Friday, July 31, 2020

Play Sets: Bounce House Sample

  Okay. I admit it. the play set for this month is a bit of a cheat, but also really cool. To preface a little bit, when Ivy was little she was really into Kelly dolls. Her favourite dolls to play with were 'Blue', a former Tommy, and her sister 'Rose', who was a Kelly, so most of the doll stuff bought for Ivy had to fit them. One Christmas I was searching for Kelly sized stuff on Ebay when I came across today's 'playset'. I don't remember what I searched to find it, and I've never seen another one. It was perfectly Kelly sized though, so I bought it for Ivy.

Modeled for size here by Gareth World.

  It's a perfect little bounce house.







 I always thought it might have been a salesman's sample. In looking on Ebay I see that there's a miniature Spiderman bounce house in the  'Sold' listings, that calls it a 'miniature store display'. I don't see bounce houses being sold in stores, so...? It's labeled 'Action Air'  ,which is a company that makes full size bounce houses.


  The bounce house is made almost just like a real one. The major difference is that instead of inflating, it's filled with foam. There's a zipper on the bottom.


There's a warning on the front. It's obviously meant to show that there's a label on the real one, but this tiny one isn't very legible.


The opening to the bounce section has a Velcro closure.


The sides are mesh, just like a real bounce house.  I'll tell you a story of what happened to child Fuzzy in a bouncy castle once, but not until the end of this post.



 There's a narrow section in the middle for kids to climb from the bounce section to the slide section.



The tunnel emerges at the top of the slide.



And there's the slide. 


I'm not sure what originally attached to the Velcro strip on the slide. Any ideas?



There are padded posts at the bottom of the slide.





  Okay. now for that story about what happened to little Fuzzy in the bouncy house at a kids event thing. Fuzzy, along with a bunch of other kids we didn't know, was bouncing in a bouncy castle, way back when the kids were small. Fuzz must have been about 10 or younger. All the kids were bouncing and having a good time. All of a sudden, the inflating device conked out, and someone screamed for all the kids to get out of the castle. The kids shot for the exit. Fuzz was knocked down by the herd of panicked kids. Unable to get up with all the kids trying to run out, (because the floor was squashy, and getting more so by the second as the air fizzed out of the castle.),  Fuzz rolled around, trying to get up. I was panicking too, because my kid had suddenly disappeared. I couldn't get in to Fuzz until all the other kids were out of the way. Once they were,  I dived inside, only to find Fuzz nearly vanished in the quickly deflating bouncy castle's floor. You see, Fuzz had not been able to get up, and had rolled into the crack between the floor and the wall. If I hadn't been such a paranoid mom that I stood and watched Fuzz bounce to make sure he didn't get abducted, things could have ended tragically. Once that castle deflated, the weight of it might have made it impossible for Fuzz to get out at all. Fuzz could have suffocated. I managed to pull Fuzz out of the crack and we got out. I'm not sure which of us were most scared by the whole thing.


  So that's this month's playset. See you tomorrow for the Doll Book of the Month selection, and soon we'll see my recent Goodwill finds.

12 comments:

  1. First of all, I am happy that you could save your son.

    The castle looks awesome. I am wondering if you also have the Kelly Bouncy Fun castle? Gareth's body looks very much like that Kelly's body.

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    1. It's funny you should say that! I have changed Gareth's body a couple of times, and the one he has now is, indeed, the Jumpin' Fun Kelly body!(I think that's what the set was called in the U.S.) Ivy has that set. I thought that was the most articulated Kelly body, so I got one for myself to loan Gareth. I just realized with your question, the appropriateness of my using Gareth for this post: He's named after Fuzzy,whose real name is Gareth.

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  2. That is the coolest toy! Your story though, that was a scary moment! Happy Weekend:@)

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  3. Poor Fuzz, that must've been terrifying for both of you! Did you ever look at a bouncy castle the same way after that? This is an adorable and original accessory for small dolls. I had no idea anyone had even made such a thing!

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    1. It was terrifying. I think we felt cautious, but the kids still loved bouncy castles.

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  4. Thats a great find, if I were into kelly dolls i would love to have that.

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    1. It would be great for tiny BJDs too. Maybe at some point I'll photograph my Ai dolls with it. I can imagine those tiny...Pukifees?...playing on it.

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  5. Oh my goodness, I love this bouncy house! I have a Lati Yellow Lea (same size as a Pukifee) she would love to have one.

    I am glad all turned out well for you and Fuzz.

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    1. I thought it was quite a find when I got it for Ivy. Now that it's out of her closet, I'm sure I'll be borrowing it for photos!

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  6. This was a great set! I love your hybrid doll too. Really surprised to hear about your son! There was no kid count or monitor? Glad you were able to locate him!

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  7. Poor Fuzz! That must have been the scariest thing for you both to endure. I'm so glad you were there to see what was happening.
    I love this little 'inflatable', it's just the perfect size for this doll and looks so realistic.
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