Remembering Fashion Plates
Courtesy of the Alameda Point Antique Fair, let me present to you one of *the* toys of my childhood: Tomy's Fashion Plates from 1978.
I saw this complete set all the way in the back of the fair (think row DD) and when the seller told me they were $10, I didn't hesitate for a moment. To say that I loved this toy as a child would be an understatement. I played with this thing so much that by the end of my childhood, the box had taken even a worse beating than the one I bought.
For those unfamiliar with this kit, here's how it worked: you mixed and matched components to create an outfit and then used a crayon like tool to make a rubbing of the final look. Then, you colored it in. Repeat. That's it, but it was countless hours of fun.
If you had this toy, the following images should totally bring back fond memories. While I remembered the basic outfits/heads etc…, I completely forgot that the back of the plates had patterns and textures to use when coloring.
What a trip down memory lane.
And of course, Penelope loves it too.
If you had Fashion Plates, what were your go-to plates?
Update: Since this post was about *my* child, I didn't bother to take photos of the other plates that had been stuffed in the box (but weren't part of the original set). Since so many of my readers remember these plates from the 1980s, I had to add them to this post. Enjoy!