I saw a tweet yesterday from SweetSpot.ca asking what toys you wanted as a kid for Christmas but never actually got.
I can vividly remember all the toys I wanted from Santa for Christmas and never received. It is interesting reminiscing about them because I thought I was such a tomboy when I was a kid, but most of the hot toys I coveted were Barbie or doll-related. I didn’t mind getting dirty, but I still liked to be a little girly.
Barbie Power Wheels Jeep
The present I wanted from Santa more than anything else in the whole world for most of my childhood was this:
The motorized Power Wheels (Pow-Pow-Power Wheels!) Barbie jeep, or the 80s version of it at least. I wanted it so, so badly. I pictured myself the zooming around the neighbourhood in it, wind in my hair, not a care in the world.
My neighbour had a Power Wheels jeep and would drive it past my house all the time. I was so ridiculously jealous of him. Sometimes he would let me drive it, but usually I had to be the boring passenger.
I loved anything to do with Barbie (I just love Barbie, and I would probably still play Barbies today if anyone would play with me), and I longed to drive my own, so I wanted that Barbie jeep!
But Santa never brought it for me.
I did get this though:
Which I enjoyed enough…but I couldn’t ride in it.
(Uncle Donny, if you are reading I am just kidding. I seriously loved that dune buggy, and it was a great little vehicle for Pepsi the hamster a few years later.)
But it didn’t matter because I had a pretty bad-ass red tricycle, and then a sweet pink bike.
But hey, guess who did get a Power Wheels jeep for their birthday?
Eric. My brother. Circa 1997.
Fine, it was 10 years later and I’m sure the jeeps had come down a lot in price, but still. He abused it too. His friend Jeffrey also had one, and the two of them would chase each other around the neighbourhood and get into “car accidents”.
I would have appreciated and valued my Barbie jeep. I’m just saying.
Barbie Dream House
In keeping the Barbie dream alive, the next present I really would have liked to own was the Barbie dream house.
Do you know the fun my Barbies could have had in that?! Just looking at the dream house now I am dying. I used to fantasize about all the things my Barbies could do in there. The memories they could have made. They really missed out on some good times. And Skipper on the top right had the dream attic-type room I had always wanted.
I would have taken the dream cottage too.
It may have been a little crowded, but my Barbies would have had some great times at the beach.
No worries though, I made my own “dream house” out of a box and it was awesome. My Barbies made memories just fine, and not getting the ultimate dream house (or cottage) forced me to be creative and use my imagination, so that is a plus. My dream box was just as cool in my own mind.
I also made a Barbie waterbed out of a Ziploc bag :).
Teddy Bear Ruxpin
Next up on my childhood Christmas shaft list we have the talking Teddy Bear Ruxpin.
I would love nothing more, Teddy Ruxpin, than to hear a story from you. Unfortunately I didn’t get you for Christmas.
Teddy Ruxpin was a talking bear that would move its eyes and mouth while reading you stories recorded on a cassette tape that was hidden in its back. I imagined cradling Teddy in my arms while he regaled me with tales of the hardships of being a little bear, and maybe a little about what it was like flying his ship (that he built himself).
Sorry if you haven’t seen The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin (but if you have, you are welcome).
But I did have a teddy bear from my grandma (who died when I was 3) that sang the Teddy Bear Picnic to me when I turned its little crank, and I still cherished it (and I still do).
The She-Ra Castle
Another gift I truly ached for was the She-Ra Princess of Power Castle.
And if you don’t know She-Ra,
she is the alter-ego of He-Man. Edit: She-Ra is the female equivalent of He-Man (what I meant but I mixed up my words).
And she is pretty cool.
I had the action-figure, and I had her flying unicorn, but it would have been nice to have somewhere to go after a rough day of flying around and generally being the most powerful woman in the universe.
My She-Ra had to live in a Fisher-Price barn.
But it was fine. She made do.
It’s better not to get everything you ever wanted. When you get everything you want, you are never forced to use your imagination or cherish the things you already own.
But it was fun to get cool toys too, and my parents and “Santa” definitely got some awesome ones that I will save for another post.
What present did you always want for Christmas/birthday but never got?