Here is a great article: the Anti-Gift list. I love the description of Bratz dolls in it, and also down in the comments.
I am just a touch, a mite, a bit obsessed with toys. Probably partly because they were always the friends who moved with me. It is wise even now to keep me away from the stuffed animal (the term I grew up with, but I like “softie” and “soft toys” as well) section of the store. Example gratis: the “moon” bears at left. I used to have the large chocolate brown one. Now (courtesy of the local Goodwill) I have the large honey colored one. And yes, this one is mine, not my kids’. I still have my old beloved Snoopy, practically falling apart from all the love, as well as a newer one I bought while in college. (I will probably edit this and put in a photo of my dear old friends, currently, give them their moment of internet fame.)
I’ve never (not as a child, and definitely not now) been a fan of motorized toys, especially not electronic, talking whatevers that look like stuffed animals but aren’t soft and cuddly and moveable like they should be! Instead they have bulky blocky bodies with hard corners, and whirring sounds when their limbs move, and sometimes creepy voices. It’s just wrong. (The purist, even at a young age.) I didn’t realize for the longest time that you could actually replace the batteries in toys: my parents probably secretly removed them after they ran down and played innocent when we called it broken.
I wasn’t into dolls much (the only loved ones were my Cabbage Patch doll and, later, my American Girls one – mostly because of the books), but I had AND STILL HAVE a stuffed animal collection to rival any other. It’s funny because my daughter is just the same – can’t be bothered much with dolls, ADORES animals. (Which of course she uses almost exactly like a doll – but somehow the fact that it’s an animal makes all the difference.)
I was never into Barbie, but once I sat and played for hours with a cousin’s Barbie house – all the little THINGS it had! Milk cartons in the tiny frig! Awesome. I fear I could get totally into dollhouses, even now. Isn’t there a hobby section for dollhouses? PLEASE DON’T ANSWER THAT.
Toys that still fascinate me:
- My Little Pony (curb the madness!)
- the historical American Girls dolls
- all the beautiful, beautiful castle toys and dolls here
Any toy recommendations, or warnings? Any fond toy memories?