Well, do you know about Cricket’s Health Care Plan?
Stick around…you will, probably in far more detail than you ever wanted to know!
It’s All Been Done Before…By Me!
If you’ve read some of my past articles, you’re aware that I wrote a few about 1980s talking dolls, specifically Teddy Ruxpin and Cricket. I’ve also written a behemoth article about a larger, more expansive collection of 1980s talking dolls. On a weirder tangent, I told you about the things that have happened involving our wonderful 1980s technology.
On a personal note, it is a topic I hold as dear to my nostalgic heart as Chicago, David Foster, Kenny Loggins, and 1980s commercials.
So you know it is important!
Come On Down To Cricket’s Care Center!
I love the interwebs for the vast amount of information, especially when you’re looking up an address. Of course, this is also a force for evil, but here nor there, folks.
Cricket’s Care Center (as I’ve assumed it to be) was a “doll hospital” center to repair Crickets who received far more love than her body can handle, located in Hamilton, Ohio (Butler County/Cinncinnati Metropolitan Area), on 2350 Pleasant Avenue.
Today, this location houses two cabinetry companies (Nours Custom Cabinetry and Calihan Custom Cabinets and Countertops) and a print shop, Access Envelope Inc.
Cricket’s Care Center was established in 1986, but I can’t find any information as to how long it remained open. It hasn’t been easy finding much information on this doll or anything about her.
If you sent the warranty card back, you received this super cool little packet, which included the shipping label you would use to send Cricket back, and a even super cooler Cricket Care Center card!
I can happily say that until I was five years old, my card was valid!
Cricket’s Health Care Plan
Lucky doll recipients received a pamphlet/folder with Cricket, called “Cricket’s Health Care Plan.”
The pamphlet/folder contained printed instructions as heard on the instruction tape, along with lovely visual aides on how to put in batteries, insert cassettes, and use the tape player buttons.
If you need to remember anything about caring for this doll, it is these three words: Carefully, Slowly, and Gently. I could make an inappropriate joke here, but I won’t. All Cricket asked was to have the batteries inserted carefully, her cassette inserted slowly, and her buttons pressed gently.
Also, comb her hair, don’t use hairspray or wash her hair, and clean her tape player!
Oh, and DO NOT leave the fast forward or blue buttons depressed. You do not want to experience what I did when I was little!
Video: Do You Know About Cricket’s Health Care Plan?
And if you’re super curious about the rest of this health care plan, and like the sound of my voice, click play below to watch my awesome video!
Uploaded by Allison Venezio / Allison’s Written Words
After all that, I really wish there was more information about the Care Center itself. But this really covers some ground.
Thanks for reading (and watching)!
I’ll be talkin’ to ya!