We’ve all had those weeks.
The kind where we were supposed to be super productive, but failed miserably. Usually there’s distraction involved in the form of the black hole that is clinging children, a dirty house and everything else. This time, I was actually ready to hit a huge workload at full force. But we stumbled on a few hiccups in the form of a tidal wave of technical difficulties along the way. To the point of making me want to give up and watch my DVR of Parenthood, while I munched on Doritos and Chocolate simultaneously. In a quilt. In my pajamas. With bed head. It was that bad.
So in honor of all things fun Friday, here’s a little bit of an escape down memory lane while we dive into left field for a rando topic for all of you. What can I say? Sometimes it happens.
I was thinking lately, is it just me, or were the 80′s a bit more rampant in the form of trends? Kids were all, ‘I must have that Cabbage Patch Dooooolllll! Git it fer me, Diddy!’ And people were all, beating each other down for the last Teddy Ruxpin in the aisle of Toys R Us. I think people still (unfortunately) beat each other down, but (thankfully) Al Gore invented the internet. And the toys just aren’t that amazing anymore. With the exception of a few, it’s something lame like a nanobot communicator raptar with a bazillion self imploding pieces inspired by some weird foreign cartoon that are enough to drive me borderline insane when I step on it for the twentieth time in the dark, and question my very existence as a giant mass produced nightmare toy enabler.
So today, all run on sentences aside, I thought I’d talk about a few 80′s toys that I loved as a child. An ode to simpler times. I guess you could say we’ve had a nostalgic week here at The Handmade Home. Yes, I realize some have made a weird, funky, modern day comeback, but they’re just not the same as the good, old fashioned, lead paint, choking hazard days of yore. Comparing decades are like comparing playgrounds. We were forced to risk tetanus and second degree burns to slide down a two story tall roller coaster. Today, slides are no higher than 5 feet, and are coated in layers of padded plastic, with rubber padding underneath. Broken arms and serious burns…these are the things nostalgia are made of. So without further ado, a trip down memory lane.
1. Did everyone else have this cash register? I ran across one of these in our church classroom a few Sundays ago, and it was a flood of memories. My kids have one now, and it’s all depressing…wanting you to swipe your credit card with a calculator and a microphone. It even plays music from Sienfield when you open the register. It’s just not the same.
2. Charm necklaces. Oh my word. Please make a comeback. Do you hear me, people in charge of toy trends? I would buy charms at every turn for Emerson. Oh the memories of those things and the weight of it on my neck! They pinched and scratched but they were worth every moment. And let’s not even get started on glitter bracelets, coil bracelets, jelly bracelets, slap bracelets, and while we’re at it, glitter batons. It was all about the bling. Let’s bring them back. Some of these are still in, they’re just not all over the place. I want to see schools ban them and people freak out. Because I would.
3. Little people. Yes they still make these. No, they are not the same. Kicking myself for being not-selfish as a child, and donating them. Okay not really. But really. They make the perfect decor for any kid’s space today. The true vintage pieces are adorable.
5. Watchimals. I had this exact one. It rocked my world.
6. Sweet Secrets! You could fold them in and wear them as a necklace. Totally wore mine to school. Teachers hated toy manufacturers. They’re back, and they’re not the same.
7. What ever happened to good, old fashioned plastic lunch boxes? I had this Smurf one. And the Thermos? Why did it go extinct? Why don’t kids use them anymore? Have Capri Suns taken over the universe? Thermoses were the best part. I’m sure they leak and are totally unsanitary or something. But they were my favorite. I still remember that plasticky, bologna-and-cheese smell. Mmmmmm.
8. Carebears. (Image found here) The vintage little plastic ones. I even had the car.
9. Does this elephant look familiar? What about the entire Fisher Price Circus Train? And before that version, there was this. Now we’re talking antiques. Another great decor piece. Because this was one of my faves.
10. Simon. Next to Candy Land and Rubric’s Cubes, this was the best game of the 80′s.
11. Snugglebums. I totally forgot I had one of these. I’m now calling my children this. Is it just me, or did they make a noise when you shook them? I’m foggy and old.
12. I wasn’t always a girly girl. My older cousin totally bequeathed his He-Man toys to us when he was older. We had skeletor’s castle and everything. It was amazing.
13. Sticker albums. The real ones, in general should make a come back. I heart these as much as charm necklaces. The general kind where you purchase them, and then collect stickers. No lame barbie/coloring book themes. These guys go in the same category as all things Hello Kitty. I had this very one and I adored it. I’m desperate to find it because I know I didn’t trash it. I guess it was a precursor to graphic design, as I was fascinated with it. I would also like to see a few scratch and sniff stickers included, but only if they’re pickle flavored.
14. View Master. The ultimate classic. I know they still have these, but they were just better. Probably because I was four.
15. Glo Worms. I loved collecting the little ones. They all came in little sleeping bags?
16. I’m pretty sure my parent’s bribed me many a time with My Little Ponies. I adored and collected them. I even had the seahorse versions. I brought one to show and tell once and remember some chicks going all Mean Girls on the others and telling us we couldn’t come into their fort on the playground if our MLP wasn’t a unicorn with wings. They got all discriminatory and stuff. I’m pretty sure I went all, equal rights on them. And then punched them in the throat and took their jelly bracelets. Let’s make T-shirts.
Honorable mentions : Baby Strawberry Shortcake – she blew strawberry kisses and bonus round: it’s the chick from Poltergeist in the commercial! The Get Along Gang and let’s not forget the epically banned Garbage Pail Kids. A parent’s worst nightmare.
So what were some of your favorites? Please do tell!
Happy distracted, left field, thought train derailment Friday, everyone!
You’re welcome. ;}