Thursday, May 13, 2010
Weebles Wobble, But They Don't Fall Down
FourthGradeNothing.com! I know I need to cover so many of our old favorites from Rainbow Brite to Strawberry Shortcake. Ian at Daily Dose asked when I'll feature Jams and Guess Jeans. I will get to it all eventually, I promise!
Today we reflect on the wonderful world of Weebles, you know, "Weebles Wobble, but they don't fall down!" Now forget about the newer Weebles--they made a comeback after 2000. I'm talking about the original 1970s, Hasbro Playskool version. They were plastic little chubby, shapeless characters resembling eggs and would "wobble" back and forth. I guess they were the chunky version of Fisher-Price Little People.
Ironically, what I remember most about Weebles,aren't the actual Weebles themselves, but the awesome houses, cars and other items that were of course "sold separately." In the photos, please note the tree house I so desperately wanted. I think we had that awesome toy in our Kindergarten class or maybe a kid on our block had one.
I remember my BFF Alison had the blue and red Mickey Mouse Club (see above image). I loved that little house, I was totally drawn to it. I wasn't even a bit fan of Disney characters, but something about toy houses captivated me and kept my attention for hours. Maybe the idea of "home" made me feel safe or something.
Doll houses, Little People houses, Barbie Dream Houses (I never had as you may recall from a previous post), you name it, I wanted it! I just wanted to climb inside and be as tiny as my plastic toy characters and play within a miniature world. Great, now you're going to think I'm a total loon. I guess I was and still am.
Sorry to my younger readers who have no idea what I've been blogging about all week... these are classic toys. I swear if I had a kid I'd pretend it was the old days and only provide him/her with retro toys purchased on eBay. What a freak that child would be!