Though it’s often disputed where & when the original game started, the widespread popularity & commercialization of Pogs or “milk caps” that was experienced in the 90s is often attributed to a Hawaiian brand of juice called “Pog”.
The rules were straightforward: players stacked their Pogs in a pile and took turns using a heavy slammer to flip them over. Any Pogs that landed face up were claimed by the player. Playing the actual game was often secondary to the more exciting aspect of Pogs – collecting and trading the pieces with your friends.
The game quickly spread across the United States and beyond, leading to the production of countless themed Pogs as media goliaths like Disney, Power Rangers, Mattel, and Marvel joined in the craze. The standard pieces and heavier slammers were the perfect canvas for all things that epitomized the 90s attitude – ninjas, 8 balls, yin yangs, poison, holograms, and skulls.