Jun. 27th, 2017

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Oh hey, remember me? Looks like I abandoned this journal for over two months. *sigh* I guess some things never change; I'd always disappear from my LJ doll journal for long periods of time too, and I actually let my old doll Tumblr account sit for so long that it now has "blog1" attached to the URL. Oh well. My last post here was right around Easter and on Easter Sunday itself, my life took yet another turn for the not-so-great, so finding the motivation to take pictures and things has been hard, as has finding the time, as always. (Sidenote: Today, since I actually had the motivation, of course my camera battery was completely, won't-even-turn-for-five-seconds dead. So any pictures you see here are from my phone today.)

Anyway, I'm sure if you were anywhere but under a rock for the 2016 holiday season, you know about the Hatchimals craze. My job actually wound up directly involved at one point, because, even though we're a grocery store that just barely has a toy section, we did get in a few Hatchimals over the course of the season (usually maybe four at a time) but some genius didn't put them live on our website until they were already long gone. So one day, we wound up with thirteen orders in the Shop From Home department just for Hatchimals, some customers planning to come from several hours away just to get one.

I was curious about them, being a toy collector and also because I was absolutely obsessed with the original Furbies when they came out in the late 90s. I was lucky enough to get one that Christmas, though they were as hard to get as the Hatchimals, if not more, thanks to my aunt's stepdaughter who worked at drug store at the time, and from the moment I got my hands on it, all I wanted was all Furby everything, for probably a good two years or so after the initial release. I had boxes full of the McDonald's toy Furbies, a Furby backpack, Furby keychains, just about every bean bag non-interactive version they made, and even eventually a second Furby and a Furby Baby. I was even going to have a Furby theme for my birthday one of those years, but the party store in town closed down before I could get the supplies. I was a bonafide Furby nut...I even had a this little figure I'd gotten from a craft fair, of a Furby next to an acorn with googly eyes, that said "Furby Nut" right on it. So needless to say, I tend to take an interest in toys that remind me of the original Furby.

I actually got two of the newer Furbies for Christmas in 2012, and I really wasn't overly impressed with them. The colors were fun and they were cuter than previous reincarnations of the Furby, more true to the original design, but I just never bonded with them in the same way. Play was largely app-based, and also, they could switch personalities based on how you played with them and what they were exposed to, and all but one of the personalities, I personally found beyond annoying. They also had no off switch and took way too many batteries. So I've been a little wary of new electronic toys since my experiences with the 2012 Furbies, but with all the talk about Hatchimals, it was hard not to be curious.

Click to read about my Hatchimal experiences. )

I think it's safe to say I'm progressing from a Furby nut to Hatchimal nut.


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