I found an excellent mixture of items in Westcliff’s various charity shops on Saturday, including three LP’s, two annuals (Jackie & Magpie), a little Bagpus, a Lalaloopsy doll, a plush Moshi Monster, and my best find of the day, a Dolly Surprise doll from 1987!
“Her ponytail grows right before your eyes!”
Dolly Surprise were produced by Playskool / Hasbro in 1987-1990. They were a line of 10 inch dolls with hair growing abilities. When her right arm was raised up her ponytail would “magically” grow by over 3 inches. Her left arm, when raised up and down, would wind the ponytail back in to her head.
This one is called Prima Ballerina, and there was both a black and a white version. She’s missing her ballet slippers and hair decoration, but works perfectly still. It’s been years since I’ve seen any of these dolls in a charity shop, so was most excited to fine her! She cost £1.50.
The Moshi Monsters plush is called “Katsuma” and could do with a wash, as could the little Bagpus. They were 50p each.
This Lalaloopsy Littles doll called “Tiny Mite” cost me 50p. She’s missing her little friend but is otherwise complete.
The ITV show Magpie was a more hip version of the BBC’s Blue Peter show, running from 1968 to 1980. This annual is from 1974 and has some super illustrations inside. It was 50p.
I love the inner cover illustrations.
I bought this large format “Best Of Jackie” for £4.00 which covers 1974-78 (published 2005). I began buying Jackie around 1988 when it was much more photographic rather than illustrated, but it but had all the same kind of articles I used to devour (fashion, quizzes, boys).
I bought three LP’s, although not all in the same shop, and they were £1.00 each. It turns out I already had one of them (The Power Of Classic Rock), so back to the charity shop with it next sort out!
Wally Whyton “50 More All-Time Children’s Favourites” 
You can’t beat a bit of Wally Whyton, especially when the LP cover has psychedelic toys on the cover!
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|Some Nice People
Some Strange People
Some Animal Songs
Join In The Chorus
|Some Dancing Songs
More Folk Songs
Some Seasonal Songs
Pinky & Perky’s Pop Parade 
Bought entirely for “Kung Fu Fighting”. I was not disappointed.
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