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Merry Christmas: Toys From My Childhood

Filed under: Barbies and other favorite toys,Christmas,Personal History — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

I’m wishing you all a Merry Christmas!

One of my favorite toys when I was a kid was Tuesday Taylor. I really thought it would be cool to change her hair from brown to blonde, but she pretty much looked like Cruella DeVille the whole I time we played with her.

Both Stacey and I loved our Starr dolls:

Starr Doll by LauraMoncur from Flickr

She was so poseable and came with so many accessories, she really wiped Barbie off the map for a good year. Plus, her hair was PERMED, just like all the cool kids.

I also liked my Beauty Secrets Barbie.

Beauty Secrets Barbie by LauraMoncur from Flickr

Her hair was so long that it was easy to do lots of different hairdos with her.

Of course, there’s always the love for the Little People:

Little People MiniBus by LauraMoncur from Flickr

This set has the elusive “naughty” little boy. The one in the orange hat has a frownie face. I always thought he was a naughty boy just because he had a frown on his face.

Then there was the beloved Star Traveler:

I played with that thing until it was worn OUT. I owned it until just a few years ago when I gave it to The DI. Some little girl had a VERY happy day that day at the thrift store. Whenever I miss it, I look at these photos.

Barbie Star Traveler by LauraMoncur from Flickr

Then there’s Tuggy Tooter.

Tuggy Tooter by LauraMoncur from Flickr

He wasn’t really MY toy. He was a toy at my grandma’s house. Here he is in action:

I also loved my Fisher Price Record Player.

The cool thing about this is that it was completely child-powered. No batteries needed. The design was ingenious, actually. On the player head, there was a simple music box. The notes were plucked by the lumps on the record. Whomever designed that little record player deserved a huge reward for saving the world from batteries!

You can see all the photos I’ve found here:


1 Comment »

  1. Ohmigod! Before I ever had a Barbie (Mom was opposed) I had a Twisty-scalp Tuesday and Starr dolls, too (they were gifts from NOT my Mom)!

    Certainly Little People, and Tuggy the Tooter AND the FP record player that I seem to recall only having the Mary Had a Little Lamb record for.

    The other doll I remember vividly was a Jody doll. I think she was supposed to be victorian, or something. She had red hair down to her ankles, a long dress and a very ornate parlor with poofy furniture and gas lamps. She had to have her own parlor because she was too small to live in the Barbie Town House, which was designed for a much taller lady.

    Comment by missbhavens — 1/27/2009 @ 4:31 pm

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