Last Night: A Dana Cain toy party at the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys

Last Night: A Dana Cain toy party at the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys

Seems like a day doesn't go by when I'm not writing something about Dana Cain, my favorite event coordinator, art collector, sci-fi and pop-culture geek, '60s freak and frivolous idea machine. It's as if she microchipped my brain one night as I lay sleeping and can read on her computer my deepest likes and dislikes. And then she twists the delicious knife and comes up with yet another event that speaks to me as if it were created for my sole pleasure. Yeah, but that's okay. A cultural soulmate like this I can live with.

Awww.
Awww.

So, anyway, last night at the charming Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys, a sweet little show of favorite toys from Dana's collection opened, and I went to gawk and gab. How did she know that I like toys, too? Dana was dressed for the occasion in sweeping black gown and an ultra-kitschy plastic dinosaur necklace she'd purchased from Chasing Rainbows at Brandi Shigley's recent Mystique fashion market. How did she know I love plastic dinosaurs? And her toys! They threw me into a retro revelry from which I haven't yet emerged. Here's what I saw. And keep in mind that this is only a smidgen of what Dana Cain actually owns.

A Mego Star Trek figures set. Dana is a closet Trekkie who has a USS Enterprise doorway in her home.
A Mego Star Trek figures set. Dana is a closet Trekkie who has a USS Enterprise doorway in her home.
Flocked ponies and a big-eyed cat.
Flocked ponies and a big-eyed cat.
Last Night: A Dana Cain toy party at the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys
Breyer horses: every young girl's dream.
Breyer horses: every young girl's dream.
Rock'em Sock'em Robots: a stone-cold classic.
Rock'em Sock'em Robots: a stone-cold classic.
My heart skipped a beat at this one: The Fab Four board game!
My heart skipped a beat at this one: The Fab Four board game!

 

And maybe you had to be there, but I loved this Monkees glove/puppet thingy.
And maybe you had to be there, but I loved this Monkees glove/puppet thingy.
The barrage of pop references was mind-boggling. Like this one...
The barrage of pop references was mind-boggling. Like this one...
And this...
And this...

 

Bubble Barbies!
Bubble Barbies!
The Jon Gnagy art kit: he was the Bob Ross of his era.
The Jon Gnagy art kit: he was the Bob Ross of his era.
The Easy-Bake Oven. Who knew you could cook with light bulbs?
The Easy-Bake Oven. Who knew you could cook with light bulbs?
This game is priceless: The point is to fill up your voodoo doll with pins first. Ouch!
This game is priceless: The point is to fill up your voodoo doll with pins first. Ouch!
I never would have won this game.
I never would have won this game.

 

The museum's new Mego Toys exhibit, which also opened last night, fit in perfectly with Dana's collection.
The museum's new Mego Toys exhibit, which also opened last night, fit in perfectly with Dana's collection.
Last Night: A Dana Cain toy party at the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys
Last Night: A Dana Cain toy party at the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys
Note the Star Trek figures, identical to Dana's. BUT STILL IN THE BOX!
Note the Star Trek figures, identical to Dana's. BUT STILL IN THE BOX!
Last Night: A Dana Cain toy party at the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys

See Dana Cain's Favorite Toys through December. The museum is at 1880 Gaylord Street and open Wednesdays through Sundays; admission is $4 to $6. Call 303-322-1053. And catch Dana's Toy & Doll Collectors Supershow October 24 at the Ramada Plaza Convention Center, I-25 & 120th Avenue in Northglenn.


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