As a child, I was not a ‘Barbie girl’.
Clothes and high heels? Eeesh.
And baby dolls?
Ack. Gag. What the hell was I supposed to do with one of those? Blech.
Interestingly enough, I currently don’t own a dress and don’t have kids. Hmmm.
I mainly played with stuffed animals, plastic creatures (I loved rubber snakes and dinosaurs) and male action figures (anyone remember ‘Big Jim’ and ‘Big Josh’?).
Yeah. I was a real little princess, I was.
Now, any self-respecting animation artist knows that if you don’t have some kind of toy collection, you are not that serious about animation.
It’s some kind of unwritten law or something.
So I thought it might be fun to share a few of mine. Some are actually from my childhood. But a lot of my collection accumulated while in animation school and beyond. Most of which you can see above.
Let’s take a look shall we? (My apologies for the crappy photos.)
This one is from my childhood. I loved Happy Days and had a crush on Henry Winkler. I had the Fonzie Happy Days album for goodness sakes (and really wish I still did).
This toy is friggin’ pristine (except for the dust). It looks like it came right out of the box. I didn’t play with it so much as just admired it. The thumbs are pose-able and there’s a lever in the back to make his hands go up and down.
I challenge you to do this and not say, “Ayyyyyyyyy!”
I love him. And he lives on the top of my toy shelf.
Because he’s cool.
This Dog and Cat
Don’t ask me what they’re from. I only know there was a family they belonged to and I didn’t give a damn about getting them. I just wanted the dog and cat.
They had this cute double decker house they lived in (and my hamster used to sleep in). And little food dishes and everything. I played with them for hours.
They’re just the kind of thing that brings back fuzzy memories and I still love them.
C3P0 and R2D2
These are the real deal, my friends! From my child hood. From 1977 (yes, I’ve already told you I’m old).
The first edition of Star Wars toys.
They’re also in pretty damn good shape. What can I say? I was anal and organized as a kid too.
My only regret is that these are the only Star Wars toys I ever bought. I loved the movies, but I wasn’t all geeked-out over them (like some friends I know).
I have two of these guys. There was a whole collection of these Peanuts figures, but again, I only wanted the ‘animal’. He came with a little Woodstock too.
You could buy lots of different outfits for him (hence the shoes). My Dad made me this great wooden dog house with a platform on top so he could sleep up there like in the comic strip.
Many hours of childhood fun is living inside my beloved Snoopy dogs.
Okay, he’s not really a toy. Or maybe he is.
Just a really expensive one!
I love, love, love this thing.
He sits proudly on top of a bookshelf that has pictures and of my deceased kitties. And their urns.
Yes. Their urns.
But we won’t talk about that.
And that is an X-files figure in the background, but I was too lazy to take it down from the bookshelf to take a picture.
I have a Scully and a Mulder still in their packages.
Because I am an X-Files geek.
Even though he was bought by an ex-boyfriend, I still love this guy.
But the thing is, I always forget he’s crabby.
Because he lives on the television with a straw hat.
See? Not so crabby.
But at night, it sometimes feels like someone is watching me in the shadows.
My television just would look totally weird without my stuffed Cartman staring back at me.
What about you?
What’s your toy story?
Do you still have any from your childhood? Any really cools ones you love now?
Gosh, I really hope so.
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