Round the Bend was a somewhat bizarre TV show, which for a long time I thought I had imagined as no one else I spoke to could remember it/had seen it! I remember being simultaneously scared and amused by it when I was little. Re-watching it again as an adult, I can see why!
Another favourite toy of mine was Quints. I’m pretty sure I had the entire collection, but the one I played with the most was the house, I loved the way it opened up into five different rooms and could be folded up again and carried. Another toy I wish I’d kept hold of!
I love, love, LOVE Polly Pocket! I’m gutted that I no longer have my collection, but I do still have the Funtime Clock on my bedside table! It’s so hard to pick a favourite compact, but the ones that I remember the most fondly are the Jeweled, Enchanted Storybooks and Polly’s Dream World.
I had hours of fun playing with my Oh Penny! set, I had the big house, camper and peppermint parlour. My favourite was the parlour with it’s disco floor and 1950s retro look… something I still love now!
The first time I ever played an N64 game was at my friends house, it was ‘Diddy Kong Racing‘ and it blew my mind! I’d never seen anything like it before and thought the graphics were amazing! After many months of saving (and playing at my friends house) I finally bought the GoldenEye 007 edition of the console, which has been set up on every TV I’ve owned ever since.
The game that I fell in love with however, was Banjo-Kazooie. The box caught my eye whilst I was in Woolworths after school one day so I saved up, and from the moment I brought it home I was hooked! I still play it regularly and listen to the soundtrack 20 years later. Despite owning most of Nintendo’s consoles since then, none of them seem to have captured my imagination quite like the N64 did.
One of the first books I learnt to read was Meg and Mog, which I suspect was the start of my love for books such as The Worst Witch, The Poundsbridge Witch, Harry Potter and all the ones in-between! The stories I remember the most vividly are ‘Meg on the Moon’ and ‘Meg’s Eggs’
Lite-Brite was one of my absolute favourite toys! I’ve always had an obsession with things that are colour-changing or glow in the dark, so this toy was a dream come true! I still have mine, but I’ve yet to find anywhere that still sells the batteries for it which I’m gutted about, I would love to get it working again!
Keypers were cute animals that usually came in pastel colours, with a compartment that you could hide things in and lock them away. I had the swan, snail and horse as well as a few of the “baby” versions, but my favourite was the swan which I think was called Princess?
Quite possibly the most uncomfortable shoes ever! I always used to wear my jelly shoes to the beach, which at the time I thought was really clever as they were so easy to clean. In reality it was a terrible idea, as they were dangerously slippy when they got wet and really hurt when they were full of sand… Not that I ever learnt my lesson! Apparently these are making a comeback, but I still don’t think my feet have forgiven me…
Another show with a theme tune that gets stuck in your head for days! I used to love watching Inspector Gadget after school. I wanted to have pretty much all of the gadgets, especially Go Go gadget legs… walking to school would have been a breeze!