My Buddy (doll)

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The My Buddy doll line was made by Hasbro in 1985 with the intention of making a doll to appeal to little boys and teach them about caring for their friends. This idea was both innovative and controversial for its time, as toy dolls were traditionally associated with younger girls. Hasbro also introduced a companion Kid Sister marketed toward girls. Hasbro discontinued the line before the start of the 1990s and Playskool took over production, making changes to the likeness and clothing.

This doll is widely believed to be the inspiration for Chucky, the evil doll from Child's Play but some believe that the That Kid doll is the inspiration for the doll featured in the film.[1] It is also inspiration for Hasbro's Inhumanoids rather than the two-part Season 4 premiere "Princess Twilight Sparkle" (during the flashback of Nightmare Moon) (from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic).

Hasbro[edit]

During its initial run, My Buddy had the following characteristics:

  • Red baseball cap
  • Brown hair
  • Red/Yellow/blue/white striped long sleeve shirt
  • Red overalls with "My Buddy" logo on chest
  • blue shoes with white stripe
  • The whole doll (besides head) was stuffed fabric.
  • Face had blue or brown eyes, freckles, "button" nose, and smile

Two versions of the dolls existed: the brunette version described above, and a blonde version:

  • Blue baseball cap
  • Blonde hair
  • Red/Yellow/blue/white striped long sleeve shirt
  • Blue overalls with "My Buddy" logo on chest
  • Red shoes with white stripe
  • The whole doll (besides head) was stuffed fabric.
  • Face had blue or brown eyes, freckles, "button" nose, and smile

An African American version, outfitted the same as the brunette Caucasian doll, was available.

Playskool[edit]

The dolls released by Playskool in the 1990s were made with unremovable clothing sewn directly onto the doll's body. The new Kid Sister was also released with clothes sewn onto the body, despite complaints, making it virtually impossible to dress it in different outfits. This was done to reduce the extra cost of having to produce clothes separately, so it was all kept on one assembly line.

Advertising[edit]

The "official" song used in marketing the doll in advertisements was:

"My Buddy, My Buddy, Wherever I go, he goes. My Buddy, My Buddy, I'll teach him everything that I know.

My Buddy and me, Like to climb up a tree. My buddy and me, We're the best friends that could be.

My Buddy, My Buddy, My Buddy and Me!"[2]

In popular culture[edit]

The doll was jokingly depicted as My Stalker in an episode of Adult Swim's Robot Chicken.[3]

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