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For Everyone Still Traumatised By The Nightmarish Doll From "Lift Off"

Sometimes, at night, I still feel its presence nearby.

Gather round, ye children, young and old. Today I'll spin a tale that will make your blood run cold.


The tale is that of a yet another unexplainably fucked up character from the catacombs of '90s Australian television — and it centres on none other than the faceless, demon-spawn doll known as EC, from Lift Off.


Catch that hand twitching in anticipation of closing around your throat.

EC was a genderless, faceless and, let's be honest, soulless creature used to represent "Every Child" of Australia.


And what do I think of that as a concept? Beautiful. Inclusive. Progressive. Years ahead of its time.

But can somebody please explain to me why the doll itself had to be made from the collective fears and nightmares of children around the country?


Like seriously, is this really a baby? Or is it the reanimated corpse of an Egyptian mummy, here to wreak havoc on the world?

And I'm not the only grown-ass adult who is still haunted by this creature, some 30 years on.

90s kids who remember “Lift Off” - was the soul inside the doll the VICTIM, or the PERPETRATOR of a horrible murder? Wikipedia doesn’t know.

Twitter: @FabianLapham

@richard_pilbeam The only 'Lift Off' I want in relation to that doll is the lift off of the rocket sending it one way into the sun.

Twitter: @jmh1373

Slender Man is just EC from Lift Off in a suit. This tweet was brought to you by the year 2015.

Twitter: @liabzann

@JimSterling that doll is named EC and the show is called Lift Off. It's from my native Australia and yes, it ruined every single 90's kid's early childhood

Twitter: @Leo__stevenson

i was just informed this was a popular australian children’s toy in the 90s. no longer surprised by how fucked up you all are

Twitter: @ursulabrs


Twitter: @EstherERivers

As well as EC, Lift Off also featured a one-eyed succulent, a magical lift, talking backpacks and a gang of lizards who spied on the main cast — so I guess you could say the doll was on-brand for them.


But surely there was somebody on set who thought to clean up EC's perpetually grimy face?


Honestly, somebody pass me the damn micellar water.

There was even that time when they tried to soften its appearance by giving it a jaunty beret.


But then it just looked like a crazed, blood-thirsty Frenchman, hiding in the bushes.

So for everyone still haunted by this little slice of terror, I say to you: We stand together. United by our struggle against a common enemy who lives on eternally in our nightmares.


And to the rest of you, I say good luck getting some sleep tonight.

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