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    When Brilliand (LII) and I were kids, each toy had an individual personality, along with abilities and sometimes even a backstory and relations to the other toys, such as families and teams. Years later, I saw my younger brothers playing with toys. Using a dinosaur as a monster that the day before had been a goodguy with different abilities. I was like, "No, what are you doing?! That's not who he is! Make up your mind!" Squishy (SEI) seemed to like the idea of a toy being basically the same over time. The SLE pretty much disregarded the idea. Is it a rational/irrational difference? Not type-related? What are your experiences?

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    mine were always different. doubt its type-related. probably more creativity-related.
    maybe a saint is just a dead prick with a good publicist
    maybe tommorow's statues are insecure without their foes
    go ask the frog what the scorpion knows

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allie View Post
    mine were always different. doubt its type-related. probably more creativity-related.
    As in the more creative ones put more value on what they created in the past?

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    Over here, we'll put up with (almost) all of your crap. You just have to use the secret phrase: "I don't value it. It's related to <insert random element here>, which is not in my quadra."
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    Abbie is so boring and rigid it's awesome instead of boring and rigid. She seems so practical and down-to-the-ground.

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    my stuffed animals had their own personalities and relationships with eachother, friends, enemies, family.

    I don't remember if I had toys that switched.

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    My 16yo daughter has toys from when she was 2 that still have the same personalities/styles.
    They were counted as friends while she grew up. They had their own experiences, responded to things in different ways than another toy would, had their own emotions, beliefs, likes/dislikes, etc. they didn't all get along, though some are still fast friends with each other. Even now she talks about the core stuffed animals as current friends.

    Last summer, we were sorting through her stuffed animal box, to get rid of some. One yellow duck 'Ducky' was seen, then quickly grabbed and stuffed into the bottom of the tokeep box. I laughed at how quick she did that. She said "what? He,s so freaking annoying. I didn't want him to wake up and start talking." he IS annoying, but worth keeping, as there's many stories we,ve shared with him and the others.

    When she was younger, she was telling a teacher about one of her friends. The teacher finally figured out that it was a bean bag dog. The teacher tried to tell my daughter than her friend wasn't real. My daughter got pissed and yelled at the teacher just before breaking down and crying her little heart out. To her, and me..these personalities ARE real. We've REALLY interacted with them...and learned from them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vois View Post
    I had one lol

    His name was (or is) Squirrely, and his personality was something like Meowth's from Pokemon. I hadn't seen Pokemon when I was that young... I came up with the personality on my own (or so it seemed to me); that's just the closest representative of his personality I can think of.
    That's how it was for me with Zambia!

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    Over here, we'll put up with (almost) all of your crap. You just have to use the secret phrase: "I don't value it. It's related to <insert random element here>, which is not in my quadra."
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    Abbie is so boring and rigid it's awesome instead of boring and rigid. She seems so practical and down-to-the-ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Director Abbie View Post
    As in the more creative ones put more value on what they created in the past?
    ...

    i didn't mean one way was more creative than the other... just that the depth of personality a child develops for a toy is probably more related to how creative the child is... leaving being able to switch it up vs. having consistent characters merely a personal preference imo.

    but way to make it a competition dude
    maybe a saint is just a dead prick with a good publicist
    maybe tommorow's statues are insecure without their foes
    go ask the frog what the scorpion knows

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    Quote Originally Posted by jessica129 View Post
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    Over here, we'll put up with (almost) all of your crap. You just have to use the secret phrase: "I don't value it. It's related to <insert random element here>, which is not in my quadra."
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    Abbie is so boring and rigid it's awesome instead of boring and rigid. She seems so practical and down-to-the-ground.

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    All my toys were SLE, and they either were killing other SLE's or being blown up by me....

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    I don't know what type my toys were, my barbies were probably really skanky SEE's cuz i'd always force them to make out with Ken...but then maybe that just makes me a skanky SEE? Me and my friends used to strip them and pretend like they were having sex. I was like 7.

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    My toy's didn't really have personalities, but they were divided into factions based on their aesthetic particulars.

    I was a little fascist.
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    i don't remember my toys having personalities but i thought i saw one of my dolls wink at me once and i threw it out the window.

    i think every girl made her barbies have sex. i wonder if boys do that with gi joes.

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    This is an interesting thread. My and my sister (ESE) had a lot of stuffed animals & dolls. We divided them into two families: "Nisse" and "Gagge". This was something like a race or family that each doll belonged to. It had some metaphysical meaning that we both somehow understood but never articulated. There were also some imaginary animals, particularly one called "kotte" who used to follow the car when we went somewhere with our parents. The stuffed animals could interact with this imaginary animal, for exampel call him by phone. The animals formed relationships with each other. Often in pairs, so some would be best friends and always be together. Others liked to be by themselves. But it was always like we just knew what the animals were and their relationships. It was not articulated, or we just said "this is how it is", but no reasoning behind it. Maybe an example of strong and unconsious Fi, like in our case?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jessica129 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by polikujm View Post
    She misspells stuff all the time. I think you're thinking of punctuation.
    Not that often...

    Quote Originally Posted by kassie View Post
    i think every girl made her barbies have sex. i wonder if boys do that with gi joes.
    What?! That's absurd! I didn't even know there was such a thing when I had barbies. I thought pregnancy was pretty random and babies were all born via C-section.

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    Abbie is so boring and rigid it's awesome instead of boring and rigid. She seems so practical and down-to-the-ground.

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    I played with Barbie dolls to an extent. I liked to make families out of them - it was usually a mom, dad, and 7-10 kids. I vaguely remember there being a little black girl in an all-white family; I was pretty young at the time, so I don't know what that would mean if I were to replay that scenario today, except that the mom would probably come across as rather slutty. But yeah, I don't know that they really had personalities, I just played out the typical traditional family - or what my perspective of a "traditional family" was back then. I have very differing views today.

    I played with Legos more than anything as a kid though - can't really place a personality on building blocks.

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    My brothers and I all had our own stuffed animals, and we would act out giant wars between our factions in the hallway between our bedrooms. They did all have names and continuity of identity, and some basic personalities (this elf/clown guy was annoying, this bear was dumb, that monkey was a ninja, that kind of thing), but I don't think we ever gave them relationships, beyond which "team" they were on.
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    What types would Lego and Plastic Weapons be ?

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    I had a microscope collection growing up. I liked to make my own slides. I also liked legos and Beetle Juice.
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    Beetle Juice

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    Social worker barbie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sicklittlepuppy View Post
    What types would Lego and Plastic Weapons be ?
    It depends what you do with them. I really like legos. I use them in a way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Director Abbie View Post
    It depends what you do with them. I really like legos. I use them in a way.
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    I don't really remember my toys.
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    None of my toys had personalities except for like stuffed animals. My brother and sister and I used to pretend they were like the good toys from the Oddkins, where they had a mission and weren't evil toys trying to corrupt another toy maker to make more extensively nefarious toys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Director Abbie View Post
    It depends what you do with them. I really like legos. I use them in a way.
    What do you mean in a way.

    My cousin and I used to build complete cities and then smash them to pieces. Good Times

    What would that count as ?

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    I didn't play with dolls, I mean my parents wouldn't let me buy dolls lol or stuffed toys. I don't know if I'd have given them personalities. I did play pretend a lot and all the characters I pretended to be were, um, non-recurring.

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    i went through a phase as a kid where i decided i absolutely loved the name isabel* and whenever i played pretend, that would be my name. and it was like this weird fixation and i felt a ton of resonance with that particular name. i would even whisper "isabel isabel isabel" over and over to myself. and then as an adult i moved in with my ex who owned the same house i lived in when i was a kid. so after all those years i was back in the same house. and his daughter named isabel lived there too. kinda funky, no? coincidences.

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    As a child, I was always wondering why Lego wouldn't release any tanks, battleships and bombers as sets... I also had to equip my soldiers with those revolvers and rifles from the western sets. So guns are okay if you only shoot native americans with them, but they won't let me build a Pzkpfw III or T-34? Where do they draw the line?
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    Mostly toy soldiers and model planes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sicklittlepuppy View Post
    What do you mean in a way.

    My cousin and I used to build complete cities and then smash them to pieces. Good Times

    What would that count as ?
    Maybe irrational?

    I liked to build walls, primarily with 2x4 pieces. Then I upgraded to 90-degree angles, then rectangles, then I made buildings with entrances and inner walls, all solid enough to easily move across the house. Sometimes I would layer the colors, sometimes I would chunk them.

    Making walls with the 2x2 pieces is fun, too. I hook them together by the corners and make them four or five high. Not as stable, but flexible.

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    Hey, that's awesome! Lego really was my favourite toy.

    Of course, it's much less risky for other manufacturers to produce war-themed sets. If parents were upset (and that's not unlikely) about tanks and soldiers, it could have a large impact on Lego's image, because it simply is the leading brand and has a "responsibility" and whatnot. But nobody cares if a no-name (actually, I don't know how well known Tyco is/was) company produces war toys.
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    Don't think I ever imputed personalities, let alone stable ones, to my own toys. I used them more to play out whatever neuroses needed discharging.

    Although, not so with pellet guns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Director Abbie View Post
    Maybe irrational?

    I liked to build walls, primarily with 2x4 pieces. Then I upgraded to 90-degree angles, then rectangles, then I made buildings with entrances and inner walls, all solid enough to easily move across the house. Sometimes I would layer the colors, sometimes I would chunk them.

    Making walls with the 2x2 pieces is fun, too. I hook them together by the corners and make them four or five high. Not as stable, but flexible.
    Ok my way still sounds like more fun.

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