Thuggies Dolls

Introduced in 1993, Thuggies were dolls that came with a "rap sheet". As described in the Philadelphia Daily News (Feb 3, 1993):

Carolyn Clark claims that playing with make-believe crooks helps young children avoid becoming real one. To that end, Clark and her partner, Rennie Resmini, both Philadelphians, have designed “Thuggies,” a line of 17 dolls.

Each comes packaged in a cardboard “jail cell” with a “rap sheet” describing his or her crime — and the penalty being paid. For instance, “Bonnie Ann Bribe” is said to be serving time by reading to senior citizens an hour a day. Bonnie, who did not read in first grade, wanted to bribe her way through school. “Dwight Collared Grimes,” who wears a pin-striped suit and a tie and, according to his rap sheet, used to have his hand in other people’s cookie jars, is said to be “presently on cookie-baking duty.”

According to Clark, the positive effect of cuddling these criminals comes from the notion that the doll’s young owner plays a role in “reforming” them. She explained that the dolls, expected to cost about $35 each, have a report card that explains what they have to do to go straight.

     Posted By: Alex - Tue Dec 17, 2019
     Category: Toys | 1990s

Do they have a hooker in the mix?
Posted by Brian on 12/17/19 at 10:54 PM
I'm pretty sure Elliot Best is there on sexual assault charges. You know how the perpetrator is always "such a good boy" who doesn't "deserve to be treated so harshly".
Posted by Yudith on 12/18/19 at 06:13 AM
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