Thursday, May 13, 2010

Weebles Wobble, But They Don't Fall Down




Just call this '70s & '80s toy week here at 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!


41 comments:

Ms. Anthropy said...

Yep, I'm pretty sure I have the airplane. Can't remember what else.

Cheeseboy said...

I am always blown away by your knowledge of vintage 80''s toys.

Have you ever done a post on something called "muscle men"? I had those as a kid and they were one of my favorites. Maybe I should just do my own.

You always bring back the memories.

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

I loved the Weebles! Now you're getting into the ultra-fun stuff, Ally. Thanks!
xoRobyn

MoonDoggie said...

Oh yes - that tree house was always a dream of mine too. I wonder what I'd have been like if mum gave me everything I wanted?

TS Hendrik said...

Weebles taught me an important lesson about life. When a giant child pushes you down, you just gotta get back up.

Actually I always felt they were the alcoholics of the toy box. Wobbling from side to side as they stand.

ScoMan said...

I don't remember these either. I think it's all slightly before my time.. or in the case of the 2000 come back, after my time.

Jerry said...

I can honestly say I never had webbles as a kid but I remember them.

Chrissy said...

omg, i remember that commercial.. wish i had bought one of the kids those weebles...

Ginny Marie said...

My parents bought my younger brother and sister that treehouse, and my dad still has it in his basement! It is very well played with, though, and is missing a couple of features like the swing.

And yes, I did say my YOUNGER brother and sister...

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The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

I never had a Weeble, but I sure remember that commercial!

When you said "Jams" OMG! I can't wait for that one!!!!!

leigh said...

I loved my Barbie Dream Home and wanted to live in it so badly that I shoved my head into the kitchen and got my head stuck!

LaraAnn said...

I never had Weebles but I did have some little people. I had the Family Tree House. I used to love that more than my regular Fisher Price house. The family in it sort of looked like mine if my memory is correct. Wish that I had at least kept them.

Joann Mannix said...

Yayyy! Weebles! Weebles wobble but they don't fall down! Loved them.

By the way, with my very first paycheck from my first job, I bought my little sister a Barbie Dream House because I had never had one myself and I wanted her to have one. She still says that is the best gift she ever got.

Vicky said...

I so badly wanted Weebles! My mother refused on the basis I had too many Little people... but oh for some Weeble... my life would have been made complete :)

Copyboy said...

I had the bus. And the tree thing kinda reminds of Tree Tops. Remember those? FYI ... Getting hit in the head with a Weeble, not fun!

1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

I think Mom bought herself some of these in her later years. She loved toys!

Hey, she grew up during the Depression without a darn thing, so we indulged her. =)

sara said...

Yet another set of goodies that pulls at my heartstrings. I loved the weebles. If fact they are still a topic of conversation at my house, as the family has always loving referred to itself as weebles. I had the tree house which I LOVED. Pie must have these. Away to ebay!

Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife said...

I totally remember playing with that green tree house thing at my church's nursery!!! wow, I haven't seen that in forever.

and I wanted Rainbow Brite soooo much, didn't happen, but I did have a lot of the Strawberry Shortcake characters and the flying butterfly toy. :-)

joe said...

I desperately wanted Weebles, esp. the haunted house. Never had Weebles, though. Forgot all about them until now. Thank you for reminding me of that.

mama-face said...

I remember the Weebles but I remained a true fisher price Little People fan. But oh, you brought back some memories. I had an intense fascination with all kinds of miniature doll houses. bahaha. I never thought of the psychological reasons behind it...

Joe Cap said...

Oh, yes, I remember Weebles, I had them. To this day, I often say Weebles wobble but they won't fall down!

Marlene said...

I remember the Weebles well. :)

I hope you'll do some of the retro dolls soon!!! I LOVED the retro dolls. (Some you may not remember cuz you're young.....but I had Giggles, Chrissy, Velvet, Thumbelina, Oopsy Daisy, and a slew of others I can't remember right now!)

Ashley King said...

ah! i remember this stuff!!! i don't know if you've ever heard of Charmkins (sp?) but those were some of my favorite! my sister had a charmkins house and i could only play with it if i did a favor for her, like cleaned her room, or something stupid like that.... she would take it away right in the middle of me playing with it.... i used to want a larger house JUST like the charmkin house.... oh to be a kid again.... the toys they have today are DEFINITELY different from what we had.... and i could TOTALLY go on and on about this and the toys today, having a 7 year old.... sometimes i'm entirely out of the loop as to what's hip and what's not.

Wings said...

I used to love my Weeble treehouse. No clue whatever became of it, though.

Melissa said...

I love these posts! usually I look at toys/fads today and I'm seriously underwhelmed by the fun factor. Bratz Dolls? Silly Bands? Lame. Weebles and Monchi Chi were a little before my time, but even I can see how irresistible they'd be to little kids.

Also, thanks for visiting my blog and commenting! I think yours is pretty neat, I'll definitely be back.

LiLu said...

Oh, I can't wait for Strawberry Shortcake... those were the days!!!

Riot Kitty said...

I didn't have these but cuuuuute!

Dancing Branflake said...

I forgot about these! Oh my goodness! What awesome memories.

And about exercise, I go 4 mph at a 2 percent incline for about 30-45 minutes almost everyday. I do the incline because I put it on there once and I always forget to put it back down to 0.

Salt said...

You have no idea how much I am loving every single moment of this. Every day I've come here and I'm instantly filled with happy feelings (aside from my Monchichi fear).

I think we had that tree house at my school too! (But I never had it at home unfortch.)

Holy crap Jams. I had Jams. They were the epitome of fugly!

Katie's Dailies said...

Oh, I TOO wanted the Barbie Dream House, complete with accessories! My best friend had all the cool Barbie stuff: house, corvette, horse, EVERYTHING, while all I had were the hand-me-down Barbies from the '60's that my cousins played with, the kind where Ken had painted on hair.

Come to think about it, I should've hung onto those Barbies---they may've come in handy in helping out with my daughter's college tuition in a couple years!

Thanks for the walk down Memory Lane!

FabuLeslie said...

Ally, I love it here because we share the same knowledge base of these items, songs, tv shows, etc.! I needed you in my meeting after school today, and wrote about you in my post! Thanks for always making me feel right at home over here!

MiMi said...

Another toy that I didn't have cuz we were 'po. But I wanted. Wanted bad. Along with the Smurf toys, although, really, I wanted the Smurfs the mostest. **tear**

Crazy Brunette said...

OH SHIT bitch!!!

I had a whole goddamn CITY of 'Little People'

God I love your fucking blog!!!

You remember Teddy Ruxpin????

Dana said...

Oh my gosh, Liz is right you are awesome!

~J said...

OMG! I had the treehouse! I'm feelin super nostalgic now!

BigSis said...

I don't think I ever had anything but the "people" but I definitely remember the Weebles. And, my lust for a Barbie townhouse and an Easy Bake oven... sniff...

Amber Von Felts said...

In my memory, we had that tree but I was thinking it was an Ewok tree house? We always got our stuff from yard sales and I don't remember any Weebles ever livin' in our house! Maybe our Ewoks got a good deal on a used Maple. LOL!

ASBLACKASOBAMA said...

I remember when they used to look like eggs! My son has the new Weebles! They still have egg like bottoms, but the tops are different.... They're not egg tops, their tops are little bodies....

The still wobble and they still don't fall down though!

natalee said...

i loved my weebles...

b-chica said...

I had that tree house; but it wasn't for Weebles, it was for Tree Tots. There is a complete one on eBay for $200 http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1975-Kenner-Tree-Tot-Tree-House-Complete-/280733275411?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item415d01d513

I also had the Mickey Mouse show set. Sadly both things went for cheap at a tag sale when I had just barely grown out of them. If I still had them now and a bunch of my other stuff, I could really make a dent in my debts.

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