Steve did not believe…

a. that these existed, and b. that they were still around.

What’s the weirdest toy(s) from your childhoods that you still have?

PS — I love seeing everyone’s responses to the spoilery Empress question from a few days back. I didn’t give my own answer for a couple of reasons: one, because I love seeing other people’s takes on it, and two, because in Empress, I was writing from Nic’s point of view, and what I know about the other characters and how they act is filtered through her perspective.

(But since The Rules for Hearts is from Battle’s point of view, I can tell you what she’d say now about what she did then: not much at all, and she’d resent the question.)

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  • nevikmoore
    May 30, 2006 at 8:57 am

    I had Mr. Doughboy, but I didn’t know he had spawned. That kinda creeps me out. Bad imagery.

    As a kid, I drew all over him: peace symbol, Hitler mustache, fangs, the works. His head screwed off, revealing a hollow inside fit for filling with all sortsa sticky, gooey liquids. Jelly, soda pop, that sort of thing. The fun never stopped.

    Until it stopped.

  • erisian_fields
    May 30, 2006 at 11:37 am

    I had those!

    Did you have the Wyler’s Goofy Grape and company cups? Frito Bandito rubber figurines? Flatsies?

  • anonymous
    May 30, 2006 at 12:55 pm

    I still have all my Star Wars, Micronaut, and G.I. Joe toys. Not really unusual, I guess. I do have the teddy bear I got for my 6th Birthday (30 years ago!) and who I used in my junior year argumentation final speech. Some of my classmates remebered that teddy bear becaus ei took him to elementary school all the time.


  • anonymous
    May 31, 2006 at 10:24 am

    A Fisher-Price penguin pull toy. It’s got a little hose with a squeeze bulb attached to its chest, and when the bulb is squeezed the penguin makes a squeaking sound. “Pengy” is sacred, baby.

  • anonymous
    May 31, 2006 at 11:23 am

    There’s a baby, dog cat and little girl. Plus a grandma and grandpa (I bought them on ebay) I was just too young to have them the first time around as a child. There was even a house and a car you can get on ebay occasionally but people want outrageous cash for ’em.

    Toys from childhood: the typical dollhouse, weeble wobbles, a simon sez ventriloquist style plastic puppet and a plastic shark from jaws with little blue plastic things I suppose a killer shark tends to swallow, miniature blue tires, boots, anchors, etc.

  • anonymous
    May 31, 2006 at 11:24 am

    omg hi-me and my girlfriend and friends loved emmpress of the world and cant wait till the sequel!!!that wasnt much of a comment but i just figuired id sayt hat and that you are onr of my fave authors and your brilliant-lol.

    Sincerely, Krista~D.Roberts

  • anonymous
    June 1, 2006 at 4:13 pm

    Sara, you’ve totally got to get them the house. It’s just not right that you’re making them live in the dishwasher.


  • dirtylibrarian
    June 11, 2006 at 10:49 am

    I had the girl.