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2008-06-16 6:30:35 PM  
Slinky conspicuously absent.
 
2008-06-16 6:32:31 PM  
Delawheredad: Slinky conspicuously absent.

Number 52...what were you looking at?
 
2008-06-16 6:35:07 PM  
39
 
2008-06-16 6:38:45 PM  
Most of them. A lot of them are still made.
 
2008-06-16 6:42:05 PM  
A plastic Tonka Truck, that's not old school unless that biatch is made out of STEEL!!
 
2008-06-16 6:43:09 PM  
Yeah, a plactic cell phone is old school.
I still have my grandad's top.
 
2008-06-16 6:43:43 PM  
Linkster: A plastic Tonka Truck, that's not old school unless that biatch is made out of STEEL!!

And covered with lead paint!
 
2008-06-16 6:47:43 PM  
AmStatic1: Linkster: A plastic Tonka Truck, that's not old school unless that biatch is made out of STEEL!!

And covered with lead paint!


Made in the States and lead paint, get it right! But then again, I never tried to EAT my truck!
 
2008-06-16 6:50:39 PM  
I had many of those, still have some of the games, even the electronic hand held football game.
 
2008-06-16 6:54:37 PM  
About half of them. Most memorable of those on this list: 2 (stiff-legged Barbie, which I still have), and 7 (it was called Footsee, not Lemon Twist, and it had a red bell attached). I had a Suzy Homemaker oven instead of an Easy Bake Oven.
 
2008-06-16 7:01:05 PM  
Bag o' glass conspicuously absent
 
2008-06-16 7:16:16 PM  
The only one that shows up for me is the Tonka Truck. I didn't have one, but I know I played with my brothers.

Parents would never let me play with "boy toys" like Legos. I'm still upset.
 
2008-06-16 7:17:07 PM  
a lot of those dates are bogus. i know i wasn't 15 when i played with garbage pail kids.
 
2008-06-16 7:41:32 PM  
Linkster: A plastic Tonka Truck, that's not old school unless that biatch is made out of STEEL!!

Exactly. I had the steel Tonka dump truck when I was a preschooler. I loved the thing so much I used to sleep with it, like other kids might sleep with a teddy bear. Used to piss my mom off that I would drag a dirty dump truck into my bed with me.

Anyway, I had a lot of those, including:
#4 (Duncan yo-yo)
#6 (Play-Doh)
#8 (barrel of monkeys)
#9 (slip-n-slide)
#13 (electic football)
#15 (nerf ball)
#16 (Uno)
#18 (Battleship)
#19 (Atari 2600, though I wasn't a kid at the time)
#22 (Jarts, and I lived to tell about it)
#23 (Gnip-Gnop)
#25 (Hot Wheels--I also had a real 1968 Cougar when I was in high school)
#26 (G.I. Joe)
#28 (Wooly Willy)
#33 (Radio Flyer)
#36 (jack-in-the-box)
#38 (Viewmaster)
#39 (Etch-a-Sketch)
#41 (Lincoln Logs)
#43 (Twister)
#45 (Tinker Toys)
#48 (Don't Break the Ice)
#49 (Rock-em Sock-em Robots, one of my personal favorites)
#49 (Silly Putty)
#52 (Slinky)
#56 (Operation)
#57 (Lite-Brite)
 
2008-06-16 7:42:53 PM  
I had about 25 of them.

I don't think I had a Twister game until a friend gave one to us as a pre-wedding gift (along with a gallon of Wesson Oil).
 
2008-06-16 8:34:59 PM  
They didn't have any guns on there.

Every kid had guns, even if it was just the gun that shot the little yellow balls.
 
2008-06-16 8:38:48 PM  
Linkster: A plastic Tonka Truck, that's not old school unless that biatch is made out of STEEL!!

Hellz yeah, I remember my old Tonka truck. You could've filleted salmon with the edges of the truck bed. And it made the most horrifying racket when I rolled it up and down the hall. Metal FTW!
 
2008-06-16 8:47:05 PM  
A plastic Tonka dumptruck? No. This site is not playing nicely with FF and that is the only thing I can see.
 
2008-06-16 8:52:29 PM  
Transformers "old school?" Please. Zeroids (new window) for the win (and shed a tear for Zemo, the Lost Zeroid.)

Oh, and missing from list:

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2008-06-16 8:58:26 PM  
Mousetrap is on there dude..
 
2008-06-16 9:02:02 PM  
I cracked up when I saw the Tonka truck (this is going to be off-topic). Among the other subjects that I teach to emotionally disturbed high school kids is a class called Social Applications, which is basically a psychology course. Anyhoo, during the unit on personality, we covered Freudian ego defense mechanims. Compensation is one of those mechanisms. The guys were having some difficulty coming up with an example for that one that they could use in front of their grey haired, pregnant teacher until one bold little soul chimed in with, "You mean, it's like saying you've got an 18 weeler when what you've really got is a Tonka truck."

These same little cherubs chipped in and bought my soon-to-be-arriving daughter . . . you guessed it . . . a little foam Tonka dumptruck (I didn't know there was such a thing) as a gift at the end of the school year.

That said, I had a LOT of those toys.
 
2008-06-16 9:04:39 PM  
AmStatic1: Mousetrap is on there dude..

Damn whippersnappers, with their clicky mouses for more images...
 
2008-06-16 9:07:12 PM  
I was a little too old for Transformers, and a bit too male for a Barbie, but I almost forgot about Merlin. Had one, but my sister brokeded it. Threw it out a window at a kid she didn't like. Pretty much all of them--and am sort of shocked they didn't go for the Micronauts and Colonial Viper and Cylon Raiders that were some of the last toys to have the really cool, and incredibly easy-to-choke-on missiles.
 
2008-06-16 9:12:21 PM  
Ah, I opened IE out of shear boredom.

3. Jacks. Well, my sister had them and we played with them.
4. Duncan Yo-Yo. A few.
5. Merlin. My sister had one.
6. Play-Doh. Of course.
12. Shrinky-Dinks.
16. Uno.
17. Weebles. They don't fall down.
18. Battleship.
19. Atari 2600, until my dad stomped on it because we spent to much time using it.
20. Star Wars figures (I only had about 3 though because we were poor).
21. Micronaughts. I had two for the reason above.
22. Jarts. My mom bought a set at a yard sale. Some had broken fins.
24. Easy-Bake Oven. My sister had this, but it was green and I never used it.
25. Hot Wheels. About 10 of them.
26. G.I. Joe. It was my father's handed down from the 1950s.
32. Raggedy Ann & Andy. Again, my sister's and I did not play with them.
40. Garbage Pail Kids. Those are so funny.
41. View Master. The one my mom had as a kid.
43. Legos
44. Lincoln Logs. The ones my father played with.
45. Sorry.
53. Silly Putty. Of course.
55. Slinky.
57. Rubik's Cube.
60. Lite-Brite.
61. Mattel football game (the white one pictured).


I guess I was kind of spoiled, although I never had a Big Wheel which I begged for.
 
2008-06-16 9:14:35 PM  
BigDumbGuy:

I guess I was kind of spoiled, although I never had a Big Wheel which I begged for.


I had a "Green Machine"
 
2008-06-16 9:25:57 PM  
I had a Merlin. That thing was awesome. When I graduated college, my dad told me that when I was seven years old, I took it apart to figure out how it worked. He said at that point, he figured I would grow up to be an engineer or work with computers. That was quite an accurate prediction.


/I wish he could have PREDICTED THE FREAKIN' CUBICLE!!!!
//It's not that bad............really....
 
2008-06-16 9:33:30 PM  
baka-san: BigDumbGuy:

I guess I was kind of spoiled, although I never had a Big Wheel which I begged for.

I had a "Green Machine"


I resented kids like you. While you and your ilk were racing or having smash up derbies I had to stand aside and watch. Then the kid with the Green Machine would do a cool spin out (I bet that was hell on the plastic wheels).

Now I am off to cry in a corner and call my parents and tell them that I hate them.
 
2008-06-16 9:44:55 PM  
I miss lawn darts.
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2008-06-16 9:53:20 PM  
I remember the lawn darts. They were my dad's, I think. Then one time one of my brothers accidentally put one in the pool and tore a hole in the liner. My dad was so pissed. He still mentions it every now and then. I still remember him breaking them into pieces so that wouldn't happen again. Which it did, but this time it was from one of my brothers shooting at a water jug with a BB gun from the second-floor window. I don't know why they set up the jug next to the pool, but they did.

We used to fill up underneath the seats of our Big Wheels with water, and then ride around. There were two small holes where the water came out which left these cool trails on the pavement.
 
2008-06-16 10:23:59 PM  
That Toss Across in the pic is not how I remember it. Do remember the game always ending in epic beanbag fights, though...
 
2008-06-16 10:53:54 PM  
Ahh the slip n slide, my arm still hurts when it rains.
 
2008-06-16 11:01:42 PM  
I'm sure I'm not the only Farker who had one of these:

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2008-06-16 11:08:42 PM  
Had one of these that would go off at three AM. Scared the shiat out of me
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2008-06-16 11:38:10 PM  
Remember playing with all of these - didn't have all of them but I did have this:

[image from skillreactor.org too old to be available]

Mom was ahead of her time.
 
2008-06-16 11:58:31 PM  
Marcus Aurelius: I miss lawn darts.

AAAHH!! My computer screen just fell on my head!!
 
2008-06-16 11:59:38 PM  
Best = Tonka trucks and Legos

Worst = Rubik's cube.

/who the hell gives an ADD kid like me a rubik's cube? i finally ended up disassembling it and putting it back together properly.
//moving the stickers is for amateurs.
 
2008-06-17 12:08:46 AM  
phhhhbt. A PLASTIC Tonka truck?
 
2008-06-17 12:08:47 AM  
Linkster: AmStatic1: Linkster: A plastic Tonka Truck, that's not old school unless that biatch is made out of STEEL!!

And covered with lead paint!

Made in the States and lead paint, get it right! But then again, I never tried to EAT my truck!


That truck was the shiat. i want to go buy one now actually...
 
2008-06-17 12:10:44 AM  
farkin' Merlin was great! I played with that damn thing until it was worn out.
 
2008-06-17 12:10:50 AM  
Okay, how many guys out there asked for an electronic football game (hand-held LED by Coleco) and got the lamest thing ever, #20?
 
2008-06-17 12:10:55 AM  
26. But, my Rockem Sockem Robots was the Japanese version given to me by Harley Race. FTFW
 
2008-06-17 12:10:59 AM  
Linkster: A plastic Tonka Truck, that's not old school unless that biatch is made out of STEEL!!

Damned right. I used to use mine as a kind of skateboard, and I was a pretty big kid.
It never did break, and I ended up giving it to a younger cousin.
 
2008-06-17 12:13:04 AM  
Hmm.. I have almost all in the house. Of course I have an 8 year old who has been raise almost entirely on retro toys.

I do not have, nor ever had a Merlin. I was blessed with a Fabulous Fred instead.
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/ dirty hotlinker
// more importantly.. do you know what Lincoln Logs taste like?
 
2008-06-17 12:13:05 AM  
Between my sister and I, I counted 49 of those toys we had growing up. That seems like a lot.
 
2008-06-17 12:13:13 AM  
I refuse to acknowledge any list of "old school toys" that doesn't include the seminal "Six Million Dollar Man" action figure.
 
2008-06-17 12:13:40 AM  
How many people lost all the tar-paper patterns out of their lite-brites in about a week and just made up your own patterns, it was fun for about 30 minutes.
 
2008-06-17 12:14:04 AM  
My eight year old has 25 of these... old school my backside. Unless by oldschool you mean it doesn't have a control pad or a game screen.
 
2008-06-17 12:14:12 AM  
What in the hell is #41??

Nevermind. I don't wanna know.
 
2008-06-17 12:14:42 AM  
Big Bruiser
Thing Maker
Spirograph
Silly Putty
Tip It
Trouble

/that's enough
 
2008-06-17 12:14:59 AM  
I remember having a box of Legos when I was pretty young. It had a variety of pieces, none too specialized, and pictures on the back of different things you could make. I made some of those and some other stuff. Then as I got older, they started selling sets - buy this set and you can make a pirate ship, nothing else, just make the farking ship and play pirates. What happened to the open ended creativity.

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