The 1970's were prime years here for the Christmas Wish Book--especially because a lot of people where I lived shopped through The Catalogue. Those were the days when we wrote out Family-Circus-inspired two-page (or ten-page) Christmas wish lists--with pages and prices included. Of course we were told to circle one or two things that we really really really wanted--the other stuff (like a rock tumbler) went on the list every year just out of habit.
So this is my question: what's the dumbest childhood toy that you ever asked for (and got) for Christmas or another holiday, preferably inspired by TV advertising or a page in the catalogue? Did you ever ask for (and get) a gumball machine? A Shoppin' Sheryl doll? (Okay, she was pretty cute.) A Give-a-Show Projector? A magic set that never really worked?
(If you need some inspiration or want to jog your memories, check out the TimeWarp Vintage Toys website.)
I'll start: Shaker Maker, approximately 1972, a kit that made little moulded plaster monsters. Hoo boy, what was I thinking? You could have about as much fun shaking up instant pudding, and it would have tasted better too.
P.S. TimeWarp Toys is a fun website to browse through--did anybody else ever make DaisySnaps jewelry? Or are you old enough to remember Rat Fink Rings?