My kids have funny toys. Most were not meant to be toys at all. My mixing spoons that my oldest son uses as wolverine claws, my Christmas gift box that my 5 yr old uses to store his army men in, the pillow case that my oldest used as a lovey and now Mary Annette.
I got Mary Annette when I was 9. I really wanted the purple doll on the moon, but Mary was cheaper. I didn't like pink but the dress was so soft and silky. The year after I got her we moved and wouldn't you know it but my new room had hot pink carpet and rose wall paper. Matched perfectly. Then years later when I had my own daughters we moved into a house with pink walls. Every wall was pink. Again matched perfectly. So I was glad I got Mary instead of the purple doll.
Of course when I bought Mary she had no name. In fact she had no name till a few weeks ago. Not until my 2 yr old got a hold of her. One day I found him crying, asking for "Maynet". Took me awhile and asking several kids before my oldest ds said my 2 yr old wanted "That doll on the strings." Ahhh, Marionette. Hes been watching a bit too much of the Upside Down Show I guess. He has played with Mary so much her strings came loose and I had to sew her up again. He was quite distraught till I fixed her up.