Saturday, August 2, 2008

I knew I had an eye for classic toys (read: GAG ME!)

So, I was shopping at Target yesterday (I swear I only go there like 3 times a year, I promise), and I wandered into the toy section, and all of a sudden, what do my eyes see? They see two classic toys that I just sold, only these are brand new! Yuck, yuck, yuck. I really don't know why this chaps my hide so much, maybe because Fisher Price might take some of my business away? Maybe because they are consuming a lot of energy to create something that's already been created?

Let's compare, shall we?

Here is a 1966 Fisher Price Giant Screen TV Music Box:

Here is a new, 2008 Fisher Price Giant Screen TV Music Box:

Here is a 1967 Vintage Fisher Price Music Box Teaching Clock:

Here is a new, 2008 Vintage Fisher Price Music Box Teaching Clock:

Now, of course the new ones look nice and all, and no wonder people are attracted to the classic look, but what fun are they? They have no "character", no "history", no energy from the past. They haven't seen changes in US society as the "real" old ones have, they haven't seen the rise and fall of the economy, they haven't seen the polar ice caps change our global environment for crying out loud!

Ugh, I'll stick with old toys with worn away stickers and crayon marks from those oh-so-special children who played with them decades ago thankyouverymuch.


Karen said...

How sad! One of the things my children loved about getting to go visit Nana was the chance to play with the same toys that their dad, uncle and aunt had all played with. Buying identical new ones? It's just not the same!

Kristina said...

Wow!! All these are interesting classic toys!! Kids really like them!!

corscorp said...

I agree completely! I cannot stand replicas!

Shannon said...

I had the TV when I was a kid. I had forgotten all about it until I saw your blog. Thanks for the blast from the past. :)

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