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Thread: Boys/Girls toys you wanted but weren't allowed to collect?

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    Boys/Girls toys you wanted but weren't allowed to collect?

    I've been thinking about the Toys that Made Us He-Man episode where they point out twenty percent of MOTU collectors were girls. That's a pretty big chunk of sales and the reverse really didn't happen in girl's lines. Twenty percent of Strawberry Shortcake, Glamour Gals, Barbie, Sylvanian Families, etc. collectors were not boys.

    But these were all cool lines and there had to been stuff that would have appealed to a lot of kids, girls and boys. You might not have wanted a Barbie or Ken but Barbie had loads of sweet cars, playsets and accessories that would have been in perfect scale with Big Jim, GI JOE and Six Million Dollar Man. Also the Wonder Woman and Bionic Woman shows were ratings hits and boys and girls would have wanted toys.

    Same for the women here. Were there boys lines you wanted but were not allowed to collect?

    I had the advantage of having a Mom that didn't have any toy hang ups. If me or my sister wanted a Hot Wheels car, we could have a Hot Wheels car. To this day my sister loves Hot wheels cars. She also was never one of those weird anti-Barbie people either that forbid us from having dolls. She grew up right before Barbie hit and girl toys basically sucked when she was little. You, more or less, had your choice of play chores like dishes, brooms and ironing boards and a few baby dolls. Awesome!
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    You know, looking back, I was lucky. My parents, though conservative, were not very hidebound about toys and play. We had a complete sheet-metal play kitchenette that my sister and enjoyed equally. (I won't go into my sneaking one of my mother's hostess aprons out of the buffet to use with it...)

    I had Mego, MOTU, Star Wars, Micronauts, SMDM, Super Powers, etc. galore. But I also had Muppets, Strawberry Shortcake, and Shaving Ken. My Miss Piggy puppeteering was a neighborhood hit, and I had a few Golden Girl and She-Ra figures. I also appropriated my sisters 12" Mego Wonder Woman and Bionic Woman.
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    My wife wasn't allowed to have action figures but she wanted some badly. She did get Space lego though and was quite grateful for it.

    Me? I had a Ken, it was a serious attempt to play with the local kids and they were mostly girls. My only male companion, only wanted to play sports, all the time.

    The girls had not enjoyed it when Big Jim rolled into their zone, so I thought it was the doll. I got a Ken, turns out they just didn't want to play with me. (Price is Right fail music).

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    Don't ever remember wanting any quote-unquote girl's toys, but I had a sister, so some were around. I know my Megos partied in the Barbie Dreamhouse a few times.

    Now that I think about it, I don't think she had all that many toys growing up. Mainly Barbie stuff I guess.

    I don't, however, think anything was forbidden. I think it was mainly a monetary concern. There are certain toys I coveted, and were available in local stores, that I never had. Maybe I just never articulated very clearly what I wanted. Hard to say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PNGwynne View Post
    But I also had Muppets, Strawberry Shortcake, and Shaving Ken. My Miss Piggy puppeteering was a neighborhood hit, and I had a few Golden Girl and She-Ra figures.
    Neat! Strawberry Shortcake and She-Ra. You had very good taste in toys.

    Quote Originally Posted by palitoy View Post
    My wife wasn't allowed to have action figures but she wanted some badly.
    Wow, that sucks.


    Me? I had a Ken,
    That's cool. It seems like Ken gets a lot of ridicule now. But when I was a kid he was super cool. When you got a new Barbie, like Superstar or Crystal, you had to have the Ken that went with her. That reminds me: Dream glow Ken, best Ken ever, he glowed in the dark.
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    You are a bold and courageous person, afraid of nothing. High on a hill top near your home, there stands a dilapidated old mansion. Some say the place is haunted, but you don't believe in such myths. One dark and stormy night, a light appears in the topmost window in the tower of the old house. You decide to investigate... and you never return...

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    My mom wasn't crazy about the fact that I wanted some boys toys, but she never kept me from having them. My dad was famous for coming home from work w/ Matchbox car in his pocket for me. He also got me a Marx machine gun (that my mom couldn't stand b/c it was so LOUD), and a mini SSP from the local Citgo station. I also had 2 Mego AJs and a Big Jack doll. My dad's only restriction on action figures was that they had to be black guys. (which was weird since I owned white dolls). My mom really wasn't big on accessories for any of my toys so I never had any store bought playsets, or lots of extra outfits. AJ had 2 outfits I got for Christmas, and my Barbies (all 3 of them) had extra clothes, b/c of a blow molded deluxe doll set I had that came w/ them. I never owned a Ken doll.
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    I always wanted a Purple Pie Man.
    Zombie? Vampire? Evil clown?!? Yes, please.

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    Sometimes having a sister is good, she had some Mego Supergals and I played with them, no need to buy my own, and she played with my figures. But if either one of us wanted opposite gender toys, my parents wouldn't have had any issue with that, they were very easy going and open minded. My sister did buy a bunch of Star Wars figures, not just Leia, but in 1978 Star Wars toys became so ubiquitous they were practically gender neutral IMO.

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    I didn't really want any girls toys, although I did use my sister's Charlie's Angels and her doll house in my Mego play. I also had a dune buggy I picked up at a yard sale that I used with Megos. I later learned it was from the Barbie line.

    I bought the first wave of She-Ra figures, because I was so MOTU-minded at the time. After I bought them, I was kind of mortified I had at some point. They were SOOOO girly. I'm not sure even girls really wanted her all Barbied up like that, since she wasn't like that on the cartoon. I think if they had done a line like the DC Super Heroes Girls action figure line is now, it would have been even more popular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardyGirl View Post
    My mom wasn't crazy about the fact that I wanted some boys toys, but she never kept me from having them. My dad was famous for coming home from work w/ Matchbox car in his pocket for me. He also got me a Marx machine gun (that my mom couldn't stand b/c it was so LOUD), and a mini SSP from the local Citgo station. I also had 2 Mego AJs and a Big Jack doll. My dad's only restriction on action figures was that they had to be black guys. (which was weird since I owned white dolls). My mom really wasn't big on accessories for any of my toys so I never had any store bought playsets, or lots of extra outfits. AJ had 2 outfits I got for Christmas, and my Barbies (all 3 of them) had extra clothes, b/c of a blow molded deluxe doll set I had that came w/ them. I never owned a Ken doll.

    For years I asked for the GI Joe Adventurer, which was the first Black AT guy. Never got him, or at least not until I was in my 30's and bought him myself. I don't know if that was an actual decision on my parent's part or if there just weren't many to be found in rural western NY in the early 1970's. My dad was never crazy about the idea of me playing with "dolls" anyway, but the military/adventure theme made him feel a bit better.

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