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(Daily Mail)   Memory Lane: Remember everything you ever wanted for Christmas as a kid? Take a look at this catalog from 1976 for a glimpse of how we used to live   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 536
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2011-12-09 12:14:42 PM

SueDisco: Nina_Hartley's_Ass: CASEY KASEM'S AMERICAN TOP 40 - 12/18/76

I'm saying this not just because I love disco...but that's a pretty kick-ass playlist. What a wide-ranging array of musical styles.


That list brought back ALOT of memories.. in 1976, I'd write down the complete top 40 each Friday night... :)

/no social life @ 13
 
2011-12-09 12:15:36 PM
www.wishbookweb.com

Many yards were destroyed by these.
 
2011-12-09 12:16:49 PM
And for us little geeks, this was the catalog of the year. You can view other years by hanging the date in the URL.

http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/catalogs/1976/
 
2011-12-09 12:17:17 PM

ThisNameSux: [www.wishbookweb.com image 640x863]

Many yards were destroyed by these.


whoa! You mean they let kids OUTSIDE????
 
2011-12-09 12:17:49 PM

craig328: However, while all those are nice toys...they don't hold a candle to all the evil crap you could do with a well appointed Hot Wheel set:

[www.johnomusic.com image 544x401]

I imagine my parents never considered how far the little spinning rubber wheels in the Supercharger could hurl a die cast metal car...particularly when you angled it somewhat and swapped out the heavier Hot Wheels cars with the lighter Matchbox projectiles. Suffice to say, I wasn't waiting around on stupid ole science to deliver on the promise of MY flying Jetsons car. Fark that noise. This was the 60's. We put frickin' men on the goddamned MOON! Damned straight I could put a Matchbox on the neighbor's roof.


Holy crap - two of those in succession on a straightaway (which was tricky to connect, because they had to be rotated opposite each other) were like a straight-line hadron collider. Good times.

And then, there was the creative wiring of a Tyco HO-scale train transformer to the battery terminals. No, I don't know where that burning smell is coming from, Mom...
 
2011-12-09 12:18:22 PM

craig328: That was right around the same time I got this for Xmas:

i819.photobucket.com

Flying Aces...with TWO foam Corsair planes. And they did actually, no shiat, fly too. The little launchers worked and those planes would fly prolly a good 20-30 feet. On the first day anyway. Later modifications and cobbling together with other toys would see those two (shortly one) planes shatter both their initial long and short distance records.


GAH! That's what I was trying to remember. Those were awesome. I didn't have the full-on aircraft carrier, but I think I had some other hand-held platform that would launch them (in addition to the regular rubberband-on-a-stick launchers). I forgot they had a lot of WWII planes as well as jet fighters. Thanks for posting that.
 
2011-12-09 12:20:46 PM
i268.photobucket.com

That is all.
 
2011-12-09 12:21:22 PM
www.wishbookweb.com

Portable TV's were farking pricey back then.
 
2011-12-09 12:22:15 PM
I remember spending the early 90's blowing up the toys from the early 80's.

Good times.

/shiat would be worth $, but now it's fragments in the woods.
 
2011-12-09 12:22:28 PM
Since we are talking about using toys in interesting ways, my brother and I used to take our hot wheels track and run it down the stairs, we would then build a ramp to launch them off the bottom step into the wall, there were many dents in the plaster.
 
2011-12-09 12:23:07 PM

Mama's Boy: Aw hell naw...THIS is more like it...


Ugh, you're that oddball kid that always picked the wrong toys, weren't you? Fess up, you had a Betamax too.

Voltron sucked. Transformers! Photon sucked. Lazer Tag!
 
2011-12-09 12:24:08 PM

DjangoStonereaver: miss diminutive: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 640x827]

What the hell are those things at top left? Some kind of archaic, screenless computer?

/didn't grow up in the 70s

They're called 'typewriters', and they're more like printers that you don't need to hook
up to a computer.

Personally, though, I always wanted one of these:

[oldcomputers.net image 546x472]

Almost as light as a modern netbook, but has a full size keyboard and runs on
regular AA batteries. If someone came out with a modern version with wifi, ethernet
and wireless WAN connectivity I'd buy it in a second. Even with the clunky 4 line
LCD screen.


My father still has one of these. I remember playing a couple of "games" on it when I was about 5.
 
2011-12-09 12:24:33 PM
oldcomputers.net

/Hot like my Parsec high score
 
2011-12-09 12:24:44 PM
The matchbox car set in the catalog is a total Hot Wheels ripoff. Were they licensed in the UK perhaps?
 
2011-12-09 12:25:03 PM
www.wishbookweb.com

If anybody wants to look at the rest of this and many other catalogs, here's the link.

Link (new window)
 
2011-12-09 12:25:08 PM
Wore out the teeth on the rip cords on a couple of these...scared the crap out of our dog on numerous occasions.
www.manytoystosell.com
 
2011-12-09 12:25:29 PM

Melvin Lovecraft: Got one of these one year; probably late '60's. Good times, minor burns.


I had one of those as well. I burned myself constantly and loved it. Between that, wood burning sets, and real chemistry kits, we all somehow survived. Imagine that.
 
2011-12-09 12:26:51 PM

jiangkuang: [omnibot2k.com image 319x378]

This is what I wanted for Christmas, but instead I got a telescope. That might sound cool, but there was too much light pollution in our neighborhood to see anything. I think I used it once to see what the neighbors were eating for Xmas dinner. Plus I wanted a damn Omnibot. Thanks for nothing Dad.


I have one of those in my basement sitting right next to my 8-track 2XL.

It was fun for about 10 minutes then you just follow the dog with it trying to scare the crap out of it.
 
2011-12-09 12:27:38 PM

rmoody: I'm curious - to the Farkers with kids, do they even want toys anymore, or do they just want whatever is latest and cool in video games?


I have a 10 year old. All he wants is an ipod. Toys are right out. But he has some stuffies that he plays with. He did end up asking for a single toy for Christmas. He's getting it. We also got him a skate board from "santa".
 
2011-12-09 12:28:14 PM

eCurmudgeon: schief2: StanTheMan: There was one toy that was better than today's version - the chemistry set. You could make meth or napalm with those things. Too pussified today to make anything good.

Not to mention the Mattel Thingmaker:

[www.samstoybox.com image 640x501]

/Still surprised I never did burn our house down...


I had one too. I had forgotten all about that.

I had so much fun. Thanks :-)
 
2011-12-09 12:28:14 PM

ocendot: Wore out the teeth on the rip cords on a couple of these...scared the crap out of our dog on numerous occasions.
[www.manytoystosell.com image 410x307]


But eventually you either lost the zipper tool, or the teeth on it wore down so much it wouldn't work anymore.
 
2011-12-09 12:28:29 PM

Tom_Slick: Since we are talking about using toys in interesting ways, my brother and I used to take our hot wheels track and run it down the stairs, we would then build a ramp to launch them off the bottom step into the wall, there were many dents in the plaster.


Ha! My mom had a use for those too. Farkin' things HURT when you got spanked with 'em.
 
2011-12-09 12:29:40 PM
i.imgur.com
This is what I wanted for Christmas. :-p
 
2011-12-09 12:30:34 PM
What, a 70s toy thread and no love for the Adventure People? For shame!

i39.tinypic.com
 
2011-12-09 12:30:58 PM

ocendot: Wore out the teeth on the rip cords on a couple of these...scared the crap out of our dog on numerous occasions.
[www.manytoystosell.com image 410x307]


Also used by Mom as a behavior modification device.
 
2011-12-09 12:31:05 PM
Holy crap, I've had half the stuff on this page: Vertibird, Micronauts, Action Jackson, Tonka truck, SSP Smash-Up Derby, Battling Tops, Red Ryder bb gun, TCR racetrack (with the jam car!) ...

Also had that Farrah poster on my wall. Oh, the nights I spent staring at that ...

/off to bunk, probably just to weep
 
2011-12-09 12:31:45 PM

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: 23: BETH - KISS


Giggling so much right now
 
2011-12-09 12:32:09 PM

improvius: craig328: That was right around the same time I got this for Xmas:

i819.photobucket.com

Flying Aces...with TWO foam Corsair planes. And they did actually, no shiat, fly too. The little launchers worked and those planes would fly prolly a good 20-30 feet. On the first day anyway. Later modifications and cobbling together with other toys would see those two (shortly one) planes shatter both their initial long and short distance records.

GAH! That's what I was trying to remember. Those were awesome. I didn't have the full-on aircraft carrier, but I think I had some other hand-held platform that would launch them (in addition to the regular rubberband-on-a-stick launchers). I forgot they had a lot of WWII planes as well as jet fighters. Thanks for posting that.


Ok, here's the launcher I had:

img685.imageshack.us
 
2011-12-09 12:32:36 PM

900RR: What, a 70s toy thread and no love for the Adventure People? For shame!

[i39.tinypic.com image 497x373]


Awesome. I remember those - had the jungle safari set. The Adventure People had to be pretty close to being the first miniature action figures (opposed to the 11" Mego and G.I. Joe figures).
 
2011-12-09 12:33:55 PM

craig328: And on a semi-related note, I was in a Michaels craft store sort of moping along behind the wife when I encountered plastic models.

I recall building the Space: 1999 Eagle model (amongst prolly around 100 or so others when I was a kid) and thought I had the best toy ever.

That was right around the same time I got this for Xmas:

[i819.photobucket.com image 640x229]

Flying Aces...with TWO foam Corsair planes. And they did actually, no shiat, fly too. The little launchers worked and those planes would fly prolly a good 20-30 feet. On the first day anyway. Later modifications and cobbling together with other toys would see those two (shortly one) planes shatter both their initial long and short distance records.


DAMN! I forgot all about that thing. The launchers broke in a week so I wound up hand launching the planes with rubber bands. Wow!
 
2011-12-09 12:34:34 PM

phamwaa: Many happy hours playing this:
[www.spookyshobbyshop.com image 629x388]


Damn! I forgot all about NFL Strategy, and it's retarded brother:

home.comcast.net

Good Times!
 
2011-12-09 12:35:35 PM

improvius: improvius: craig328: That was right around the same time I got this for Xmas:

i819.photobucket.com

Flying Aces...with TWO foam Corsair planes. And they did actually, no shiat, fly too. The little launchers worked and those planes would fly prolly a good 20-30 feet. On the first day anyway. Later modifications and cobbling together with other toys would see those two (shortly one) planes shatter both their initial long and short distance records.

GAH! That's what I was trying to remember. Those were awesome. I didn't have the full-on aircraft carrier, but I think I had some other hand-held platform that would launch them (in addition to the regular rubberband-on-a-stick launchers). I forgot they had a lot of WWII planes as well as jet fighters. Thanks for posting that.

Ok, here's the launcher I had:

[img685.imageshack.us image 400x247]


After about a year, the launcher didn't work and only one plane was left.
 
2011-12-09 12:35:48 PM

Scurvy Dog: 900RR: What, a 70s toy thread and no love for the Adventure People? For shame!

[i39.tinypic.com image 497x373]

Awesome. I remember those - had the jungle safari set. The Adventure People had to be pretty close to being the first miniature action figures (opposed to the 11" Mego and G.I. Joe figures).


They were the first (1974 I believe). They interfaced well with my 3-3/4" GI Joes. I bought the extra packs of weapons and armed all my Adventure People. Good times!
 
2011-12-09 12:36:20 PM

TigerStar: [i.imgur.com image 300x419]
This is what I wanted for Christmas. :-p


"Farrah Fawcett is SOOOO conceited- she hasn't even called me ONCE...after the hours I spent holding up her poster with one hand."- Steve Martin
 
2011-12-09 12:37:40 PM

threedingers: We just sold one of these...

[img.photobucket.com image 269x307]

...for $150. The woman how bought it was positively giddy about it.


I just saw one of those at a thrift shop. Unfortunately it was sitting outside and was basically melting. I didn't have one, but I had a friend that did. The trapdoor was the best part.
 
2011-12-09 12:39:05 PM
This is what I remember...

[retrothing.typepad.com image 271x350]

brb, looking for soundfiles I can import as ringtones.


I had one of those...back when 2XL was a futuristic sounding name, not the average shirt size in the US.
 
2011-12-09 12:39:21 PM

oh_please: Damn! I forgot all about NFL Strategy, and it's retarded brother:

home.comcast.net

Good Times!


Is that Peyton Manning on the box?

/I kid I kid
 
2011-12-09 12:39:26 PM
Nipple Sighted On Farrah Poster: President Appeals For Calm
 
2011-12-09 12:39:31 PM
i43.tinypic.com
 
2011-12-09 12:39:53 PM

TigerStar:

i.imgur.com
This is what I wanted for Christmas. :-p


But all you got was that louzy poster?
 
2011-12-09 12:40:27 PM

someonelse: [i.ebayimg.com image 640x480]


Holy shiat until seeing this photo I had totally forgotten that I had Barbie's beach van. Dredging up old memories is a freaky sensation, like, wow, brain, what else are you hiding?
 
2011-12-09 12:40:27 PM
This was pretty cool when you were 3

i171.photobucket.com
 
2011-12-09 12:41:09 PM

happydude45: Coelacanth 2011-12-09 10:29:07 AM

You'd have to go back to 1966 for me. My needful thing was the Lost In Space Switch N Go by Mattel Link (new window)

Oh man, that brings back memories. I had the actual walking, talking, Lost in Space robot. It lit up and everything. We were lucky kids - remember the creepy crawly makers with the metal molds? My wife still has one with a ton of the molds.


I made some money off of my Creepy Crawler Maker. I made custom fishing lures for neighbors with the thing.

I've saved a few things over the years like Marx/MPC astronauts which they can't make anymore because the plastic resin has gotten too expensive (Advice to other collectors: Clean your vintage plastic figures with Armor All® to preserve them).
 
2011-12-09 12:42:22 PM
img685.imageshack.us

I loved me some Micronauts.... Want to PLAY NOW!
 
2011-12-09 12:42:28 PM

The Divine Ponytail: [oldcomputers.net image 349x171]

/Hot like my Parsec high score


I remember Parsec, and Hunt the Wumpus too...1980, holy shiat. I remember entering code into one of those things with my dad for hours and hours, which actually led to my career.
 
2011-12-09 12:43:16 PM
My half brother had tons of these toys because he was an only child spoiled brat till I came along. Then my mom got divorced a few times and we were perpetually broke and she was perpetually in a bottle of pills or booze, so the good times were gone by the 80's.

I think I'm so much of a cynic these days because the toys of my youth could never match my imagination of what they could do. Evil Kneivel bike being a huge offender of that. My life revolved around Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars (i was more into accurate facsimile than the huge engines and ginormous tire ones), and computers.
 
2011-12-09 12:43:17 PM
i42.tinypic.com
 
2011-12-09 12:43:34 PM

KarmicDisaster: DjangoStonereaver: miss diminutive: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 640x827]

What the hell are those things at top left? Some kind of archaic, screenless computer?

/didn't grow up in the 70s

They're called 'typewriters', and they're more like printers that you don't need to hook
up to a computer.

Personally, though, I always wanted one of these:

[oldcomputers.net image 546x472]

Almost as light as a modern netbook, but has a full size keyboard and runs on
regular AA batteries. If someone came out with a modern version with wifi, ethernet
and wireless WAN connectivity I'd buy it in a second. Even with the clunky 4 line
LCD screen.

None of those in the '70's though, that was introduced in 1983. Loved my m100 back in the day because it had a real keyboard and like you said ran all day on AA batts and you could program it and it even had a built in modem and printer port. Bill Gates last good work ;)


As recently as a decade ago, those were still being used. They were prized by field researchers and journalists because of their ruggedness, use of the ubiquitous AA battery and modem. Practically indestructible, easily powered and able to send data over just about any phone line in the world. I wouldn't be surprised if they were still being used.

/Just discovered the Mars Rover is powered by an m100 processor.
 
2011-12-09 12:46:51 PM
When I was a kid you were given a bar of lead from China and you just had to pretend
 
2011-12-09 12:47:26 PM

Tom_Slick: oh_please: Damn! I forgot all about NFL Strategy, and it's retarded brother:

home.comcast.net

Good Times!

Is that Peyton Manning on the box?

/I kid I kid


I had to go back and look, I think it's Roger Staubach.
 
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