Ned
327 Posts
13 years, 9 months ago
I remember very many commercials from my childhood, looking back, it seems like they tried to sell a zillion different toy lines to kids back then. Here are some of the more obscure toy lines I remember; they were shown on TV only for awhile and I don't recall ever seeing them in real life. Who remembers these?

1. "My One and Only" (on TV c. spring 1988 ) Is there anyone in the world besides me who remembers this toy line!? I have done extensive googling and have found nothing anywhere about this! I have already written about it on this forum and no one remebered it. It was a series of 6 large dolls that looked like young hunks, sort of like oversize Ken or Rio dolls. I think I remember the commercial verbatim. It showed pictures of live young men and of the dolls they represented, each pair dressed in the same fashions. A moody voice crooned "My o-one and only! You stole my heart away! Be my one and only today!" A girl's voice then said: "At first I didn't know...there was Colin, Graham, Mark, Max, Greg (or so I remember the names)...and then it happened...CORY. Now You're my one and only!" The doll I supposed was Cory had dark brown hair, I think, and definitely had a red and white varsity jacket, apparently with his initial.

2. "Hot Looks" (c. 1987/1988 ). A small series of dolls made larger than Barbies, and representing models from different countries. Had very zany, uber-80s commercials, showing the dolls and one or more girls enjoying the same kind of fashions they had.
http://hot-looks-dolls.livejournal.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnPStQSnAxs

3. "Peeper Pals" (c. 1990). Mellow-looking stuffed animals, with large drowsy eyes. The commercial had a song that went something like "Peeper Pals! I've got my eye on you!"
http://www.stuffed-plush-animals.com/peeper-pals-cats-dogs-frogs-c-64_66.html

4. "Bitsy Bears" (commercial seen by early Spring 1992). Cutesy little bears in different colors. The commercial had a song in which a little girl sang "In Bitsy Bear Land not so far away/There's magic happening every day!/The Bitsy Bears come alive before your eyes!"
http://littlestpetshop.50webs.com/bitsybears/bitsybears.htm
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    rowemedic
    180 Posts
    13 years, 9 months ago
    i was born in 82 and i dont remember anyone of these. sorry.
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      Alyssa_Branen
      2220 Posts
      13 years, 9 months ago
      I think I remember all of those. The dolls are a little fuzzy in the memory but I had some bitsy bears and probably the stuffed animals.
      :)
        Ned
        327 Posts
        13 years, 9 months ago
        Finally, I have found a reference to the "My One and Only", it was made by Irwin Toy, a Canadian company.
        http://www.referenceforbusiness.com/history2/67/Irwin-Toy-Limited.html

        "Other successful product development efforts at Irwin during the mid-1980s included Yawnie, a doll with a gaping mouth, and My One and Only, which was a line of guy dolls marketed to young girls as a sort of fantasy boyfriend."

        Successful? But since I saw the commercial, I have not seen hide nor hair of these toys.
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          KittenFangs
          154 Posts
          13 years, 9 months ago
          None of those seem too familar except those bears. I remeber the packaging but I don't think I had any. I wasn't big on bears.
          That Toys R Us commercial made me wish for a time machine...
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            mlp1988
            14 Posts
            13 years, 7 months ago
            Bitsy Bears!! I had almost all the toys, and I still have one of the videos. They were pretty crappy but cute nonetheless. The toys wound up and moved, and they were all light pastel.
              Joe_1979
              36 Posts
              13 years, 7 months ago
              I only know about the Bitsy Bears... I used to buy them for my little sister, and she had one hell of a collection.
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