Tuesday, October 16, 2007
The Times They Are A Changin'
And the dolls, they are a changin', too. Here are the two newest American Girl dolls, Julie and Ivy, circa 1974, "a time of changes," as in Julie's parents' divorce and Julie learning to "believe in herself." Far out. Groovy clothes. Dig that crocheted cap and appliqued purse.
So now I'm old enough to have an American Girl doll representing my era. Great.
These dolls are not like my dolls. My dolls did things. Like talk, talk, talk, and have narcoleptic fits whenever you tipped them backwards. I had this one cool doll whose hair grew right out of the top of her head, Beautful Crissy. You could push a button and yank that hair out at least a foot. I think you pushed the button again, and the hair retracted like a cord in a vaccuum.
Another great doll was Baby First Step. She walked. Actually, it was sort of a Frankenstein walk, back and forth on stiff legs. And she fell a lot. In fact, she usually fell after that first step. It was very exciting if she made it 2 or 3 feet. After Baby First Step, they came out with Baby First Skate. She was essentially the very same doll, only you strapped red plastic "skates" on her monster feet and watched her totter and fall.
Ahh, those were the days. You could just slap a Band Aid on Baby First Step's knees. With Flower Child Julie, you probably need a Dr. Therapist doll to help her self-actualize.
So what was your favorite doll? And Samurai of Samurai's Dojo, you may state the name of your favorite "action figure."