My last post about toys my parents carelessly failed to get me (or perhaps wisely left out to prevent spoiling me beyond words) made me remember some more toys I never got. God forbid I not have had every toy ever when I was a child! I asked my husband what toys he wished he had when he was a kid and he said he couldn’t think of anything. He just played with stuffed animals. I find this baffling. And it’s not like he doesn’t remember his childhood. He can tell me exactly whose birthday party he went to in first grade. I guess he is a better person than I am– not jealous of the toys he never had when he probably had less toys than I did. I’m not that selfless. I wanted these damn toys.
I never had a Barbie make-up head and I always always wanted one. Sure they were freaky body-less wonders, but it was so much fun to do their hair and put make-up on them. Actually, when I was a kid the Barbie make-up head probably looked more like this.
While it’s true her hair never stayed nice and her face was quickly stained with lipstick, I just thought she was the coolest. How much better could my life have been with a Barbie make-up head? Obviously, I would be living a different life if I’d had her in it. While I was searching pinterest for a Barbie make-up head, I found this awesome Halloween costume.
Is that not simultaneously the most awesome and creepy thing you’ve ever seen? I want to be her friend.
I also accidentally came across this blast from the past.
I had this Barbie, crimped hair, big bangs, Dep gel and all. She was the coolest. Check out that skin tight loud dress. Every girl wants to be her. Her hair became a rat trap almost immediately, but she was one of my favorite Barbies for a long time. In the late 80s/early 90s I just loved her hair and dress.
Anyway, enough about Barbie. Let’s move on to something far more important.
My Buddy. I’m not really sure if I wanted a My Buddy so much as the commercial for this was so memorable.
How could you not want a My Buddy or a Kid Sister after that classic bit of commercial? Of course you had to have one. There was no choice. But I never had one (and, actually, I don’t think any of my friends had one either so I had no one to be jealous of).
A Pogo Ball. “Jump out of the ’50s and into the ’80s!” I’ll get right on that, except I never did. I never had a Pogo Ball even though “in the ’80s it’s wicked cool to Pogo Ball.” In truth, whenever I tried someone’s Pogo Ball, I accomplished not a thing. I’m not coordinated at all. I hated doing physical activities. There was no real reason to want one of these, but everyone had them and they looked like so much fun and I wanted one! Look, it has a handy carrier strap for all your emergency Pogo Ball traveling needs. Clearly you’d use this to get from place to place because it could get you there faster… or slower than a turtle but whatever.
Super Mario Brothers 2. Based on playing it at other people’s houses, this was my favorite original Nintendo game ever. But I never had it. All I had was the Duck Hunt, Mario Bros, workout pad combo cartridge that came with our Nintendo and the original Legend of Zelda. We never expanded our game selection beyond that. Poor little spoiled girl.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I loved these guys and was really pretty good at drawing them at one point, but I never had any figurines. Disappointing.
I’m sure there’s more. What toys did you miss out on in your childhood?