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    Super Member Baren*eh*ked_canadian's Avatar
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    So, this is a spinoff of what we were discussing in the SS thread, I'm having a lot of fun reminiscing all these things we HAD to have when we were kids. ( or for your kids or grand kids ) I thought maybe some people who aren't participating in the SS might have some fun discussing it too!
    Some of the things mentioned were Cabbage Patch Kids, (I still have mine)
    Easy Bake Ovens
    Tamagotchi
    Furby
    Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls
    Those metal roller skates you tied to your own shoes (that was before my time but I had something similar)


    At add to that list, (keeping in mind I am a child of the 80s)
    -Big Wheel
    -Cricket the talking doll, she had a tape recorder in her back and her mouth and eyes moved. I saved my birthday money and allowance for*ever* to buy that... Can you imagine a 7 year old blowing 100 bucks on a doll?
    -Pogo ball
    -Skip-it


    What else do you guys have to add to that list?

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    My three year old daughter adored her Cricket... thought she was real, until her uncle put a Rolling Stones cassette in her and she(Crickett) went psycho!

    Etch a Sketch
    Spirograph
    and Chatty Cathy top my list of fad toys from my childhood.


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    OMG, Spirograph! Yes, I was just telling my friend I wanted to get another spirograph kit. I got the one that was out in 1986, I think, in the blue box. I think I might buy one off ebay when I have more money. You can get the kits with *almost* all the parts for really cheap! I wonder why the companies who made these products don't relaunch them...

    I also had and etch-a-sketch, or two. I had one at home and I'm pretty sure I had one at my grandmother's place too...

    What about Light Brite? I remember getting yelled at because I never picked up ALL the little lights, I always missed one here or there and someone else inevitably stepped on it or whatever...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamagus
    My three year old daughter adored her Cricket... thought she was real, until her uncle put a Rolling Stones cassette in her and she(Crickett) went psycho!

    Etch a Sketch
    Spirograph
    and Chatty Cathy top my list of fad toys from my childhood.
    I used to put other cassettes in cricket too, lol, like New Kids on the Block, or Donny Osmond or whatever. I know that you either coulnd't listem properly to other cassettes in cricket, or cricket cassettes in a regular deck... one of them kept making beeping noises because it wasn't made for that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamagus
    My three year old daughter adored her Cricket... thought she was real, until her uncle put a Rolling Stones cassette in her and she(Crickett) went psycho!
    Oh my, that's funny! :lol:

    Let's see. I'm going to date myself here.

    Shirley Temple doll
    Roller skates that attached to our shoes with a key
    Pogo stick
    Stilts
    Barbie doll (just the doll in her bathing suit, no accessories or extra clothes, if I wanted more clothes I had to make them myself, which I did)
    Some type of building toy - I had building blocks and Lincoln Logs and my brother had Tinker Toys and an Erector Set
    Etch a Sketch
    Record player for 45 records (I wanted a new stereo record player that played LP records so badly, but never got one until after I got married)

    I guess the record player wasn't really a fad and doesn't even qualify as a toy, but I loved it.

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    I had tinker toys too :)

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    Baby First Step (I still have her)!!! Barbie dolls.

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    I'm dating myself here - Tiny Tears doll
    Revlon Doll
    Toni Doll
    paper dolls
    (hmmmm - seems like I played with a lot of dolls!) And for reading pleasure The Bobsey Twin books and Nancy Drew Books

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    I had a doll I called Baby Thumbalina (not sure of the spelling).

    Had Chatty Cathy too.

    Another toy you strapped to your ankle with a short plastic rope and a plastic ball attached and you moved your leg and skipped over it.
    Was it called Skip Ball?
    Did anyone else have one of these?

    Sandi



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    Oh, I had DOZENS of My Little Pony toys, I forgot about those!

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