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What were your favorite childhood toys?


By Mr68

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#2701 56 days ago

Some time ago I bought one of those DVD sets with all the Mad magazines, and I have been gradually going through them as I have time. I started with the first issue in 1952, and I'm just now hitting the 60s. I am thinking sometime around the mid 60s I should start recognizing some of the stuff from way back, as that is probably the time frame when I started reading them.

The early stuff is different than what it became in the later years, but as always there is lots of crazy stuff in there. From 1953:

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#2702 56 days ago
Quoted from DCP:

I had the fighter jet, but have no idea whatever happened to it. The Steve Canyon helmet lasted a little longer. I like how the jet fighter projects targets onto the wall and you shoot them with darts. Here's a commercial:

I found this photo from 1963 where I'm jumping off a swing wearing my Steve Canyon helmet. I was 6 years old - I jumped off so many times, eventually I sprained my arm and had to wear a sling for weeks...
I do like the rare photos of the actual toys we had being used. I have a few more around somewhere...

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#2703 56 days ago
Quoted from dirkdiggler:

I don't remember Crazy

Crazy was from the Marvel comic group,
they did borrow some of the artists used at both MAD and Cracked
Like John Severin and his sister Marie.

I also had a color organ like the one shown when i was in college,
I also built one from a Radio Shack electronics kit ( 4 color/4 frequencies) that i still have.

#2704 56 days ago

I had a “MAD Mobile” hanging from my bedroom ceiling light fixture for a couple of years. I made it from this insert in MAD, using plastic straws and thread.

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#2705 56 days ago

Around age 8, I had a toy printing press like this one. Bad idea... The first thing I did with it was spill all the ink— horribly staining our white Formica kitchen table. The printing press was in the trash that same day.

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#2706 56 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

Around age 8, I had a toy printing press like this one. Bad idea... The first thing I did with it was spill all the ink— horribly staining our white Formica kitchen table. The printing press was in the trash that same day.
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That's funny. And those old formica tables have become nostalgic collectors items.

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#2707 56 days ago

Another long lost toy that now has a name.

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#2708 56 days ago
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#2709 56 days ago

My first computer, taught myself to program BASIC

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#2710 56 days ago
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#2711 56 days ago

Sorry guys for the multiple posts past few days.... last week I decided to take off the rest of the year on a self imposed covid shutdown. Pretty bored so unfortunately my fellow pinsiders can probably expect a crap load more post. Damn hard to find stuff that hasn’t already been posted but fun nonetheless. Apologize if I get carried away in my boredom : )
Btw no better thrill then seeing someone post a toy that was completely forgotten by me such as Fake blood - how the hell did I forget that

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#2712 56 days ago

My friend had two younger sisters when this game hit the market around 1965-66

I don't know how this game got past the censors

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#2713 56 days ago

Nominee for worst alternate pinball translite:
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#2714 56 days ago

Not a toy, but I happened across this in a used bookstore a couple days ago. As soon as I saw the cover I remembered reading it (and reading it, and reading it) as a little kid.

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#2715 56 days ago
Quoted from EternitytoM83:

Not a toy, but I happened across this in a used bookstore a couple days ago. As soon as I saw the cover I remembered reading it (and reading it, and reading it) as a little kid.

Here’s a book that brings back memories for me. My parents couldn’t afford to buy a whole set of the World Book Encyclopedia. But we somehow did have the single volume for the letter “A.” I think it was from some store promotion where the first volume was $1 and the rest were full price. I milked this book for all it was worth. I tried to steer as many of my school papers and projects as possible to subjects starting with “A.” I remember writing a paper on the Aztecs.

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#2716 56 days ago
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#2717 56 days ago
Quoted from DCP:

I found this photo from 1963 where I'm jumping off a swing wearing my Steve Canyon helmet. I was 6 years old - I jumped off so many times, eventually I sprained my arm and had to wear a sling for weeks...
I do like the rare photos of the actual toys we had being used. I have a few more around somewhere...
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Oh man.... Swinging as hard as I could and bailing off at its peak was my favorite.
Your Steve Canyon helmet with the visor up must of had all the neighborhood girls swooning. LOL

That's a great picture and memory. Thanks for posting.

#2718 56 days ago
Quoted from BMore-Pinball:

My first computer, taught myself to program BASIC[quoted image]

I had an Atari 400 computer to “help me with my schoolwork.” But 99% of the time I spent on it was playing this game “Speedway Blast.”

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#2719 56 days ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

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Watched Land of the Lost every Saturday Morning. Forgot how kickass the theme song and graphics were ...

#2720 56 days ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

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Sleestak!

Hsssss!

#2721 56 days ago
Quoted from EternitytoM83:

Not a toy, but I happened across this in a used bookstore a couple days ago. As soon as I saw the cover I remembered reading it (and reading it, and reading it) as a little kid.
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What's the copyright date?

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#2722 56 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

My friend had two younger sisters when this game hit the market around 1965-66
I don't know how this game got past the censors

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#2723 56 days ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

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"Sky Solo Set."

No idea.

A zip-line for toy planes, I guess.

Release date?

#2724 56 days ago
Quoted from Jason_Jehosaphat:

What's the copyright date?

1980

#2725 56 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

the World Book Encyclopedia

We had the red set of World Books from the 50s, with annual update volumes through ‘63. I loved the illustrations of ships, planes, trains, trees, etc. I just cleaned out and sold my childhood home this past summer. I was going to donate them, but my older brother decided he just couldn’t part with the old encyclopedia.

#2726 56 days ago

I didn't know I still had this. It was something else my dad brought home to me. The small magnet has fallen off the roof of the creature's mouth. What it did was open its mouth when you ran the magnet in the ring holder over its nose.

When the nose is down there are a pair of eyes that appear.

Not much to it, but 65 years later I still have it.

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#2727 56 days ago

Did you ever make a Christmas Countdown chain at school out of red and green paper rings with numbers written on them? It would get hung up somewhere at home. Then every day you would tear off a ring and it would be one day closer to Christmas. I LOVED that thing!

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#2728 56 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

Did you ever make a Christmas Countdown chain at school out of red and green paper rings with numbers written on them? It would get hung up somewhere at home. Then every day you would tear off a ring and it would be one day closer to Christmas. I LOVED that thing!
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Something new I never knew.

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#2730 56 days ago

Nothing worse then running out of these.

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#2731 56 days ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

Nothing worse then running out of these.

First glance that looked like turkey bacon. Then I realized - track connectors!

#2732 56 days ago
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#2733 56 days ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

Nothing worse then running out of these.
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I still have all of my Hot Wheels track from the 60s/70s. Enough track to run dual lanes for an entire block. Plus loops, jumps, bridges, kickers, etc. Most of my original cars are gone, but we have about 150 new-ish cars.

Until recently, once or twice a year we would get it out and make a massive track, attracting all of the kids in the neighborhood. Most of the kids (including mine) are now too old to care, but someday there will be grandchildren...

#2734 55 days ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

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This is the Phaser I had, from 1975. It had a flashlight bulb and made the phaser sound. You could put in different disks in the end to project the shape of the Enterprise or Klingon ship, etc.. Of course the bulb wasn't very bright.

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#2735 55 days ago
Quoted from mbeardsley:

I still have all of my Hot Wheels track from the 60s/70s. Enough track to run dual lanes for an entire block. Plus loops, jumps, bridges, kickers, etc. Most of my original cars are gone, but we have about 150 new-ish cars.
Until recently, once or twice a year we would get it out and make a massive track, attracting all of the kids in the neighborhood. Most of the kids (including mine) are now too old to care, but someday there will be grandchildren...

Screw the kids and grandkids. If I was your neighbor and saw you setting up, I'd hand you a beer and ask how I could help.

#2736 55 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

My friend had two younger sisters when this game hit the market around 1965-66
I don't know how this game got past the censors
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Its still around.

#2737 55 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

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For Christmas one year, I bought a twister board game for my roommate and his girlfriend to play with me and mine.

Except I opened the game, added a couple Speedos a couple bikini sets, some baby oil, a small plastic sheet, and wrote my own instructions

It really was just a gag gift, but the best part was that they thought I had really found an adult version because I had taken it into work and used their plastic packaging machine to reseal in shrinkwrap like new

#2738 55 days ago
Quoted from pacmanretro:

For Christmas one year, I bought a twister board game for my roommate and his girlfriend to play with me and mine

I was at a party where a guy had a big checkered shag rug with huge chess pieces on it. It was cool, but he could’ve gotten more girls on the floor with Twister.

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#2739 55 days ago

Well, maybe not.

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#2740 55 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

Well, maybe not.

Now THAT is my kind of toy!

#2741 55 days ago

Synergy

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#2742 55 days ago

I had this weird stretched-out 7-UP soda bottle when I was in high school.

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#2743 54 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

I had this weird stretched-out 7-UP soda bottle when I was in high school.

I remember those. They would all fill them with layers of colored sand too. I got mine from the fair.

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#2744 54 days ago

I still have one of these with a bunch of cards

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#2745 53 days ago
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#2746 52 days ago

Anyone ever seen something like this? It was found in an old retail building that used to be some kind of department store years earlier. Early NASCAR maybe?

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#2747 52 days ago

Adult toy

Hard to believe that Billy Bass is 22 years old.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Mouth_Billy_Bass

"The device "..." sings kitschy cover songs..."

"... and "Take Me To The River" by Al Green, who said he received more royalties from it than from any other recording of the song."

#2748 51 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

Adult toy
Hard to believe that Billy Bass is 22 years old.

"The device "..." sings kitschy cover songs..."
"... and "Take Me To The River" by Al Green, who said he received more royalties from it than from any other recording of the song."

I have one in my office which my university students think is a destination resort. A few just come in, press the button and walk away. Everyone smiles! I considered hacking the music at one point but like so may other projects....

///Rich

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#2749 51 days ago
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#2750 51 days ago

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