You must remember this...Toys you had as a kid/child
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|by Anonymous||reply 1||11/25/2011|
I don't remember that one, OP. I went looking for pictures of toys from my childhood and was surprised to find my favorites were still in production: Lite Brite, Spirograph, and Creepy Crawlers.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||11/25/2011|
It came with squeeze bottles of "Plastigoop" and VERY HOT plates that were the molds for plastic spiders, fangs, etc.
Can't imagine it being sold today in that form. Letting a seven-year-old handle those hot metal plates would mean a lawsuit.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||11/25/2011|
Ideal's Mr. Machine
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I remember Creepy Crawlers and we were always burning ourselves on those, and it hurt a lot because the melted plastic stuck to your skin.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||11/25/2011|
I had Creepy Crawlers too and loved it.
I used to think I was being very creative using more than one color. The making of them was better than the end result, don't you think?
|by Anonymous||reply 6||11/25/2011|
Hugo, Man Of A Thousand Faces ....
|by Anonymous||reply 8||11/25/2011|
I did a lot of drawing as a kid, but I remember having lego, wooden blocks and odd antique toys inherited from my English grandfather.
Oh, and my sister's barbies of course. I particularly loved the glittery accessory capes.
In retrospect, this might explain why I'm bi.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||11/25/2011|
DO NOT CLICK ON R7's LINK. You sick fuck!
|by Anonymous||reply 10||11/25/2011|
Can you describe it, r10?
|by Anonymous||reply 11||11/25/2011|
It's a boom-boom, r11.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||11/25/2011|
Another poster here that was burnt by those creepy crawlers hot plates.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||11/25/2011|
I had Creepy Crawlers and baked a slew of them. I never burned anything, my fingers included.
Why were the rest of you spazzing out when you used the thing?
|by Anonymous||reply 14||11/25/2011|
R7's link isn't the koala ripping off a kid's face, is it?
|by Anonymous||reply 15||11/25/2011|
I got lots of science related stuff from my pop, who was trained in it. So, I got Gilbert and Chemcraft chemistry sets, with which I could cause small explosions. Many of these sets were dangerous, and that brings to mind a nuclear one which had actual radium in a tiny sample, and one with heavy metals like arsenic and mercury.
Later, I confounded the 'rents by asking for an Easy Bake Oven...I am a 'mo...and that IS science.
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[quote]I confounded the 'rents
You mean THIS didn't give it away?
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all of these!
|by Anonymous||reply 18||11/25/2011|
[quote]You mean THIS didn't give it away?
Only after THIS!
|by Anonymous||reply 19||11/25/2011|
I was the smallest and youngest girl in the neighborhood and always kicked aside in the huge co-ed neighborhood war games until my Dad bought me one of these:
|by Anonymous||reply 20||11/25/2011|
The only thing I wish that I still had. Which Witch.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||11/25/2011|
Easy Bake Oven. NOT microwave. The original OVEN...the aqua one. I so loved that thing. My parents would never buy the replacement mixes to go in it so I had to just make stuff up. I think that's probably how I learned how to cook.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||11/25/2011|
Loved my Vac-U-Form!
|by Anonymous||reply 23||11/25/2011|
I'm gay, but I did love my Hess truck with the lights and I would turn off our lights and push it along the floor.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||11/25/2011|
Vac-U-Forms were flat out fuckin' cool. We used to think of other forms to use than those that came in the box.
All the neighborhood kids got red WHAM-O boomerangs one summer and we had a blast making up games -- boomerang golf, boomerang fights, boomerangs with firecrackers and/or sparklers taped to 'em, etc., etc., etc.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||11/25/2011|
Oh, and Chatty Kathy! -- did you know that Chatty Kathy could curse like a sailor?
|by Anonymous||reply 26||11/25/2011|
I loved the FIsher Price parking garage where you sent the car up the elevator and it came out on top and rolled down the curving driveway.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||11/25/2011|
coveted my best friend's major matt mason dolls and their space station and high-tech equipment...
he also had this neat building kit thing called 'super city' - all these interlocking frames so you could build skyscrapers and futuristic stuff...AND a really cool (and quite accurate looking!) glow-in-the-dark moon globe.
he had the best stuff! he was raised by his grandparents and they knew he was inetrested in the space program and really put a lot of thought to the things they gave him.
i was even searching ebay and various websites recently to see if i could buy some of this shit - but not a lot around - and couldn't find that beautiful damned moon-globe thing at all...
|by Anonymous||reply 28||11/25/2011|
I inherited a Leo the Lion from my oldest brother. His neck was broken, so he simply had seizures whenever you pulled the string.
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|by Anonymous||reply 30||11/25/2011|
Thingmakers and Vac-U-Forms rocked.
Anyone remember Remco Science Kits? They came in circular boxes (like Quaker Oats). Each one had a different theme, with associated experiments.
And then there was the Digi-Comp I, my first home computer. Got mine for $4.67 from Edmund's Scientific.
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|by Anonymous||reply 32||11/25/2011|
r32..Get your face filled with goo!..
|by Anonymous||reply 33||11/25/2011|
The Fisher Price Village was one of my favorites.
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|by Anonymous||reply 35||11/25/2011|
Don't break the ice!
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Ants in my pants!
|by Anonymous||reply 37||11/25/2011|
Ants in my pants:
|by Anonymous||reply 38||11/25/2011|
My toys came from FAO Schwarz back when they had great toys imported from Germany.
City mouse/ Country mouse houses
Mouse Ballet Studio
Tree House with Steiff bears
And a Kaethe Kruse doll
|by Anonymous||reply 39||11/25/2011|
So many hazardous toys from the 70s
Chip Away! -- It's hilarious to think that a kid's toy came with a hammer and chisel.
Woodburning kits -- as useless as they were dangerous.
Super Elastic Bubble Plastic -- the fumes were as toxic as the trippy colors were revolting.
What were those wire/plastic flower things called? I had a cousin who did these. You would make a wire loop then dip it in a can of shellac. Then you could bend them and combine them to make flowers.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||11/25/2011|
You could have started your own neighborhood Chinese factory with Vac-U-Forms.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||11/25/2011|
For you, R39
|by Anonymous||reply 42||11/25/2011|
[quote]What were those wire/plastic flower things called? I had a cousin who did these. You would make a wire loop then dip it in a can of shellac. Then you could bend them and combine them to make flowers.
Wasn't there one kit where making the petals was similar to bubble blower solution and as it dried it was a very thin stained glass-like look?
I remember always asking for the Spirograph.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||11/25/2011|
What's the name of that game where you had to put the little, different shaped pieces into the correct slots before the timer went off and it popped up?
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|by Anonymous||reply 45||11/25/2011|
Kenner SSP Smash Up Derby Set
My sister and I used to play a game we called "Poor Little Poor People" with the wrecked cars.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||11/25/2011|
That was it! Thanks, R45.
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|by Anonymous||reply 48||11/25/2011|
Etch a Sketch is really iPad version 1.0.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||11/25/2011|
[quote]I remember always asking for the Spirograph.
Fuck the Spirograph and its leaky pens. You would spend forever carefully making a design, and then the pen would shit a little blob of ink and ruin the whole thing.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||11/25/2011|
I'd also like to know what those wire flowers were called. I remember having Spirograph and Panels & Girders. I'm also remembering that my parents would never help us figure out the stuff that was craft-oriented. My brother and I were never able to finish a single project.
I also had lots of beautiful toys from FAO Schwartz.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||11/25/2011|
Add me to the list of Creepy Crawler fans.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||11/25/2011|
The coolest toy EVER was this thing called Strange Change. You would place these plastic squares on a metal grate and they would heat up & evolve into little plastic dinosaurs. Then you would take them and put them into this metal vice and cram them back into squares and start all over again.
Even the cover of the box was cool.
And what was that yellow monster floating around in the background?
Will someone post a picture of the box please?
|by Anonymous||reply 53||11/25/2011|
Teddy Ruxpin and My Buddy.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||11/25/2011|
Anyone remember Grippity Gravity?
Green Ghost anyone?
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|by Anonymous||reply 56||11/25/2011|
What was that toy or game from the late 60s or early 70s that was this round head shaped like a big eye?
I think it was called & I kid you not...
|by Anonymous||reply 57||11/25/2011|
My sister had those wire flower things and all I can remember is Dipity something??? or something with Dip and??? or DipN???? Not much help, sorry! I really can't remember. Guess I was too busy working on my favorite pastime at the time -- string art!
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|by Anonymous||reply 60||11/25/2011|
Another favorite: A Matchbox Country playset from Sears.
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|by Anonymous||reply 62||11/25/2011|
I had Which Witch? too. It was my favorite board game. You dropped the marble down the chimney and doors popped open or knocked you over.
I loved my Chrissy doll, Flatsies, Fashion Plates and Dawn dolls. My sister chewed all the feet off of my Dawn dolls though, so I could never use the shoes. Lite Brite and Hippity-Hops were also awesome.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||11/25/2011|
Thanks, r58. It is Dip it Fantasy Film.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||11/25/2011|
I forgot my favorite: my Dancerina doll. She was hard plastic and I still slept with her every night even though it was uncomfortable as hell.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||11/25/2011|
Anyone else remember an obstacle course game using a ping pong ball and an air blower/puff?
|by Anonymous||reply 66||11/25/2011|
Best toy ever was Lincoln Logs!! I use to build the coolest cabins with those things. They were better than legos.
I also loved the board game "Clue" So cool.
Special props go to:
"Little Orphan Annie" game and quiz cards Smurfs, Cabbage Patch Kids, and Care Bears Shrinky Dinks
|by Anonymous||reply 67||11/25/2011|
I second Clue R67. I loved the different possible scenarios such as Mr. Green in the Hall with the Candlestick or Miss Scarlet in the Ballroom with the rope or Colonel Mustard in the Conservatory with the lead pipe. Gruesome for little kids when you think about it, but it probably led to my love of 'who dunnit' detective books later on!
|by Anonymous||reply 68||11/25/2011|
I'm still a big fan of logic puzzles that use similar deductive reasoning techniques as Clue.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||11/25/2011|
Link goes to the 1972 Sears Christmas Wish Book. My siblings and I got most of the Fisher-Price Playsets over the years. My mother gave sissy little me the airport and my illiterate tomboy sister the schoolhouse when we each preferred the other.
The toys in 1972 are unabashedly sexist. Little girls are taught to play homemaker. If they want excitement, they can be princesses, ballerinas and nurses.
p.s. An enormous "palm-sized" 8-digit calculator cost $98.95 in 1972.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||11/25/2011|
I had a game that I think was called "Bop The Beetle" Basically the two players each had a plastic bat and a plastic beetle and you would hit the beetle with the bat trying to drive it into the open mouth of a frog thing. Such a bad idea on so many levels:) I think my brother and I spent more bopping each over the head with the bats. Then one day the game just sort of...disappeared.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||11/25/2011|
R8, I TOTALLY wanted one of those, but my cunt mother wouldn't buy me one.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||11/25/2011|
Magic rocks. also My lil' Buddy who I beat mercilessly on a daily basis because he was bad, very bad.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||11/25/2011|
[quote]I remember always asking for the Spirograph.
No one ASKED for Spirograph, R43. Spirograph was something you got from dull friends of your parents or kindly great aunts.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||11/25/2011|
My daddy's hair trigger temper.
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|by Anonymous||reply 77||11/26/2011|
What were those computerized tank trunks (1980-1983) where you programmed the directions into the back and it would follow them? It would go forward and backward, spin, flash it lights depending on how you programmed it. God I couldn't live without one of those one Christmas.
And Capsula of course.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||11/26/2011|
Larry the Lion, a string-pull talking toy from Mattel.
Mel Blanc was Larry's voice. I went everywhere with this toy, until the pull mechanism broke and nothing came out but gear-like noises. Then it sat silently on my bookcase for years because I couldn't bear to part with it.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||11/26/2011|
I terrorized pedestrians with my Big Wheel...
|by Anonymous||reply 80||11/26/2011|
I also had a Lemon Twist, as seen at 6.34:
|by Anonymous||reply 81||11/26/2011|
[quote]Larry the Lion, a string-pull talking toy from Mattel.
You had Larry, we had Parsley.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||11/26/2011|
The cow says "M-O-O-O!"
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|by Anonymous||reply 84||01/17/2012|
Flip and Fold Fashions. I wish I could find the commercial with the jingle so catchy I can still sing it 30 years later.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||01/17/2012|
Here's a picture of the toy. So much fun.
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|by Anonymous||reply 87||01/17/2012|
[quote]No one ASKED for Spirograph, [R43]. Spirograph was something you got from dull friends of your parents or kindly great aunts.
Thank you. I always asked for Lite Brite and I got a Spirograph. Now what the Hell are you suppose to do with it once you make that stupid flowery design? Please. If you watch Andy Cohen's "Watch What Happens Live", the art work in the back of the set is Lite Brite art. Andy Cohen got a Lite Brite. Fuck Andy Cohen.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||01/17/2012|
Fisher Price Sesame Street
|by Anonymous||reply 89||01/17/2012|
Water Wiggle by Whammo was cooler than Slip n Slide...
|by Anonymous||reply 90||01/17/2012|
That my sister still lives is a testament to my poor hand-eye coordination.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||01/17/2012|
By the gods, OP I LOVED my Show N Tell. But the only story I remember was Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher". Who the hell thought that that would make a good kiddie story?
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|by Anonymous||reply 93||01/17/2012|
I wanted a Slip n Slide so badly, but my parents wouldn't go for it. We had to settle for low-tech water games in the summer like water balloon fights and running through sprinklers.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||01/17/2012|
My prized toy when I was younger was that Fisher Price barn that mooed when you opened the door. I thought that was the SHIT.
I remember having an Etch a Sketch and a lot of board games, but other than that I really don't remember having a ton of toys. I was a total nerd, pretending to teach my teddy bears their ABCs.
|by Anonymous||reply 95||01/17/2012|
My mother had a small plastic bottle in the shape of a phallus, it became my favorite toy.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||01/17/2012|
[quote]I wanted a Slip n Slide so badly, but my parents wouldn't go for it.
We made our own by using a bottle of dish soap on the concrete walkway.
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|by Anonymous||reply 98||01/18/2012|
How nice to see my old thread having a second run!
Also glad someone else round here had show'n'tell. I remember the bulb going and because we were in England we could never replace it. So that was the end of show'n'tell. So we just used it as a record player. We were always getting great things from America (my parents would bring back) that needed special adapters and parts that couldn't be replaced. It was so disappointing.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||01/18/2012|
Also, remember walkie talkies? They never fucking worked.
& pedal cars? My pedal car was my favorite toy. I lived in it.
|by Anonymous||reply 100||01/18/2012|
OK, did anyone *not* have mass market toys as a child? Most of my toys were imported from Europe. We still had toy stores rather than big box warehouses when I was a kid. (10, 9, 8,... eldergay comment) I got a Steiff animal every year until I was 16. I had a few GI Joes, but other than them, I don't think I had a single toy that was advertised on TV.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||01/18/2012|
Mattel's Hot Wheels Charger Track set with loop to loop
|by Anonymous||reply 102||01/18/2012|
I got one for Christmas, loved it!
Also, the talking viewmaster was my favorite as a child.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||01/18/2012|
[quote]OK, did anyone *not* have mass market toys as a child?
The thread title is 'You must remember this...' so obviously a lot of people are going to post things that many other people had... F.A.O. Schwarz also sold mass market toys, obviously.
|by Anonymous||reply 104||01/18/2012|
My all-time favorite doll was the CHEERFUL-TEARFUL doll. It came out about 1966 and she had a scowl on her face as if she was crying and her arm was up. When you pulled it down like a slot machine, she'd smile. Creepy, I know, but imagine the shock and horror of one day coming home from school and finding her with her head off of her body. My brother wanted to know how she "worked" and didn't bother to put her back together.
The mental scars have yet to heal...
|by Anonymous||reply 105||01/18/2012|
Can anyone name the toy described by R74? "What were those computerized tank trunks (1980-1983) where you programmed the directions into the back and it would follow them? It would go forward and backward, spin, flash it lights depending on how you programmed it. God I couldn't live without one of those one Christmas."
My friend had one and I wanted one SO BAD but my parents wouldn't or couldn't buy it for me. I'd love to find one on ebay.
|by Anonymous||reply 106||01/18/2012|
I had to google your doll, Mia, so fascinating did she sound and I found this clip. When she looks sad, it makes me feel sad. She really does look unhappy.
|by Anonymous||reply 107||01/18/2012|
Yeah, that was it. Thanks, #107.
Loved that doll.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||01/18/2012|
Lite-Brite. Kerplunk. Battleship. Spirograph. Operation.
|by Anonymous||reply 109||01/18/2012|
Odd Og - half turtle and half frog.
|by Anonymous||reply 110||01/18/2012|
Original colorforms shapes toy.
My father was an artist.
|by Anonymous||reply 111||01/18/2012|
[quote]The thread title is 'You must remember this...' so obviously a lot of people are going to post things that many other people had... F.A.O. Schwarz also sold mass market toys, obviously.
So? and I am asking if other people had the toys I had. What is the difference?
I am not going to give you the history of F.A.O. Schwarz, but before the 60s, F.A.O. did *not* sell mass market toys. It was a really big deal when they started selling Barbie. And actually, they sold Ken and Midge before they sold Barbie as they felt Midge was more in keeping with their clientele's values.
|by Anonymous||reply 112||01/18/2012|
It's called Big Trak
|by Anonymous||reply 113||01/18/2012|
My parents believed in educational toys. They tended to be made of wood, and come from Creative Playthings. I had to go over to my friend John's house to play with Mr. Machine. Then suddenly, something happened at Creative Playthings. They offered a computer kit. And then their catalogue featured an item they claimed to introduce: gerbils. If I had been Richard Gere, I couldn't have been happier.
Apart from that, I had a couple of specimens of a peculiar toy called Roy the Froy, the Freudian Furball. They were rabbit-fur covered hemispheres with celuloid feet and googly eyes. Not as lively as the gerbils, but they didn't shit.
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|by Anonymous||reply 115||01/18/2012|
[quote]I am not going to give you the history of F.A.O. Schwarz, but before the 60s, F.A.O. did *not* sell mass market toys. It was a really big deal when they started selling Barbie
Didn't know that. I only discovered FAO's in 1974 when I first went to NY, before they moved into the GM building. I was thrilled to finally go there as my father had been bringing stuff back from there for years...wrapped in FAO paper 'The Largest Toy Store In The World!' In fact, it seemed much smaller than Hamleys in London, where I came from.
|by Anonymous||reply 116||01/18/2012|
It was much smaller than Hamely's. F.A.O. always had trouble coming up with a tag line. It was neither the oldest, largest, or most expensive toy store.
If you did not know F.A.O. before 1974, you missed the best times. FAO did not hire Christmas help. In order to keep all employees busy all year long, it had many products made in-house. There was a sewing room for the women at the store and a woodshop at the warehouse.
They made "Jack Horner Pie" centerpieces for parties. The base of the centerpiece was hollow. Party favors were in the base with a ribbon that would go to each place setting. At the end of the party we would pull the ribbons to get the party favors (of course we also tried to get the top of the centerpiece to fly as far as possible.)
They also made crepe paper balls that were created by winding strips of crepe paper around a small toy. The balls were decorated as clown heads, Santa Claus, Snowmen, toy soldiers, etc.
Most of the exclusives: Town/Country mouse, Bear tree house, Mdme Alexander Nursery, etc. were made at the warehouse.
The LA store had a giant papier mache tree that had lollipops for leaves and dispensed lemonade.
OP, as a Brit, you may be interested to know that FAO was one of the largest purveyors of Sindy dolls. Also, Pellham marionettes went out of business in part, because FAO chose to discontinue selling marionettes entirely.
|by Anonymous||reply 117||01/19/2012|
Really interesting, R117, thanks for taking the time to write all that.
Do you remember Rumplemeyer's?
|by Anonymous||reply 118||01/19/2012|
Thanks for the link to the 1972 Sears Wish Book r70. I've spent far too long flipping through it. My sister had the dress on p.146, the black & white houndstooth maxi dress and I thought she was so glamorous. I had the vest on p. 171, but alas, no chaps.
I went through the toy section and remembered how excited I was when the Wish Book came in the mailbox. This was back when Sears actually sold things people would want to buy. They had it all - toys, games, science stuff, bikes, a freakin' unicycle for crying out loud!, sports equipment, a tape recorder, models, toy cars. It was mind boggling for a kid!
I always wished we were a matching pajama family on Christmas morning.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||01/19/2012|
Space:1999 Eagle One!
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|by Anonymous||reply 121||01/19/2012|
Easy Show Movie Projector. Hand-crank the movie project to see black and white silent movies. They later came out with a sound version that really sucked.
|by Anonymous||reply 122||01/19/2012|
I loved my Vac-u-form (received in 1967) when I was 6 years old. It was a metal hotplate that would heat a sheet of plastic to a melting stage. Then you would put the plastic over another item.
The metal plates would heat to about 400 degrees - I recall burns on fingertips and the smell of melting plastic. Plus I learned that molten plastic would cause messes on drapes and rugs that were very difficult to clean.
|by Anonymous||reply 123||01/19/2012|
You don't have to miss Rumplemeyer's. It was owned by Angelina's, on the rue de Rivoli in Paris, which is virtually identical and still there.
|by Anonymous||reply 124||01/19/2012|
[R122] The Easy-Show Projector
|by Anonymous||reply 125||01/19/2012|
[quote]You don't have to miss Rumplemeyer's. It was owned by Angelina's, on the rue de Rivoli in Paris, which is virtually identical and still there.
Thanks so much for that incredibly important information. I just googled it. It looks kinda like Rump's did, but it was the Americaness of Rumple's that I loved. I doubt Angelina's does Cinammon Toast and Ice Cream Sodas. I've never had cinammon taost like that before or since.
I'm still going to get myself to Angelina's ASAP.
|by Anonymous||reply 126||01/19/2012|
My brothers and I always burned our fingers on creepy crawlers. My mother would let us use butter to put on our wounds not knowing it made them worse.
|by Anonymous||reply 127||01/19/2012|
Big wheel, he man action figures, match box cars, barbies, and sit and spin, doll house and minitares
|by Anonymous||reply 128||01/19/2012|
I can't say that I miss Rumplemyers or Schraffs for that matter (Paying extra for whipped cream, nuts and a cherry- I don't think so!) I was Serendipity III all the way. The waiters were often Gay porn stars and escorts. One time Casey Donovan was my waiter. I never understood the concept of frozen hot chocolate though.
|by Anonymous||reply 129||01/19/2012|
Schrafft's was, in fact, a remarkable experience. There was a wonderful song in "Make Mine Manhattan" that pretty well summed it up. There will never be another restaurant where so many stone martens bite each other's tails. "Where all the help is so well bred.... You should be serving them instead."
And there will never be exactly the same butterscotch sundaes. Surrounded by sardines...... Good times.
Serendipity was and is for tourists.
|by Anonymous||reply 130||01/19/2012|
So glad you posted R130 because I feel the same way. Loved Schrafft's, never liked Serendipity. I agree, horribly touristy and cold. Sadly Scrafft's (& Rumplemeyer's) has gone and Serendipity goes on. Remember Peppermint Park on First Ave (66 St)? That never really cut the mustard either. People used to take me...oh, you'll love it...
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|by Anonymous||reply 132||01/20/2012|
My Regan and Kris McNeil and Damien Karras action figures.
|by Anonymous||reply 133||01/20/2012|
I hate to spoil your notion that Serendipity III was for tourist. If anything, Rumplemeyers was the tourist destination being right near the Plaza and the park. Serendipity III did (does?) have an upstairs seating area that is for the VIPs. I hardly consider Diana Vreeland, The Kennedys, Cece Cord, etc., tourists. (In the interest of total disclosure, I have not been there since the late 1980s. I have no idea what it is like now).
Schraffs was what it was. Love it or hate it, there was nothing quite like it.
Does anyone remember the ladies tea room that was near Union Square? I think it was called Miss or Mrs something. I think it was still around in the 1980s (but barely).
|by Anonymous||reply 134||01/20/2012|
You're right, 134; Serendipity is not just for tourists. It's for tourists and necrophiles. And let us not forget the recent closure by the health department, because of the astonishing number of roaches and vermin. And, I gather, maggots.
|by Anonymous||reply 135||01/20/2012|
What great memories! Anybody remember Showboat - I had that, a pink (!!) and white plastic showboat w/one side expose to form a stage. Had cardboard sets/characters/scripts for Wisard of Oz, Heidi, can't recall what else. R39, we got the FAO Schwartz catalog, and I really wanted those cute mouse house/schoolroom toys - so expensive! I think my Mother gently explained that those were for rich 5th Ave. kids!
|by Anonymous||reply 136||01/20/2012|
cabbage patch kids
tea party set
|by Anonymous||reply 137||01/20/2012|
My sister had Showboat and passed it down to me. The plays were Wizard of Oz, Heidi, Cinderella, and Pinocchio. I used to pick a set and a different bunch of characters and would make up my own plays. I let my nieces and nephews play with it and it got destroyed. Then, in the early 2000's, I found an unopened one in an antique store and bought it.
|by Anonymous||reply 138||01/22/2012|
Anybody remember the "Blythe" dolls? I think they were made in the seventies, but I'm not sure. Anyway, Blythe's gimmick was that if you pulled a string in her back her eyes would change color, going from green to blue or brown or whatever. The dolls didn't sell, but they're collector's items now. The thing is that Blythe is the spitting image of the classic anorexic! She has a great big "lollipop head" and her body is like a stick. I don't think anorexia was even established as a disease back when those dolls were being produced, but I tend to believe that maybe the doll's creepy, sickly appearance might have been what made it unappealing to most people.
|by Anonymous||reply 139||01/22/2012|
Lincoln Logs and Erector Sets!
|by Anonymous||reply 140||01/22/2012|
|by Anonymous||reply 141||01/22/2012|
I had all sorts of construction toys like Lego, Lincoln Logs, Erector Set, etc.
And then when I was 7 years old my great grandfather of all people taught me about electricity and how to solder things together.
And even today, I still solder circuitry together.
And those glow in the dark loops were silly. Nw we have electro-luminescent wire.
|by Anonymous||reply 142||01/22/2012|
|by Anonymous||reply 143||01/23/2012|
I loved my Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab.
|by Anonymous||reply 144||01/23/2012|
That one's so cool R144.
I loved my toy cars but this one was my favorite.
|by Anonymous||reply 145||01/23/2012|
Shrinky Dinks. I thought I was really avant garde by always leaving one of them not colored, so that I could have a totally clear shrinky dink.
|by Anonymous||reply 146||01/23/2012|
I still have this one.
|by Anonymous||reply 147||01/23/2012|
|by Anonymous||reply 148||10/22/2012|
Playskool building bricks were MUCH better than Lego...found a set on ebay and bought them.
|by Anonymous||reply 149||10/23/2012|
I loved my car dashboard toy. It had blinkers, a shift, and buttons for wipers, etc.
|by Anonymous||reply 150||10/23/2012|
I'm guessing Mattel made a mint with its Creepy Crawlers. Perhaps it's this that spawned a generation of meth cookers?
Elaborate chemistry sets ("You'll burn the house down!")
ViewMasters with their reels of tiny slide images - the stereopticons of the 1950s-1970s.
|by Anonymous||reply 151||10/23/2012|
Why did r7 post a picture of feces?
Is that supposed to be funny? What's the point? Fucking troll.
Please FF it.
|by Anonymous||reply 152||10/23/2012|
My sister got Mr Machine and my juvenile delinquent cousin took it apart, didn't put it together and took some of the parts home with him so it could never be put together again. (Yes, he became a cop. Yes, he retired on 100% disability after having worked so much overtime that he was making over $100k a year. Some things never change)
I asked for Mr. Machine the following Christmas, and what a disappointment! It was 100% plastic. The original Mr Machine had a plastic belly, but the rest of him was metal. The second Mr Machine broke within a month.
|by Anonymous||reply 153||10/23/2012|
Tonka trucks, etc.
|by Anonymous||reply 154||10/23/2012|
|by Anonymous||reply 155||10/23/2012|
|by Anonymous||reply 156||10/23/2012|
Dinky Toys, Corgis, and later, Hot Wheels!
|by Anonymous||reply 157||10/23/2012|
I had the Sneaky Pete magic set, and I hired out as a magician at birthday parties. I also had a lot of building sets, including a huge Meccano set from France, which is still with me. My brothers and I spent years working on an HO gauge train layout, with all the parts from Maerklin in Germany. There was a tunnel through a mountain, a bridge over a river, and two villages. We kept it in the basement, because it was too big to fit anywhere else. Then, after all that work, my parents announced that we had to give the trains to the orphanage in Scranton. It didn't make me a better person, though.
|by Anonymous||reply 158||10/23/2012|
I was the envy of the neighbourhood when my aunt & uncle gave me this for Christmas one year.
|by Anonymous||reply 159||10/23/2012|
Anyone here have a Monster Machine?You put in plaster(aka)Monster goop and spun the chamber around and ended up with a hollow plaster bust of a classic movie monster that you could then paint.I'd so buy one today if they still made them.
|by Anonymous||reply 160||10/23/2012|
Little Kiddles/Little Lockets
|by Anonymous||reply 161||10/23/2012|
I still have the Hairy Handy puppet my mom bought me one Christmas.It's a furry spider like creature that your hand goes in but it has a stuffed white glove on it's back so it looks like your hand was in the glove and Hairy was moving on his own.It's one of the few toys I have from my childhood,Sadly I was a very curious(aka)destructive child.
|by Anonymous||reply 162||10/23/2012|
I dialed Santa with a pencil and asked for this
|by Anonymous||reply 163||10/23/2012|
|by Anonymous||reply 164||10/23/2012|
I loved my glamorous Cher doll:
|by Anonymous||reply 165||10/23/2012|
I had these, "Show Biz Babies". They were dolls made to look like celebrities.
|by Anonymous||reply 166||10/24/2012|
I liked that toy with magnetized shavings inside of it. You had a magnet to make hairstyles or beards or whatever...
|by Anonymous||reply 167||10/24/2012|
Colorforms: Miss cookie's kitchen...sparkle paint...the add ons to creepy crawlers thing maker called pic-a-doos ( bumpy square tiles you made things with) and one that made really cool dragons...I loved spirograph and used my treasured 12 color fat pen with yellow,orange,purple etc inks! A true little queen 4 sure...
|by Anonymous||reply 168||10/24/2012|
Oh my God--did that radioactive lab kit thing actually provide nuclear materials to kids?!
|by Anonymous||reply 169||10/24/2012|
Anyone here remember Fisher Price Adventure People?I had the set with thenews van and the black news reporter and the Lou Grant like producer.I found it in the box on Ebay and the guy wanted 169 dollars for it!
|by Anonymous||reply 170||10/25/2012|
Is anyone watching Toy Hunter on Travel Channel? The host travels to different locations to find vintage toys (usually 70s-90s) that people have stored in their attics and garages.
Aside from the fact that most of these people could also be featured on Hoarders, I'm enjoying the show. Although the host is probably ripping them off, because he'll re-sell the same toys for twice what he's buying them for.
|by Anonymous||reply 171||10/27/2012|
[quote]Dinky Toys, Corgis, and later, Hot Wheels!
Were you also born circa '63?
I loved my toy cars and this was my favourite. It had a sunshine roof that opened and closed!
I feel about seven again reading this thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 172||10/27/2012|
[quote]I loved my car dashboard toy. It had blinkers, a shift, and buttons for wipers, etc.
That's the coolest thing I've ever seen. I had one, but it was much more basic than yours.
[quote]I was the envy of the neighbourhood when my aunt & uncle gave me this for Christmas one year.
Wow! I'm not surprised, R159. It's still cool!
|by Anonymous||reply 173||10/27/2012|
The Joe 90 doll. You could take his glasses on & off. I kid you not!
|by Anonymous||reply 174||10/27/2012|
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
|by Anonymous||reply 175||10/27/2012|
Remember Read-Along Books and Records?
|by Anonymous||reply 176||10/27/2012|
big black rubber dildo
|by Anonymous||reply 177||10/27/2012|
|by Anonymous||reply 178||10/27/2012|
Does anybody remember The Magic Hat from the 70s?
|by Anonymous||reply 179||10/27/2012|
I don't remember what it was called but I had a toy where you made cars out of aluminum foil with a mold and then you could crush them in a little junkyard car crusher.I of course being the destructive little monster I was broke it trying to crush inappropriate objects in it.
|by Anonymous||reply 180||10/27/2012|
I can recall playing with my Creepy Crawlers set while watching "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" on the 4:30 movie (ch 7 in NYC).
Had Matchbox cars, Lincoln Logs, a chemistry set, a View Master, and a spirograph.
|by Anonymous||reply 181||10/27/2012|
I forgot all about this! We had a lot of fun playing espionage in those days.
PS - This must have been pre-Disney for our young actor.
|by Anonymous||reply 182||10/27/2012|
re: Mystery Date
While the girls in the ad all squealed in horror over the scruffy "dud", I was like "Hell yeah!"
|by Anonymous||reply 183||10/27/2012|
GI JOE doll
|by Anonymous||reply 184||10/27/2012|
Anyone else remember when toys in cereal and cracker jacks used to be pretty cool?
|by Anonymous||reply 185||10/27/2012|
[quote]The Joe 90 doll. You could take his glasses on & off. I kid you not!
I love the false eyelashes and the "Whip Inflation Now" pin...
|by Anonymous||reply 186||10/28/2012|
Is Joe 90 a character from one of those creepy marionette movies from the 70s?
|by Anonymous||reply 187||10/28/2012|
[quote]Is Joe 90 a character from one of those creepy marionette movies from the 70s?
Joe 90 was the star (puppet) of a children's British TV series from the late 1960s. It was made by the same people who made Thunderbirds.
|by Anonymous||reply 188||10/28/2012|
The Man From Uncle 'TV Action Figure'.
He had a wig you could take on and off.
|by Anonymous||reply 189||10/28/2012|
I never had any toys when I was a kid. No dolls, nothing. I used a hot water bottle and pretended it was a doll. Isn't that the saddest thing you ever heard?
|by Anonymous||reply 190||10/28/2012|
This is a meme we can treasure.
|by Anonymous||reply 191||10/28/2012|
Most people would not believe it now, but as a child we were both very nelly and very strange!
We would give permaments to our sister's dolls and wear our mother's clothes and high heels.
|by Anonymous||reply 192||10/28/2012|
This was my version of a video game as a young child. Damn things always leaked though.
|by Anonymous||reply 193||10/28/2012|
This summer, my mother decided it was time to clean out the attic. My sister went back to the family home to assist. Much to our surprise, my parents had saved all of our toys. We have a vacuform, a powered wrecker that with a red light and winch, Gaylord the walking basset hound, a electronic board with had diodes and other "state of the art" electronic...we could make a broadcast radio station that transmits about a block, tonka trucks, all types of games, electric slot cars and track, trains. This list is extensive and they are all in good shape. Guess we will be making a trip the the Antique Toy Road Show!
|by Anonymous||reply 194||10/28/2012|
More old toys
|by Anonymous||reply 195||10/28/2012|
& look how things worked out, Barbra @ R190
|by Anonymous||reply 196||10/28/2012|
I still have my Lincoln Logs and my Roc-em-Sock-em Robots. The Robots set wasn't a lot of fun, though.
|by Anonymous||reply 197||10/28/2012|
Daring Darry. Female evil kneivil
|by Anonymous||reply 198||10/28/2012|
My siblings and I got along really well, so we shared a lot of toys. The added plus, we were not very destructive, so we never accused another of breaking a toy.
We had a lot of Disney items, Disneykins, rubber Disney squeak toys, the now highly collectible Disney Twisty figurines, a yellow metal Disney xylophone and metal Disney telephone which looked like a outside payphone but with Disney characters on it. It was also bank.
My sister had her Barbie collection, the clothes and accessories were made incredibly well back then. In fact, she still has most of her doll collection!
I also remember a metal Marx dollhouse with Renwal furniture with this odd little baby dolls with movable arms and legs.
Then there were the usual metal trucks, small soldiers and GI Joe dolls, those are all gone. I think I have a plastic dinosaur collection somewhere.
I managed to save my Beatle cards and my Soupy Sales doll! My sister gave me some of our stuffed animals such as a rubber face Gund plush toy and a rubber faced monkey.
We also had the Give-A-Show projector and a Huckleberry Hound large stand up figure, which you'd throw the provided bean bags into his mouth, hoops on the brim of his hat and suction darts on a bulls-eye on his chest. This is long gone and most likely is now highly collectible.
While we were still kids, my sister was smart enough to pack up all her Barbie doll items before we moved into a house. She kept her toys away from our father, who was always throwing out our possessions. He was definitely a person who should have never gotten married or had any, let alone, four children, but that's for another thread!
|by Anonymous||reply 199||10/28/2012|
My sister also had a Honey West doll, it was so cool. I think she gave it to one of our cousins to 'borrow', but somehow never got it back. I'm sure she is kicking herself now!
My mom sewed, so she made even cooler clothes for Honey West, such as a white vinyl raincoat and some capes with small feather boas!
The doll didn't look too much like actress Anne Francis, who portrayed "Honey West", but it cool anyway.
|by Anonymous||reply 200||10/28/2012|
I must have had a lot of repressed anger as a child because my toys rarely survived once I got bored with them,something I regret now very much.
|by Anonymous||reply 201||10/28/2012|
Is there a site that lists toys by type or catagory and the year they came out?
|by Anonymous||reply 202||10/29/2012|
Spirograph @ link
|by Anonymous||reply 203||04/18/2013|