The Upsy Downsy dolls were between 2 and 3 inches tall and adorned with eye-poppingly bright colors, painted faces, plastic clothes and yarn hair.
"Upsy" dolls were tiny, multi-colored creatures that looked like toddler girls with...neon afros. Bearing names such as Flossy Glossy, Baby So High (but of course!) and Tickle Pinkle (?) each Upsy came with a small, rolling vehicle, a road sign saying something helpful like "This way!" or other roadside accessory. Each came with a cardboard play mat with a road path printed on it and a story book explaining the history and relevance of the particular Upsy you happened to have purchased.
Downsy dolls were very much the same in spirit only there were males in the species, they had much goofier-looking faces and...well...*hands*...sprouting out of their...umm...skulls!
The Downsys were truly unique; you could either stand them on their feet or rest them upside down, on the hands that came out of their humpty-dumpty-esque head-bodies. They could sit in their cars upside down or walk down the street upside down or greet each other in public...upside down.
The cardboard play mat each doll came with was designed so the beginnings and endings of roads lined up and if you had enough Upsys and Downsys you could connect them all and create a vast network of twisting, winding, go-nowhere roads for the Upsy Downsys to navigate in their smiling ladybug or multi-limbed car.
The boxes these toys came packaged in contained a surprising amount of order as to how an Upsy or Downsy was marketed; with bright graphics and a clear-plastic display front to the relatively large box, Upsy Downsys were tremendously appealing to children who enjoyed fanciful, colorful toys or were addicted to H. R. Pufnstuf, and were relatively cheap at $1.99 a doll.
Out of the box, however, and displayed on a play mat board with all their various un-related sub-species and accoutrements in tow, the collective looked somewhat more chaotic and random; in fact, most Upsy Downsy collections, with their dabs of hot pinks and purples and yellows, look a bit like the vomitous of circus clown who has supped too long at the cotton candy machine.