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Favourite Childhood Toys
Member Name: loopy-lou33
Favourite Childhood Toys
Advantages: Fun while it lasted.
Disadvantages: It didn't last.
In the 1980's, Hasbro released "My Little Pony". From the moment I saw the pastel pink advertising on TV, and heard the cheesy jingle, I was hooked, and spent all of my time nagging my mom for one. My first pony was blue with pink hair. Her name was "Bowtie". There was a lovely plastic smell when I took her out of the packaging. I'm sure if you sniffed it too long, you would probably pass out! She came with a little ribbon and a brush to comb her hair. Bliss.
There were six ponies in the original collection. An achievable goal, or so I thought. I would scrimp and save for another pony to keep Bowtie company. They were quite expensive, about £4 each, which was alot of money for a toy in the 80's and my mom thought they were a complete rip off. When I had finally saved enough cash to buy another pony, I was shocked to discover that Hasbro had brought out a new range of ponies, and these all had rainbow hair, and glittery bottoms. Bowtie looked positively dull in comparison....
So the obsession started. As a young, impressionable child, I fell for every marketing gimmick going, and soon had MLP wallpaper, lighting, bags, lunchbox....the list goes on. You could also collect tokens for limited edition collectors items, and I had a few of those, too.
For a couple of years, I played happily with my ponies, brushing their hair, dressing them up, and buying accessories, but alas, it was not to last. I got older, and soon realised that my "pony paradise" bedroom was not the coolest place to bring friends after school (and no, I was not 16 at the time!). The ponies were sold to a friend, the wallpaper stripped off, and one by one, the bits of merchandise found a new place to live. The last I heard, the ponies were gathering dust in someone's loft. Shame that, because I reckon they would be worth a pretty penny now, especially the collectors items.
One little pony, a baby unicorn, survived the cull. I found her the other day in the kid's toybox, with faded, matted hair and a yellowing body, that was once white. Kids today live in an electronic age, obsessed with Playstations and handheld consoles. The pace of life is so fast. Back when I was a kid, I was perfectly happy with my pastel ponies and their adventures in the sunny meadow...
The men in the white coats are coming to take me away now......
Summary: 80's Bliss.