The Popcorn Pretties!
In the early 90s, toy inventors and executives were still high from all of the pastel-covered good shit they huffed in the 80s and so weird and magical ideas continued to twirl around their brains. That’s the only explanation for why Popcorn Pretties made their debut on the toy scene in the early-90s instead of the era it looked like they came from: the 80s. The Popcorn Pretties were like the salty cousins of the Cupcakes dolls. They were little Kelly Ripa-sized dolls whose giant hat and skirt turned them into “popcorn,” and if you threw their asses on a hard surface, they popped open to reveal their glamour. The acid in the late-80s and 90s must’ve been on a serious level because it caused people to look at popcorn and think, “That can be a doll!”
Ghost of the Doll says that Mattel released Popcorn Pretties in 1991 and they came in several scents like Lotta Chocolate, Sherry Cherry, Lily Lemon, Miss Candy Apple, Patti Peach , Blueberry Betty and Grape Jily. Unless popcorn looks like halved brains to you, the Popcorn Pretties didn’t really look like popcorn. They also looked like a My Little Pony tumor in a cup. Here’s 12 seconds of a Popcorn Pretties commercial if you want to relive the magic of dolls popping out of tumor ass-looking popcorn ball things:
The Popcorn Pretties didn’t really become the hit they should’ve become. I wonder if Mattel has any old stock of Popcorn Pretties in one of their warehouses? Because their skirt could be turned into a scented diaphragm for nostalgic women who want to use a piece of a Popcorn Pretty doll to keep them from poppin’ out babies.
Pic: Ghost of the Doll