Monday, December 26th, 2005
Scrushkins: the ugliest, coolest doll you’ll never own
My mother had a doll sitting on a bench in her entryway when we visited last week. "That’s the ugliest doll I’ve ever seen," was my first thought. "I want it," was my second. That’s pretty much what Grandma thought when she snatched it for 50 cents at a garage sale.
Two things I love about this troll are that the eyes can be pointed in different directions and his hands have Velcro which only seem to adhere to his butt.
Scrushkins were sold in the mid 1990s, invented by Funanuf and sold through a now-defunct company called Toy Vision. Funanuf tells me Scrushkins are no longer sold. Nooooo!
The fine print on this Scrushkins marketing photo reads, "Kids love to create thousands of moods and expressions on these amazing creatures! Lion, bird, frog, monkey, elf and pig. Whether happy, sad, grumpy, or mad, the Scrushkins express how you feel. Made of the incredible new, moldable Scrush fabric, each Scrushkins is hand-painted. No two are alike. Appeals to boy and girls ages 3 to 103. Express yourself with Scrush!"
"Kids love to create…" What? They marketed this wickedly cool doll to kids? The fools! Who wouldn’t want this monstrosity prominently featured in their office, on top of their monitor, sitting in their entryway or snuggled with in bed? The fact that Grandma and I both love this ugly troll tells me Toy Vision had an untapped gold mine on its hands.
That’s all I have to say about that, until my Ebay searches turn up scrushalicious gold sometime in the future.