Posts tagged ‘pound puppies’

Surprise Find At Walmart

This little guy was hanging with some of his brethren in the canned foods aisle:

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Even though his price tag was somewhat hefty for this sort of thing ($3.99), I could not pass it up. You know how those Pound Puppies are. They look at you with those big, sad eyes and then it’s all over.

Also, I have no idea why they didn’t put them in the cereal aisle instead of the canned foods aisle. Maybe they were trying to target nostalgic adults like me. But be honest: most nostalgic adults spend a lot of time in the cereal aisle buying Cap’n Crunch and Lucky Charms.

Anyway. My new little friend will now go join his larger, older relatives on the shelf.

(I really need a tripod. Taking non-blurry pictures with the camera in my hands is really, really difficult.)

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The NJ Variety Pak.

…Also known as “I kinda feel like writing a post but I don’t have enough material on any one topic that I am currently inspired to write about”. Also also known as, “damn, since the end of the Nostalgiathon my hits have gone way down and I want more pageviews.”

Ahem. Yes. I have a few things to say, so I’m gonna say ’em.

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Nostalgiathon #4: Random Thoughts on a Few 80s Toys

Hmm, today was another good day! WordPress ends the day at 7PM my time, which is kinda irritating, but from 7PM yesterday to 7PM today (it’s currently 7:39), I got 74 views, and have had six since then, so that’s pretty damn good! Thank you all once again.

Anyway, enough about that. This is another post written without prior planning, so I’m not sure how this one’ll turn out either. I’m gonna try to keep it short. Because…well, I don’t feel like writing a 1500-word diatribe about toys at the moment, haha. But we’ll see.

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JoshC suggested that I write about Pound Puppies. I did indeed have a Pound Puppy as a kid, and I even found a little tan one at a thrift store a couple years ago.

However, I had more of the other merchandise than I did of the actual plushies, including this read-along book and tape set that I loved to death for some reason. If I remember correctly, it was based on the characters from the cartoon show and was about the wonders of reading books or something like that.

Another Pound Puppies item in my collection was a tape full of doggy Christmas songs, complete with really cheesy barking and whatnot, which was also listened to many, many times. Kids are so indiscriminate when it comes to entertainment.

I also had a couple of knockoff Pound Puppies that I loved just as much, but I don’t remember what they were called. There’s a picture of me with them, and if I wasn’t such a lazy bitch I’d scan it in. Hey, you’re lucky you’re gettin’ two posts in one day!

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DC suggested Popples. Unfortunately…I ain’t got much to say about Popples because I never had one. They’re…interesting. Apparently, they were created by the same people responsible for Care Bears. I think if I had to choose between the two, I’d take Care Bears. But if I found a Popple in a thrift store, I’d probably buy it.

Hmm, more toys…

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Ah, The Get Along Gang. This franchise was a vague, early memory for me, since the show ended when I was about two years old. Once in the early 90s, I was at a thrift store with my mother and found one of the toys. Even at that young age, I wanted to buy that toy because it was from the 80s. Didn’t get a chance to though.

I can’t agree with the themes of this show, though. It encourages conformity and I kinda don’t think that’s necessarily a good thing to teach kids. Conforming is fine in some situations, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with getting along with others, but you’ve got to have a mind and identity of your own.

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Strawberry Shortcake! I only had one of the dolls, but I loved it. I also seem to remember having a big, “baby” version of her, but maybe I just dreamed that. Not sure. Here’s a commercial for it, featuring Heather O’Rourke, AKA Carol Anne from Poltergeist.

Strawberry Shortcake has been revived since the 80s, but now she looks like this:

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Maybe I’m just an old fogey, but I hate that new design. For one thing, it doesn’t look timeless like the old one. It looks…well, frankly it looks 90s! The big hat, the jacket tied around the waist, the striped top– I don’t know about anybody else, but that looks ridiculously mid-90s to me. It’ll certainly be dated in a few years. Not that that really matters, I guess, but meh. I think they should’ve just left well enough alone.

Okay, well, after searching around some more, it looks like they changed the design again, and it’s better, but I still prefer the old ones. Maybe I just don’t like my toys looking “hip” or something. Also, most of the old characters are gone. And Huckleberry Pie looks ridiculously generic. Check it out if you’re bored enough.

And after doing even MORE Googling, I found this, YET ANOTHER re-launch for Strawberry, this time by Hasbro. I like the character design better, as it’s more reminiscent of the 80s design. But I’m sure the animated show isn’t going to be to my liking– which is fine, because I’m not a four-year-old growing up in 2008. I’m just rambling.

Okay, I think that’s enough for now. Any thoughts?

ETA: Oh yeah, NJ has a new look! I was sick of looking at the blue, so I picked something where I could customize the colors. I decided to go with an orangey-browny thing, because that reminds me of the 80s. Unfortunately, this layout doesn’t support a custom header, so the NJ logo I made is retired for now. Still, I’m happy with the colors. What do you guys think?