On Toys for Kids

Can you name of these toy characters? Better yet did you have any of them or purchase any of these for kids?

I’m confident you identified the Star Wars characters as C-3PO, R2D2, Yoda, and the X-Wing fighter flown by the Rebel Alliance. Did you get Strawberry Shortcake holding the Spirograph wheel and the bear she made from Play-Doh? Cheer Bear (one of the original Care Bears)? Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (from Ghostbusters) on Batman’s back?

Surely you got Mr. Potato Head! But, did you recognize The Purple Pieman feeding a pie from the Easy Bake Oven to the T-Rex from Jurassic Park? The fury animal from the Littlest Pet Shop in the Ghostbusters’ vehicle? The character and car from M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand)?

This ArtWorks mural – Cincinnati’s Toy Heritage – located at 23 West Court Street in downtown Cincinnati – is a tribute to Kenner Toys – a Cincinnati-based company formed in 1947.

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ArtWorks is a unique non-profit organization that employs and trains local youth to create art in the community. To date, ArtWorks is responsible for over 100 murals throughout Cincinnati – which many are in the main part of the city.

This post is for Resa, Toronto’s lady of style who also captures street art in Toronto and Winnipeg as a hobby. Resa recently declared March as Kid’s Month on her blog.




59 thoughts on “On Toys for Kids

  1. I got 3! Honestly, my entire toy life was Barbie. I started making her clothes when I was 8. LOL!
    I can’t remember buying any of those toys for any kids. Although, until my nieces & nephews started to want video games and cell phones, I did buy them toys.
    Frank, this is a lovely post. It’s perfect for Kids’ Month. Thank you very much! xo

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    • Resa,
      Ah ha … making clothes for Barbie was the start of your career!. 🙂 Oh, thanks for sharing that personal tidbit. Meanwhile, once I knew you were doing Kid’s Month, this is the mural I made a special trip downtown to capture. The other one was an accessory. 🙂

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    • Sheldon,
      Welcome first-time commenter. Good news is that I have heard of Philadelphia’s murals from other readers. Of course I appreciate the tribute mural to Larry Fine. 😀 … Nonetheless, I’m sure there are many other outstanding murals there. Thanks for verifying.

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  2. Frank, The close up pics of the toys at the beginning must have been too, large of a file for the reblog. So, I dragged over a few pics into my reblog comment. Let me know if you want me to add/change any pics, or if it is okay the way it is. -Resa

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  3. I recognized all the toys, but couldn’t think of each name. What a delightful mural for kids of all ages! I can imagine the way people would gather at the site and engage in animated discussion as they recall their own history with these childhood toys. Mr. Potato Head is my favorite! 🙂

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    • Debra,
      I think I pegged you as the Mr. Potato type. 😉 This mural is unquestionably for all ages. To me, the fact that this mural is honoring a local company is the real treat. Interestingly, I have a neighbor who spent his working life at Kenner.


  4. Knew most of them Frank…and they indeed fell into either the category of had ’em or gave ’em. Neat to learn about the others I couldn’t identify. It’s a good day when you learn something new. It’s not a good day when you realize just how old you really are by having hands-on experience with some of these “veteran” toys! ArtWorks sounds like a very cool group. Doing good stuff.

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    • Bruce,
      Glad you enjoyed this trip down memory lane. You are obvious one who appreciates nostalgia.

      ArtWorks has done much in this city, and I’ve only touched on a mere fraction of it. Good news is more to come.

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  5. Yes, yes and yes! I recognised most of those, not the purple pieman or the cat though. How cool to see an X-Wing Fighter featured… one of the first 3 vehicles produced by Kenner for Star Wars… and Strawberry Shortcake pushing along the Spirograph wheel is adorable!
    Thank you for the link… a joy to see, and especially seeing it’s at the home of Kenner, one of the absolute best toy companies ever – they really did care!

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