For the longest time, I have been trying to figure out what the names of these raver creatures are. While trolling for 80s toys on eBay the other night (as one does while drunk on a Saturday night), I came across one and it all came back to me! The Snugglebums! They were called Snugglebums, because they were sweet, snuggable and unemployed. They came in different colors, were shaped like thumbs, had long, flowing gorgeous hair and were kind of terrifying.
There was a whole set of them. Their names were Bumble, Papa Gently, Fondly, Baby Shyly, Flutter, Warmly, Happy, Mama Brightly, Gladly and Cutely. Their names basically sounded like the chola names of Honey Boo Boo’s family members. They were like giant dogs toy for kids. If you squeezed them, they giggled, squeaked or sometimes lit up. They weren’t only a toy line. There was a Snugglebums board game and puzzles, etc… etc…
Like most magical things, they disappeared after the 80s. Both my sister and I had one of these things. I swear that when we fell asleep they came alive, woke us up, fed us E and then gave us a glow stick show while we danced to techno. They were the original ravers. If you drop acid before watching Girls, Lena Dunham will look like a Snugglebum to you and I’m pretty sure that’s the nicest thing I’ve ever said about Lena Dunham.
The Snugglebums once again prove that everybody was fucked out of their minds in the 80s.