Bouncin’ #FlashBackFriday

Can you pirouette so sweet, or swing so high right off your feet?

Today’s featured commercial product can!

From Crawlin,’ Walkin’, Fussin’, and Cuddlin’ to dancing, gymnastics, riding a bicycle, and skating, this week’s commercial offerings play more like “which is the earwormiest earworm to promote toys” than, “hey look, a commercial for toys!” I mean, the offerings certainly say both, but man, these jingles have been all-consuming this week.

From 1989 we go to…1989, and to a variant in a toy line that had all kinds of “Bouncin'” offerings, even when the actual offering didn’t bounce. Princesses with tiaras that light up while you obsessively brush their hair, declare their beauty, and perhaps bounce them on their own so they live up to their name didn’t seem to fit in, but were part of the line. Today’s product, I assure you, does fit into the “Bouncin'” category, and advances the age of the subject from babies to…kids.

And the jingle is just as earwormy!

Oh dear.

Is it me, or is this just too much excitement about a doll that rides a bike?

Bouncin’ Kids was part of the “Bouncin’ Babies” line of toys from GALOOB (!), manufactured between 1988 and 1990. The dolls don’t exactly bounce, but they do different activities with batteries and a little twist or turn.

“They’re the most active, the most fun kids on the block, and they can do Ballet (press her crown, but don’t forget to pose her!), ride a bicycle (put her on her tricycle), roller skate (and relax in her beach chair!), and do gymnastics (tumble on the floor or do two routines on her parallel bars). Their names were Ballerina Kid, Cyclin’ Kid, Skatin’ Kid, and Tumblin’ Kid.

There were also three other Bouncin’ Kids – Talk ‘n Cheer Kid (says two cheerleader phrases), and Swimmin’ Kid (rides the waves on her surfboard, or “really swims!”), and Scootin’ Kid (as the name suggests, she rides a scooter).

I wonder why they only highlight four dolls in the series, when there are actually seven. Same with Bouncin’ Babies, and don’t even get me started on the playsets or other dolls in the “Bouncin'” series. Either those commercials are more rare, the toys were more rare, or the series itself wasn’t heavily promoted or very popular.

Or maybe the jingle was a turn off?



Have a fantastic Flashback Friday, and a great weekend!

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