Remember how the only thing that Ralphie wants for Christmas is “an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model BB rifle with a compass in the stock.” Remember how important things like that were when you were a kid? Well in honor of that materialistic obsession, I am now going to give you the list of Christmas gifts I always wanted as a kid but never got. (I know! This is probably one of the roots of all my current problems – I was so deprived!)
Okay, first off, one of the gifts I most wanted – wanted really badly – but never got was the Vincent Price Head Shrinker Kit. Yes, I was a morbid child, you all know of my Halloween obsession, still – I didn’t INVENT the thing, I just wanted one for Christmas. I guess my parents didn’t see the value in a kit that allowed you to create shrunken heads. Later, I heard that it wasn’t as fun as it looked. Still, I’ve never really recovered from my disappointment that Christmas.
Another gift I wanted and never got was the Frosty Snowcone maker. Oh how I longed for this. This photo doesn’t show it, but it came with a little shovel that you would scoop the chipped ice into cups with. The ice cubes went into his hat and got all crushed and came out his stomach. Then you had some sugary flavorings in the yellow tubes that you would add to the crushed ice. Adorable!
My friend Teresa had the Barbie Country Camper. I always coveted it. I guess it was lucky that I got to play with hers since I never got one of my own. *sniff*
Instead of Barbie, my sister and I got the Sunshine Family . . . damn hippies.
Things I really, really wanted but my mom would not buy because they would make too big of a mess:
I know you’ve already seen this one, but again, look how cute he was . . . and too big of a mess.
Things I really really wanted and I don’t know why I never got one:
My aunt had one of these and I would spend HOURS looking at those slides. Remember how they made everything look like a fantastic little 3D world? I would just concentrate, concentrate, trying to will myself into the little scenes (like this one with Huckleberry Hound)
Wanted this. Never got it.
Did get these . . .
They looked a lot more fun than they were. Heavy glass balls that you were supposed to smack together. This was before video games, obviously, when children’s entertainment expectations were WAY lower.
OH, and I remember getting one of these:
Did you ever “play” with one of these? I remember that it sucked. Mainly because I burned the crap out of myself on the tip the first time I used it. I never could get the project to look like the one on the box and then my mom put it up and I never saw it again. Another children’s toy that could have used more research and development before release.