It is simply two Gak colors mixed together in a swirl-shaped container. This variety (and ones that preceded and followed) utilizes the super-stretch formula.
- A 2014 Gak product by NSI International. It consists of three translucent, glittery Gak colors in outer space-themed containers (i.e. an atom; a shooting star).
- In 1994, Nickelodeon and Mattel first manufactured Floam, originally called "bubble-gak", a compound composed of "microbeads" in a foam-like substance. It came in different colors.
- RoseArt sold Floam for a very brief time in 2002. It was sold once again from 2005–2007 but without Nickelodeon branding. As of 2012, Floam is now sold again with Nickelodeon branding, as well as Gak and Slime.
Floam Sports and Floam In Flight
- Floam Sports was a set where Floam is used to make such things as balls, pins, clubs and other things to play sports. This was first sold in 1994 (advertised with Floam in Flight).
- Floam In Flight is a set where Floam is used to make Planes and other objects fly by loading a tube into the creation, then putting it on an air-tube launcher to make it fly. This was first sold in 1994 (advertised with Floam Sports), then re-released in 2012 by NSI International.
Floam Shape Shop
The Floam Shape Shop was a contraption that Floam was inserted in and then pushed out in various shapes. It included different molds and front rings to put the Floam in and out of. This was first sold in 1995.
The Floam Factory is a playset that you can make Floam shapes and patterns to make Floam creations. It includes one bed to lay the Floam on, various pockets to insert Floam in to make shapes. and 4 rollers and a hand roller to roll patterns in. Four other Floam colors are included.
- The "Floam Flowers Kit" makes Floam flowers with packs of colors such as Red, Yellow and Blue.
- "Floamies" are little bugs and animals that you can make with the "Floamies Kit".
- The "Floamasaur Kit" includes a wooden dinosaur model and green Floam to make a dinosaur.
- Glo Floam is a variation of Floam made by NSI International in 2012. It varies from Colors such as Green, Blue, Orange, and Pink. It is a Toys R Us exclusive.
The Floam Dome comes with 4 different Floam colors like Red, Black, Orange, Green, Purple, Blue, Yellow and Light Purple. It also comes with 4 cookie cutters to use to make different designs with the Floam. This is being sold as of 2012 by NSI International.
Zog Logs were mini multi-colored logs made out of some material so it can be cut, bent, shaped, and attached to other structures to make various forms and shapes. This was first released in 1995.
Smud was a Nickelodeon/Mattel compound that was much like Play-Doh, but was slicker, firmer, and more clay-like than Gak. It came in colors varying from Blue, Green, Pink, and Purple. It was marketed under the idea that unlike the previous compounds, it would not dry out if left out of its container. Each pack of Smud came with its own mold, in the commercial, called a "Geronimold".
Sqand, or "Magic sand", begins as ordinary sand, but is dyed and coated in a hydrophobic substance. This allows each particle to stay dry in water, so that underwater the sand appears not to have the same properties that any other sand has while wet: its cohesive force was greater than its adhesive force to water, so it preferred to stick together in surrealistically tall forms, rather than spread out as expected. When taken out of water Squand immediately returned to normal looking, dry sand. Mattel sold it off quickly. Originally marketed in 1991, it was later sold off, being re-branded without Nickelodeon trademarks today; first by RoseArt in 1995, and again being renamed "Aqua Sand", mainly directed at girls.
Zzand is a modeling compound very similar to Play-Doh, however, its defining feature is the sand distributed throughout it (Hence the slogan: "Looks like Sand, Molds like Dough!") It is notorious for being extremely messy, and the default color is green.
Jakks Pacific/Flying Colors (1999–2004)
A Nickelodeon/Flying Colors/Jakks Pacific compound similar to Gak but almost transparent. It was made to promote Double Dare 2000. Besides the regular Goooze, there were other variations of it such as Glow-In-The-Dark Goooze, Scented Goooze, and Glitter Goooze. In later years, Goooze was sold as "Goooze Toons" which had a Nicktoons character (such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Cosmo and Wanda) with Goooze included to put in the character and watch it ooze out when opened. This, along with Gak Splat Balls (Below) were the most popular compounds that Jakks Pacific and Flying Colors made.
In 2014, this compound was revived by Spin Master without any Nickelodeon branding under the "Goozerk" name as part of its "Wacky-tivities" brand line.
Gak Splat Balls
A Nickelodeon/Flying Colors compound that is not like Gak in its properties, but shares a similar name. It resembles a cross between Gak and Goooze and unlike other compounds, it was not moldable, having a ball shape. Often it was packaged with a mitt of the same substance for playing catch. This can be found sometimes on eBay. This, along with Goooze, were one of the most popular toys that Jakks Pacific/Flying Colors made.
Also the first compound to be released under the "Nick-tivities" banner. All compounds following were released under the same banner.
A Nickelodeon/Flying colors compound that is Nickelodeon's alternative to "Silly String". It came in different colors, and different varieties such as Smatter Blaster, Spit Smatter, and Fatter Smatter; which if you got a lot in your hand, it would grow. However, it was voluntarily recalled in 2003 due to incidents where the aerosol cans forcefully broke apart, resulting in a laceration injury to a consumer and several incidents involving property damage.
In 2014, Spin Master revived this product without Nickelodeon branding as "Spatter" under their "Wacky-tivities" banner. The only significant difference from Smatter is that the compound doesn't grow. Now it's by ORB.
A modeling compound that was like Play-Doh but had a more Marshmallow-like feel. It was sold in sets with Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. characters like SpongeBob and Blue's Clues. The squeezable pouch that Skweeez was packaged in had a zipper on the top so that it could be used again.
A Nickelodeon and Flying Colors/Jakks Pacific compound that was released in 2004. Splish Splat was also highly similar to Nickelodeon Gak, which was released in the years prior. Splish Splat! was also a tie in to the Nickelodeon game show airing at the time, Nickelodeon Splat!, where it was used on the contestants during the show's activities.
- A Nickelodeon modeling compound that was like a cross between Floam, a previous Nickelodeon compound, and Play-Doh. It was originally released in 2001, but Flying Colors stopped selling the product a year later for unknown reasons.
NSI International (2012–present)
- Gak was Nickelodeon's most popular compound from 1992. It is being sold in Star-Shaped "splat" containers, and comes in various colors. Series 2 includes a Metallic wave with 3 glittery colors. Other Gak sets and new playsets are currently being released such as the previous Gak Vac, Gak Copier, Smell My Gak, and Gak-In-The-Dark. And the new Gak Color Mixer, Super-Stretch Gak and Gak Splats.
- Floam was Nickelodeon's second most popular compound. It also has another series of colors available, and each Floam Dome comes with a small crescent-shaped mold with a shape in the middle of it (Such as Bubbles, Arrow, Star, Skull) As of August 2012, NSI International made Glo-Floam (glowing Floam) in Pink, Orange, Green, and Blue. Along with play sets like the "Floam Factory", "Floam In Flight" and "Floam-a-Saurus"
- Nickelodeon's first compound taken from You Can't Do That On Television in 1983. The new container has a tilted base and jar, when the container is put down, it looks like it's tilting into the "slime". However, the formula remains the same when Jakks Pacific sold the product only 4 years ago. It can be found exclusively at Toys"R"Us.
Mattel/Long Hall Technologies (1992–1999)
Released in 1992, the Color Writer looked like an Etch-a-sketch, but it drew in color. The Super Color Writer was released a year later.
The Flash Screen was meant to be played in a dark room and included a white glow-in-the dark poster with a two-in-one "Zapper" which featured a camera flash top with flashlight bottom. The user would turn on the camera flash and leave a shadow silhouette of themselves on the white poster emitting a green glow. The user can then take the flashlight pen and draw on their silhouette. The toy was eventually canceled due to claims of health hazards with children experiencing seizures due to staring at the flashbulb too much.
TimeBlaster Alarm Clock
An alarm clock/radio featuring a light function. The light is a green zig-zag shaped tube running across the top of the clock. The alarm function can be set to radio or one of the pre-set alarm noises. The noises always begin with a rocket blast-off noise as someone says "3...2...1... ." The alarms available are a bugle call, a cuckoo clock sound, a spring bounce sound, the Nickelodeon Theme (Nick, Nick, Nick, Nick, N-Nick, Nick, Nick, Nickelodeon!), or the radio. A second version of the clock featured 8 noises, adding on a marching band sound, train whistle, "Wake up!" repeated, and a Rooster Call. The clock display is green. It features one circular speaker on the left side of the clock. The radio antenna included is simply a flexible rubber-covered wire. Long Hall Technologies created other Nickelodeon electronics until 1999.
There were also other electronics with Nickelodeon themes, including the Talkblaster (phone), Blastbox (boombox with cassette player), CD Blast Box (boombox with a CD player), Blast Pads (headphones), 2 Blast Packs (portable cassette or AM/FM radio), a computer keyboard, and a Gakulator (calculator).
From 1996 until 2000, Mattel Media made various video games based on Nickelodeon properties.
A game where you can create your own Nicktoons episodes based on SpongeBob SquarePants, Rugrats, The Fairly OddParents, and Jimmy Neutron. Plankton appears often to give you instructions on how to make your episodes (his help can be turned off). You can choose scenes, characters, and props. To make a character talk, you can choose from the list or record your own thing for a character to say if you have a microphone. You also have the ability to type credits and e-mail your episodes to your friends.
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