April 15, 2009

Wordful Wednesday: Toys

I've been wanting to compile some photos of SoJo's toys, so I can eventually turn them into a little album for him to reminisce over when he gets older.
Mr. Geek and I love trolling eBay and vintage toy sites to remember some of the dolls and action figures of our childhood. While we have a few family photos of ourselves playing with toys (especially at Christmas), I would have loved a small book with photos of my now-forgotten toys.
Some of my favorites were my Cabbage Patch dolls, Care Bears (I had Tenderheart and Cheer Bear!), lots of Fisher Price toys, especially the Little People (today's just aren't the same), Barbies, and Legos. Mr. Geek was a big GI Joe fan, but also liked Transformers and WWF Wrestling figures. My brothers were toy fiends, and we had quite a collection of Star Wars figures. I should say probably half of them are still buried in the dirt behind our old house. With 4 boys and me, we probably had nearly every character. It's a wonder my parents didn't go broke.
This is "Bicycle Man" (which even has his own song, courtesy of my friend Jayanti). We got him at Ten Thousand Villages, and he's made in Kenya using recycled metal and string. It's a push toy that "pedals" as you push him.
Here's SoJo playing with an old stand-by, alphabet blocks, while at my niece's birthday party last weekend.
And a few shots of his many toys. It's amazing how quickly the accumulate, even when we're not the ones buying most of them.
I love this BlaBla doll. SoJo likes chewing its party hat and arms, but I love just looking at it sitting on the shelf. It's so quirky and the colors are great.

Now I'm curious, what were your favorite toys growing up? I'm hoping that you're over 25 too, since I probably won't know what the heck you're talking about if you're younger!

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19 comments:

  1. Great idea with the album of his toys. He was some lovely toys. I had a Barbie (from the early 70s) with homemade crocheted outfits and a Baby doll (from the early 70s). Those were my toys.

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  2. I love that jack in the box! Would you believe neither of my kids has had one?! Oops. And I should've gotten Jasper one of those boy dolls before they sold out. Wow, I suck.

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  3. He's got some really great toys. I love that bicycle man!

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  4. So many cute toys! I love the Bicycle Man too!

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  5. I used to have this house and van and family called the Sunshine Family - I loved it!

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  6. Awesome pictures! I loved fisher price little poeple, carebears {I had birthday bear which is SO hard to find now}, popples {haha!}, monchichis, and I distinctly remember playing with a wooden ferry boat for some reason. I'm not sure where that boat came from though. Those were the things that we always went back to...that and well building blocks or Lincoln logs ;)

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  7. Very cool pictures!!! I especially love the first one, the colors are great!
    Well, my favorite toy when I was growing up was a monchichi (not sure if I'm spelling this right). I wanted one for a very long time and my dad (single dad raising 2 kids on his own), couldn't really afford one but did anyway!!!

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  8. I love the idea of making a picture book of his toys.

    My favorite toys are cabbage patch kids and my old teddy bear.

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  9. I used to love my stuffed animals, and especially my American Girl dolls...as a budding history geek, I loved their period outfits, and the books that went with them!

    I know, nerd alert!

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  10. I love the idea of making a book for the kiddos! Looks like your little guy has some fun toys!

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  11. I loved my Little Professor - an owl/calculator thingie that did quizzes. But I remember some of the others named here too - monchichi and popples! I had a weeble people haunted house and the entire woodland village of ewoks. GI Jane was way cooler than Barbie. I cut my barbie dolls' hair and made them all GI Janes. (-:

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  12. The toys are really nice ones, Kathleen. I can see that you and I think alike in terms of playthings!

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  13. Oh... cool toys to play with. Just one of the many perks of having a child.
    Hmm...my favorite toys were Barbies, car parts, bugs and dirt. I was a frilly tomboy.

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  14. I love childrens toys, but I am pretty sure my favorites were dress up clothes to pretend with :)

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  15. Really love these...especially the Bicycle Man!

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  16. I want to come to YOUR house to play.

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  17. The Beemis Doll made the early photo sessions!

    I don't remember having a favorite toy; I had a BILLION stuffed animals, I'm kind of averse to them now. My dad traveled a lot for business and he often brought back a little gift from the airport.
    We had lots of board games that I enjoyed playing with my brother, and I loved little art and craft type kits. I did have one little set for "playing school" that I really liked. I read a lot too. I loved Judy Blume and also the Little House books.

    I have some of my old Fisher Price Little People too; they were way more awesome back in our day! I also always wanted some Weebles and never got them, but I found some VINTAGE ones at a yard sale 2 years ago and bought a little set of 4 of them.

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  18. What wonderful toys you've collected for him. Such a great collection!

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