Ah, the water park playset. This one was fun because when you open it up, there's a pink water slide. There's also a clown slide, which these days I find a little disturbing, but we won't dwell on that.
Another reason why I liked this set is it came with a doll that I never saw with any of the other sets. She wears a turquoise bathing suit and has dark skin and hair. I always liked her because she looked so different.
Now we're getting to the toys I only wish I'd had. I never even knew they made this one until recently! Licensed from Disney, it's rather bigger than any of the compacts and is castle-shaped.
My favorite thing about it is the dolls. It comes with eight of them, including the Fairy Godmother, the prince, the wicked stepmother and stepsisters. The other three are different versions of Cinderella: dressed in "rags", her ballgown, and her bridal gown. How cool is that? The only thing that could have made it better is if it had come with her little mice friends too!
To top it all off, it comes with the magic pumpkin coach! It's clear and glittery and is pulled by a couple of white horses. Fun!
Suki's Japanese Tea House (1990)
Here's another one I didn't know about until recently. The inside of the compact isn't particularly interesting-- it's mostly just a little Japanese-style house. What I liked about it is that it comes with two Japanese girl dolls! Also, they even did their homework and gave them appropriate names: Suki and Atsuko. Suki wears a purple kimono, and Atsuko is dressed in white with a green belt.
I find it pretty neat that they did try to be somewhat culturally diverse with the toys...puts them a little ahead of their time.
Fifi's Parisian Apartment (1990)
This compact is really charming. It comes with Fifi, who is clad in pink and wears a fancy hat. Also included are her two poodles! On the top half of the compact, we have a balcony with a view of the Eiffel Tower. On the bottom, there's a garden with a doghouse for the two poodles to live in.
Fairy Wishing World (1992)
Yeah, I know, more fairy stuff. I mostly just like this one because of the interior. It's all sparkly clouds and rainbows in this compact! It also has a wishing well. Included is Fairy Polly, only this time she's wearing turquoise. I would have liked it to use with my other fairy dolls.
Seashine Mermaid Locket (1993)
Finally, we have one of the many lockets. This one is shaped like a shell and has a golden finish. Oooh...shiny. Inside is an underwater scene and a place to put a photo. But the best part about this toy is the fact that it comes with a mermaid doll! I don't know about anybody else, but when I was younger, I loved mermaids so much that I wanted to be one, so I would have bought this just to get that doll...
Well, that's the end of our trip to Polly Pocket Land for now. I hope someone out there enjoyed it. If there are any toys you had that I didn't include here-- and I'm sure there are, there's a hundred of these things --just leave a comment! I'd love to hear about it. Perhaps if there's enough interest, I'll do a second installment sometime in the future.
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Thanks for reading!