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What were your favorite childhood toys?


By Mr68

4 years ago



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#2601 61 days ago

I still have my Aurora HO slot cars (and a big box full of track sections). Haven't played with them in decades.
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#2602 61 days ago
Quoted from xsvtoys:

Cool, love the fire pit idea.

A firepit on wheels.
I'm surprised no one had thought of it before.

#2603 61 days ago
Quoted from littlecammi:

I still have my Aurora HO slot cars (and a big box full of track sections). Haven't played with them in decades.
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Oh man, wow. That is just absolutely awesome. I took a quick look at ebay, I think just the cars alone in those pics are worth well over $1.000.

#2604 61 days ago

I have been collecting things on and off for my whole life.
I used Want to own the stuff And hoard it.
Mine!

But I have changed over time. I like to sell too I have found.
Sell when high. Of course
Make sure it is not something you can’t part with.

But I personally can part with a lot.

#2605 61 days ago
Quoted from EdisonArcade:

A firepit on wheels.
I'm surprised no one had thought of it before.

Love it! I knew I saved the drum out of my old front load washer for some reason! I'm copying that idea!

#2606 61 days ago
Quoted from Azmodeus:

I have been collecting things on and off for my whole life.
I used Want to own the stuff And hoard it.
Mine!
But I have changed over time. I like to sell too I have found.
Sell when high. Of course
Make sure it is not something you can’t part with.
But I personally can part with a lot.

I know what you mean. Funny thing is, that whole boomer gen is now looking back and a lot of them want to get their hands on all that stuff they have fond childhood memories of. I just finished reading that Aurora Modeling book and they discuss this in there, and the recent resurgence of a lot of that stuff with Polar Lights and others.

#2607 61 days ago
Quoted from xsvtoys:

that whole boomer gen is now looking back and a lot of them want to get their hands on all that stuff they have fond childhood memories of.

Or memories of not being able to have it and now have the means to acquire it like the Evel Knievel Scramble Van only $200 on Ebay

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#2610 61 days ago

rezdog mooch Yeah, Quarter Hockey and Finger Football! Famous 70s study hall and detention passtimes.
Question: how did we all know about that stuff when there was no internet? I learned Finger Football in Northbrook, Illinois in 1971. How did it start, and how did it spread from town to town?

#2611 60 days ago

Not a "toy" really, but maybe electric guitars and amps and pedals count...especially pedals, we called them "toys" in the 70s!
These are the only known pictures of me (on the right) and my friend Clark jamming in his mom's basement around 1974. We were about 16-17 at the time. Clark is playing a 1959 Fender Precision bass that he got for $100, and I'm playing a '71 Gibson ES-330 that I bought after my Strat got ripped off at school in Hartford, CT.
His parents' house was like mine, full of books. I guess it was the first time we played in front of a wall of "Stacks"! Book stacks instead of Marshall stacks - those came much later.
The Strat that got stolen had a 1959 body with a '72 neck. Just a beater strat . Paid $250 for it, got $300 from State Farm for it and bought the ES-330.
You think pinball prices have gone up...

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#2612 60 days ago
Quoted from ReadyPO:

Or memories of not being able to have it and now have the means to acquire it like the Evel Knievel Scramble Van only $200 on Ebay
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My mom was able to find me the stunt cycle one year for Christmas, but the van was nearly impossible to find that year (she told me later she was lucky to find the motorcycle). Man I loved that toy. I was making out of this world jumps with the stunt cycle that Christmas morning until my oldest brother tried it just (1) time and broke it because he couldn't stop turning the handle on the base, causing it to break. He kept turning the handle and I told him to stop as he was revving up the cycle's mechanism, but he didn't know how to stop. I mean, how in the f*** do you know how NOT to quit turning a manual handle?? I grabbed his hand and stopped it, but the cycle coasted down the small ramp and came to a thud, never to work again. I mean I was devastated and heart broken the rest of Christmas day, but I still played with the cycle even though it didn't work anymore.

My wife eventually got me the remake of the stunt cycle kit (that included the ramp and cardboard fire ring you could jump the motorcycle thru) made several years ago and I still have it NIB. But man that van would have been awesome. To this day I still hold a tiny grudge against my brother for breaking it and I still tease him about it every time we gather for Christmas.

#2613 60 days ago
Quoted from Indypin:

To this day I still hold a tiny grudge against my brother for breaking it and I still tease him about it every time we gather for Christmas.

Practically a tragedy when your that age, but being able to tell this story at your brother's expensive every year at Christmas - Priceless!

#2614 60 days ago

I miss the days when learning how to post gifs on pinside wasn’t as exciting as a classic game of spin the bottle.

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#2615 60 days ago
Quoted from DCP:

pictures of me (on the right) and my friend Clark jamming in his mom's basement around 1974

How much of that hair do you still have left?

#2616 60 days ago
Quoted from ReadyPO:

Practically a tragedy when your that age, but being able to tell this story at your brother's expensive every year at Christmas - Priceless!

My older brother did not "break" my things... he would simply sell them off when I was not home.

#2617 60 days ago
Quoted from vec-tor:

My older brother did not "break" my things... he would simply sell them off when I was not home

WOW.

Sorry to hear that.

LTG : (

#2618 60 days ago
Quoted from LTG:

WOW.
Sorry to hear that.
LTG : (

It's not as bad as what happened to my cousins.
They got in really bad trouble. I do not know what it was, but their dad started a
fire in the fireplace and he made them put all of their cherished stuff into the fire; one at a time.

#2619 60 days ago
Quoted from vec-tor:

It's not as bad as what happened to my cousins.
They got in really bad trouble. I do not know what it was, but their dad started a
fire in the fireplace and he made them put all of their cherished stuff into the fire; one at a time.

Ouch.

He must have forgot they get to pick out his old folks home.

LTG : )

#2620 59 days ago
Quoted from ReadyPO:

Practically a tragedy when your that age, but being able to tell this story at your brother's expensive every year at Christmas - Priceless!

LMAO. It's my mission!

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#2621 59 days ago

Used to spend hours sniffing glue

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#2622 59 days ago

http://www.plaidstallions.com/3inch.html

Ten lines to look through. No purchase needed.

Metal men
http://www.plaidstallions.com/zee/metal79.html

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#2623 59 days ago
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#2624 59 days ago
Quoted from jorro:

Used to spend hours sniffing glue
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OMG that is pure crack!

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#2626 59 days ago

I forgot bout the little discs ammo

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#2628 59 days ago

kids across the street had this and I was very jealous
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#2629 59 days ago

Doh!

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#2630 59 days ago

essential 70s teen toys...

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#2631 59 days ago

Did anybody here ever buy the “next 6 albums over the next 2 years” to complete your Columbia House record club obligation?

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#2632 59 days ago

They pop up for sale every few months around me. Usually for outrageous asking amounts but I have seen a couple for a hundred bucks or less.

#2633 59 days ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

Did anybody here ever buy the “next 6 albums over the next 2 years” to complete your Columbia House record club obligation?
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I got a bunch of cassettes from Record Club Of America when I was in high school in the early 70s. I think it was a better deal than Columbia House. I remember having several Three Dog Night tapes from them. Joy to the world!

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#2634 59 days ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

Did anybody here ever buy the “next 6 albums over the next 2 years” to complete your Columbia House record club obligation?

I think my mailman used to steal albums.

#2635 59 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

Joy to the world!

Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea

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#2636 59 days ago

Not long after that, I got a decent stereo and a great new record shop opened up in my neighborhood. There was better stuff to listen to than Three Dog Night cassettes!

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#2638 58 days ago

Man looking through this thread reminds me of how truly bad the toys of today are-really pathetic compared to some of the classics. Even the new Transformer re-issues are garbage. Where have all the good Toys gone? Makes me want to start a toy company.

#2639 58 days ago
Quoted from pinmister:

Where have all the good Toys gone?

I don't know why. That reminded me of post WW2 when all the great tin wind up toys started coming to the USA from Japan and Germany. Now long gone and forgotten. Except by collectors.

LTG : )

#2640 58 days ago
Quoted from pinmister:

Even the new Transformer re-issues are garbage. Where have all the good Toys gone?

The toy market is actually huge and continues to grow, but I agree, a lot of the toys are cheap/won't last (even the digital ones). When a lot of us were young, we got less toys than kids today. Birthday/Christmas for me, and numbered on one hand. They were more expensive, and therefore, less of them, and we played with them longer. It was that way with the rest of the world, you bought less and expected it to last.

The steady march of commercialism has shorten this cycle considerable. Kids get toys all the time now, in their happy meals, at the check out line, etc. Also, the action figure is only as good as the next movie, which comes out a lot faster these days between films. Cheaper/faster and obsolete sooner. And when something costs more that is meant to last longer (pinball anyone?) we complain.

#2641 58 days ago
Quoted from jorro:

Used to spend hours sniffing glue

I drank a whole bottle of Robitussin and then watched TV with my unsuspecting grandmother.

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#2642 58 days ago
Quoted from Mr68:

I drank a whole bottle of Robitussin then watch TV with my unsuspecting grandmother.
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#2643 58 days ago
Quoted from Mr68:

I drank a whole bottle of Robitussin then watch TV with my unsuspecting grandmother.
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Yep that was called Robo were I was from. Lol

#2644 58 days ago
Quoted from Mr68:

I drank a whole bottle of Robitussin then watch TV with my unsuspecting grandmother.
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I thought it had to be Robo "DM"
Good ol' Dextromethorphan.

Not that I would know.

#2645 58 days ago
Quoted from littlecammi:

I still have my Aurora HO slot cars (and a big box full of track sections). Haven't played with them in decades.
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Some great memories there! 5th pic down I had that light blue #2 car(top right) and 6th pic down that yellow car(possibly hot rod model A sedan delivery type)

#2646 58 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

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Big Rat Fink Roth fan. Wish I still had my Rat Fink Skate Board from the 60’s.

#2647 58 days ago
Quoted from Mr68:

I drank a whole bottle of Robitussin and then watched TV with my unsuspecting grandmother.
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You put up an imposter. Where's the codine?

You used to be able to sign a chit at the pharmacy and get a bottle. Nowdays, no pharmacy will sell it unless you have a prescription. And then you just get a little bitty bottle for big bottle prices.

And the crap for over the counter or on the shelf is still crap after all these years. Same level of quality as 40 years ago: It doesn't work.

#2648 58 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

You put up an imposter. Where's the codine?

I threw the original bottle away 50 years ago and it was a close enough picture that I found on the internet. Try to roll with it.

#2649 58 days ago
Quoted from Mr68:

I drank a whole bottle of Robitussin and then watched TV with my unsuspecting grandmother.

While we’re on the subject of abusing cough suppressants... Candy was not allowed in my grade school classrooms. But I could occasionally get around that rule with a box of tasty candy-like cough drops for my bogus sore throat. I loved those Vicks lemon ones.

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