Baby Face dolls. Galoob. 1992.
Hello, vintage mates. I’m nowhere near the stage of the definitions below, but lately some of my toy ads are freaking me out!
Pediophobia or “the fear of dolls” is a specific type of phobia characterized by irrational and intense fear or worry of dolls. Pediophobia is closely related to Automatonophobia.
Automatonophobia – morbid fear of ventriloquist’s dummies, animatronic creatures, wax statues or any inanimate object that simulates a sentient being.
I don’t know, maybe it’s just me… but am I the only one to feel disturbed by this plush bunny sitting at the edge of a pond?
Bunny Long Legs. 1983.
And how about this Dancing Sailor Doll… 100% guaranteed to pick a fight with you, even if you agree with him!
DANCING SAILOR, clockwork tinplate sailor in cloth uniform, by Lehmann, circa 1912.
Maybe it is me.
Anyway, I’m not taking any chances, and neither should you!
Here is my top ten toy adverts that freak me out lately…
#10 – Thumbelina Dolls
Tiny terrors. The kind of dolls you might find hiding in small boxes, your purse, or when you open the fridge – sat next to the milk and yoghurt. No!
Thumbelina dolls. 1972. Ideal.