What happened to my Lite Brite?

17 Oct

Loved our Lite Brite, but … I could only make art through the paper templates that came with the kit. I sucked at trying to make a masterpiece.

Monday, I couldn’t concentrate. Instead, I kept thinking, “Now, what was that thing called?”

There are many items from my childhood that get first billing. My pillow Rainbow Brite doll. Hollywood Hair Barbie. The entire My Little Pony collection I acquired (including the creepy, yet awesome horsies with bedazzled sequined eyes.)

After trying to recollect the names of several treasures I owned, I came across a few of them on YouTube. I also came across the many (and I mean many) toys I had hoped would be under my Christmas tree, but weren’t. The commercials that convinced me so on Saturday mornings drove me insane with wanting. The Sears Christmas catalog didn’t help either. (All those pages full of beautiful toys that I never knew I had to have until the moment it came in the mail in October.)

Here are a few of those toys I came across after hours of worthwhile searching.

I definitely had this. Still do. Precious Places gazebo.

Precious Places. Awesome. I had most of the set, besides the mansion. You used magnetic keys underneath the connectable pink road to control the characters. I enjoyed my time as mayor and dictator of PP.

Lady Lovely Locks. She and her duo of friends started my mad quest of childhood memorabilia.

Lady Lovely Locks rocked my socks off. The dolls came with little animals with beautiful tails (weird) that you could connect to your own hair. Awesome. I had … Maiden Fair Hair … never understood, since she was a brunette. Anyhoo… I remember having some sort of meadow-like play-set that I have yet to find on the Internet.


Maxie … yes, Maxie. If you don’t know her, you don’t know shit. I received the doll (the one on the left in the party dress) as a Christmas present. I enjoyed dressing her and undressing and redressing her in that one dress she came in. Because she was a giant compared to a normal Barbie doll. Perhaps she was built in a more normal proportion, but she towered above all my other dolls. I also had this freakin’ sweet locker (below) that opened into a shower room, rock on Maxie. (P.S. I also had the Elizabeth doll from Sweet Valley High. Anyone else have a hard time convincing Barbie to let Ken go with her to the prom?)

This locker room was better than any trick Barbie had up her sleeve (furniture-wise.)

Speaking of Barbie, anyone else have the Barbie head? Well, I didn’t. I had a Maxie doll head because I was different (or weird.)

Toward the end, she was almost bald. Her hair was so frizzled and full of Play-Doh (don’t ask me how) that I had to cut off all her hair and give the head a proper burial in the kitchen trash can.

Did anyone else have stock in Oh! Jenny. I sure did. There was the house, mini-van, farm, mall …

If you did not have the pleasure of owning the Oh! Jenny van, I will give you a quick briefing: Um … uber amaze-balls. The van is a home on wheels. No, not a trailer you go camping in. A house on freakin’ wheels. The van portion is full of bedrooms and a bathroom complete with a staircase that you connected to the roof. You turned the roof over and it was a full living room/game room/ and huge kitchen. Oh yeah, you stored your speedboat and cooler on the top (not your dog.)

One of my fondest moments was playing with paper dolls. What ever happened to them? I had a box full of these wonderful friends (er…toys.)

My favorite papes (paper dolls in Carrie lingo) were Jem and the Holograms. If you don’t know who I am talking about, Wikipedia them. Totally worth your while. They had a horrible cartoon, complete with a soundtrack (which was probably written in five minutes.) I loved it, though. Jerrica/Jem and Rio, how I loved making these paper dolls make out in obscene ways. (Cue to sigh: Oh Rio!)

One toy that some of my cousins had (and I didn’t) was the game Mall Madness. I sure wanted it though. On the top of my list every Christmas. I’m pretty sure the reason why I didn’t receive this was because my mom thought I’d become an obsessive shopper. Unfortunately, that happened without the game.

I also used to watch Shop ’til You Drop! It was on right after Supermarket Sweep, another Emmy-worthy show. What ever happened to quality programming?

I remember receiving a couple toys secondhand from garage sales. There was this:

I was pretty sure I was destined to be a fashion designer after completing a few of these sketches. Who wouldn’t love bell bottoms and a flowered top paired with a flowing hat?

And this:

Aurora and her Crystal Castle. My brother had the matching Castle Grayskull with all of its characters. While he was busy trying to murder all of my beautiful Castle defenders, I was trying to have He-Man fall in love with the princess (for her personality, of course.)

When I wasn’t playing with non-Barbie related toys, I was playing with my Barbie toys (whaaat??? That didn’t …. whatever.)

I had Barbie, the rocking rock set (complete with ’80s style cameras and microphones), but no Rockers. I had the tape though. I might still …

With an older brother, I had to be interested in his toys too. So we shared Ghostbusters … well, he had all of the toys besides Janine (I thought she was da bomb.)

I just wanted Janine and Egon to end up with one another. Nerds belong together.

We also spent many hours playing video games. At first, we had an Atari. This was my favorite game:

And then we got a Super Nintendo. I spent hours playing this game. Rather, I filled up all my brother’s potion bottles and made sure he had 999 gold coins before he played. I cared deeply about his well-being.

The one toy that eluded my collection was one PJ Sparkles. She sparkled, she shined and she was beautiful. Why, oh why, couldn’t I have her?

Beautiful and bright.

I could keep listing and listing … my wants, what I had, and so and so. Or I can go on another tangent with some of my brother’s and sister’s toys. Emily had great ones … Polly Pockets, Little Pet Shop, Furbies, Family Corners, Little Tikes dolls …

7 Responses to “What happened to my Lite Brite?”

  1. bridget October 17, 2012 at 11:38 pm #

    OMG, I thought I was the only one into precious places! I think I still have the gazebo somewhere…didn’t she dance around like a music box with that one? That was awesome.

  2. Hecubus October 17, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

    Do they still make Lite Brite? I remember when I was little I’d get in trouble for leaving the Lite Brite peg pieces out in the shag carpet (my mother would accidentally step on them).

    • destineyrosa January 28, 2013 at 2:05 am #

      yes yes they do but they are so high-tech now

  3. Brian October 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    I know the boy side is lost on you but gijoe heman thundercats. And the wuzzles bumblelion

    • Carrie Olson October 18, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

      Oh no, GI-Joe was my back-up date for my Barbies. He was always very polite. Oh, I forgot about Thundercats. Wow!

  4. emc October 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    Fun! I had a lot of these and played with them all for hours. I had a younger brother so we had to play with him too and his GI Joes were always Barbie’s kids.

  5. Chip Reece October 20, 2012 at 1:34 am #

    Fun stuff! I’ve probably played and beat Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past more than any other game. Tons of great memories playing through with my brother as well as wrestling matches when someone wouldn’t give up the controller! :)

    Also, GHOSTBUSTERS!!!! Those toys were great! We had the Granny one, and we also had an Egon that made a scream face. Sadly, he broke and was locked in an endless scream for all eternity…in fact he’s probably in a box somewhere in my parents basement…still screaming.

    Great article Carrie! :)

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