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2014-06-03 07:50:12 AM  
They had the best toys back then. This one is called Talky Tina.
berfrois.com
 
2014-06-03 08:09:08 AM  
I'm so old that my Mr. Potato Head kit needed you to bring your own potato.
 
2014-06-03 08:10:29 AM  
What do you mean "not us"?
 
2014-06-03 08:44:15 AM  
Back in the days when he had a pipe, you could make Mr. Potato head look quite a lot like Josef Stalin at
a Mets game:

thumbs4.ebaystatic.com
 
2014-06-03 08:49:19 AM  
Yay for Spirograph! But where's Mousetrap and Creepy Crawlers?
 
2014-06-03 08:55:42 AM  
I remember all of those except for the dolls and I'm not yet 50.
 
2014-06-03 08:58:05 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: I'm so old that my Mr. Potato Head kit needed you to bring your own potato.


We had to use an onion.
We carried onions tied to our belts.
Which was the style at the time.
 
2014-06-03 08:58:56 AM  

John Buck 41: Yay for Spirograph! But where's Mousetrap and Creepy Crawlers?


Exactly. I am 28 and had both of these when they were apparently re-released. Mousetrap was a pain setting up at times and had some resemblence to 13 Dead End Drive. Crepey Crawlers was cool and it seemed like it was an Easy Bake Oven for boys.
 
2014-06-03 09:00:17 AM  
I still have my six million dollar man lunchbox and for the life of me I never understood why he was hitting that horse with a tree..  What an asshole.
 
2014-06-03 09:00:27 AM  
Our Mr PotatoHead was called Mr Rockhead and you had to a supply your own rock.
 
2014-06-03 09:01:25 AM  

Wellon Dowd: I remember all of those except for the dolls and I'm not yet 50.


I don't remember the paper dolls, but my sister and I had two dolls like Crissy - Velvet, who was blonde, and Cinnamon, who took over the redhead role. I'm not 50, either.

Easy Bake ovens were great on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

Play Doh got banned in our house after my mom had to deal one too may times with getting bits out of the sculpted pile carpeting.

And I never could get my Slinky to walk down the stairs like it did in the commercials. :-(
 
2014-06-03 09:05:32 AM  
And I was laughing about TFA's comments about the Ouija board not being a toy but evil, until I realized people were serious. Sigh.
 
2014-06-03 09:07:37 AM  
This is what I had

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link to article
http://www.mindsontoys.com/kits.htm?dc1_intro.htm
 
2014-06-03 09:08:13 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: What do you mean "not us"?


Clearly, Subby is unaware of the FARK antiquities bell curve. Or HuffPo's, either. Doesn't Arianna's vajayjay sport bats?
 
2014-06-03 09:10:35 AM  
huffpo ?  not
 
2014-06-03 09:19:20 AM  

Wellon Dowd: I remember all of those except for the dolls and I'm not yet 50.


Yeah, subby's a moron who has no concept of time. Hell, those "moon shoe" things are obviously from the 80s or early 90s.
 
2014-06-03 09:20:24 AM  
What about my ex-wife's toys?

/she owns stock in Doc Johnson...............
 
2014-06-03 09:22:19 AM  
"Here are 11 vintage toys from our childhoods we still love. Well not su but someone who is about 60 years old right now"

and a woman. Most of those were girl toys.
 
2014-06-03 09:22:35 AM  
Spirograph is an engineering marvel done with slide rules. Add in the shrink factor and it's a tough mold to design.
 
2014-06-03 09:31:02 AM  
As a child of the 70's I had countless metal slinkies.  It sucked when they got all tangled up. The new plastic ones don't make that cool metal slinky noise. Mr Potatoe head? Yup. Spriograph? Yup!  My sister had the easy bake oven.

Play doh? Oh yea, Red tasted the best.

/Toys were cool then.
 
2014-06-03 09:41:34 AM  
No colorforms? I remember chewing on the excess (the solid color part that surrounded the colorforms proper.) and really enjoying the taste. The flavor lasted much longer than the 5 seconds of fruit-strip gum.
 
2014-06-03 09:43:38 AM  

Danger Mouse: As a child of the 70's I had countless metal slinkies.  It sucked when they got all tangled up. The new plastic ones don't make that cool metal slinky noise. Mr Potatoe head? Yup. Spriograph? Yup!  My sister had the easy bake oven.

Play doh? Oh yea, Red tasted the best.

/Toys were cool then.

Potatoe? Dan, is that you?

 
2014-06-03 09:44:31 AM  

John Buck 41: Yay for Spirograph! But where's Mousetrap and Creepy Crawlers?


We'd play with my dad's original Creepy Crawler ThinkMaker at my grandparents' house.  Oh so dangerous but oh so fun!
 
2014-06-03 09:48:10 AM  
I have been playing Mr. Potato Head with my 3 year old. I realized that if you turn the body (the potato) upside down and put the pieces in, it looks a lot more like an actual human skull. Sort of creepy.
 
2014-06-03 09:50:34 AM  
Whar hoop and stick? Whar?
 
2014-06-03 09:50:47 AM  
Born in 1976, so 80s kid

Boy as well.

Crissy Doll - I don't remember those
Moon Shoes - I sort of heard of them but didn't know anyone who had them
Paper Dolls - I regarded those as more "grandma toys." My sister had some but preferred her stuffed animals.
Mr Potato Head - yep
Play Doh - yep
Hula Hoop - yep
Chatty Cathy - my sister had dolls that talked but not these
Ouija Board - popular with girls I knew in middle and high school. One guy I knew said he'd take it more seriously if it weren't a Parker Brothers cardboard board, and there were marble pillars/blood/etc. Sort of like the tricks the British spiritualists used back in the day -- as a kid, I got and read books like "Big Secrets" and other books that talked about the Cottingley Fairies, Tunguska, and other Victoriana mysteries.
Easy-Bake Oven - I think my sister had one (or one of the clones) and got bored with it.
Spirograph - I heard of it but never really had one
Slinky - Yep. I could get it to go down one-two stairs but it always got tangled up.
 
2014-06-03 10:00:43 AM  

SVenus: This is what I had

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link to article
http://www.mindsontoys.com/kits.htm?dc1_intro.htm


That Digi-Comp1 is awesome.  Too bad something like that isn't around today.  It would help young children actually learn about electronics.
 
2014-06-03 10:02:03 AM  

Betep: Spirograph is an engineering marvel done with slide rules. Add in the shrink factor and it's a tough mold to design.


I got really absorbed in Super Spirograph, but regular Spirograph started to give me some intuition about common divisors (count the points) and relatively prime numbers (avoid them -- you'll never get to the end of the drawing without slipping a gear).

I would've had a lot more fun with Spirograph if fine motor skills hadn't been such a challenge.
 
2014-06-03 10:02:41 AM  
Born in '71....loved Spirograph.

The neighbor girls had an Easy-Bake oven and Snoopy's Snow Cone...good times...
 
2014-06-03 10:03:07 AM  
Other things I remember from back in the day:

Etch-a-Sketch
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
Johnny Lightning cars (my uncle worked at one of the factories so we had a ton of these around)
Tonka trucks (I had the dump truck and the tow truck)
Lincoln Logs

Not really toys, but what the heck:

Shrinky Dinks
Paint-by-Numbers (on velvet too, no less)
Silly Putty
Weebles


Burn_The_Plows: No colorforms? I remember chewing on the excess (the solid color part that surrounded the colorforms proper.) and really enjoying the taste. The flavor lasted much longer than the 5 seconds of fruit-strip gum.


Oh God, colorforms! I loved those things, especially my Scooby Doo ones.
 
2014-06-03 10:04:31 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: They had the best toys back then. This one is called Talky Tina.
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Funny, that is exactly what I thought of when I saw Chatty Cathy...

/My name is Talky Tina...and I'm going to kill you!
 
2014-06-03 10:06:23 AM  
1) Crissy Doll is gross and freaky.

2) List fails without Shogun Warriors.
 
2014-06-03 10:12:55 AM  
Two words: Adventure People
 
2014-06-03 10:14:56 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: I'm so old that my Mr. Potato Head kit needed you to bring your own potato.


SpdrJay: Our Mr PotatoHead was called Mr Rockhead and you had to a supply your own rock.



Our Mr. PotatoHead was called Mr. Primordial Souphead and you had to supply your own primordial soup.
 
2014-06-03 10:16:27 AM  
G.I. Joe with kung-fu grip
 
2014-06-03 10:19:06 AM  
My sister had the easy bake over, the spiral graph, the Chrissy Doll and the Chatty Cathy.  I remember her having some paper dolls too.

The only toy on that list I had was the slinky and I tangled it within 5 minutes of opening the box.  My life sucked.
 
2014-06-03 10:20:07 AM  
This was my favorite, but I had to let a nice older couple keep her for me. I miss her from time to time:

rhinews.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-06-03 10:26:37 AM  

Lydia_C: Johnny Lightning cars (my uncle worked at one of the factories so we had a ton of these around)


I started with Hot Wheels, and Johnny Lightning was my introduction to the concept of "knock-off product". Until they came out with the cars with the little compressed-air tanks inside and the big pumping station. I never could be sure that the jet assist really made much difference, but I eventually figured out how to put talcum powder into the nozzle so you got a little cloud when it cut loose.

Good thing I'd outgrown them by the time I got access to butane refill kits.
 
2014-06-03 10:26:41 AM  

SVenus: This is what I had

[img.fark.net image 504x351]
link to article
http://www.mindsontoys.com/kits.htm?dc1_intro.htm


Holy Fark! I'm buying one of those. I've been wondering how to explain how computers work to my daughter.
 
2014-06-03 10:26:53 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: I'm so old that my Mr. Potato Head kit needed you to bring your own potato.


I remember that. Then our mother had to make mashed potatoes, so they wouldn't be wasted.

Danger Mouse: As a child of the 70's I had countless metal slinkies.  It sucked when they got all tangled up. The new plastic ones don't make that cool metal slinky noise. Mr Potatoe head? Yup. Spriograph? Yup!  My sister had the easy bake oven.
Play doh? Oh yea, Red tasted the best.
/Toys were cool then.


Had them all. Lite-Bright was biatchin. And who can forget

marialokken.com
 
2014-06-03 10:30:06 AM  

Betep: Spirograph is an engineering marvel done with slide rules. Add in the shrink factor and it's a tough mold to design.


Only problems with Spirograph were slippage and the fact that the pens were usually all dried out or ripped up paper. Otherwise, those things totally rocked.
 
2014-06-03 10:30:52 AM  

cryinoutloud: Marcus Aurelius: I'm so old that my Mr. Potato Head kit needed you to bring your own potato.

I remember that. Then our mother had to make mashed potatoes, so they wouldn't be wasted.

Danger Mouse: As a child of the 70's I had countless metal slinkies.  It sucked when they got all tangled up. The new plastic ones don't make that cool metal slinky noise. Mr Potatoe head? Yup. Spriograph? Yup!  My sister had the easy bake oven.
Play doh? Oh yea, Red tasted the best.
/Toys were cool then.

Had them all. Lite-Bright was biatchin. And who can forget

[marialokken.com image 485x363]


I had fun dropping crayons into the back of the Lite Brite onto the bulb... :-)
 
2014-06-03 10:35:36 AM  
Anyone remember Micronauts?

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2014-06-03 10:45:05 AM  
Where's my goddam Vac-U-Form, goddamit?
 
2014-06-03 10:49:54 AM  

johnh2005: AverageAmericanGuy: They had the best toys back then. This one is called Talky Tina.
[berfrois.com image 450x338]

Funny, that is exactly what I thought of when I saw Chatty Cathy...

/My name is Talky Tina...and I'm going to kill you!


My older sister had a Chatty Cathy. i found a phillips screwdriver and decided to see exactly what it was that made Cathy so chatty. Cathy wasn't chatty at all after that. Sigh.
 
2014-06-03 10:50:59 AM  
I had the Hot Wheels Mongoose and Snake Drag Race Set.  It rocked because it came with a starting gate and finish line so you could have fair races and knew who won the close ones.  Many a rainy day was spent having hotwheel tournaments with my 50+ cars.
 
2014-06-03 10:56:39 AM  
Yeah, I like four of them.

~but which ones??~
 
2014-06-03 10:56:44 AM  
Notably absent:
1.bp.blogspot.com

If you can't handle an exposed hotplate, you don't deserve fun.
(still have one that works)
 
2014-06-03 11:00:23 AM  

Colour_out_of_Space: Notably absent:
[1.bp.blogspot.com image 400x300]

If you can't handle an exposed hotplate, you don't deserve fun.
(still have one that works)


We do too. Wife found a bunch of the metal molds on ebay a few years ago. I loved those things as a kid.
 
2014-06-03 11:15:40 AM  

Muta: I had the Hot Wheels Mongoose and Snake Drag Race Set.  It rocked because it came with a starting gate and finish line so you could have fair races and knew who won the close ones.  Many a rainy day was spent having hotwheel tournaments with my 50+ cars.


Sweeeetttt!!!  I had one of these sets also plus a fair amount of track from other sets so we could set up  a pretty long run.  Had some of the corner pieces to.   After racing it bit the fun usually turned into a sword fight using the track.  Them suckers hurt when you got smacked just right.
 
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