I was born in the 90’s, but beside of toys from the 90’s, most of my toys were from the 80’s and 70’s (from my older sisters). Recently I started doing a little research on them. (When and where were they made etc.), and I decided to write a blog about it.
Let’s start with the Kinder Surprise figures. I used to build Lego houses for them, and all of them had a name. Later I gave my Legos to my nephews and niece, but they didn’t play with the figures anyways, so I took them back, and now I have this little collection of them.
Crazy Crocs 1991-1992
Peppy Pingos Party 1997
Tom and Jerry 1998
Wile E. Coyote 1997
Fantasmini Ghost 1996 (but it was in my Kinder Surprise in 2001, probably theses series came to Slovakia 5 years later)
Lola Bunny (cca.2005)
Puppy (unknown, cca.1997)
Pink/Purple caterpillar (unknown cca.1998)
I wasn’t sure about where this little dalmatian puppy came from, but I have a fuzzy memory of eating a chocolate ball, which had a red plastic ball inside (something similar to kinder surprise) and this puppy was inside it. I googled “kinder surprise minifigure dalmatian” and I found out, that I was right, it was a round chocolate, not an egg form like Kinder. It was Nestle Magic Ball.
Another Dalmatian minifigure, not sure if it was a MC Donald’s Happy Meal Figure or it was inside of a big Kinder Surprise egg, but I remember I also had a dog house made of paper with Dalmatians on it. Year: cca.1996-1998
And now let’s come to the older minifigures. My sister gave me this little pink bunny, when I was cca.2-3 years old. Later I asked her, where it was from, she said, it was a decoration on the top of a pencil/pen, and when she threw the pen away, she kept the bunny. When I was in Berlin, there was a shop with old toys (especially model trains, cars and houses) near the hotel where we stayed. I found this little bear in that shop, and it reminded me of the bunny, so I bought it for 1 euro. Both are probably from the 80’s, and they were probably made in the same factory. The shape of their head, the material they are made of and even the little red tie they have on their necks is the same.
Another bunny from the 80’s. It was inside of a red transparent plastic egg, which I don’t have anymore. I don’t have much information about this one.
Red Sprite eraser figure from Rainbow Brite When I was small, I also had a Rainbow Brite figure, (now my niece has it, but it’s missing a hand), White Sprite, the boy with blue hair, and another figure with yellow hair, in yellow clothes. On the feet of the Red Sprite stands: 1983, made in Hong-Kong.
The green cube has a hole in it, so it can be used as a pendant. It was probably a keyring or a necklace before.
The red turtle with goggly eyes, just like the pink bunny, was a decoration on the top of a pencil or pen. It’s from the early 90’s/late 80’s.
Funny Bunny purse. It was already old and kind of damaged when I was a kid, but I liked the pictures on it, and that’s why I still have it. I store my old figures in it.
Matchbox car from 1975. It was my sister’s favourite toy car. She scratched her initials into the side of it, so noone would steal it from her. She gave me this car in cca.1996/97, and she said it was her oldest toy car, and her favourite. I always built a lego garage for it.
This little ugly naked doll with hair like a troll, was one of my favourites. She also had a brunette twin that I lost somewhere, when I was 3. They both had painted on white socks and red shoes, but the paint was coming off, so I fixed it with correction fluid and a red marker later (That’s why is the colour of the shoes so faded out.) I also had a similar doll with painted on shoes and socks, with brown painted on, rubber hair. (These two and the Rainbow Brite eraser doll were the children of my Barbies. And they all lived in a doll house, which in fact was a shelf, with curtains and furniture cut out of magazines and glued to it’s walls. 😀 ) However I couldn’t find any information about this doll on the intenet, I found out that her “friend” with rubber hair, was an Ari doll from East Germany from the 70’s, so probably this one comes from the same era, same place.
This is what my other doll looked like. (This is not mine, but a picture I found on the internet, but I had exactly the same doll.
To be continued (with some oldschool Lego and Barbie)