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What were your favorite childhood toys?


By Mr68

4 years ago



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#2851 51 days ago
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#2853 51 days ago

Almost 2900 posts on our favorite toys. Toys of all sizes, shapes and forms. The thing that keeps crossing my mind is what the mindset, what are the skills needed, ah.....basically what kind of twisted brainfest does it take to come with all of these different kinds of toys? Are the toy designers just a bunch of kids who never grew up?

Of all the toys presented here, I think that uranium science chemistry kit impresses me the most.

#2854 51 days ago

I do...and I STILL have the few that I got from those loaves of bread. IIRC, this was during the Summer of '74. We'd go thru a loaf of bread every other day (me & 4 other sisters) so I collected quite a few. One thing that'll make them stand out---they ALWAYS had the grease stains on the backing due to being placed on the bottom of the loaves.
If you haven't guessed, yes, I have a pedantic knowledge of Wacky Packages. I personally own close to 7500 (probably more) of them.

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#2855 51 days ago
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#2856 50 days ago

Couple pinballs up for auction Saturday so was looking at what else was available. I had the Galaxian tabletop and Wayne Gretzky overtime hockey. The robot boxes are awesome! I would have been begging my parents non stop if I saw those on the shelf.39138172_1.jpg39138170_1.jpg39138296_1.jpg39138192_1.jpg39138193_1.jpg39138068_1.jpg39160443_1.jpg

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#2857 50 days ago

Not a toy but my favorite thing to do with my grandpa when I was a child was to ride kiddie rides. He was a tough, no bs guy who never smiled. But I remember him getting a kick out of watching me have fun for a quarter.

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#2858 50 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

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This one was usually followed with, " Go stand in the corner". Followed by the sound of paper being crushed as it got tossed in the trash can.

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#2859 50 days ago
Quoted from onemoresean:

I used to love slot car racing. I just pulled these out of the attic.
There’s still a TCR track that I need to dig out.

Quoted from pacmanretro:

All my friends had Tyco. I had Aurora FX sets.

How does you tube know??? This came up while I was goofing off...

#2860 50 days ago

I forgot, I did have this Tyco set...never could get the train cars to stay on. They just had the guide pins and linked together via little beaded chains (like keychain or dog tags have).

#2861 50 days ago
Quoted from pacmanretro:

I forgot, I did have this Tyco set...never could get the train cars to stay on. They just had the guide pins and linked together via little beaded chains (like keychain or dog tags have).

I had an Aurora set. It was basic set. But my friends and I would jack the track in the air with some shoe boxes. And then on the big hill we created we would put on few drops of oil and try to smoke the tires on the upward climb

#2862 50 days ago

Just spent last 20 minutes trying to figure out my very last Aurora set I remembered having....I think Tomy actually owned company by this time (later 80s).

Weird set too.

#2863 50 days ago
Quoted from Atari_Daze:

How does you tube know??? This came up while I was goofing off...

Son, I have just been informed that I am being transferred with my job. We will be moving.

You will have to pack it up.

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#2864 50 days ago

What a trip down memory lane, between my 2 brothers and myself we had a lot of the toys pictured growing up! I didn't see 2 items and they are a must for this topic.

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#2865 50 days ago

I was yet another kid in the early 70s who had the green 10-speed Schwinn Varsity. Here I am riding it backwards down my street around 1971...

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#2868 50 days ago

The teeth reminded me of these!

So much silly fun to go into Spencers, and press all the buttons, and wind up all the teeth!!

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#2869 50 days ago
Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

So much silly fun to go into Spencers, and press all the buttons

Funny that reminded me of the night I was waiting for a sales “tech” in a AT&T mobile store years ago. I was waiting for 45 minutes and kept being told that someone would be with me soon. 20 minutes later and still no service(just like their phones). I HAD to get a new phone that night so I had to improvise. I noticed all the display phones were tethered to a security device that if phone was jostled sent off an alarm that they had to reset with a key to turn off. 7 jostled phones later and finally I got waited on. Surprised it took 7 alarms... but it worked. Got a new phone 10 minutes before the store closed and NEVER walked into that store again.

#2870 50 days ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

Funny that reminded me of the night I was waiting for a sales “tech” in a AT&T mobile store years ago. I was waiting for 45 minutes and kept being told that someone would be with me soon. 20 minutes later and still no service(just like their phones). I HAD to get a new phone that night so I had to improvise. I noticed all the display phones were tethered to a security device that if phone was jostled sent off an alarm that they had to reset with a key to turn off. 7 jostled phones later and finally I got waited on. Surprised it took 7 alarms... but it worked. Got a new phone 10 minutes before the store closed and NEVER walked into that store again.

That's thinking outside the box. Love it.

#2871 50 days ago
Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

So much silly fun to go into Spencers, and press all the buttons, and wind up all the teeth!!

Ah, Spencer’s. We would go in and spray a bunch of the fart-in-a-can spray and quickly exit.

#2873 50 days ago

Today, my feeble mind is remembering a couple of fun souvenirs I brought home from my 60s-era school field trips to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. They had this big machine called a Mold-A-Rama that injected hot wax into a metal mold to create a figure. The one I got there was a black locomotive. Also, there was a row of Metal Typer machines in the hallway outside a big room called the Safari Room, where all the school kids ate lunch. I loved getting the little round metal tokens from these machines. I remember carefully spinning that dial pointer around to choose each letter and then pulling the lever down repeatedly to punch out my message. Ka-CHUNK! Ka-CHUNK!

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#2874 49 days ago
Quoted from zombywoof:

Ah, Spencer’s. We would go in and spray a bunch of the fart-in-a-can spray and quickly exit.

A few years ago, I received a small bottle of “Liquid Ass” fart smell spray as a gag gift. One night while I was having a few beers with my father-in-law in the kitchen, I sprayed a bit of it around as a joke. OMG, it smelled like a toilet bowl full of diarrhea. The smell made my dog immediately take a big dump on the kitchen floor. (I am not making this up.)

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#2875 49 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

A few years ago, I received a small bottle of “Liquid Ass” fart smell spray as a gag gift. One night while I was having a few beers with my father-in-law in the kitchen, I sprayed a bit of it around as a joke. OMG, it smelled like a toilet bowl full of diarrhea. The smell made my dog immediately take a big dump on the kitchen floor. (I am not making this up.)
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Damn! The 6 year old in me loves that story. I laughed pretty hard. Thanks

#2876 49 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

Also, there was a row of Metal Typer machines in the hallway outside a big room called the Safari Room, where all the school kids ate lunch. I loved getting the little round metal tokens from these machines. I remember carefully spinning that dial pointer around to choose each letter and then pulling the lever down repeatedly to punch out my message. Ka-CHUNK! Ka-CHUNK!

There's one of those Metal Typer machines for sale right now on the Denver Craigslist.
denver.craigslist.org link

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#2877 49 days ago
Quoted from Mr68:

There's one of those Metal Typer machines for sale right now on the Denver Craigslist.
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Not a bad price for a complete one

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Why no Le Le Le Leia Pet?

#2880 49 days ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

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Why no Le Le Le Leia Pet?

Must....resist....comments....about....spreading....seed....

#2881 49 days ago
Quoted from pinzrfun:

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Yep, I had that exact same one.

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#2883 48 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

Today, my feeble mind is remembering a couple of fun souvenirs I brought home from my 60s-era school field trips to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. They had this big machine called a Mold-A-Rama that injected hot wax into a metal mold to create a figure. The one I got there was a black locomotive. Also, there was a row of Metal Typer machines in the hallway outside a big room called the Safari Room, where all the school kids ate lunch. I loved getting the little round metal tokens from these machines. I remember carefully spinning that dial pointer around to choose each letter and then pulling the lever down repeatedly to punch out my message. Ka-CHUNK! Ka-CHUNK!
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Metal Typers: Fun to Play, PITA to work on. You can get new coins fro Crow River Trading company for them though.

#2884 48 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

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Ahh yes, many crappy pictures of my finger taken on my 110 when I was young

My brother had that more boxy looking style (410?). I remember his pictures always being slightly different shape/sized I believe. Like a differeny aspect ratio almost?

Edit : maybe I have the old film numbers wrong....I don't recall now.

#2885 48 days ago
Quoted from pacmanretro:

My brother had that more boxy looking style (410?).

My first camera with the flash cubes and the square prints used 126 film.

Here’s an even older Kodak Brownie camera that my Mom had which took black and white photos. I never used that one.

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#2886 48 days ago

Peanut butter cookies

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#2887 48 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

My first camera with the flash cubes and the square prints used 126 film.
Here’s an even older Kodak Brownie camera that my Mom had which took black and white photos. I never used that one.
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I remember when a friend and I each had a 110 camera and we found out how to make built in flash go off.

Having that flash, instead of cubes was infinite blinding fun. If you didn't have any film loaded, but thumbed advance lever over a few times, it would let you "take a picture" even without film and let flash go off.

A couple of batteries and a dark room turned into a lot of time spent having "flash wars"...no wonder I have glasses...

#2888 48 days ago
Quoted from pacmanretro:

I remember when a friend and I each had a 110 camera and we found out how to make built in flash go off.
Having that flash, instead of cubes was infinite blinding fun. If you didn't have any film loaded, but thumbed advance lever over a few times, it would let you "take a picture" even without film and let flash go off.
A couple of batteries and a dark room turned into a lot of time spent having "flash wars"...no wonder I have glasses...

When I had an old one break, I wanted to tear apart to check out guts and maybe save flash unit (but not understanding as a kid how it worked)...I first learned what a capacitor does!

#2889 48 days ago
Quoted from pacmanretro:

A couple of batteries and a dark room turned into a lot of time spent having "flash wars"...no wonder I have glasses...

That story reminds me of this flashing strobe light I used to have. I brought it out at parties for fun. But most people couldn't stand the thing for more than a minute or two.

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#2890 47 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

That story reminds me of this flashing strobe light I used to have. I brought it out at parties for fun. But most people couldn't stand the thing for more than a minute or two.[quoted image]

No rock or punk band I played in didn't have one in the bass speaker

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#2891 47 days ago

Took me awhile to dig up the photo, but here I am crouched down launching my Estes Big Bertha in 1969 with all the neighbor kids and Dad!
A very lucky shot catching the first few milliseconds of the launch - even luckier for the picture to have survived (as a slide) all this time.
We're surrounded by Queen Anne's Lace, which gave us varying degrees of itching and rashes, depending how thoroughly we rolled in it.
We did manage to set our rocket launching field on fire twice during dry summers! Usually it was too green and wet.
About 30 years later, in the 90s, I rediscovered model rockets via rec.models.rockets and ventured into the realm of High Power Rocketry along with some coworkers at Maxtor and neighbors. I still have a reloadable "H" motor and this Aerotech "Arreaux" rocket from 1999, 43" long. You can still buy the rocket for about 60 bucks, about what I paid in the 90s, so a lot cheaper now because of inflation. As bigger kids, it took much bigger rockets to get anywhere near the thrill of those early days!

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#2892 47 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

That story reminds me of this flashing strobe light I used to have. I brought it out at parties for fun. But most people couldn't stand the thing for more than a minute or two.[quoted image]

We had one when I was a kid that we would set up for Halloween looked great till it got stolen.

#2893 47 days ago

I still have these.

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#2894 47 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

That story reminds me of this flashing strobe light I used to have. I brought it out at parties for fun. But most people couldn't stand the thing for more than a minute or two.[quoted image]

A relative of my moms had one when I was little and he made me and my siblings watch has he
shuffled across the floor... in effect it looked like he was floating across the floor like a stop
motion picture.

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#2895 47 days ago

Strobe light socker bopper fights were a lot of fun.

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#2896 47 days ago

wow!
my cookies, why did you do that ?
soccer boppers yes!

#2897 47 days ago
Quoted from onemoresean:

Strobe light socker bopper fights were a lot of fun.

Had those as a kid too - got my youngest these for Christmas one year, they made crushing sounds when you hit something.

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