Christmas Morning, 1983: Cabbage Patch Kids, Return of the Jedi, and Inter-Changeables

Christmas 1983

The happy kid has diverse tastes, and a sleeping bag (Cabbage Patch Kids for summer, Return of the Jedi for winter?) for every occasion. I think she’s wearing a Care Bears sweater.

Between ROTJ and the Garfield trash can is the Centipede (1983) board game. In a fascinating, sometimes clever, yet ultimately desperate attempt to compete with the new gaming paradigm, Milton Bradley released a number of board games based on popular (and not so popular) video games well into the ’90s, including Berserk and Zaxxon.

I don’t know what the C.A.R.P. box is. There’s a bird feeder kit in the trash can.

UPDATE: Thank you, Bradley Conrad, who figured out that C.A.R.P. is a Biotron clone (Cosmic Android Robot Probe) from the Inter-Changeables line. The Inter-Changeables were post-Mego and not technically Micronauts, although many of the molds are identical. Innerspace Online has the line being released around 1985, but I’m almost positive the photo above is from 1983. (Box images below are via Hake’s.) The title of this post has been updated to reflect Bradley’s great find.



(First image via eBay)

2 Responses to “Christmas Morning, 1983: Cabbage Patch Kids, <em>Return of the Jedi</em>, and Inter-Changeables”

  1. 1 Bradley Conrad December 17, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    The C.A.R.P box is a repackaging of a Micronauts toy (this little girl is cooool) under the “Interchangeables” moniker. I think it’s basically Microtron in a different colour scheme.

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