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(Some Guy)   The National Toy Hall of Fame. How many did you have?   ( divider line
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28313 clicks; posted to Main » on 06 Dec 2006 at 10:04 PM (10 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2006-12-07 02:36:21 AM  
Had: Tonka trucks, Lego, Checkers (my father thought it would be a good first step to teaching me wasn't), Cardboard Box (every child's fave), Jigsaw Puzzle (still unused, Bicycle, Yo-Yo coontil I gave someone a black eye with it), Alphabet Blocks (for my 18th), Teddy Bear (Abalam Kish was his name...first toy I loved...and I don't mean that in the carnal sense), Erector Set (Meccano as it was called in the UK), Scrabble and Monolopy (both of which I still excel at...ask my nieces), Crayons (which I still use for my best handwritten work to this day).

Yes I had all of those candy-ass games and toys but none of them beat snakes and ladders, marbles, tiddlywinks and subbuteo.

Best of all were the invisible weapons used during games of army and cowbys and indians.
2006-12-07 02:51:57 AM  
Only 13 of the 36 (not 38).

Tinker Toys, Erecter Set and cardboard boxes forever!
2006-12-07 04:05:08 AM  
Did anybody else have a hippity hop? It was a big rubber ball with a handle that you could sit on and bounce. Mine was red and my sister's was blue. We'd have hippity hop races all the time.

I also loved my romper stompers, which were basically little inverted plastic buckets with tubing. You stood on them and held the tubing and walked around.

My cousin got his Click Clacks going and they got away from him and smashed a light fixture. He ended up with glass in his eye. Good times.
2006-12-07 04:07:41 AM  
25 of those

then i got an n64 and it was all over

ocarina of time = all of 5th grade and middle school, ALL of it
2006-12-07 06:57:10 AM  
Cardboard box.


It has so many uses... So many. Even if it's a small box, you can still make it work. Small cardboard boxes are awesome for making "snow bricks". You pack the snow inside, then... boom! A giant snow-brick. The box breaks after a dozen or so uses, so you need several to really make a good castle, but man...
2006-12-07 07:04:06 AM  
Did anyone else have one of those sparky space gun things? I don't know what they were called, they were kind generic space-toy-y... You would find cheap "phasers" and "lazers" and stuff, and when you pulled the trigger it spun a wheel against a metal tooth, and sparks flew, normally safely inclosed in a plastic bubble?

Loved those!
2006-12-07 07:28:11 AM
2006-12-07 07:54:20 AM  
Did anyone else collect "Rat Fink" characters from the 60's?
2006-12-07 08:19:28 AM  
It's sad, but kids don't seem to have the same imagination that would drive them to create a toy out of a cardboard box. They sit in front of a screen and have everything made up for them.

My husband growing up used to attach fire crackers to army men and have huge backyard wars.

The list is missing Army men. Most kids had a bunch of those little green things.
2006-12-07 08:27:50 AM  
Only one I had:

We were kind of poor.
2006-12-07 08:33:07 AM  
mvfreeman: Not on the list but at the time it was da bomb.

Thanks for that. Serial.
2006-12-07 08:35:23 AM  
therealekzrated: I did not see a single picture, word, mention so far about girls..

That's because they have cooties.
2006-12-07 08:38:30 AM  
KerryKlu: I had most of the stuff on that list. Where's the Evel Knievel stunt bike? (Just picked one up for my 8 Y/O son for xmas).

Where did you find this?
2006-12-07 09:10:50 AM  

and for winter folk, Paris sleds
2006-12-07 09:12:29 AM  
What?! No Stretch, for shame.

granted the best part was to cut him open after awhile to see what he was made of. Some sort of green toxic ooz...gotta love the 60's/70's/80's back when toy where unsafe.
2006-12-07 09:13:31 AM  
I nominate the stick.
2006-12-07 09:27:40 AM

Best Toy on the Planet!

/especialy if you had a flight of stairs where you lived.
//Loved the turbine-like "spin-up" sound..
2006-12-07 09:57:14 AM  
No Hot Wheels?

Fark them!
2006-12-07 10:46:03 AM  
My favorite toys growing up:

-Wooden blocks.
-Wooden train set from Sweden. (really awesome, went great with wooden blocks.
-Construx. Probably my top favorite.
-Lego (bunch of random pieces we got from (I think) McDonalds happy meals in the 80s.)
-MOTU Figures
-Matchbox and other toy cars.

Those really were the days.
2006-12-07 10:46:12 AM  
What happened to:

Chemistry Set


Model Rockets

Little Green Army Men (the ones from the grocery store that worked so well with the aforementioned firecrackers and rockets)?
2006-12-07 11:02:57 AM  
Oh, and BTW, Leech was my favorite MOTU figure, followed closely by Mossman, because he smelled so good.
2006-12-07 11:28:28 AM  
I love that cardboard box was included.

I'm pretty sure mine was a time machine, but I never figured out the design for a transmogrifier.
2006-12-07 11:44:27 AM  

I have one of those! The snoopy snow cone maker, with the little red shovels and what not.
2006-12-07 11:55:57 AM

me & my rocking horse. although it was on springs, not rockers.
2006-12-07 11:58:44 AM  
farkaholic .
Between my brother and I, all the toys except the Legos, which became popular a bit later - yup, old as dirt - as a matter of fact, why isn't dirt on that list?

Let me add, especially for the girls here, Liddle Kiddles, and a bendy Gumby and Pokey.

And my all time fave, the Thing Maker - nothing like giving a kid goop and a hot plate.

The Thing Maker ! ! I couldn't remember what it was called ! This thread is dead now probably but I had started to post a tirade about my favorite toy of all time being a this thing that had a hotplate, metal molds and different colors of goop in ketchup bottles ! For years after I ran out of goop I felt a sense of disappointed every time I was in a store because whatever I was there after I always kept an eye open for a forgotten stash of goop hidden away on one of the shelves. I never found refills, I remember that feeling of disappointment to this day.

I still have one of the giant rubber ants somewhere. I still remember the smell of rubber goop cooking in the mold on the hotplate. I still, on some subconscious level, look for that hidden stash of goop refills sometimes.

If I found one today I wouldn't buy it. It would not be as fun now as it was then and my childhood feelings/memories would be crushed.
2006-12-07 12:21:21 PM  
Bicycles are not toys! They are an important form of transportation. If you play around with a bicycle, it could mean your life!
2006-12-07 01:08:42 PM  
BoboBad - You said it about catching something from Big Jim - kinda gives new meaning to the Big Jim song:

"Big Jim Sports Camper
He's the king of the road
When you help him unload..."
2006-12-07 01:37:55 PM  
Legos >> every other toy. The great part about Legos is that it can be anything you can cram together. We did star wars, mechwarrior, race cars, catapults, everything, and not from the stupid sets, just putting them together out of random parts ourselves. They're the best toy ever to exercise your kid's creativity. Man, I miss Legos.
2006-12-07 01:53:47 PM  
I did not read all of the messages here, but I did search for erector and set, and found very little comments on it. I am really surprised more people haven't mentioned this. It was, except for computers, my favorite 70s toy - muh Dad had a minicomputer for his companies in the early 70s that his programmer made games for me on...

This is sad:

"In 1980, the manufacturer discontinued the line."

With the little electric engines, this toy was so enthralling.
2006-12-07 02:07:01 PM  
I need to add this:

/Dunno why my Dad let me use, in today's dollars, an easy $250k system
//said programmer hogged the intelligent terminal (forerunner to the PC,) with (I believe) a 75 baud modem
///said programmer taught me assembly, and by the time I was five, the parent company wanted to use me in a commercial, because if a five year old could flip all the switches, load tapes and 10MB platters for the HD (it was the size of a washer) type bootstrap assembly and assembly to load games, anyone could
////said programmer gave me sage advice: "Nothing is impossible with computers."
2006-12-07 04:55:41 PM  
i just recently got married (october) and my new hubby brought his FIVE TUBS of mixed legos from his parents attic with him to our new house. I'm 31, he's 32.
seeing a 6'4" man crouched on the floor surrounded by little lego bits in very endearing. He rebuilt a lego car - the thing is at least a foot long! and it moves!
i was a barbie, candyland, frisbee, hot wheels kind of gal.

/wish hot wheels was on the list. loved that thing.
2006-12-07 05:05:47 PM  
Yeah. Erector sets...cut myself on those things more than once. But still loved them. Kept a box of band-aids in the metal case with them.
2006-12-07 05:52:05 PM
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