Thursday, May 26, 2005

80s flashback


Fashion plates
Originally uploaded by squeakyweasels.

Hey, remember Fashion Plates?

Remember the little back crayon that slid longways into that little plastic grip, and how smooth and flat the crayon would get on one edge after a day filled with the rubbing of heads and torsos?

That didn't come out right. But you know what I mean!

I almost squealed when Diana brought out a box of these as I was dropping the kids off at daycare. Maybe I did squeal, I didn't notice. I was instantly immersed in a full-on flashback to my childhood -- I even saw everything around me dissolve into wavy streams and I heard the noonooleenoo flashback music.

Oh, the dainty little lines of the tiniest little detail captured by the side of a crayon, the impossibly lashy eyes, the curves of lace trim on a skirt and the deliberate straight lines that traveled the length of a leg in shorts.

I'm sure I liked to draw before I got my set of Fashion Plates, but it was this toy that got me hooked on it like crack. Fashion Plates is like a sketch on steroids. Behold, a blank piece of paper... and with just the mere flick of a crayon, behold! Exactly the image I had envisioned appears on that blank page.

And that's where the colored pencils came in. Hoo, lordy!

5 comments:

landismom said...

OMG, my daughter has the "Princess" Fashion Plates. I confess I was never lucky enough to own this toy in my own childhood--but my best friend had it, and boy was I jealous!

Frecklehead said...

I HAD THESE!!! Holy cow, I haven't even thought about these things in at least 15 years. Wow.

Rebecca said...

Now way. I had forgotten all about these! Brings back such a fun memory!! :)

Anonymous said...

Boy, does this bring back memories. I got these for Christmas one year and I loved them - played with them all the time! Hmmmm... wonder if I could find a set on Ebay!

Anonymous said...

Ooops! I forgot to sign my name! The last post is from Kittymama.