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Sesame Street Elmo plays piano electronic musical book

1 Feb

Sesame Street Elmo Plays Piano
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Almost 2 weeks ago, I received a request from one of my viewers at Katrina’s Toy Channel, she wrote:snip for blog post

That very day, I boogied over to Amazon and bought this electronic toy book!

The book was much larger than I expected at 12.5″x13″. It is a large hardcover book with an attached piano on the right hand side. The piano has 9 keys, each corresponding to it’s own color: violet, light green, red, sky blue, pink, green, orange, purple and yellow.

To the left of the keys, there are 10 buttons, ( bottom to top ): Elmo, blue mitten, Barkely, moon, 123, Zoe, sun, Cookie monster, Big Bird, Little Bug. Each key plays it’s own song.


The picture above doesn’t exist as a page in the book, ( though it certainly should! ), I made it for you using the back cover and the keyboard. It really explains how this toy book works!

The book features 10 classic nursery rhymes, changed by a word or 2 to allow Sesame Street workshop to copyright and patent the rhymes – though hardly original. I would call it low hanging fruit, and disappointing that a large corporation can’t manage to hire talented writers and musicians to create original works. But children won’t care or even realize the toy makers unoriginality. Here are the Sesame Street Nursery Rhymes and the classic nursery rhymes that they copy:

Here we dance Looby Loo              – Here we dance Looby Loo
3 Little Pigeons                                  – 3 Little kittens
Rig a jig jig                                          – Rig a jig jig
Hey Twiddle Twiddle                       – Hey diddle diddle
1, 2 buckle my shoe                          – 1, 2 buckle my shoe
Little Miss Zoe                                   – Little Miss Muffet
Oh dear what can the matter be? – Oh dear what can the matter be?
Cookie Monster had a farm           – Old Mcdonald had a farm
Mary had a little lamb                    – Mary had a little lamb
This little bug went to market       – This little piggy went to market

The pages of the book are very sturdy. They are not paper, as I would have guessed that they’d be. They are cardboard: the consistency of a shiny cereal box. A child would need to put in some effort to damage this book. The pages do have a tendency to stick together. In fact, I shot the complete play video for this toy book two days ago, just now realizing that I missed the Little Miss Zoe page altogether as it was thoroughly stuck together. I re-shot and re-posted the whole video at considerable inconvenience.

The book is set to be played in a ‘landscape’ orientation. There are 20 pages in the book, they are paired in sets of 2: one page features the illustration, and the other page features the nursery rhyme and the color coded music.20180131_190932

How to play:
-Press a song button and sing along.
-Watch the piano keys light up one-by-one with the melody.
-Then follow the lighted piano keys to play the song yourself.
-Match the colorful music notes in the book to the piano keys to play on your own!

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This book featured in this article, and in the above video is for sale on eBay:

This toy requires 3 watch style batteries. These are strange sized batteries that will not be
stocked in the average home. When your child’s toy needs new batteries, a special trip to acquire new batteries must be made. These batteries cost $5.99 for 2 sets, ( 6 batteries ).
I would have preferred to see 4 AA batteries instead. A common battery, easy to find, and easy to buy in rechargeable!

Aside from the non-original lyrics and melodies, and aside from the battery style selected to power this toy, I like this toy and I think that your child will LOVE it!

-beautiful and stout hardcover
-sturdy pages
-multi-colored piano keys
-cute illustrations featuring lovable Sesame Street characters

Looking for some great Sesame Street Play-A-Song books for your child? Look no further, here’s a great assortment from Amazon!

 Sesame Street Song Book: Elmo’s Piano (1 2 3 Sesame Street)

Little Music Note 6 Button Elmo Potty Time Songs

Sesame Street Get Up and Go Songs (Play-A-Song)

Sesame Street Play-a-Song Book (Play-a-Song)

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Happy Feet – A 2006 movie by Warner Brothers

10 Dec



What’s Happy Feet?

Happy Feet is a 2006 is a computer-animated musical family film, directed, produced and co-written by George Miller. It was produced at Animal Logic, located in Sydney Australia, for Warner Brothers, Village Roadshow Pictures and Kingdom Feature Productions. The completed film was released in North American theaters on November 17, 2006. It is the first animated film produced by Kennedy Miller in association with visual effects/design company Animal Logic.

Though primarily an animated film, Happy Feet does incorporate motion capture of live action humans in certain scenes.

Happy Feet won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film, and was nominated for the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature and the Saturn Award for Best Animated Film.

The film was dedicated in memory of Nick Enright, Michael Jonson, Robby McNeilly Green, and Steve Irwin. A sequel, Happy Feet Two, was released into theatres November 18, 2011.

What’s the Plot?

Every Emperor Penguin sings a unique song called a “heartsong” to attract a mate. If the male penguin’s heartsong matches the female’s song, the two penguins mate. Norma Jean, a female penguin, falls for Memphis, a male penguin and they become mates. They lay an egg, which is left in Memphis’ care, while Norma Jean leaves with the other females to fish. While the males struggle through the harsh winter, Memphis briefly drops the egg. The resulting chick, Mumble, has no vocal talent, but can tap dance. Nevertheless, he is enamored with Gloria, a female penguin who is regarded as the most talented of his age.

Once grown up, Mumble becomes an outcast  from his tribe of Emperor Penguins. After being shunned during the graduates’ song, his is attacked by a Leopard Seal. After escaping, he befriends a group on Adelie penguins who call themselves the Amigos. After admiring Mumble’s dance moves, they welcome Mumble into their group. Mumble and the Amigos have many daring adventures, helping their friend Lovelace, a Rockhopper penguin, escape from entanglement  in plastic soda pop rings.

Mumbles friend Ramon attempts to help Mumble court Gloria, with negative results initially. But Mumble eventually wins her over by dancing  to the beat of her “heartsong”. Unfortunately, Mumble’s dancing becomes the scapegoat of the tribes lean fishing season. When Mumble refuses the tribal elders orders to stop dancing, he moves from mere outcast to banishment.

Mumble and the Amigos visited the forbidden shore where they find a fishing boat. Mumble pursues it solo to the brink of exhaustion. He is eventually washed up on the shore of Australia, where he is rescued and kept at Marine World with Magellanic Penguins. After a long and secluded confinement he nearly succumbs to madness. When a girl attempts to interact with Mumble by tapping the glass, he starts dancing, which attracts a large crowd. He is released back into the wild, with a tracking device attached to his back. He returns to his colony and challenges the will of  the elders and reconciles with them

The research team  follows Mumble’s tracking device and finds his colony. They take film footage of their expedition footage back to their governments. The governments realize they are overfishing, leading to the banning of all Antarctic fishing. At this, the Emperor Penguins and the Amigos celebrate. In the final scene, a baby penguin is seen dancing next to Mumble and Gloria, revealed to be their son Erik in Happy Feet Two.

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    Elijah Wood as Mumble

    Robin Williams as Ramón and Lovelace

    Brittany Murphy as Gloria

    Hugh Jackman as Memphis

    Nicole Kidman as Norma Jean

    Hugo Weaving as Noah the Elder

    Carlos Alazraqui as Nestor

    Steve Irwin as Trev

    Lombardo Boyar as Raul

    Jeffrey Garcia as Rinaldo

    Johnny Sanchez as Lombardo

    Miriam Margoyles as Mrs. Astrakhan

    Fat Joe as Seymour

    Anthony LaPaglia as Skua Boss

    Roger Rose as Leopard Seal

    Elizabeth Daily as baby Mumble

    Alyssa Shafer as baby Gloria

Looking for some great Happy feet toys?
Look no further! Here’s an awesome assortment at Amazon!

Happy Feet Dancing Animals: Mumble

Happy Feet Two Movie Series 2 Collectible Figurine Gift Set Erik, Sven, Lovelace, Ramon Carmen

Happy Feet Two Penguin Pets Musical Dance Play Set

Happy Feet Two Movie Collectible Mini Figurine 2Pack Erik Atticus

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Vintage 1960s anthropomorphic Tanda Toys Plastic dishes, Teapots, pots and pans made in England

4 Oct
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As I was out picking on my at my usual haunts, I came across the most charming little plastic Teapot! It is 4.5″ to the top of the pot; 6.75″ to the top of the black handle. Unfortunately the lid was missing. But the face was so charming, I took a second look at it and noticed that it had makers markings, “Tanda Toys Made in England”. Well, that was the boost I needed to put it into my cart! I buy anything that I think is neat, especially items that any makers mark or indications that it is made anywhere that is not China!

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I brought the little red teapot home and proceeded to do some research on Tanda dishes. Unfortunately, I came up with very little information. These toys are made by Tanda Toys in England in the 1960’s. I did learn that in addition to the red teapot, there is a coffee pot, cassarole pan, kettle, a stirring spoon, and a frying pan. Each piece came in several colors: Teapot in red or yellow, Coffee pot in light blue or yellow, cassarole in orange or yellow, kettle in light green or yellow. Measurements: cassarole is 6″ x 10″, the kettle is 6″ x 4″, and the tea pot is 4.5″ x 3.75″ in diameter.


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tanda teapots

tanda toys went for $12.00 plus $10.00 shipping

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Photo courtesy of Modsquadpicking

I bet you have two questions on your mind: what are these toys worth? and where can you find them?I found a completed listing for a set of 6: coffee pot, tea pot, cassarole, kettle, skillet, and stirring spoon for $59.00, or about $10 per piece. This is an amazing price and an amazing find. I found another completed listing for a set of 3: cassarole, kettle, and coffee pot for $22.00, or about $7 per piece. However, the little red teapot that I own, that is missing it’s lid will be listed at $29.99 plus shipping. Yes, I value these incredibly RARE pieces at much much more than they sold for previously. When toys are grouped in a “lot”, the buyer always gets a better deal than if they were to buy each piece individually. Couple this with the fact that I will probably never be able to find another of these Tanda toys dishes at any of my treasure finding venues and the price goes UP UP UP! Wouldn’t you LOVE to find a box of these at your next garage sale??


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Disney Pixar the Incredibles Talking Interactive Edna Mode doll with fashion recognition

20 Sep
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Edna Mode is a character from the Disney Pixar animated movie The Incredibles. Edna is a half Japanese, half German eccentric fashion designer. Using her aesthetic skills, and taking into account protective qualities and practical uses that each individual wearer requires, she dresses the superhero community.  The Edna mode character is a direct homage to real world Hollywood costume designer Edith Head with her no-nonsense personality and round glasses.

Edith Head

Edith Head

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Photo courtesy of Karakuragold

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Photo courtesy of Karakuragold

Thinkway toys made an interactive talking Edna Mode doll that is simply……INCREDIBLE! The doll is 14″ tall and made of plastic. Edna’s dress is a silky black material. She does not come with separate stockings and shoes; her legs and feet are molded black plastic. She has pose able arms with articulated shoulder, elbow, and wrist joints. She requires 3 AAA batteries. She is an interactive talking doll that will recognize and respond to words from her chat list; she has over 60 sayings! Edna fuses fashion sense with the latest technology! This superhero designer can respond to your voice. Anything you say, Edna responds in her sassy style!

Photo courtesy of scottorilliac

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Photo courtesy of scottorilliac

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Use Edna’s chat list to talk to her. She’ll recognize the chat list and answer back!

Edna’s Chat list:

How are you?

What’s up?

Let’s talk!

Fashion tips?

A makeover?


Do I look good?

Some of Edna’s responses:

A guest! Hello darling, I’m Edna

No complaints, no complaints; and you darling?

Let me design something for you okay darling?

Anytime darling, go ahead and speak your mind

Haven’t you heard? You must be from out of town darling!

Dress to express darling!

You need a new look that is certain

You are trapped in your look darling, let me design your escape!

Simple, elegant, yes! I release you to socialize!

You come see me again okay darling?

Watch an Interactive talking Edna doll with Fashion Recognition by Thinkway toys

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Looking for some great Disney Incredibles toys? Look no further, here’s a great assortment from Amazon!

Hallmark 2014 Edna Mode Disney Pixar Legends Ornament

Disney Edna Mode Mug

Funko POP Disney Series 3: Edna e-Mode Vinyl Figure

Disney Edna Mode Talking 2016 Sketchbook Christmas Ornament


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Battery operated toy trouble shooting guide

11 Jul

You’ve just purchased that REALLY GREAT singing, dancing, walking, talking and jiggling toy off of eBay, but when you tried to play with the toy it did NOTHING!!

Don’t despair, TROUBLE SHOOT! While all battery operated and electronic toys can stop working for no explicable reason, many times it is a simple problem that can be easily remedied.

Here is your basic trouble shooting guide:

  1. Insert BATTERIES. Here at Katrina’s Toys we ship our toys without batteries. We do this for many reasons: it’s against USPS rules to ship batteries, it adds unnecessary weight to shipping.
  2. Batteries installed wrong. Make sure the batteries are in the right slots, facing the right direction, and completely seated in their little slots.
  3. Old Batteries. Try some fresh batteries. Or if you’re using some cheap brand, try a different brand. If using re-chargeables , make sure it is fully and properly charged.
  4. Battery compartment lid is not screwed on snuggly. Some toys will not work unless that lid is re-installed. Using a screw driver, gently hand tighten those screws to re-install the lid.
  5. Check your on/off switches. Some toys have actual on/off switches located most often on the voicebox or on the battery compartment. However, some toys are activated by light, by voice, some by squeezing sensors located in feet, tummies, ears etc. Please contact your seller if you are not sure how to “turn-on” your toy.
  6. Re-set the reset button. This will be a tiny hole, most likely located on the battery compartment lid. Insert a paper clip end or a pencil tip and give it a little poke.
  7. Corrosion: If the toy has been sitting for a long time with batteries stored inside or the battery compartment has been exposed to moisture and air there could be some corrosion. In addition to replacing the batteries, clean the battery contacts. I have had good results with q-tips and plain old windex. For heavy corrosion you can also try a baking soda paste.

These tips will solve most problems. However, sometimes toys will stop working for absolutely no reason at all. They will require more advanced repair.

Fresh batteries here!

Katrina’s Toy Blog recommends rechargeable batteries – so much better for the environment, and you will find them to be better for your wallet too!! Here’s what you will need from Amazon.

Energizer AA Rechargeable batteries NiMH 2300 mAh 1.2V NH15 – 12 Count

EBL 8 Bay AA, AAA, Ni-MH, Ni-CD Rechargeable Battery Charger – Upgraded ETL Certified

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1987 Playskool Sweetie pops Dolls

5 Nov

“A first dress-up doll that’s easy to dress! Just pop
her in her clothes and she’s ready to go.”

Sweetie Pops were produced by Playskool in 1986.  These dolls were designed for very young girls ages 2 – 5.  The dolls are made of hard plastic/pvc and are 5″ tall when un-dressed. The dolls are molded into a kneeling position and are non-poseable. Each doll came with specially designed fashion that made it easy for little girls to dress their friends all by themselves! Just pop the kneeling posed doll into her dress, attatch the velcro fasteners on the back of the dress and shes ready to play. The doll’s are 7″ tall when dressed.

Playskool produced four Sweetie pops dolls: Party Time, Ballerina, School Time, and Party Girl. Dolls were sold with an outfit included.

This blond haired beauty is always full of fun! She comes with party dress, pinafore, 2 hair ribbons, hair brush, and party accessories.

The school bell is ringing and this little darling brunette is all set to go to school! Includes dress, raincoat, hair bows, hair brush and school accessories.

It’s party time and this little Sweetie Pops is so excited! Includes dress, pinafore, purse, and party accessories!

Sweetie Pops Ballerina is a cute strawberry blond that enjoys dancing in the ballet! Includes bloomers, tutu, leg warmers, head band, hair brush, and ballet accessories!

Playskool sold 6 different outfits separately: Sunday Best, First Dance, Music recital, Camper, Night wear, and Flower girl. Each fashion came with 1 main outfit, 2 accessories, and a hanger.

Flower Girl

Sunday Best

First Dance


Music Recital

Nightwear is unpictured.

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How to pay for your child’s first car, or even some college, using the toys you buy your child

15 Oct

College and cars seems like a million years away. But is it really?
You need to plan for these huge expenses.

There you are: a brand new parent, holding your precious bundle of joy! Money is tight and you are barely getting by – babies are expensive! Financial planners are advocating that you open up a special savings account and deposit a small amount of money each payday to help pay for BIG future expenses such as cars, and college educations. Perhaps you are among the lucky few who are financially able to do this; or more likely you are amongst the majority of parents who find that after you pay for all of your families living expenses find not enough left over to set aside………..

What if you could use all those toys that you and your extended family and friends buy for your child from all the future birthdays and Christmases to help fund those future expenses??

Here are my step by step instructions:

A great attic!

  • Storage space.

This could be an attic, basement, garage, or spare room. Do not rent a storage unit! If you do not have access to FREE space somewhere in your house, then this article is not for you! This area must be DRY – No leaky attics and WET basements. Make sure that your attic is properly insulated and ventilated.When it comes to long-term storage, out of sight should never mean out of mind. Regular inventory checks are critical to ensure that your possessions are free from damage. Mice, moths, silverfish, temperature extremes, humidity, and water can damage valuables beyond repair. Regularly check on items in your storage area. You want to make sure that you don’t have any uninvited visitors, such as birds, squirrels etc, as well as confirm the condition of the items. Plan to check the storage area at least once every 6 months. If you consider it “out of sight, out of mind,” you may end up losing the items altogether.

Plastic bins with a TIGHT fitting lid are essential. I like Rubbermaid brand the best.

Store items destined for the attic in plastic storage bins rather than cardboard boxes. Plastic bins keep out dust and pests.  Many brands of plastic storage containers are built to stack nicely and have the added benefit of built-in handles. The fact that the plastic storage bins are all the same size and stack able will make allow you to make the most efficient use of your storage area. Many insects and rodents are attracted to cardboard as a food and nest making source – DO NOT USE cardboard boxes. Be sure to label each plastic bin. It need not be detailed – TOYS along with the year that you put it in storage should suffice.

  • Buy quality name brand toys from the BIG manufacturers

This means Mattel, Hasbro, Bandai, Lego, Tiger, Playmate toys. There are a few other major players for certain. What I really mean here is NO JUNK toys! A generic cheap toy is inexpensive now, and worthless in the future. Cheap toys are easily broken and often times contain lead paint – guard your wallet AND your child’s health and DON’T buy them. They are NOT a bargain by any means.

  • Buy toys depicting popular Kids’ TV show and movie characters.

These are characters created by Disney, Dreamworks, Fox, Nickelodeon, PBS kids, and Sesame Street to name a few. These characters have been proven to stay popular over time.

Collectors WANT those original boxes!

  • Save all those original toy packages and accessories.

Item will always be worth more with the original box. Once your child opens their gifts, carefully remove the item(s) from the original boxes for them. If possible, keep the tiny accessories with the original box giving your child the main toy only. Store the original boxes inside those rubbermaid storage totes in the attic. Be sure to keep those boxes in excellent condition, a dented box will also de-value the item.

Save those tush tags

  • Save those tush tags!

Tush tags are the cloth tags that manufacturers put information such as brand, identification, and year made. These are not always located on the tush. Toys with tush tags are worth MORE than toys without. Tush tags offer much information that you will need to sell the toy in the distant future.

It’s time to clean out this toy box!

  • Cleaning out your child’s toy box

The frequency will vary depending on (obviously) how many toys are bestowed upon your child. At a minimum I would suggest before each birthday and Christmas. But anytime that you notice your child’s toy box or bedroom BULGING with toys is an appropriate time; as are making any toy that your child dis-likes, has outgrown, or just become bored of disappear……into the attic that is! Sort smaller toys into zip-lock style bags and label them before they go into the Rubbermaid tote. Plush toys should be surface washed with a carpet cleaning solution and thoroughly dried before stored. Put the toys back inside those original boxes that you previously saved.

  • Teach your child to take care of their toys and play with them gently.

This will help retain value, as an extremely worn or ripped up toy is worthless.

  • Take steps to minimize stains

Closely guard the location of those permanent ink pens and the ball-point pens!

Use cloth sew-in labels NOT permanent ink pen

  • Do not write your child’s name on the toy.

If you really do need to mark the toy as belonging to your child, I recommend custom ordering cloth tags with your childs name and stitching that to the toys as an alternative to permanent marker. Before storage this tag can be removed with no damage to the toy.

  • After being stored for a minimum of 5 years, (10 – 15 ideally), toys will be removed and sold on-line.

Currently, eBay is the most popular site for collectibles. But there are many popular smaller sites to choose from as well. Who knows what sites will be best in the future.

If you start this system when you baby is a toddler and continue throughout their childhood you should have 1000’s of dollars of “inventory” that will greatly help with college and car expenses!

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Here is a handy list of products that I recommend for this project from Amazon

Sterilite 19889804 70 Quart/66 Liter Ultra Latch Box, Clear with a White Lid and Black Latches, 4-Pack

Sharpie Pen Fine Point Pen , 4 Black Pens (1742661)

Ziploc Jumbo Big Bags 3 ea

Custom text logo personalized Sewing hanging satin ribbon labels folding name tag washable wash care label (A ( 1.2″ x 1.5″))

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1953 Singer Sew Handy model 20 sewing machine – a tiny sewing machine that really works for girls!!

1 Oct

1953 Singer Sew Handy model 20 sewing machine toy with hard storage case manual

The 1950’s and 1960’s were regarded by many to be sewing’s golden age. There was a strong focus on fashion sewing, designer patterns, and copying Hollywood looks. In some ways, sewing became more chic. In 1955, 52 million women and girls in the U.S. were sewing. By 1963, American women spent a record $1 billion on sewing—including patterns, fabric, notions, and sewing machines. By 1964, the average age of the home sewer was 25 years younger than in 1940. Between 1960 and 1968, the amount of clothes sewn at home increased by 50 percent.

To combat the growing “ready-to-wear” industry, Singer needed to ensure a new generation of sewers, Singer ads started encouraging mothers to teach their daughters to sew from a young age. In 1920 Singer introduced the model 20, a tiny, working sewing machine especially for little girls. Singer also began to advertise free sewing classes with the purchase of every machine. When I was a kid in the 1970’s, my mother sewed like a banshee! I remember being beyond excited when she taught me how to sew by hand, and later with a child sized sewing machine – a much later electric model that the Sew handy model 20, and not nearly as neat!!

Little Girl sews on her own machine!

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  The 1953 Singer Sewhandy was made of black painted metal, and was operated with a hand crank. A very informative sewing manual was included with directions on how to make a cape for a doll. The sewing maching came with a nice, sturdy carrying case that doubled as a vice and work surface for the machine.

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Does your child want a toy sewing machine? There are modern day affordable toy sewing machines available. Check out this assortment from Amazon

Dazzling Toys Happy Family Kids Pretend Play Sewing Machine With Colorful Lights and Sound

Emorefun Battery Operated Kids Toy Sewing Machine with Hand Pedal for Kids Pretend Play Game with Light

Dazzling Toys Happy Family Kids Pretend Play Sewing Machine With Colorful Lights and Sound

Play Toy, Fansport Sewing Toy Mini Cute Electric Simulation Sew Machine Toy Pretend Toy for Kids

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Mr. Smarty Bear Interactive talking animatronic plush toy by Galoob 1985

22 Sep

video courtesy of Jeremiah Johnson

Smarty Bear! The most loveable, smartest bear in the world!

Mr. Smarty Bear by Galoob 1985

Mr. Smarty Bear was released by Galoob toys in 1985. This was the same year that the more popular and well known Teddy Ruxpin bear was released by Worlds of Wonder. It is believed that Mr. Smarty was meant to compete with Teddy Ruxpin for the childrens’ affection and their parents dollars!

Mr. Smarty is 20″ in height. He has his little topknot, red plaid vest, bow tie and eyeglasses. The inside of his mouth is red felt. He has darling faux fur eyebrows that raise and lower when he talks. His big blue eyes open and close and his mouth moves.

Invented by Ralph Baer, this bear was designed to interact and talk to his friends on the screen of a TV set, while playing a VHS cassette (not included) containing interactive data. The 1986 Galoob Smarty Bear Interactive Video System  came with all of the components you would need to connect Smarty Bear to your VCR for interaction with TV.

At least four different VHS tapes were available for use with this system:

  1. Smarty and Argyle See the USA
  2. Argyle goes to Hollywood
  3. Who’s at the zoo?
  4. Argyle and Smarty’s First Case

Without the interactive video system, Mr. Smarty would only talk, he would not be animated.

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He talks, his eyes, his eye brows, nose and mouth moves when he talks.  Talk to him and he will talk to you!

Mr. Smarty will say the following phrases:

  • Positively!
  • Hey! I like to be picked up!
  • Ha Ha Ha!!
  • Hey turn me over!
  • For Sure!

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1969 Mattel Upsy Downsy Happidiculous new world dolls

30 May

Upsy Downsy is a brand developed by Mattel. It concerns two races of strange beings, one that lives rightside-up (The Upsys), the other upside-down (The Downsys). These psychedelic creatures and their fantasy world were featured in a short-lived line of colorful toys and story books for young children in 1969.

The toys were small plastic characters with fabric clothing and synthetic yarn hair, all in fantastic, garishly bright colors. Each came with a fold-out cardboard Playland mat, a “Magic Bridge Clip” to link one mat to another, some wild (and often quite fragile!) accessories, a mode of transportation, and a name that summed up their character in a few nonsensical words. All of the individual Playland mats were designed to be placed together using the Bridge Clips to make the “Happidiculous World” of The Upsys and Downsys. The Upsy figures were approximately 2-1/2″ tall, basically humanoid in shape, with tiny bodies and huge oversized heads topped with a large bright yarn pompom for hair. The Downsys, on the other hand, were more cartoonish beings, about 4″ in height with wild, goofy faces in the middle of a large, rounded body. Downsys’ hands are positioned on the tops of their heads, to allow them to stand upside-down.

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  • Flossy Glossy – The Upsy Fire-Chiefess and her Elewetter Fire Engine
  • Tickle Pinkle – The Upsy Beauty and her Bugabout Car
  • Pudgy Fudgy – The Upsy Eat-Too-Mucher and her Piggybus
  • Baby So-High – The Upsy Hero and her Airo-Zoomer Plane


  • Downy Dilly – The Downsy Mischief-Maker and her Footmobile
  • Pocus Hocus – The Downsy Mixed-Up Magician and his Dragon Wagon
  • Mother What Now – The Downsy Frazzled Mom and her Go-Getter Car
  • Miss Information – The Downsy Opposite Directions Teller and her Miss Information Booth


Wiz-z-zers are gyro-powered toy tops that spin crazily when their tips are wound. Produced in many incarnations by Mattel during the late nineteen-1960s and well into the ‘1970s, these wild whirring tops were a perfect fit for the Upsy Downsy line, and were adapted as a pair of bizarre vehicles, each coming with its own pilot character. Mattel inadvertently reversed the names of the two Wiz-z-zer-riding characters in the group cast picture shown on the backs of the toy Play Mats, making the whole endeavor all the more confused.

  • The Furry Hurry Wiz-z-zer with Hithery Thithery (Upsy)
  • The Hairy Hurry Wiz-z-zer with Skelter Helter (Downsy)



The Happy Go-Round Playset features a dazzling three-car carousel. The cars in question are Bugabouts (similar to Tickle Pinkle’s car, but in different colors), which are connected to the central umbrella support by a three-way axle, so that all the cars rotate around the wobbly platform at once. The Set also includes an extra-large Playland Mat, a Magic Bridge Clip, a streetlamp, a fence, an Upsy Downsy Daisy, and most importantly, exclusive Upsy patrons Foozie Woozie and Tingle Dingle.


The Funny Feeder is the Downsy Land Hamburger Stand. The strange contraption features a spring-loaded tongue sticking out of its huge, grinning mouth (the better to toss plastic hamburgers towards customers with). The Feeder is manned by Downsy cook Short Order and Gooey Chooey, who has been characterized as either Short Order’s waitress, or his best customer, or possibly BOTH (the books were kinda vague). The Set came with an over-sized Playland Mat, a Magic Bridge Clip, a fence, a streetlamp, a Billboard (Advertising “Downside-Up Burgers”), a serving tray, and three of the afore-mentioned burgers, ready for launching.

Eight of the main Upsy Downsy characters were spotlighted in a series of lush, colorful (and slightly psychedelic) Storybooks that chronicled their crazy adventures.

There was also a larger book, Welcome to Upsy Downsy Land, which introduced the Happidiculous World and its inhabitants as a whole.

This book told of the surreal origins of the Upsys and Downsys. They were once merely flowers, covering an entire world made of fuzzy dandelions. A sentient wind called The Great Huff passed by this world long ago, and, having his nose tickled by the dandelions, blew them all away. As the dandelions fell back to earth, some of them fell through a rainbow, and were magically changed into rightside-up beings known as Upsys. Other dandelions fell through a storm cloud, and became upside-down creatures called Downsys. The two factions, despite each being the others’ polar opposite, got along famously, and developed their own little civilization, which came to be known as “Upsy Downsy Land”.

The Storybooks

  • “Welcome To Upsy Downsy Land”
  • “Flossy Glossy and The Hard-to-find Fire”
  • “Tickle Pinkle and The Beautiful Birthday Party”
  • “Pudgy Fudgy & The Whirl-around Picnic”
  • “Baby So-High and The Just-Right Pet”
  • “Downy Dilly and The Monster Trick”
  • “Pocus Hocus and The Magic House-Tree”
  • “Mother What Now and The Mixed-up Treasure”
  • “Miss Information and The Upsy Downsy Circus”

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