For my birthday, I gifted myself the Polly Pocket 30th Anniversary Compact! So I’m incredibly excited to share my thoughts.
If you’re not aware, Polly Pocket was a plastic miniature playset manufactured by Bluebird Toys in the 1990s that was small enough that you could literally carry it around in your pocket! When you opened up one of the candy-coloured magical shells, there was one of dozens of different mini-worlds inside each populated by half-inch plastic dolls that offered up infinite hours of imagination! Like most 90s girls, I HAD to have them all and they proudly covered my bedroom! But the little girls that loved her grew up and the toys collected dust in basements and was mostly forgotten.
Polly Pocket still exists as a brand, but she looks much different now than she did in the 90s. Now somehow it’s been 30 years since Polly first topped our lists to Santa, so Mattel (who now owns the Polly Pocket line) jumped on the wave of nostalgia and released a collectors edition set to reignite the magic of this little part of our childhoods!
I felt like I was 10 again when the brightly coloured box arrived! The artwork is especially adorable! The box is clearly meant to stay in tact and be displayed.
The Keepsake Set looks almost *exactly* like the original on the inside, although the colours are different and contrast is much better on the new version! All of the details that made the original Polly Pocket sets so special is there, down to the pop-up present and little ups on the table.
The outside of the Keepsake Set is purple and it SPARKLES! I’m really glad that there is some differentiation on the Keepsake Set as it really looks like it’s something special.
For the time being, I’ve chosen to not open the set even though it is so hard for me not to open it and it explore it more closely! I’m really happy that I decided to get it because it brings back some great memories for me! It will be fun to compare them again in another 30 years! You can pick up the set for yourself from here on Amazon.
For some extra fun, take a look at this commercial which features the Partytime Surprise playset from 1994! This song occasionally pops into my head out of nowhere and hopefully into yours now!