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.
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 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?)
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.)
Did anyone else have stock in Oh! Jenny. I sure did. There was the house, mini-van, farm, mall …
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.)
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 remember receiving a couple toys secondhand from garage sales. There was this:
When I wasn’t playing with non-Barbie related toys, I was playing with my Barbie toys (whaaat??? That didn’t …. whatever.)
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.)
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?
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 …