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Toys and games for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog Wishbook

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It’s the year of the Shortcake, according to toy stores (1981)

This Christmas, many little girls are asking Santa to fill their stockings with Strawberry Shortcake.

Now, don’t cancel out on that Christmas fruitcake and start collecting shortcake recipes. It’s only a doll.

But Pensacola toy merchants and salespersons said Saturday the 3-1/2-inch doll, along with the Rubik’s Cube, the “Dukes of Hazzard” race car, and the Atari video games, are about the most popular toys for Christmas — so far.

“We’re selling them as fast as they come in,” said Paula Goonian, a sales clerk at Playland in Cordova Mall.

Ruth Griffin, a salesperson at Woolco’s on Davis Highway, said the Strawberry Shortcake doll was the store’s bestseller Saturday. And Howard Bean, a group manager at Zayre’s toy department on Ninth Avenue, said the Strawberry Shortcake doll and the Atari video games were popular there.

“Last year, it was Star Wars and the hand computer games. But this year, it’s changed some,” he said.

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Hundreds of toys, games & fun for kids for sale in the 1981 Sears Catalog Wishbook
37-key Deluxe Spinet piano and other vintage musical instrument toys
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Walkie Talkies, vintage play phones, sound FX machines and toy intercoms
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Electric organs and keyboards - and the PianoSaurus
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Breyer Horses, including the Black Stallion
Horse toys for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Neat Nails and Face Case, Barbie Perfume Maker, Lip Gloss Lockets and more vintage beauty toys for kids
Beauty toys marketed to girls in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Retro creative toys: The Bead Machine, Fashion Designer Center, Fashion Plates, and sewing and craft kits
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Deluxe dollhouse and all kinds of miniature furniture for the dolls
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Colonial-style dollhouse and furniture for the play home
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Victorian-style dollhouse, English Tudor-style dollhouse, Powder Puff Sweetheart playhouse
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Quiz-A-Tron toys, Touch 'N Tell and Little Professor - Vintage educational toys
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Children's Discovery System learning system - Mathquiz/Calculator & 2XL The Talking Robot
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Show 'N Tell Phono Viewer - Record player with view screen - and more retro AV for kids
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Science! Vintage Sears Microscopes with make-your-own slides kit
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Wooden Barbie doll house furniture - plus kitchen, dishes, dinnerware, food and more
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Barbie doll carrying cases for her wardrobe
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Barbie clothes: Fashion outfits for Barbie, Lindsey & Ken dolls
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Lindsey fashion doll with waist-length hair and a versatile wardrobe
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Barbie and Ken head west with their Palomino horse and pink Jeep car
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Barbie's backyard pool and cabana with Malibu Barbie, Ken and Skipper
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Barbie Dream House with furniture - from Mattel - also Hispanic and Black Barbie, and Barbies's Corvette sports car
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Doll toys and furniture - high chairs, beds, cradles and more
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Doll baby carriages and strollers, plus playpens and swings for dolls
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Dolly loves to go riding in these bright and beautiful doll carriages and strollers
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Drinking and wetting toy doll with cradle, stroller, car seat and layette from the 80s
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Play School Nursery from Fisher Price - Life and Load Offshore Cargo base toy
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Big plus teddy bear and children's rocker
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Big rag doll and Winnie-the-Pooh crib playground for babies
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Retro electronic sports games with LED action display screen - Coleco
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Roadmates Rippin' Around Raceway and Roadmates Auto Ferry
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Baby doll Carol and her nursery
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Keepsake-quality fashion dolls - elegant and perfectly-dressed
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Vintage dolls and accessories - Missy, Real Sister, Baby Linda, Sweet Cream
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Retro dolls including Little Babs, Baby Wide Eyes, Sweet Tender Touch and others
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Dolls: PattiCake, Raggedy Ann and Andy, Cowboy and Cowgirl, Annie and more
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Lovable baby dolls and accessories, including Love N Touch, Baby Crawl Around and Big Beautiful Baby
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Ventriloquist dolls - Howdy Doody, Groucho Marx, Simon Sez
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Vintage dolls and toys - Pretty Cut & Grow, Baby Crissy, Baby Agatha, Newborn Soft Love
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Vintage Effanbee dolls - Four Seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter) and baby dolls
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Vintage electronic sports games on handheld LED screens - Football, baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer
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Coloring, drawing, learning and playing for little kids - including Crayola, Disney and Lite Brite
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Easels and drawing board for kids - plus Vintage Play-Doh fun
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Retro electronic learning toys - Computron, Speak & Spell, Speak & Math, Speak & Read
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Vintage dollhouses and doll furniture - Dream House
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Small and toy sewing machines - Sew Perfect, Knit Magic and more
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Dress-up dolls and beauty parlor toys, hair styling, makeup - Plus Christie and Barbie with Quick Curl hair
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Retro record players and vintage portable phonograph toys
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Vintage drawing, painting and other artistic activity toys
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Craft kits for kids - Rock tumbler, Master Caster, Paint N Swirl, Woodburning kit
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Chemistry lab sets, Ant city, nature field kits, gold and mineral prospecting kits
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Toy furniture for kids - tables and chairs made from wood
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Kombi Play Kitchen, supermarket food set, Winnie-the-Pooh cook N serve set
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Tuckaway Tabletop 3-in-1 kitchen set and accessories - plus Mattel Tuff Stuff Shoppin' Basket
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Child-side kitchen appliances and accessories
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Novelty toys - Dukes of Hazzard, Mickey Mouse, Tic-Tak-Toe games and more
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Sports equipment for kids - Football, Baseball, Boxing, Basketball
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Model kits for kids - Imperial Star Destroyer from Star Wars, Dukes of Hazzard, USS Constitution and more
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Little Tikes Railroad - A train ride for kids with its own track
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Big Wheels, Slick Racers, tricycles and more ride-on fun for little kids
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Sunny Bunch Collectibles - dolls, accessories and furniture
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Train sets for kids - Bachmann Big Husky and Chessie System
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Roadmates country play world and vehicle sets - Mattel Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash
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Roadmates city play environment and city vehicle sets
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Tonka Jeep, Off-road Racer, Nylint Rhino, Ertl Tractor and more truck toys
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Stomper SSC Super Cycle Daredevil loop set, Shell gas station toys and Ruff Truk vehicles
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Brix Blox, Erector sets, Lincoln Log sets and other classic toys
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Vintage Brix Blocks building sets and alphabet blocks
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Roadmates auto park - Crank operated elevator vintage toy
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Weebles wobble and spin around but never fall down - Weebles playsets
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Fisher Price schoolhouse, jetport, farm, plane and more preschool toys
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Vintage preschool toys - play phones, See 'n Say and a pretend pay phone
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Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Vintage games inlcuding Ants in the Pants, Cootie, Pair-Ups, Operation, Swervin' Derby, Jaws, Frog Hoppers, Space Shoot game
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Vintage RC Corvette, Porsche 917K and radio-controlled Jeep CJ toys
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Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
80s sleeping bags - Winnie the Pooh, Bugs Bunny, Benji, Pink Panther
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Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
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Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
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Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
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Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
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Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
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Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
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Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
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Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
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Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
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Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
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Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
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Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
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Vintage games - including Flippopotamus, Fishing Ducks, Space Ballistic Missile Wars
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Wishbook
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
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Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
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Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
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Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Pink Panther, Sylvester, Tweety, Big Bird and other plus characters and vintage stuffed animals
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Vintage vinyl play tunnel, play houses, Little Tikes teeter tooter see saw and other backyard fun for kids
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Vintage toys - ambulance, emergency room, flight school set and Mickey Mouse matching game
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Vintage preschool toys - train, wagon, farm set, Bert and Ernie
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Vintage Fisher Price houseboat, chatterbox phone, music box record player and more preschool fun
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Fisher Price Jolly Jalopy, Basketball bean bag game, Play desk, Hiking set, Cash register and more
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Play doctor! Medical set, doctor and nurse toy kits - also play mower and play camera
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Vintage toy of Mr Pibb cannon jump - Joie Chitwood Thrill Set
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Vintage puzzles, Mr Potato Head, Teeter Totter watches, block picture puzzles, US Map puzzle
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Vintage wooden blocks - Unfinished wood Kindergarten Blocks
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Discover Toys for preschoolers - plus Mickey Mouse Spin & Pop Pinball Game
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Vintage Crazy Coaster, Jungle Express, Moto Drive, Space Galaxy toys
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Vintage Brix Blocks toy sets
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Stomper 4x4 Mountain, and Desert Rally set, Mystery Action vehicles
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Vintage Roadmates toys, auto transport, service center and more
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Freight train sets and other railroad toys for kids
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Imaginary world play sets: Fort Union, Highway Patrol, Cavalry and Indian toy set
Vintage toys for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog – Wishbook
Rockers and furniture for kids
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Child-size rockers, desks, storage chests, toy boxes and more small furniture
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Happy Valley design furniture for kids - plus toy bins, desk and chair
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Sunny Bunch Furniture - cute country-style bedroom furniture for girls
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Wagons and wheelbarrows for kids
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
'80s toy cars, tractors and ride-ons for kids
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Pretend motorcycles and other electric battery-powered ride-on toys for kids
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Pines Plane, Wrangler 4x4 Pickup and Volkswagen Rabbit ride-on toys for kids
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Hobby Horses and ride-on horse toys
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Sit n ride toddler toys - Cozy Coupe Cars and other ride-on toys for preschoolers
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Adorable plush cuddle n rock rockers - stuffed horse toys - pluse ride-on toys & Sit n Spin by Kenner
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Washable toys for babies - Winnie the Pooh, Snoopy, more - Peek a Boo Picture Tube
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Crib and playpen toys for babies and toddlers - Winnie the Pooh
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Colorful crib & playpen fun with vintage Pooh, Mattel and Action Stacks toys
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Bathtub toys and bath time fun for little kids
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Vintage musical toys for babies, toddlers and preschoolers
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Plush pets and pals - stuffed animal toys and dolls
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Trampolines and other sports and fitness fun for kids
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Western play sets and character outfits - costumes for kids
Dress-up fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog – Wishbook
Little homemaker cooks up hours of homemade fun - pretend kitchen toys
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog Wishbook
Mini kitchen toys for kids - including a Holly Hobbie-style set
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog

Toys and games for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog Wishbook

Funtime Electric Oven, Pillsbury Bake and Decorate sets, Electronic Sonar Range toy oven
Kitchen and food toys for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Frosty Snowman Sno-cone Maker, inflatable furniture, toy housekeeping sets, bean bag chairs and more
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Vintage folding chairs and chair and table sets for kids
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Leatherworking tools for kids, clock kits, child-size weaving loom and more craft kits
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Toy typewriters - Sears Writer 1, 2, 3 and 4 - Plus pretend cash registers
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Minu play tool kits, workbenches and real telescopes for kids
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Vintage drawing toys - Etch-a-Sketch, Dial-a-Design, Hasbro Skedoodle
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog
Guitars and drum kids for kids - Toy instruments
Toys, games and fun for kids in the 1981 Sears Catalog

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Christmas toy sales are up

Al Shemaria, owner of Cordova Toy and Hobby, said his store had only four Strawberry Shortcake dolls left out of 60. The strawberry-scented rubber doll, which looks like a cross between the Ju-Ju dolls and Mattel’s Liddie Kiddies of the late 1960s and early 1970s, was popularized this spring in a special cartoon series.

Shemaria, who has sold toys for 32 years, said he believes the popularity of the doll reflects parents’ memories of their childhood, which they’re trying to share with their children by giving them toys similar to those they received as children.

A Santa Claus at Cordova Mall said children often are requesting traditional toys. “Girls are still going strong for the Barbie dolls, Strawberry Shortcake, and believe it or not, roller skates,” he said.

Rubik’s Cubes — plastic puzzle cubes where the trick is to get, all of the sides to match colors is a best-all-around seller. Shemaria said he sold between 100 and 150 this month — mainly to persons aged nine and older. Mildred Sanderson, a merchandising assistant at University Mall’s J.C. Penney, said the store’s supply of 1,000 Rubik’s Cubes had dwindled Saturday to 200.

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Most of the merchants said “Star Wars” dolls were the most popular toys last Christmas. This year, children aren’t requesting them as often. The Miss Piggy Doll also is losing ground this year.

“I only had one request for Miss Piggy this year. I had lots of requests for it last year,” the Cordova Mall Santa said.

Most of the merchants say television popularity and advertising play a big role in which toys are popular each Christmas.

“Whatever is advertised on a Saturday morning cartoon, they’ll be in here to buy it,” Darlene Aldridge, Playland’s manager, said. She said the Dukes of Hazzard race car, General Lee, also seems to sell fastest on Saturday mornings — the day after the “Dukes of Hazzard” television series airs.

Gary King, assistant manager at Cordova Toy and Hobby, said he believes the country’s political climate also has a lot to do with the toys children choose.

He said war toys, such as the G I Joe and toy guns, were popular at the beginning of the 1960s, and lost popularity at the end of the decade and during the early 1970s because of the anti-war mood. But dolls, western toys and technical toys have become popular again with the conservative mood of the Reagan administration.

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