Do you remember Christmas as a child? Oh the adverts on Cartoon Network and CITV were ALL about toys.
I would sit there watching TV and say ‘I want that’ at basically every single toy on there. My older brothers would call me a brat. I guess I was.
My best friend and I would go through the Argos, Index and Kays catalogue and write down the order number and price for everything we wanted.
Those lists were long, ha. Talk about having high expectations! I can’t remember if we gave the list to our parents. I hope not. Sorry Mum if I did!
Skip it // Barbie Camper Van // Game Boy
Post Office // Sega Mega Drive // Spirograph
I remember the skip it things, we used to play with them all the time during the summer. I remember being jealous because my best friend had one that counted a number of times you skipped with it and I had this really light and cheap plastic one that hardly had enough weight to skip with.
I was mad for Barbie! I played with them up until I was about 11. Yes, eleven. I just loved them so much. I got a Camper Van one year and both loved and hated it. I played with it a lot but the bits were so fiddly. All those tiny plates, pot and pans. I remember trying to balance everything out and getting so mad and throwing the damn thing. TABLE FLIP ARGH. (?°?°)?? ???
This was probably the most used Christmas present I ever had. I loved my yellow game boy and had so many games for it. I loved Mario World 2 and the Donkey Kong games the most. My friend and I would swap games and sit in silence for hours playing. I even had one of those magnifying glass things with lights on so you could play it in the dark so I could play in the car.
My best friend had a folding office and I was so jealous, I wanted one for myself. Santa got me the Post Office version. It was so cool! It had stamps and the yellow plastic flaps were engraved, so you could put a piece of paper over them and make money with a crayon! It folded up into a carry case.
I got my Sega Mega Drive when I was about 11, I think. I begged and begged for it. I remember when I got this I felt so lucky because I also got lots of other big presents that year. I lucked out for sure. Street Fighter and Sonic were my favourite games.
I wanted Spirograph for so long. It looked so much fun on the adverts and I loved drawing and doodling. Nothing could prepare me for the frustration of this toy, though. Have you ever played it? You have to clip them to a frame and it slips out a lot, ruining the picture. This toy caused more aggression than fun. Fiddly toys. Pah.
What was on your wishlist as a child?