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Kiki pencil toppers, a record and a missing doll!

KIKI Pencil Toppers

Kiki pencil toppers that were given away free with Bonux washing powder in the eighties

Kiki pencil toppers that were given away free with Bonux washing powder in the eighties

by Sylvie

Yesterday I found a treasure box dating back to my childhood days in France. I was so pleased to see inside it were the colourful Kiki pencil toppers I used to collect with my younger brother.

As a young girl in the eighties it was a lot more fun to use these Kikis as play figurines rather than the pencil toppers they were intended to be used as.  They were given away free with the washing powder Bonux (a brand that all the kids loved for the great gifts hidden at the bottom of each pack!).

Kiki: bright colours and varied costumes

Kiki: bright colours, costumes galore and interesting accessories ranging from surfboards to fish and a few things beyond!

Kiki was inspired by the very cute plush monkey created by the Japanese Sekiguchi Corporation in 1974, and were distributed in France by the Ajena company. In France the doll was known as “Kiki” but the original Japanese name was “Monchhichi”. Elsewhere it was known as “Chicaboo” (UK), “Mon Cicci” (Italy), “Bolle” (Denmark), “Moncsicsi (Hungary), and “Virkiki” (Spain).

Who's your favourite Kiki? Mom, can you please buy another box of Bonux?

Who’s your favourite Kiki? Mom, can you please buy another box of Bonux?

KIKI 45 RPM record

Also inside the little box of treasure was my Kiki record! This 45 RPM vinyl disc brings back some good memories too. Now, I wish I could find my Kiki doll… mine was wearing a tracksuit and trainers and wearing a chronometer around his neck… in fact you can see him clearly on the back of the record sleeve along with all his friends.

La chanson de Kiki, 45 RPM record, 1978

La chanson de Kiki, 45 RPM record, 1978

Do you recognise any of these Kikis? Back cover of record sleeve shows some of the Kiki dolls available at the time.

Do you recognise any of these Kikis? Back cover of record sleeve shows some of the Kiki dolls available at the time.

"C'est mon Kiki!"

“C’est mon Kiki!”

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

For now I’ll be content with these few childhood treasures I’ve discovered, and wait patiently for my Kiki doll to turn up perhaps inside another treasure box!

Now, where did I put that old record player?