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I Don't Wanna Grow Up, I'm A Toys 'R Us Kid

They've got the best for so much less, you'll really flip your lid -- from bikes to trains to video games, they're the biggest toy store there is! I don't wanna grow up, cos' baby if I did, I wouldn't be a Toys 'R Us Kid. (More games, more toys, oh boy...) I wanna be a Toys 'R Us Kid!

A Playtime Survey, For Us Kids Disguised As Adults

1. What was your favourite toy, as a child? (Pick an age. Or ages.)

For sheer play value, I was pretty partial to my Strawberry Shortcake picnic set, which came with Escargot the snail, who pulled a cart with a big Strawberry on top, and when you unpacked the strawberry, it was full of bowls of ice cream. The carriage part of the cart turned into a picnic table when you flipped it over, and the top of the strawberry became a sunshade for it. Then you set your Strawberry Shortcake down with all of her nonexistent friends, because no one in your life understands the concept that you can't just have *one* doll, or she'll be all lonely, and let her eat all that ice cream by herself. (Okay, so about a year or so later, I got more of them. But by that time Strawberry was angry and antisocial, and took to having bitch-fights with Blueberry Muffin over the fact that she came with a pet, but Strawberry didn't.)

2. What's your favorite toy now? (Define 'toy' any way you'd like.)

Aside from my &*^*&^ PC, which still isn't working? I'm going with my Buffy cars, again, for cool playability. I like to make Spike's car do theoretically obscene things to Xander's car, since I don't have action!Spike and action~Xander yet. I also love my artsy toys, when I get the urge to drag them out. Which would include Photoshop, if...see above for PC comment.

3. What toy did you always want, as a child, but never got?

::hangs head:: A Ken doll. I had eleven Barbies, and no Ken.

And you wonder why I write slash. Below age 12 or 13, my Barbies had shampoo bottles for boyfriends, because they were about the right height. Somewhere along the line, they all turned into lipstick lesbians, which made them much more happy, because they couldn't share clothes or braid hair with the shampoo bottles.

4. Is it still available now? If so, why the hell haven't you
bought it?

Because he's anatomically incorrect, and I care about things like that now. Besides, you can't brush his hair, except for the ones who look like Flaming-Donny-Osmond!Ken.

5. What toy do you most want *now*, that you can't really afford? (Hey, maybe your friends will chip in and buy you one...)

A new PC? *ducks* Um... A DVD player? Gay porn? C'mon guys, I own almost no porn...

6. What toy do you regret ever having taken out of the package/played with/let your dog chew on, because man, if you still had it in pristine condition, you'd be raking in the bucks on E-Bay?

Strawberry Shortcake. The destructive, anti-social one. Remember her? Actually, the bad thing is, it's not *her*. She was my original, "play with" Strawberry Shortcake. But my uncle, bless his heart, knew what kids are like, and had bought a second one, justin case anything happened to the first one.

She was still in the box, when I was in high school, and I opened it, because... I can't even remember why. Possibly because I wanted to smell her, since Renegade-Waif!Strawberry had long since lost her scent. Schlump.... There went the collector's value. We're talking original, I think 1979 Strawberry Shortcake, pre- Custard the Cat. Sob.

7. What toy are you ashamed to admit having played with -- and liked -- as a child?

Um... I'm supposed to say "Barbie" but dammit, I'm not ashamed. I like her, no-nipples and all. I like my My Little Ponies, too. So there. Um... Dammit, this seemed like a good question when I thought of it...

8. What toy (modern or childhood) would you never buy for a child, or want bought for yours?

Those little multicoloured balloon bubble blowing things, where you got a tube of the stuff, and a little straw, and you were supposed to put a little blob on the end of the straw and blow it into a balloon? Kinda like a glassblower? Whatthe hell were they *thinking*? "Here, kid, have this soft, chewy piece of oily petroleum product that we're *sure* you won't stick in your mouth and pretend is gum until you swallow it and strange things grow in your intestines..."

9. What toy are (or were) you most neurotic about protecting? ("Do what I say, or Mr. Fett here gets it...")

Spike's DeSoto? Or Alastair, my pegasus that I made in seventh grade, and everybody says looks like a lamb with wings, instead of a pegasus. Bite me.

10. Do you still have any of your childhood toys? What's your best beloved?

Tons and lots and tons. My first teddy bear, Raspberry. I had other stuffed animals earlier, and other bears, but this is the first one where somebody told me, "This is a teddy bear. You sleep with it." My favourite baby toy that I still have is a very small stuffed blue puppy. Whose name is, coincidentally, Blue Puppy. Because I don't remember what or if I named them, back when I was that little.



2002-01-12 05:35 am (UTC) (Link)

*g* Oh I love this. I just bought myself a giant teddy bear to sleep with, and a Snape action figure. Nope, no grown up here.

Geoffrey the cartoon giraffe who worked as a shelf stacker for minimum wage


2002-01-12 06:14 am (UTC) (Link)

There's a magical place, we're on our way there
With toys in their millions, all under one roof
It's called TOYS 'R US!

Soon after bedtime, when dark night-time falls
Geoffrey and helpers stack up all the shelves
From ceiling to floor there's board games and bikes
Teddies, puppies and dolls and space-ships and trikes
There's millions of playthings all under one roof

It's called Toys 'R Us, TOYS 'R US, TOYS 'R US!!!

Because I know you cared deeply what the British version of the jingle was. *g*

Re: Geoffrey the cartoon giraffe who worked as a shelf stacker for minimum wage


2002-01-12 09:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Actually, I do! I wasn't sure if Toys 'R Us would make any sense to the Brits and Germans on my friends list, though I figured the Canadians wouldn't have any problem.

I used to read the Toys 'R Us adverts purely for the littel cartoons of Geoffrey and his family. Sad git, I was.


2002-01-12 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Damn someone beat me to the British jingle. I was going to do that too ;)

I also promised myself that I would not reveal the shamefully large Barbie collection that I used to have, and all the lesbian weddings they had to endure. There is also the My Little Pony collection, the large sets of Lego, and too many stuffed animals to count.

Of course these days I just make my little Spike and Xander action figures have gay weddings. I'm very good to my inner child.

Oh, and will I seem like a complete five year old if I said I still had my childhood blankey? 'Cause if it does, then that is so something I would never say.


2002-01-12 09:52 am (UTC) (Link)

The only reason I don't still have my childhood blankey is because I didn't *have* a childhood blankey. I pretty much used my thimb as a security blanket.

I still have my thumb. I'm proud to admit that.


2002-01-12 09:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Awww, now that's just sad. Every kid needs a good blankey. I can hear the violins in the background as I type.

Glad to hear that you're still in the old opposable club though ;)


2002-01-12 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm working on it! Well, all right, it's currently folded up waiting to be worked on. But the fabric has been Approved and all I have to do, make it.


2002-01-12 11:45 am (UTC) (Link)

10. Do you still have any of your childhood toys? What's your best beloved?

I still have some of my favourite dolls that I played with as a child -- they belong to my daughter now. In fact, they used to be my oldest daughter's *favourite* things to play with, just because they'd been mine. I don't know if Grace even realizes they were mine; I'll have to talk to her about it one of these days.

Of course, Mark's Psychobitch took some of them with her when she left... ::growl::


2002-01-12 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

rarr! nifty questions - may I borrow them?

I had a Strawberry Shortcake doll, who mysteriously materialised in the front garden of my parents house one day - no-one ever claimed her. I'd forgotten that untill you mentioned them.


2002-01-12 04:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

nifty questions - may I borrow them?

Surely. That's the point. Was sick of reading "What's your biggest fear" and "What CD do you have in your drive right now?" in everybody's blog.

Not that those aren't cool questions, but I wanna know the important stuff!

Yay! The BEST blog poll I've ever read!!!


2002-01-13 01:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Toys R Us is the best darn store in the whole wide universe!

Fave toy as a kid: Nerd alert - my Millenium Falcon. I wrote several letters to Santa begging for it, I wrote a school essay about how owning my own Millenium Falcon would make me the happiest girl ever, and clipped out the toy ad from the Sears catalog and taped it to my parents' bedroom door until they finally picked up on my subtle hints and bought it for me. I loved it so much, I used to sleep with Han and Chewie and the MF next to my bed every night. (I always thought Chewbacca had a crush on Han Solo. I guess I've been slashy since I wore footie pajamas.)

Fave toy as an adult: My DVD player. My friends think I'm insane because I own 3 different versions of Night of the Living Dead, and 2 different versions of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Yesterday I bought a double header disc, Carnival of Souls and Horror Hotel. Whee! Surreal zombie flick + Christopher Lee spooker = my favorite kind of cheesy video. I can't wait to hear that freaky CoS organ music again.

I'm neurotic about protecting my toy action figures. They're all in their original packaging, because YES, I am that big of a geek and think they'll be worth a crapload on Ebay some day. I'm betting my future progenies' college educations on it. :) J/K. It is a constant struggle to keep them pristine, though. I *really* wish I could take Star Trek Barbie and Ken out of the package.

Must...resist...defiling...collector's items...

Cute poll! I know where I'm going shopping tomorrow.


2002-01-13 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hrm. 'Round here, the second line was always "...there's a million toys at Toys 'R Us for us to play with."
And I think the third line was different, too. (BTW- for confused readers, here=San Diego). *Shrug* Or it might not.

Now, *Protect Your Balloon!* (Don't let this pop your good memory balloon... it's just my perception, and this one store, so don't let it discolor your memory)
Toys 'R Us around here was always kinda skanky. The few times I went in, all I could see was the wasteful commercialism and short-attention-span aspects of it. I saw the other kids screaming, the parents worrying and having hushed conversations about how much they could really afford, the usual cliques of girls and boys in the Barbie and the war toy (GI Joe, Transformers, etc) aisles.
Even then, I was perceptive, but I was also jaded, so I didn't get to enjoy things as much, I guess.

The Toys 'R Us stores in San Diego are located in areas where total family income is rarely over $30k/year (and that's being very generous). And the toys there are Expensive. Sales take off 5%, not 25%. I have no idea how they're still alive, except that there are very few big toy stores in town.

Your balloon's safe now.

(just cuz it's neat...)
I bought a new Scrabble board there years and years ago, with my dad. We didn't want to mess up my grandma's antique one- it's set up kinda like a lazy-susan, so it spins, and the grid is raised in clear plastic, allowing you to set the tile in its square without worrying about it moving if the board is moved. plus- nice tile holders that let you keep count of your score with pegs. 8)

Hava 8)