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My trip down memory lane - some of my favourite childhood toys
Favourite Childhood Toys
Member Name: alyson29
Favourite Childhood Toys
Date: 22/05/10, updated on 06/11/10 (239 review reads)
Advantages: Hours of enjoyment
Disadvantages: I don't have them anymore
I recently read a fellow dooyooers list of favourite childhood toys that must have been a fantastic trip down memory lane for the writer. It brought back wonderful childhood memories for me reading about her toys and it has inspired me to write my own list.
I hope you enjoy reading about my favourite childhood toys. I was born in 1967 so for those of you around the same age, you may remember some of my favourites:-
1. Katie Copycat Doll - I thought I was the bee's knees when I had this at around the age of 5 years. Katie sat at a small bright yellow desk that you were able to clip on the end of a table. Her right arm was connected to a pen and was attached to the device on the opposite side of the desk. Basically, Katie copied everything written by the child. I thought Katie was so clever that she was able to perfectly copy everything I wrote!!! It's only now when I'm writing this that I realise that this toy was absolutely no good whatsoever for left-handed children.
2. Pippa Doll - I can vividly recall opening a present on a Christmas day in the early seventies to reveal this gorgeous doll. Pippa was available from the early seventies to the early eighties and was around 7 inches high. She was somewhat similar to the Sindy and Barbie dolls we know today, but was much smaller. She was very slim and had long glossy hair and had moveable arms and legs.
3. Sindy Doll - Oh, I loved this doll. She was about 10 inches high with moveable head, arms and legs and she had the most gorgeous figure and huge boobs! Her hair was flowing and there were so many outfits available with matching shoes. I used to spend hours changing her clothes and brushing her gorgeous hair. I was lucky enough to receive many of her accessories, such as a caravan, tent, bed, wardrobe, bath and sofa. I remember she even had knives, forks and plates. Sadly, it all got damaged over the years and I wish I had looked after it as it's worth an absolute fortune now!!
4. Candy Factory - As far as I can remember, this was bright yellow and supplied with it were several packets of powder to make the sweets. The powder, together with water had to be placed into a compartment in the factory. There were plastic trays for the sweets that had to be inserted into the toy and when the handle was turned, trays of sweets miraculously appeared (well, I thought it was miraculous!). The sweets were jellies and totally disgusting, but I thought I was Willy Wonka when I had this and everyone was forced to eat my revolting sweets!!
5. Plastic Embedding - I can only remember a little about this toy. The idea was that you mixed the supplied powder with another substance (I can't remember what) and placed the liquid into moulds, together with one of the objects that were in the box. I recall there were lots of shells and a little egg timer. The liquid would set and you would remove from the mould to reveal a shape of transparent plastic with a little object imbedded inside. It was quite chemically as I remember the distinct smell.
6. Shake a Maker - Whilst this toy is still available today, I remember it when it was first introduced in the seventies. You had a packet of powder to which you added water and you had to fix two rubbery moulds in the shape of a figurine on to a cup of some sort. You then placed the moulds inside the shaker, put the lid on and had to shake, shake, shake! You had to leave to set and then remove the mould to reveal some sort of figurine, which usually had lots of air bubbles!!! The idea was then to paint it with the supplied paints and present it to some poor member of your family!! What fun I had with this!!
7. Weebles - Oh, these were such delightful little people!! Weebles were fat wobbly people and stood about 2 and a half inches high. They had a weight in their bottoms so they never felt down and simply wobbled. I can still remember the advertising for these "Weebles wobble, but they don't fall down". I tried so hard to get these folk to fall over, but it was impossible. These were one of the few toys that stood the test of time as they were made from extremely sturdy plastic.
8. Fisher Price toys - Whilst this brand is still extremely successful today, their toys brought hours or enjoyment to me when I was a child. I remember the cute little people that stood about 2 inches in height. I had a farmyard that mooed when the door was opened. There was the camper van with the upturned boat on the roof and the aeroplane with seats inside for the little people. These were such fun and I'm sure children of today are enjoying them as much as I did in the seventies.
9. Stylophone - This drove my parents absolutely mad, but I loved it. I remember receiving this from my grandparents one Christmas. It came with a vinyl record with Rolf Harris advising on how to play!! I mastered Amazing Grace (well, I think I did!!) and can vividly recall my late grandfather requested I play it over the phone to his friend, Mr Williamson who lived in Scotland. Poor Mr Williamson had to listen to this horrible noise twice during that telephone call!!
10. Girls World - I struggled with choosing my final favourite as I had so many. This toy was a doll's head about 14 inches in height with suction pads on the bottom that enabled you to secure on a table. There was a hole in the top of her head that allowed you to pull out her glorious blonde hair and create fantastic styles. She was supplied with eye shadows and lipsticks so my poor mum had a break from me nagging to make her up!! Unfortunately, I decided to give my Girls World a haircut and I scalped the poor thing and that's when her purpose had been served and she was discarded! I can understand now why my parents were so furious!!
It's been such fun writing this as it has brought back such wonderful memories of when I played with them. I just wish I'd been more careful and respected my toys, as I'd love to play with some of them now, even though I'm 42!!
I hope you enjoyed reading some of my childhood memories and would thank you for reading.
Summary: A short trip down memory lane with some of my favourite toys