KIKI Pencil Toppers
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 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).
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.
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?