As a child, I was not a ‘Barbie girl’.
Clothes and high heels? Eeesh.
And baby dolls?
Ack. Gag. What the hell was I supposed to do with one of those? Blech.
Interestingly enough, I currently don’t own a dress and don’t have kids. Hmmm.
I mainly played with stuffed animals, plastic creatures (I loved rubber snakes and dinosaurs) and male action figures (anyone remember ‘Big Jim’ and ‘Big Josh’?).
Yeah. I was a real little princess, I was.
Now, any self-respecting animation artist knows that if you don’t have some kind of toy collection, you are not that serious about animation.
It’s some kind of unwritten law or something.
So I thought it might be fun to share a few of mine. Some are actually from my childhood. But a lot of my collection accumulated while in animation school and beyond. Most of which you can see above.
Let’s take a look shall we? (My apologies for the crappy photos.)
This one is from my childhood. I loved Happy Days and had a crush on Henry Winkler. I had the Fonzie Happy Days album for goodness sakes (and really wish I still did).
This toy is friggin’ pristine (except for the dust). It looks like it came right out of the box. I didn’t play with it so much as just admired it. The thumbs are pose-able and there’s a lever in the back to make his hands go up and down.
I challenge you to do this and not say, “Ayyyyyyyyy!”
I love him. And he lives on the top of my toy shelf.
Because he’s cool.