This is the first edition of what promises to be an enlightening feature of this blog.
There comes a time for those of us who work in retail or perhaps are compulsive shoppers, when we find an item in our stock (closet) that makes us stop and scratch our heads. And ask the age-old question, "What the heck were we (was I) thinking?". Which is usually followed up by the answer,
" It seemed like a good idea at the time."
Trailer Trash Dolls
The first of this award in the Oh Boy! Toy Company Hall of Shame goes to the Trailer Trash Dolls, Trash Talking Turleen & her sister with the nickname of "Little Miss Guzzler".
While the exact details are a bit fuzzy, I stumbled upon these gems late one night while surfing the Internet for fun new products. I had the best time playing on the manufacturer's website, listening to my "must-have find" belch, cackle and trash-talk.
My "better half" checked in to see what was so hysterical on the laptop, took one look and walked away muttering, " That's not funny. I grew up with these people."
Which only made me want these dolls even more!
A Brief History
The Trailer Trash Dolls got their start in 1996 as a simple "genetically re-engineering " of a famous toy-maker's dolls. Thanks to national media coverage and a subsequent lawsuit to stop production, the process of custom designed and manufactured dolls began in 1998.
The First & Second Edition Trailer Trash Dolls (non-talking one) are no longer in production and are highly collectible. As of today, we have four left of the 2nd Edition. The pregnant, "Trash Talking Turleen" doll while unavailable from the manufacturer until Summer of 2010, is also available at Oh Boy! Toy, while supplies last.
For a preview of the trash that Turleen talks, the manufacturer's website Red-Neck Warehouse gives a preview here! Fun Fact: The voice of Turleen was provided by an Opera Singer from Seattle. To protect her career, she remains anonymous. We can tell you that Daniel "Gibby" Gibson was responsible for the belch because quite frankly he has nothing to lose and is a bit proud of this accomplishment.
For die hard "Trailer" aficionados, we even carry fan-girl tees!
The moral of the story is:
#1 - Never buy anything after a few glasses (bottles) of wine (favorite adult beverage), late at night, from the Internet (or QVC). Common sense will usually prevail in the light of day and after your morning cup of java.
#2 - If you hang on to anything long enough, it most likely will become a collectible!