The Best Of Monster Dolly

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I found an excellent mixture of items in Westcliff’s various charity shops on Saturday, including three LP’s, two annuals (Jackie & Magpie), a little Bagpus, a Lalaloopsy doll, a plush Moshi Monster, and my best find of the day, a Dolly Surprise doll from 1987!


“Her ponytail grows right before your eyes!”

Dolly Surprise were produced by Playskool / Hasbro in 1987-1990. They were a line of 10 inch dolls with hair growing abilities. When her right arm was raised up her ponytail would “magically” grow by over 3 inches. Her left arm, when raised up and down, would wind the ponytail back in to her head.

This one is called Prima Ballerina, and there was both a black and a white version. She’s missing her ballet slippers and hair decoration, but works perfectly still. It’s been years since I’ve seen any of these dolls in a charity shop, so was most excited to fine her!

The Moshi Monsters plush is called “Katsuma” and could do with a wash, as could the little Bagpus.

This Lalaloopsy Littles doll is called “Tiny Mite“. She’s missing her little friend but is otherwise complete.


The ITV show Magpie was a more hip version of the BBC’s Blue Peter show, running from 1968 to 1980. This annual is from 1974 and has some super illustrations inside.

I love the inner cover illustrations.

I bought this large format “Best Of Jackie” which covers 1974-78 (published 2005). I began buying Jackie around 1988 when it was much more photographic rather than illustrated, but it but had all the same kind of articles I used to devour (fashion, quizzes, boys).


I bought three LP’s, although not all in the same shop. It turns out I already had one of them (The Power Of Classic Rock), so back to the charity shop with it next sort out!

Wally Whyton “50 More All-Time Children’s Favourites” [1969]

You can’t beat a bit of Wally Whyton, especially when the LP cover has psychedelic toys on the cover!

Side 1 Side 2
Some Nice People

  • A1 – Jack & Jill
  • A2 – JOld Mother Hubbard
  • A3 – JFrere Jacques
  • A4 – JTom, Tom The Pipers Son
  • A5 – JYankee Doodle
  • A6 – JCape Cod Boys

Some Strange People

  • A7 – JAiken Drum
  • A8 – JTaffy Was A Welshman
  • A9 – JThere Was A Crooked Man
  • A10 – JThe Farmers In His Den
  • A11 – JSolomon Grundy
  • A12 – JElsie Marley

Folk Songs

  • A13 – JGo Tell Aunt Rhody
  • A14 – JThe Big Ship Sails On The Alley-O
  • A15 – JWhen I First Came To This Land
  • A16 – JDid You Ever, Ever

Some Animal Songs

  • A17 – JThe Pussycat Ate The Dumpling
  • A18 – JDing Dong Bell
  • A19 – JThere Was A Mouse
  • A20 – JThe Squirrel
  • A21 – JA Fox Went Out

Join In The Chorus

  • A22 – JGimme Crack Corn
  • A23 – JComing Round The Mountain
  • A24 – JSkip To My Lou
  • A25 – JClementine
Some Dancing Songs

  • B1 – JIn And Out The Window
  • B2 – JDashing Away With The Smoothing Iron
  • B3 – JTen Green Bottles
  • B4 – JBe-Bo-Babbity
  • B5 – JThe Mulberry Bush
  • B6 – JLet’s Pretend
  • B7 – JA Rare Bog, A Rattlin’ Bog

Some Jingles

  • B8 – JIt’s Raining, It’s Pouring
  • B9 – JRound And Round The Garden
  • B10 – JClap Hands, Clap Hands
  • B11 – JThere Was An Old Woman
  • B12 – JThis Little Pig
  • B13 – JRain, Rain, Go Away
  • B14 – JTwo Little Dicky Birds

More Folk Songs

  • B15 – JOh Dear What Can The Matter Be
  • B16 – JSuckin’ Cider
  • B17 Where Are You Going To
  • B18 Johnny Cuckoo
  • B19 Paper Of Pins

Some Seasonal Songs

  • B20 – JThere’s A Party Here Today
  • B21 – JHot Cross Buns
  • B22 – JThe North Wind
  • B23 – JI Saw Three Ships
  • B24 – JWe Wish You A Merry Christmas
  • B25 – JThe Twelve Days Of Christmas

Pinky & Perky’s Pop Parade [1975]

Bought entirely for “Kung Fu Fighting”. I was not disappointed.

Side 1 Side 2
  1. Sing Baby Sing
  2. Rock Your Baby
  3. There’s A Whole Lotta Loving
  4. Baby Love
  5. Only Yesterday
  6. Love Me Love My Dog
  1. Billy – Don’t Be A Hero
  2. Shame, Shame, Shame
  3. Oh Boy
  4. Kung Fu Fighting
  5. You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me
  6. Bye Bye Baby