am called Cub or Hyena Cub most places online. My real
name is Saber Alexander McConnell. Kinda sounds like a
Cabbage Patch Kid name, doesn't it?
can live with that.
was born in 1976, and thus was there to see the beginning
of the CPK craze. I was lucky to have parents who were
perfectly fine with boys playing with girl toys and vice
versa...and so when these guys came out, I fell in love
with them. Most the adults (my mom included!) seemed to
think they were ugly...but most kids seemed to love 'em.
Mom eventually came around, though.
current 'Kids will be showcased on a different page, but
below, please find certain photos from my life. Of course
if this kind of photo bores the pants off of you, feel
free to get right to the good stuff!
a pic for a bigger pic.)
I adorable? This is me, on the day of my birth in
Phoenix, Arizona. Dashing OB shirt, isn't it?
Heck, I even kinda LOOK like a Cabbage Patch Kid!
Maybe a Coleco # 16 headmold....
a desert rat in my early years! Still am, at
heart. Aside from the toys I liked, which ranged
from dolls and ponies to trucks and toy swords, I
loved nothing better than to go out and explore
the desert. I learned quickly that I hated
chollas (those cacti had it in for me) and that
rattlesnakes were not nearly as common in settled
areas as everyone who doesn't live in Arizona
things they are. I never saw one, anyway. My mom
saw a Gila Monster when she was a kid, though.
Scared the crap out of her!
in the miles and miles of open desert between
towns there were more creatures, but not in
Phoenix, even if there was a lot more desert when
I lived there.
around a lot as a kid, so it was tough to make
friends. But I had my toys and a fantastic
came out...like many others..I was hooked.
Here are my first and
second CPKs--I do not have these anymore, not
becaue I didin't want them, but because when I
accidentally left them outside one evening,
someone stole them. >:C
bedding. I loved red, white, and blue together.)
am pretty sure I knew who it was, but we couldn't
exactly accuse them without proof. :sigh:
names were Cassidy Angus and Ivy Rosanna. I do
worked at Montgomery Wards, and when CPKs were
nearly impossible to find, the people who worked
there (Dad worked in sales, but I don't know if
other departments got to also) were allowed to
take one of the CPKs home. That was Cassidy.
my old Polaroid. I miss it.
Hm. They look like they might have been
both #2 molds. I have a better pic of Cassidy and
I can tell he's a 2....but they both look a lot
alike, so they might both be. That was one of the
most common molds that year.
big brother got me a replacement the next year
for Christmas. He was 7 years older than I, and
he had a job, and what impressed me the most
about it was that he used his own money.
To a kid who only got allowance, that
was a big deal. The new baldy was
Nelson Edgar. The girl I got later on (one of the
first big-ish things I got with my
allowance...took me weeks, because she was 30
dollars) was Hester something. She was a Cornsilk
'Kid which I believe were new that year.
Other things I
loved at that time were My Little Ponies, Rainbow
Brite (I was always a sucker for rainbows),
He-Man, ThunderCats, She-Ra, and Transformers. (I
also loved reading, art, climbing, and being a
The summer after
fourth grade, we moved to Nebraska...I hate
Nebraska, and it's all because of the weather.
(Though...Omaha has THE best zoo I've ever been
to.) But I HATE snow, I HATE cold, and I miss the
are the first two kids that did NOT get stolen.
Ever since I was a little kid, I thought red hair
was the coolest looking...that never changed,
either. I get redheaded 'Kids when I can. Someday
I will get a pair of red-headed boy twins in the
box. I always wanted those as a kid, but they
were way too expensive for us to afford.
Most of the
kids I knewat that time, boy or girl, were
"too old" for baby dolls. I had
additional interests, too, but I still liked my
toys. (Though I never could find out when and on
what channel ThunderCats was when we got to
Omaha. The last episode I specifically remember
watching was "The Trouble With
Thunderkittens", which was one of the last
episodes of season 1. But I digress.)
When I got into junior
high, we lived in a place that had a lot of
younger kids around to play with. I always loved
kids, even when I was one, and they were a lot
more fun to hang out with than the other junior
high school kids. All they cared about was
looking cool and members of the opposite sex.
So I got to play with my CPKs a
lot at my younger friends' houses. That was when
I got Michaela, the Splashin' Kid, and later on,
some of the early Hasbro ones.
I got several other CPKs, some new, some
not. They included a Bean-Butt baby, a Sippin'
Baby, and my Cornsilk Hester. Nelson Edgar,
Michaela Lee, and Landon Parker were there too of
course. Here is a picture of all of them in the
Halloween costumes I made for them. Also a few
random dolls that had a similar size from when I
was little. This was when I was in high school.
I still liked dolls. It was getting more of a
collector's hobby than to play with, though.
little ghost is a Hasbro Babyland Baby...I had to
do a ghost, because his PJs ARE his body, and
don't come off. I did not like that much. It was
Hasbro by then, though I did not realize it at
the time, and Hasbro loved kids with sewn-on
After high school, I got away from CPKs
and other toys that girls liked--I was going
through a major macho mode :P--and I was also in
a full-blown geek-obsession with Star Trek, Star
Wars, and a few other things I can't remember.
several years later, when I didin't think I was
going to collect anymore, I sold several of them.
I had discovered ebay (which was reeeaaaally
simple back then) and was selling vintage toys.
My other kiddos stayed in bins (I was
hard-core collecting vintage ThunderCats during
that time) until I found them again while looking
through the boxes in the garage. My CPK love
rekindled and I began collecting again.
I scoured thrift shops--I oftrn found the older
Coleco and Hasbro ones, though those got scarcer
as time went on.
still find them in thrift shops--heck I found my
first Jesmar at one--and he has freckles--and a
Splash and Tan, but I find a LOT more Mattels and
Play Alongs now. I did find a TRU kid once,
though. That was awesome.
still collect them. I have a load of them and I
will get more. My eventual goal when I can afford
them is to get one of each headmold, and one from
each of the lines I like. (I don't care for the 7
and 8" ones or the Babyland and Cuties and
the like, but I am getting to like the Garden
Fairies, blast it. Nuts to them and their
adorableness! They do not play fair.)
Now I have two beds...my waterbed from
when I was ten (technically it was Mom and Dad's
waterbed, which is a king), and a raised
captain's bed I had to use when were in a
small-ish apartment and had no room for the
waterbed. Now that I can use my waterbed, the
other one holds my 'Kids!
here I am with my current clan. (As January 20,
2014. I have gotten mroe since then.) There are
103 'Kids in this picture...not including me. And
more will be added. XD
now, on to the CPK-O-Rama!