I really wasn't still. But I was having coffee in Trina's Kitchen and she was going through her e-mails. She said it was strange because one kept coming in, one topic. She said about 12 people had written about the same topic and she didn't have an answer for them. I actually do.
So she suggested I grab it.
The question is about a Barbie house. Specifically, people write Trina about a Barbie beach house from the early 70s. It was on stilts and one level.
Trina doesn't remember it and she had four girls. Not all in the 70s. But she haunted garage sales for Barbie stuff in the 80s and 90s and feels she is familiar with most or many toys from the Barbie line.
The problem she's having is that it's not a Barbie toy.
I know it because I was in a mature relationship and trying to act mature. Meaning he had a son from a past marriage and I was really trying to be adult and substitute Mom like.
He played with GI Joe -- 12 inch dolls known as "action figures." And Big Jim which I think was about ten inches and he had Kung-Fu grip as well as bulging biceps that increased when you made him flex. And Action Jackson who was 8 inches tall.
He had all the accessory toys for those.
One day the Action Jackson Jungle Gym broke.
This is what people are describing. It is not a Barbie toy.
The front legs of the stilts broke so the whole thing tilted forward. His father tried to fix it with super glue. It didn't work.
But I 'saved the day.' Though they no longer 'made' the Action Jackson Jungle Gym, they still sold it. It was now Dyna-Mite's beach house. The only difference was you got a Dyna-mite doll (8 inch figure, blond) and she also had an inflatable pool and beach ball.
It was the same exact beach house. They also used it for Planet of the Apes, I think.
So I bought it and was trying to get it out of the box quickly before the boy got home. How come?
Boys did not like to have their dolls called "dolls." "Action figures," they would insist. As I said, when it became Dyna-Mite's beach house, it came with an inflatable pool and beach ball and, most important, one Dyna-Mite doll. I wanted to get the box open (and in the trash) and the Dyna-Mite out of it before he saw it.
But he saw it and was fine with it. Even kept Dyna-Mite to play the victim. (I'm not joking. He had Action Jackson rescue her -- they were the same size. I didn't recommend that but it wasn't my playtime, it was his.)
So that's what people are describing. If you've never seen it, here's the video.
That's the commercial for Dyna-Mite's beach house. I found it by searching YouTube commercials for beach house on stilts toy. It's wrongly labeled as "Barbie's Beach House" by whomever uploaded the commercial to YouTube. Anyone who knows Barbie should be able to tell that's not her. In addition, the commercial has sound and they clearly say "Dyna-Mite." But I'm guessing the person who uploaded didn't know Dyna-Mite. It's one of those dolls that didn't stay around for long.
It's for Action Jackson's home. Watch it and you'll see it's the same beach house. Again, it started as Action Jackson's. One more commercial.
That's the Planet of the Apes tree house. All were made by Mego. As I remember the order, it was Action Jackson, then Dyna-Mite and then Planet of the Apes. But it was always the same playset, just different names. All had the rope ladder.
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