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(Dinosaur Dracula)   We may be on the verge of nuclear war, and so as we look back on life on Earth here are some cool toys from the 1982 Sears catalog   ( dinosaurdracula.com) divider line
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2017-04-14 08:38:09 AM  
Getting out the Sears and Best catalogs and staring at the toy pictures was my idea of entertainment when I was 4 years old.
 
2017-04-14 08:50:53 AM  

kevlar51: Getting out the Sears and Best catalogs and staring at the toy pictures was my idea of entertainment when I was 4 years old.


By 1982, for me it had to be the Penneys Catalog. They had a great selection of... clothes. This was when they wouldn't airbrush things out, too.
 
2017-04-14 09:13:43 AM  
those are cool toys?
 
2017-04-14 09:27:09 AM  

whyRpeoplesostupid: those are cool toys?


Hokay, gather 'round everyone! We're about to get schooled by the master of cool himself. The ringleader or rad. The knight of gnarly. The harbinger of all that is happenin'!

Mr whyRpeoplesostupid, Do tell, what was cool in 1982?
 
2017-04-14 09:28:47 AM  

whyRpeoplesostupid: those are cool toys?


Yes. Some of them were. And that is *all* we had when it came to seeing what was for Christmas. I'd sit there with my sisters, pouring over the Sears and Ward catalogs and make out my wish list. That lasted til I was 10 I think.

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Seriously. That was a dream toy for me as a kid.
 
2017-04-14 09:29:35 AM  
I didnt realize it until now, but I think those glo worms are the root of a lot my irrational fears.
 
2017-04-14 09:40:39 AM  
I could still go for one of those Remco monster sets.
The guy who runs that site is the Larry Flynt of nostalgia porn.
 
2017-04-14 09:43:35 AM  
Well, according to yesterday's thread about Able Archer, we were on the brink of nuclear war when that catalog came out.
 
2017-04-14 09:46:15 AM  

nicoffeine: whyRpeoplesostupid: those are cool toys?

Hokay, gather 'round everyone! We're about to get schooled by the master of cool himself. The ringleader or rad. The knight of gnarly. The harbinger of all that is happenin'!

Mr whyRpeoplesostupid, Do tell, what was cool in 1982?


Well I was 22 in '82 so i was comparing them to toys of my era. This was the bomb

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and I can't remember the name of it but there was a machine we poured liquid plastic in molds and cooked them and made monsters
 
2017-04-14 09:47:31 AM  
I used to love those catalogs when I was a kid.

Wow, a table top video game that plays one game for 60 1982 dollars. That was a lot of money back now.
 
2017-04-14 09:57:17 AM  
I don't know if you consider this a toy or not but if you had one of these you were it. My brother rode his to school and actually had a crowd in the bike lot.

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2017-04-14 10:16:45 AM  

Nadie_AZ: whyRpeoplesostupid: those are cool toys?

Yes. Some of them were. And that is *all* we had when it came to seeing what was for Christmas. I'd sit there with my sisters, pouring over the Sears and Ward catalogs and make out my wish list. That lasted til I was 10 I think.

[img.fark.net image 640x543]

Seriously. That was a dream toy for me as a kid.


I had that.
 
2017-04-14 10:17:47 AM  
On the verge of Nuclear War?  Did subby release 99 red balloons?
 
2017-04-14 10:19:08 AM  

whyRpeoplesostupid: I don't know if you consider this a toy or not but if you had one of these you were it. My brother rode his to school and actually had a crowd in the bike lot.

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I had one for a summer. I loved it. I took it everywhere. We were inseparable. Then it got stolen by some hippies. It was my first brush with crime.
 
2017-04-14 10:19:48 AM  
Definitely had this.

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2017-04-14 10:21:00 AM  

whyRpeoplesostupid: nicoffeine: whyRpeoplesostupid: those are cool toys?

Hokay, gather 'round everyone! We're about to get schooled by the master of cool himself. The ringleader or rad. The knight of gnarly. The harbinger of all that is happenin'!

Mr whyRpeoplesostupid, Do tell, what was cool in 1982?

Well I was 22 in '82 so i was comparing them to toys of my era. This was the bomb

[img.fark.net image 570x570]
and I can't remember the name of it but there was a machine we poured liquid plastic in molds and cooked them and made monsters


Creepy Crawlers. Or that may have been the 90's name of the toy.
 
2017-04-14 10:21:11 AM  
I had the He-Man toy and Star Wars toy. If I held on to them they'd be worth, well, nothing today.
/we're not on the verge of nuclear war
//but I guess Subby figured out the formula to get his greened headline
 
2017-04-14 10:21:28 AM  
The toy section of the Sears catalogue was one of two sections I read pretty much every Sunday growing up.
 
2017-04-14 10:21:51 AM  
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2017-04-14 10:22:04 AM  

whyRpeoplesostupid: nicoffeine: whyRpeoplesostupid: those are cool toys?

Hokay, gather 'round everyone! We're about to get schooled by the master of cool himself. The ringleader or rad. The knight of gnarly. The harbinger of all that is happenin'!

Mr whyRpeoplesostupid, Do tell, what was cool in 1982?

Well I was 22 in '82 so i was comparing them to toys of my era. This was the bomb

[img.fark.net image 570x570]
and I can't remember the name of it but there was a machine we poured liquid plastic in molds and cooked them and made monsters


VertiBird.  We had that and it was awesome.  Except when carpet fibers got pinched into the spring drive mechanism.
 
2017-04-14 10:22:16 AM  
1982 is right in my wheelhouse! Star Wars, HeMan, GI Joe, Battlestar Galactica, Transformers, Force Five..shiat it it didn't come with a sword, phaser, laser, rocket, robot or firearm I wanted nothing to do with it!

/good old days of violent children's toys and playing outside
//yeah yeah get off my lawn blah blah
 
2017-04-14 10:22:53 AM  
I wouldn't use the term "cool toys".....

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...but it did bring the term "Wish Book" into another perspective.
 
2017-04-14 10:23:12 AM  
Sorry if this is off topic, but since when do the article links from the main page no longer work without JavaScript? I noticed that a few days ago but thought that it might be a problem with the specific browser, but it's definitely a pattern across multiple browsers and multiple machines. I mean, yes, there are workarounds that don't involve enabling JavaScript, but they're kind of a pain.
 
2017-04-14 10:24:09 AM  

DaveNukem: 1982 is right in my wheelhouse! Star Wars, HeMan, GI Joe, Battlestar Galactica, Transformers, Force Five..shiat it it didn't come with a sword, phaser, laser, rocket, robot or firearm I wanted nothing to do with it!

/good old days of violent children's toys and playing outside
//yeah yeah get off my lawn blah blah


Did you have this?

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2017-04-14 10:24:49 AM  

whyRpeoplesostupid: nicoffeine: whyRpeoplesostupid: those are cool toys?

Hokay, gather 'round everyone! We're about to get schooled by the master of cool himself. The ringleader or rad. The knight of gnarly. The harbinger of all that is happenin'!

Mr whyRpeoplesostupid, Do tell, what was cool in 1982?

Well I was 22 in '82 so i was comparing them to toys of my era. This was the bomb

[img.fark.net image 570x570]
and I can't remember the name of it but there was a machine we poured liquid plastic in molds and cooked them and made monsters


That was the Thingmaker by Mattel. It was so dangerous the had to make it safer in 78 which made it worse.
 
2017-04-14 10:26:51 AM  
I read that as 1892 - probably woulda been much more cooler stuff than that.
 
2017-04-14 10:27:04 AM  

blatz514: Definitely had this.

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doesn't even have the chest thing where it rolled over when Destro or whoever hit him.
Transformers and GI Joes

/Army men
 
2017-04-14 10:27:16 AM  
So weird that I didn't have any of the Remco monster toys as a kid.  I knew they existed.  I was way into the Universal monsters.  I guess when it came to choosing between Star Wars and those I had to go with Star Wars.
 
2017-04-14 10:28:49 AM  

blatz514: DaveNukem: 1982 is right in my wheelhouse! Star Wars, HeMan, GI Joe, Battlestar Galactica, Transformers, Force Five..shiat it it didn't come with a sword, phaser, laser, rocket, robot or firearm I wanted nothing to do with it!

/good old days of violent children's toys and playing outside
//yeah yeah get off my lawn blah blah

Did you have this?

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Pfft..we made our own back then.
 
2017-04-14 10:29:13 AM  

DaveNukem: 1982 is right in my wheelhouse! Star Wars, HeMan, GI Joe, Battlestar Galactica, Transformers, Force Five..shiat it it didn't come with a sword, phaser, laser, rocket, robot or firearm I wanted nothing to do with it!

/good old days of violent children's toys and playing outside
//yeah yeah get off my lawn blah blah


I was born in 77, army guys were still a thing then.  We used to play war all the time with fake guns and as we got a little bit older we'd shoot each other with air guns.
 
2017-04-14 10:29:19 AM  
My favorite catalog would been the Radioshack one. http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/html/1982/

especially the science fair kits.
http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/html/1982/h148.html
 
2017-04-14 10:29:46 AM  

OtherLittleGuy: I wouldn't use the term "cool toys".....

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...but it did bring the term "Wish Book" into another perspective.


I always skipped to the lingerie.
 
2017-04-14 10:30:57 AM  

OtherLittleGuy: I wouldn't use the term "cool toys".....

[img.fark.net image 469x640]


...but it did bring the term "Wish Book" into another perspective.


Oh man, I almost forgot about Star Blazers!
 
2017-04-14 10:33:16 AM  
That women's lingerie section was smack dab in the middle of the catalog. That was the 80's version of online porn.
 
2017-04-14 10:35:16 AM  
Ah, the simpler times.

In those days it was an awesome treat to be set free in the mall for a few hours.  Both Sears and JCPenny were great because they had all sorts of spiffy new hand-held games on display.  These were the games where the screen was all preset LCD images.  But they were the best of the best of the best.  And since I could never afford them, it was a huge thrill for me to get some play time there.

Now, both Sears and JCPenny still exist in the same mall.  And they are both on the verge of going out of business.  And there is nothing like I described above, and there never will be again.

//Now get off my lawn!!   dpoisn.com
 
2017-04-14 10:37:19 AM  
I did not know DinosaurDracula.com was put together by Matt from X-Entertainment. Or, rather, it's X-E 2.0.
 
2017-04-14 10:37:31 AM  

Salmon: OtherLittleGuy: I wouldn't use the term "cool toys".....

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...but it did bring the term "Wish Book" into another perspective.

I always skipped to the lingerie.


Mine kept opening to those too whenever you picked up the catalog.  Had to keep on getting new ones when we would go to the store
 
2017-04-14 10:38:43 AM  
Is it me, or does the early-to-mid 1980s feel like the golden age of toys?
 
2017-04-14 10:38:56 AM  
Coleco Tabletop Arcade Games $59.99

Those things were 60 damn 1982 dollars? I have to apologize to my parents for breaking our Donkey Kong one.
 
2017-04-14 10:39:04 AM  

whyRpeoplesostupid: nicoffeine: whyRpeoplesostupid: those are cool toys?

Hokay, gather 'round everyone! We're about to get schooled by the master of cool himself. The ringleader or rad. The knight of gnarly. The harbinger of all that is happenin'!

Mr whyRpeoplesostupid, Do tell, what was cool in 1982?

Well I was 22 in '82 so i was comparing them to toys of my era. This was the bomb

[img.fark.net image 570x570]
and I can't remember the name of it but there was a machine we poured liquid plastic in molds and cooked them and made monsters


I was given one of those ~1975. I just remember being frustrated by it because untethered RC stuff was either available or on the horizon.
 
2017-04-14 10:41:30 AM  

whyRpeoplesostupid: I don't know if you consider this a toy or not but if you had one of these you were it. My brother rode his to school and actually had a crowd in the bike lot.

[img.fark.net image 850x652]


Hell I want one of those now!!
They fetch decent coin these days in the bike collecting circles.
Not sure my fat-ass would fit on one of them anymore but I sure as hell would love to try!

/has a 69 Schwinn Racer project bike with the 3-speed
 
2017-04-14 10:41:46 AM  

durbnpoisn: Ah, the simpler times.

In those days it was an awesome treat to be set free in the mall for a few hours.  Both Sears and JCPenny were great because they had all sorts of spiffy new hand-held games on display.  These were the games where the screen was all preset LCD images.  But they were the best of the best of the best.  And since I could never afford them, it was a huge thrill for me to get some play time there.

Now, both Sears and JCPenny still exist in the same mall.  And they are both on the verge of going out of business.  And there is nothing like I described above, and there never will be again.

//Now get off my lawn!!   [Link][dpoisn.com image 29x34]


I remember the SNES display at Montgomery Ward used some kind of special screen, which made Super Mario World look quite impressive.
 
2017-04-14 10:42:11 AM  

JulieAzel626: Is it me, or does the early-to-mid 1980s feel like the golden age of toys?


Transformers were awesome, also Cabbage Patch Kids.  We still played outside though
 
2017-04-14 10:43:54 AM  
I had ONE friend who had a Nintendo and I hated his older brother because he could make me die in Krakov every time
 
2017-04-14 10:46:45 AM  
Another vote here for the lingerie section...

/didn't learn how to pronounce that word properly for quite a few more years
 
2017-04-14 10:47:15 AM  
It was a dark time indeed when they stopped sending out the Sears catalog.
 
2017-04-14 10:49:26 AM  

OtherLittleGuy: I wouldn't use the term "cool toys".....
[img.fark.net image 469x640]
...but it did bring the term "Wish Book" into another perspective.


No nose rings and oddly placed piercings. No tattoos. Fewer breast implants. No butt implants.

Sigh.
 
2017-04-14 10:52:25 AM  
I, too, studied the 1982 Sears catalog. Carefully and undisturbed in my room. Examining the toys.

Needless to say this was light years before the internet.

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2017-04-14 10:53:24 AM  
Was it the Sears catalog that had the train set with a full table scene for $900? Always wanted that to go with my Lego.
 
2017-04-14 10:54:09 AM  
The best part of the Sears catalog for 8 to 12 year old me was the Musical Instruments section.  I would drool over cheesy electric guitars for hours.  I have a couple of Silvertone's now because of that catalog.
 
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