I was never into dolls, so I didn’t ask for or receive the Cabbage Patch Doll when they were HOT HOT HOT. I didn’t want the creepy but cute Teddy Ruxpin. But I didn’t completely avoid toy-induced mania either.
Don’t get me wrong. As a kid, I was plenty greedy. I used to sit with a Sears catalog and circle what I wanted on every page. And then every catalog. I was tireless in wanting new stuff. Having divorced parents, it paid to play the odds — so a big, random list was a kind of mother’s helper.
I learned this the hard way.
One Christmas, I told everyone in my family that I really wanted an Easy Bake Oven. And I got double-lucky. One side of the family got me the shiny new Easy Bake Oven and my other set of grandparents got me an old-fashioned (but still brand new and functional) Holly Hobbie Oven. I was a very happy 5 year old and my mom was a very irritated 28 year old. From then on, I had to make fully distinct Christmas lists so I wouldn’t get overlapping gifts again.
Ultimately, I sacrificed the olde timey sweetness of HH for the slick modern stylings of the the Easy Bake Oven (c’mon, it looked like a new-fangled microwave and not a wood burning stove!); I’m happy to say I had years of baking miniature cherry and apple pies with a 60 watt lightbulb.
I can’t help but wonder which toys my boys will really beg for. Will it be the now forty year old EBO or something equally retro like Transformers, Legos, or matchbox cars?
[Toy links and images go to Retroland.com and the mini-histories are good fun to read — thanks!]
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