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Favorite childhood toys and youthful memories

By Mr68

5 years ago

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#363 5 years ago


8 pages and I can't believe that no one's posted poppin hoppies. these were frickin' awesome until my brother and I got our butts spanked something fierce for taking the tops off and seeing how many we could get to launch and stick into the drop ceiling panels.

god, we were little hellions

#365 5 years ago

my cousin had one of these as well. we could never get the monsters back into "perfect" brick square form, but a cool toy nonetheless


#366 5 years ago

I remember having some monster maker toy as well where you had a motorized metal robot-type frame, but you "cooked" this green liquid rubber substance in these small metal forms into "skin" parts and that attached made a frankenstein-like creature. it had crazy orange fur for hair. man, I wish I could find a picture of that.

and these:

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#669 5 years ago
Quoted from pinball_faz:

I cut open many golf balls as a kid. The ones I saw in the seventies had some rubber-band-sh kind of stuff.
Now that I think about it... I cut open just about everything
No liquid.

you're not old enough then
inside the rubber bands, some balls had a rubber ball. some of those rubber balls were solid, others contained a liquid (not quite sure exactly what it was)

as kids we would cut the plastic "cover" off of a golf ball, rub one side of the exposed rubber bands on the concrete to cut through some of them, then throw the ball to watch it bounce and shoot off in various directions as the rubber bands unwound. good times

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#759 5 years ago

wow kim, you must have come from a pretty rich family if they bought you not one, but two putt-putt golf courses!

#763 5 years ago
Quoted from Mr68:

I was raised by wealthy carnival people. ... - OK, I lied about the wealthy part.

yeah, you kind of looked like you had a bit of "carney" in you

btw, have I ever introduced you to my good friend scott freeman?

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#946 4 years ago
Quoted from AlexF:

No idea what that thing is but it looks like it might be fun?

the [thing] next to the guy's hand is a "top" (it's upside down). it's positioned at the end of the playfield (in the center) with a string wound around the narrow section. you pull the string quickly, causing the top to spin and move through the maze. the goal is for the "top" to knock down as many of the pins before it loses momentum and falls over

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#969 4 years ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

And so the journey begins.
Does it sound okay to semi document it here considering this thread was the inspiration?

is that a YZ80? my brother used to restore Honda SL70's

#971 4 years ago

yeah, I loved mine as well. had to remove that elevated rear tail light assembly after one too many nut-wrenching incidents of the bike flying out from under me while climbing hills

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#1049 4 years ago
Quoted from AlexSMendes:

Please don't. The idea of men thinking of me makes me feel very uncomfortable...

so, it's not ok that I'm thinking about you this very minute?

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#1093 4 years ago

I'm really surprised to see that no company has taken up the mantle to produce toys today which are the same quality as those that we spent hundreds of hours with nearly 40+ years ago.

a recent walk-through the toy section of target left me feeling sorry for today's kids with their sh!tty, nearly in-animate action figures and things that vaguely resembled the characters/actors of their movie tie-in counterparts. most of the super hero merchandise is obviously a quick cash grab. it's amazing that those 3-3/4" star wars and g.i. joe figures from the late 70's/early 80's were not only better quality, but had more points of articulation (g.i.joe) than most of today's toys

and yeah, while many of the toys that we were [allowed] to play with wouldn't pass today's safety standards, then again maybe that's because we were smart enough to be a bit more careful (or lucky

hasbro and mattel should be ashamed of 90+% of the merchandise that they tie their names to today. LEGO is just about the only company (albeit expensive) that hasn't skimped out and dumbed down their product lines

what on god's green earth is this?!? (NSFA) linked because this truly is [not safe for anyone!]
ebay.com link: Figures Toy Company Dukes Of Hazzard 8 Retro Action Figure Daisy Duke Bikini

and seriously, people purchased the other 4 of these that this seller was offering?

#1104 4 years ago
Quoted from RCA1:

and lead paint, and leaded gas, and no seatbelts, no bike helmets, no cell phones, riding the open bed of a pickup truck............................
Ahh.............. to be a kid again..........................................

ok, this is one for all us old folks in the midwest. does anyone remember "shagging"?

how we didn't die doing that remains a mystery

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#1190 4 years ago

I'm currently restoring a 1971 honda SL70 from the ground up. my brother has built at least 8 or 10 of these in the past (his is the red one
it's same bike that I owned back in the late 70s (and that my father and his neighbor purchased brand new back in '71
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#1201 4 years ago

thanks. I made some more progress this weekend (handlebars, front forks, rear suspension/rear brake pedal and gas tank all installed now
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#1223 4 years ago

finally finished assembly on restoring my childhood (well, teenage childhood) motorcycle this past week. still have to fire her up and adjust things like the brakes, clutch and idle, but the assembly is now complete
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I even managed to find an period correct 1971 NOS license plate for it
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the red one is the one my brother just finished restoring (I couldn't have done this without his help). for this one, he put in an auto-clutch so that he can take his dog with him on rides
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#1386 2 years ago

I'm betting that earth mover isn't picking up much dirt & rocks on your carpet

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#1545 2 years ago
Quoted from VectorGamer:

I used to enjoy cap guns

tell the truth. you used to love sniffing the gun powder from cap guns

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#1640 1 year ago
Quoted from pacmanretro:

That ditz Barbie won't stop staring at the camera....ruining the entire take!

it's now obvious that barbie was breaking the 4th wall almost 2 decades before matthew broderick did it in ferris bueller

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#1703 1 year ago
Quoted from BMore-Pinball:

Who here is old enough to have had the old metal Tonka trucks?[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

those, a sand box and a warm summer day equaled many, many day's worth of fun

#1709 1 year ago
Quoted from gliebig:

My neighbor had one of these when I was a kid. I wasn't allowed to ride it.
Picked one up a few years ago. The seller said "your kid is going to love it"....I said " I don't have a kid. lol"
So, I ride this around the neighborhood. The adults think I'm a dork and the kids think I'm cool.[quoted image]

check out my past posts for my honda SL70 restoration



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#1757 1 year ago

my dad still has one of those. my brother's dog loves to chase and make off with the golf balls when he's over there

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#1931 1 year ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

Would Stellar Track only play exclusively on the Sears 2600?

no, the sears model and atari's model were identical (hardware-wise). they only differed in physical appearance. the partnership between atari and sears robuck merely allowed atari to extend its distribution in the late 1970s/early 1980s

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#2065 1 year ago
Quoted from dirkdiggler:

Never heard of Hot Toys. Pricy Chewy had a $599 price tag on him.
If I was a big star wars fan, these would be a must have. [quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]
The Groot and Rocket is super cool and would make a unique topper for gotg.[quoted image] Also saw this Harley Quinn figure[quoted image]

I prefer the original set that they put out a few year prior

the limited edition han and chewie set that I purchased a few years ago was amazing (to be honest, all of the hot toys releases are limited)

hot toys are incredibly detailed. and if you think the price of chewy is a bit on the high side, wait until you see this!

the hulkbuster weighs in at approximately 20 lbs and will accommodate their 1:6 scale iron man mark XVIII figure

#2076 1 year ago
Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

I have a quick story on the flying disc....We were vacationing at a small hotel on Casey Key at the North end.
It is the only Hotel among exclusive homes, Stephen King, owning the largest estate at the end.
I had brought the ring to play with my 5 year old daughter, and lost it in the ocean.
Some 7 years later, we found it in the surf, covered with barnacles and growth....I thought that was pretty cool.

name dropper!

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#2117 1 year ago

old games with their carbon '9 lives' ray-o-vac batteries were the best. those things never leaked like the alkaline batteries of today
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#2168 1 year ago

that's one surly looking bartender

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#2425 12 months ago
Quoted from mooch:

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our parents hated my brother and I for this toy. we took the heads off them and stretched out the springs so that they would fly higher and get stuck in the drop ceiling tiles

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#2909 10 months ago
Quoted from Mr68:

Peanut butter cookies
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kim, you look a lot different now

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#3024 10 months ago
Quoted from Mike_J:

Yes, we called it Skitching, not sure how that term was derived.

we called it shagging. good times. when cars had metal bumpers that you could grab hold of and hang on for dear life in subdivisions

#3172 10 months ago
Quoted from bob_e:

Many times, A group of us went to a RUSH concert at Joe Louis Area, after a trek thru to the roof parking on Cobo hall we came upon the down escalato, we got Steve to go first, he ran track several other followed, then I gave it a go and nearly ran out of steam3-4 steps from the top. Finally made it! It al happenedl because of BEER and left handed cigarettes. BTW it was a long escalator going up the equivalant of 2 floors.

signals tour? if so, that was one of the first concerts at the joe when it opened. some idiot stole my tour book and wrif sticker as we were leaving. fortunately, a buddy was going on the 2nd night and grabbed me another.

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#3544 9 months ago
Quoted from ghostbc:

I wanted tv dinners so bad , until i had one!

I felt the same way about all that food from sonic restaurants until michigan got those as well
the only thing good from that place is their cherry limeade slushes

#3562 9 months ago
Quoted from mooch:

Hmm... Notice anything strangely familiar about Milton Bradley’s Haunted Treasure Hunt game?
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illegal use of the scooby doo mansion on the box art?

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#4424 7 months ago
Quoted from mooch:

I found an old Driver’s Ed Simulator film online, filmed in Chicago’s northern suburbs in 1967. Narrated by John Drury, an ABC Chicago news anchor.
I had Driver’s Ed Simulator classes in 1971, so I’m sure I saw this film in there.
It’s a fun trip just watching the old cars and surroundings.
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we had those driving simulators. they were quite boring so most of us didn't drive and just let the car bounce from side to side like the old timey cars at the amusement parks that drove around a track with a railroad tie in the middle.

when we actually got to driving a [real] car, we had a girl that was so bad that it was the first time that our instructor had to use the brake on his side in his 20+ year career as a driving instructor (she was so bad that the rest of us covered our eyes instead of watching her attempt to drive). additionally, she made him so nervous that he literally whittled one of those long, plastic dairy-queen spoons to a nub with his teeth every time she got behind the wheel.

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#5836 3 months ago

reaching out to the group to see if anyone remembers this and can point me to the video about it

it was an animated short (sort of like the schoolhouse rock psa's) where replies like "not me", "I don't know" (and one other phrase) were personified

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