Thursday, July 28, 2011

Must-haves from Christmas past

This story, from last November, looks back at prized holiday gifts from years past. They are:

--Shirley Temple doll, 1934
--Chatty Cathy doll, 1960
--G.I. Joe, 1964
--Star Wars action figures, 1977
--Cabbage Patch Kids, 1983
--Transformers, 1984
--Teddy Ruxpin, 1985
--Tickle Me Elmo, 1996
--Beanie Babies, 1996
--Furby, 1998
--Nintendo Wii, 2006
--Zhu Zhu Pets, 2009

The only one that hit my era was Star Wars figures, and being a girl, even though I'd seen the movie, they were not a must-have for me.

What about you? Was there ever a pleasepleeeeaseplease PLEASE most-wanted gift on your list? Or did you break your neck trying to get any of these for your own child/niece/nephew/little sibling?

I remember the Cabbage Patch phenomenon, and thinking even then that those were some damn ugly dolls people were trampling each other for.


Mrs Pinchloaf said...

My sister and I were absolutely in on the Cabbage Patch Craze, but I feel like we got ours in '84? Were they just as popular the following year?

I remember my sister found ours before Christmas hidden on a very top closet shelf. She dragged the piano bench over to pull them down so we could take a closer look, then made me swear to act surprised when we opened them up.

I also got the Ewok Village when Return of the Jedi came out. I really loved that thing, even though it was kind of lame in reality.

caren said...

I had a Chatty Cathy doll but I don't rememebr begging for one. I do rememebr begging for and receiving a Barbie Dream House, though. And I was one of those crazy parents searching for a Cabbage Patch Doll in 1983. Didn't find one until the following year though.

Brian said...

During the Tickle Me Elmo craze of 1996, my boss at the time offered everybody in the office $500 if they could find one for her to give to her niece for Christmas. No one was able to find one.

I remember that there was a Sony PS2 craze in 2000, brought on in part by a shortage; a guy who worked for me was desperately searching for one for his son, and he found one online and paid probably five times what it was worth.

Alice said...

I remember lining up with my mom at a local store with dozens of other parents/kids, because there was a rumour that Cabbage Kid dolls were getting delivered. Just a rumour!!

I didn't get one that day. There weren't enough for all of us, and we were too far back in the line.

When I finally got one, she was new, but came in a bag, not a box. I maintain to this day that my mom somehow managed to get me a black market Cabbage Patch kid.

Sylko said...

I'm a girl & was desperate for Star Wars toys. I soooo wanted the Millenium Falcon!

pghbekka said...

My cousins had all the best guy craze toys: G.I. Joes, and ALL of the Star Wars stuff (including the Millenium Falcon, and the racers, and the Tauntauns).

I didn't really want the Cabbage Patch doll that much (Barbie has more STUFF), but Mom made my sister and me Cabbage Patch dolls that were insanely detailed, down to dimples in the knees. They were truly awesome.

Michelle said...

I was a Star Wars girl, but my grandmother may have done an illegal, warehouse deal to get me a Cabbage Patch Doll that first Christmas.