Toys: I've Always Loved Them
A love of toys? Strange topic, especially for someone my age. However, if you knew me it wouldn't be. I have loved toys from the very beginning. When other kids were outgrowing their need for toys I was hiding mine so no one would know I still had them. If Woody (from Toy Story) was one of my toys he would never have had to worry about being tossed aside. I was given a Tiny Tears doll when I was seven years old and only recently got rid of her because her body rotted away from all that water she was given to make tears.
I am and have always been fascinated by toys. Of course some toys fascinate me more than others. The more detailed a toy is the more I like it. If it represents a particular movie I like then that classifies it as something to hold on to in my mind. I guess some of my toys are "collectibles".
I have a doll called "Pitiful Pearl"...I wanted that doll one Christmas more than anything else! My Mom thought she was ugly so bought a "Shirley Temple" doll instead, but my Nana came through and bought me my Pitiful Pearl. She was based on a cartoon character of the same name and was first marketed in 1958 by the Brookglad Corp., Glad Toy Co. As you can see that was 59 years ago and she still has a special place, in a plastic case now.
The problem that has occurred is I now have all these toys and I'm well over toy age. I am so bad there were times I would buy a toy for my grandchildren and I'd buy a duplicate for me because I really liked it...I realize that has to stop!
Who couldn't like those little PVC figures that represent every Disney character, TV cartoon character and movie cartoon characters? If I had to count them I'd probably have to set aside a day just to get to the total. I've got Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs not to mention the Wicked Queen and Prince Charming, I have Bugs Bunny, Betty Boop, Inspector Gadget...I think you can see what I mean.
Now the realistic toys from movies like "Lord of the Rings" and dolls from makers like the Tonner Doll Company are so intricate and realistic I am truly fascinated. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, I live close to the Tonner Doll Company factory. His dolls are simply amazing! He was a fashion designer before he started his fabulous doll company.
Of course there's always the collectors side of keeping toys but I never seem to have the right ones! Mine are in the lower price range and probably not worth anything of real value - to anyone else that is. Fond memories of special toys make them keepsakes if not collectibles.
I've kept tons of my children's toys from Johnny West and all his friends, to Cher and Dolly Parton dolls and Masters of the Universe together with Castle Grayskull. I just can't help myself...we won't even count the Matchbox cars!
I'm always telling myself I'm going to get rid of them. I gather up a chosen few and look up their value on eBay, but where do I sell them? On eBay where there are 20 more of the same toy? Besides, what if Toy Story is right and toys do have feelings. I wouldn't want to hurt anyone's feelings. (That was a joke.)
Actually I recently sold my paper doll collection. Yes, paper dolls. I played with them for hours and hours when I was a little girl. I had paper dolls of Annette Funicello (from the Mickey Mouse Show), Edward Byrnes (then known as Kookie on 77 Sunset Strip), the Lennon Sisters (from the Lawrence Welk Show), Patti Page (a famous singer), Natalie Wood (deceased actress who was married to Robert Wagner), Shirley Temple (childhood star), and the list goes on. I took very good care of them and even though clothes were cut out they were in plastic bags and protected. Anal you say? Probably but years of fun and happy memories were held in those paper and cardboard dolls.
Yes, I save McDonald's Happy Meal Toys, but only the ones that look realistic. I've given up on Beanie Babies. I just have too many and they really don't have a lot of character. My kids didn't play with them much so they hold no sentimental value.
I have a few Barbies like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's and Cruella DeVille from 101 Dalmations, not to mention the Good Witch from the Wizard of Oz and three little Barbie munchkins. Cruella was given to me as a gift because I was Cruella one Halloween and it became my trademark...many kids in the school where I worked called me Cruella for years.
The list goes on and if you had all day and the patience to want to know more I could write it here, but I think you get the idea. I'm sure there's someone out there that is just as bad as I am...well maybe.
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