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What were your favorite childhood toys?


By Mr68

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#2651 59 days ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

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Some wpprs would've been awesome now..

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#2653 59 days ago

I hav not posted these because I cannot find any pictures of them.

When I was little kid, my dad had a Ford dealership in a small town. Every once in awhile he would have to travel to Ford up in Detroit for business. He always bought something home for me.

1) From the Ford people he got a little model car to bring home. It was different. It had no wheels. This was in 1958-59 when the jet age was upon use. Imagine George Jetson flying home to mama in his bubble top car with no wheels. This model had three "air pads" in the bottom and a small tube/pipe on the back. A 3 for flex tube plugged on to the pipe. And then you blow air in to the tube which caused the little car to float in the air.

I lost it years ago. I wish I still had it. It was never sold in retail stores. It was just some corporate stuff that Ford did. I have no idea how many were made, etc. AFAIK, mine could have been the only one made.

2) He came home with a toy seal and toy beach ball. There was a magnet in the beach ball and a magnet in the nose of the seal. Push the seal towards the beach ball and it would spin away. I was about 5 YO when he brought that home. I recall having fun with it.

#2654 59 days ago

Is this the seal toy? No luck finding anything on the car on google but sure somebody will

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#2655 59 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

1) From the Ford people he got a little model car to bring home. It was different. It had no wheels. This was in 1958-59 when the jet age was upon use. Imagine George Jetson flying home to mama in his bubble top car with no wheels. This model had three "air pads" in the bottom and a small tube/pipe on the back. A 3 for flex tube plugged on to the pipe. And then you blow air in to the tube which caused the little car to float in the air.

I lost it years ago. I wish I still had it. It was never sold in retail stores. It was just some corporate stuff that Ford did. I have no idea how many were made, etc. AFAIK, mine could have been the only one made.

The auto dealers all had "promo" cars, scale models of their current car models that were used to help sell cars (give to kids after their parents took a test drive, etc.). They were very popular in the 50s, 60s and 70s. What you are describing sounds like something different, maybe a scale model of their concept car, the 1957 Ford Volante, that used 3 fans for lift (pictured below). The scale model you had would be unusual, rare and maybe one of a kind, since the Volante was only ever a 3/8 size concept car.

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#2657 59 days ago

Didn’t know Tudor games tried to break into the Mattel/Coleco dominated handheld market...

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#2658 59 days ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

Is this the seal toy? No luck finding anything on the car on google but sure somebody will
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The seal I had came with a ball that sat on the floor. When you pushed then seal towards the ball, the ball would start spinning and roll away.

But yours is close.

#2659 59 days ago
Quoted from ReadyPO:

The auto dealers all had "promo" cars, scale models of their current car models that were used to help sell cars (give to kids after their parents took a test drive, etc.). They were very popular in the 50s, 60s and 70s. What you are describing sounds like something different, maybe a scale model of their concept car, the 1957 Ford Volante, that used 3 fans for lift (pictured below). The scale model you had would be unusual, rare and maybe one of a kind, since the Volante was only ever a 3/8 size concept car.
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The one I had was not a promo car; Not in the sense of all the promo cars I am familiar with. The closest I can get you to it is that it looked somewhat like an AMC Pacer but without the wheels.

I remember the car being red in color and the tube was an off-white color with a small mouthpiece. And it had a box. I can't get you farther than this.

I would call it more of a novelty. Once the fascination of making it float over the floor wore off, there was not else to do. I don't know if my dad got it as gift from Ford or if he went shopping while he was visiting Ford.

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And the 3 air vents on the bottom looked somewhat like the razor heads on a Norelco shaver. When you blew on the tube it would force air into the 3 vents and lift the car from the floor. It was kind of like an air hockey table.

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#2660 59 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

The closest I can get you to it is that it looked somewhat like an AMC Pacer but without the wheels.

Yep, you got me stumped. Moulton Taylor produced 5 or 6 winged cars in the 1950s that flew, but they don't fit your description. There was a later winged car experiment with a Ford Pinto in the early 70s, the maiden flight did not end well for the inventors...

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#2661 59 days ago
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#2662 59 days ago

I know I made a few of these back in the day....and yup I’m not ashamed at all : )

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#2663 59 days ago

Played with this set a lot in the early 70's
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#2664 59 days ago

Graduated to this, "Prestofix"
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I think I completed all of the Muppet ones.

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#2666 59 days ago

Ok I told myself I was making “Pot” holders. Look a kid played with whatever he had back then : )

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#2667 59 days ago

F*#* yeah ... this was a bad ass toy

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#2668 59 days ago

Anyone remember these “sewing” or “lacing” picture cards? I used to play with these as a 4 year-old in pre-school. They had some Tonka trucks, too. My favorite was a brown pickup truck which I tried to hog from the other kids all day.

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#2669 59 days ago

Used to enjoy making paper mache balloon pinatas.

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#2670 59 days ago

Model rockets!

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#2671 59 days ago
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#2672 59 days ago
Quoted from EdisonArcade:

Used to enjoy making paper mache balloon pinatas.
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We made maracas with paper mache and light bulbs.

#2673 59 days ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

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Burger King live action commercials from the seventies/eighties.
Side Note: The guy that did the live action commercials is a professional dancer.
---------- He got to work with Connie Stevens. He is still in excellent shape and is a ginger.

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#2674 59 days ago

I always loved cheap little magic tricks. At a truck stop or gift shop I would look for a rack of Adams tricks. My favorite magic trick was the Color Vision Box.

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#2675 59 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

I always loved cheap little magic tricks. At a truck stop or gift shop I would look for a rack of Adams tricks. My favorite magic trick was the Color Vision Box.
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Yes! Loved that stuff.

#2676 59 days ago

Another 60s-era road trip memory: When my Dad stopped at a gas station while we were on vacation, I would head for the rack of free road maps and grab one or two of them. The map reading kept me busy in the back seat for hours.

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#2677 59 days ago

This particular line of Halloween stuff was awesome.
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Especially the "Vampire Blood" Love that packaging.pasted_image (resized).png

#2678 59 days ago

Vampire Blood: the kids in the neighborhood staged a fake fight...
we all smeared the stuff on the knuckles of are free hand and proceeded to
whomp each other in the face.

One guys mom freaked out and called the cops.

#2679 58 days ago
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#2680 58 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

I always loved cheap little magic tricks. At a truck stop or gift shop I would look for a rack of Adams tricks. My favorite magic trick was the Color Vision Box.
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Oooh. Ooh. I had a ball and vase.

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#2681 58 days ago

It's not really a toy, but ...

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#2682 58 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

Danm, o-din, that's quite a price. That kit has to be uber rare, I would think. Gilbert Atomic Energy Lab
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I had one I sold on Ebay about 6-7 years ago for 2500.00

#2683 58 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

It's not really a toy, but ...

Love em. Here is a great topic on Pinside about them:

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/lava-lamps

#2684 58 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

It's not really a toy, but ...
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Thats funny, i just ordered a lava lamp a few hours ago on amazon.
My wife generaly doesnt like them but then she found a black body one with golden lava in it.
She wants it to fit into the living room
Personaly i like the alien style green lava and blue water silver body ones.

#2685 58 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

Anyone remember these “sewing” or “lacing” picture cards?

II remember those in Kiddie garden.

#2686 58 days ago

Not a toy but the kid in me giggles when I see these ice cube trays

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#2687 58 days ago

Harvey Comics! Especially Richie Rich and Hot Stuff

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#2688 58 days ago

Not a toy but it made for a hell of a light show when we played KISS concert with my brothers guitars.

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#2689 58 days ago

Speaking of KISS

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#2690 58 days ago

The highlight of returning to school after summer break was deciding what band logos I was gonna draw on my 3 ring binder.

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#2691 58 days ago

Here’s the kind of protractor I used in class in 7th or 8th grade. I always wondered about that cool-looking “French Curve” part on it. We measured angles and drew lines and stuff with it. But the teacher never mentioned anything about any “French Curve.”

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#2692 58 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

Here’s the kind of protractor I used in class in 7th or 8th grade. I always wondered about that cool-looking “French Curve” part on it. We measured angles and drew lines and stuff with it. But the teacher never mentioned anything about any “French Curve.”
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My dad has a small one, that was made out of metal that fit in your pocket.
It had a lot of odd symbols on it. To this day I still don't know...

#2693 58 days ago
Quoted from EdisonArcade:

Harvey Comics! Especially Richie Rich and Hot Stuff

My favorite Harvey comic was Sad Sack.

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#2694 58 days ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

Not a toy but it made for a hell of a light show when we played KISS concert with my brothers guitars.
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I had a very groovy sound activated color light box that flashed along with music. Turned it on when there was a party.

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#2695 58 days ago

LEGO!!!!!! Everything else came a distant second. MAD magazine for sure, loved reading those back in the day. And the original Nintendo (NES) with Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt and ROB the Robot for Gyromite.

Still have most of those things to this day. No pristine boxes or anything, but most of the toys and definitely all the Lego pieces. Even managed to rebuild them all a few years ago using instructions found online for some of the missing ones. Last few years I've done more of an 80's theme at car shows than strictly just Back to the Future. I put a few of those toys out for that.

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#2696 58 days ago
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#2697 58 days ago
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#2699 58 days ago

Not a toy but the Sunday papers used to be a good indicator of what toys I was going to be playing with come Christmas

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#2700 58 days ago
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I don't remember Crazy but loved both Cracked and Mad Magazine. It was always a rush to get to the Mad magazine before my brother to get to bend the back cover into whatever picture it was.

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