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You must remember this...Toys you had as a kid/child

The Mattelophone.

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by Anonymousreply 111/25/2011

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 Anonymousreply 211/25/2011

Creepy Crawlers.

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 Anonymousreply 311/25/2011

Ideal's Mr. Machine

by Anonymousreply 411/25/2011

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 Anonymousreply 511/25/2011

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 Anonymousreply 611/25/2011

Hugo, Man Of A Thousand Faces ....

by Anonymousreply 811/25/2011

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 Anonymousreply 911/25/2011

DO NOT CLICK ON R7's LINK. You sick fuck!

by Anonymousreply 1011/25/2011

Can you describe it, r10?

by Anonymousreply 1111/25/2011

It's a boom-boom, r11.

by Anonymousreply 1211/25/2011

Another poster here that was burnt by those creepy crawlers hot plates.

by Anonymousreply 1311/25/2011

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 Anonymousreply 1411/25/2011

R7's link isn't the koala ripping off a kid's face, is it?

by Anonymousreply 1511/25/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 1611/25/2011

[quote]I confounded the 'rents

You mean THIS didn't give it away?

by Anonymousreply 1711/25/2011

all of these!

by Anonymousreply 1811/25/2011

[quote]You mean THIS didn't give it away?

Only after THIS!

by Anonymousreply 1911/25/2011

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 Anonymousreply 2011/25/2011

The only thing I wish that I still had. Which Witch.

by Anonymousreply 2111/25/2011

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 Anonymousreply 2211/25/2011

Loved my Vac-U-Form!

by Anonymousreply 2311/25/2011

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 Anonymousreply 2411/25/2011

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 Anonymousreply 2511/25/2011

Oh, and Chatty Kathy! -- did you know that Chatty Kathy could curse like a sailor?

We did!

by Anonymousreply 2611/25/2011

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 Anonymousreply 2711/25/2011

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 Anonymousreply 2811/25/2011

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 Anonymousreply 3011/25/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 3111/25/2011

Pie Face.

by Anonymousreply 3211/25/2011

r32..Get your face filled with goo!..

by Anonymousreply 3311/25/2011

The Fisher Price Village was one of my favorites.

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by Anonymousreply 3511/25/2011

Don't break the ice!

by Anonymousreply 3611/25/2011

Ants in my pants!

by Anonymousreply 3711/25/2011

Ants in my pants:

by Anonymousreply 3811/25/2011

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 Anonymousreply 3911/25/2011

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 Anonymousreply 4011/25/2011

You could have started your own neighborhood Chinese factory with Vac-U-Forms.

by Anonymousreply 4111/25/2011

For you, R39

by Anonymousreply 4211/25/2011

[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 Anonymousreply 4311/25/2011

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?

by Anonymousreply 4411/25/2011


by Anonymousreply 4511/25/2011

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 Anonymousreply 4611/25/2011

That was it! Thanks, R45.

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by Anonymousreply 4811/25/2011

Etch a Sketch is really iPad version 1.0.

by Anonymousreply 4911/25/2011

[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 Anonymousreply 5011/25/2011

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 Anonymousreply 5111/25/2011

Add me to the list of Creepy Crawler fans.

by Anonymousreply 5211/25/2011

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 Anonymousreply 5311/25/2011

Teddy Ruxpin and My Buddy.

by Anonymousreply 5411/25/2011

Anyone remember Grippity Gravity?

Green Ghost anyone?

by Anonymousreply 5511/25/2011

Shrinky dinks

by Anonymousreply 5611/25/2011

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 Anonymousreply 5711/25/2011

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 Anonymousreply 5911/25/2011

Lite Brite

by Anonymousreply 6011/25/2011

Another favorite: A Matchbox Country playset from Sears.

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by Anonymousreply 6211/25/2011

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 Anonymousreply 6311/25/2011

Thanks, r58. It is Dip it Fantasy Film.

by Anonymousreply 6411/25/2011

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 Anonymousreply 6511/25/2011

Anyone else remember an obstacle course game using a ping pong ball and an air blower/puff?

by Anonymousreply 6611/25/2011

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 Anonymousreply 6711/25/2011

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 Anonymousreply 6811/25/2011

I'm still a big fan of logic puzzles that use similar deductive reasoning techniques as Clue.

by Anonymousreply 6911/25/2011

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 Anonymousreply 7011/25/2011

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 Anonymousreply 7111/25/2011

R8, I TOTALLY wanted one of those, but my cunt mother wouldn't buy me one.

by Anonymousreply 7211/25/2011

Magic rocks. also My lil' Buddy who I beat mercilessly on a daily basis because he was bad, very bad.

by Anonymousreply 7311/25/2011

[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 Anonymousreply 7411/25/2011

My daddy's hair trigger temper.

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by Anonymousreply 7711/26/2011

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 Anonymousreply 7811/26/2011

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 Anonymousreply 7911/26/2011

I terrorized pedestrians with my Big Wheel...

by Anonymousreply 8011/26/2011

I also had a Lemon Twist, as seen at 6.34:

by Anonymousreply 8111/26/2011

[quote]Larry the Lion, a string-pull talking toy from Mattel.

You had Larry, we had Parsley.

by Anonymousreply 8211/26/2011

The cow says "M-O-O-O!"

by Anonymousreply 8311/27/2011

toy bump

by Anonymousreply 8401/17/2012

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 Anonymousreply 8501/17/2012

Here's a picture of the toy. So much fun.

by Anonymousreply 8601/17/2012

Super Soaker!

by Anonymousreply 8701/17/2012

[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 Anonymousreply 8801/17/2012

Fisher Price Sesame Street

by Anonymousreply 8901/17/2012

Water Wiggle by Whammo was cooler than Slip n Slide...

by Anonymousreply 9001/17/2012

Lawn darts!

That my sister still lives is a testament to my poor hand-eye coordination.

by Anonymousreply 9101/17/2012

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?

by Anonymousreply 9201/17/2012

Pillow People

by Anonymousreply 9301/17/2012

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 Anonymousreply 9401/17/2012

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 Anonymousreply 9501/17/2012

My mother had a small plastic bottle in the shape of a phallus, it became my favorite toy.

by Anonymousreply 9601/17/2012

[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.

by Anonymousreply 9701/17/2012

Silly Sand!

by Anonymousreply 9801/18/2012

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 Anonymousreply 9901/18/2012

Also, remember walkie talkies? They never fucking worked.

& pedal cars? My pedal car was my favorite toy. I lived in it.

by Anonymousreply 10001/18/2012

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 Anonymousreply 10101/18/2012

Super Spirograph

Lite Bright

Mattel's Hot Wheels Charger Track set with loop to loop

by Anonymousreply 10201/18/2012


I got one for Christmas, loved it!

Also, the talking viewmaster was my favorite as a child.

by Anonymousreply 10301/18/2012

[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 Anonymousreply 10401/18/2012

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 Anonymousreply 10501/18/2012

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 Anonymousreply 10601/18/2012

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 Anonymousreply 10701/18/2012

Yeah, that was it. Thanks, #107.

Loved that doll.

by Anonymousreply 10801/18/2012

Lite-Brite. Kerplunk. Battleship. Spirograph. Operation.

by Anonymousreply 10901/18/2012

Odd Og - half turtle and half frog.

by Anonymousreply 11001/18/2012

Original colorforms shapes toy.

My father was an artist.

by Anonymousreply 11101/18/2012

[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 Anonymousreply 11201/18/2012

It's called Big Trak

by Anonymousreply 11301/18/2012

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 Anonymousreply 11501/18/2012

[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 Anonymousreply 11601/18/2012

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 Anonymousreply 11701/19/2012

Really interesting, R117, thanks for taking the time to write all that.

Do you remember Rumplemeyer's?

by Anonymousreply 11801/19/2012

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 Anonymousreply 11901/19/2012

Space:1999 Eagle One!

by Anonymousreply 12001/19/2012

The rabbit.

by Anonymousreply 12101/19/2012

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 Anonymousreply 12201/19/2012

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 Anonymousreply 12301/19/2012

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 Anonymousreply 12401/19/2012

[R122] The Easy-Show Projector

by Anonymousreply 12501/19/2012

[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 Anonymousreply 12601/19/2012

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 Anonymousreply 12701/19/2012

Big wheel, he man action figures, match box cars, barbies, and sit and spin, doll house and minitares

by Anonymousreply 12801/19/2012

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 Anonymousreply 12901/19/2012

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 Anonymousreply 13001/19/2012

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...

by Anonymousreply 13101/19/2012

Incredible Edibles!

by Anonymousreply 13201/20/2012

My Regan and Kris McNeil and Damien Karras action figures.

by Anonymousreply 13301/20/2012

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 Anonymousreply 13401/20/2012

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 Anonymousreply 13501/20/2012

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 Anonymousreply 13601/20/2012

cabbage patch kids

GI Joe

Lego set

tea party set

by Anonymousreply 13701/20/2012

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 Anonymousreply 13801/22/2012

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 Anonymousreply 13901/22/2012

Lincoln Logs and Erector Sets!

by Anonymousreply 14001/22/2012

Sega Genesis.

by Anonymousreply 14101/22/2012

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 Anonymousreply 14201/22/2012

Toggles ruled.

by Anonymousreply 14301/23/2012

I loved my Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab.

by Anonymousreply 14401/23/2012

That one's so cool R144.

I loved my toy cars but this one was my favorite.

by Anonymousreply 14501/23/2012

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 Anonymousreply 14601/23/2012

I still have this one.

by Anonymousreply 14701/23/2012


by Anonymousreply 14810/22/2012

Playskool building bricks were MUCH better than Lego...found a set on ebay and bought them.

by Anonymousreply 14910/23/2012

I loved my car dashboard toy. It had blinkers, a shift, and buttons for wipers, etc.

by Anonymousreply 15010/23/2012

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 Anonymousreply 15110/23/2012

Why did r7 post a picture of feces?

Is that supposed to be funny? What's the point? Fucking troll.

Please FF it.

by Anonymousreply 15210/23/2012

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 Anonymousreply 15310/23/2012

Tonka trucks, etc.

by Anonymousreply 15410/23/2012


by Anonymousreply 15510/23/2012

Stretch Armstrong

by Anonymousreply 15610/23/2012

Dinky Toys, Corgis, and later, Hot Wheels!

by Anonymousreply 15710/23/2012

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 Anonymousreply 15810/23/2012

I was the envy of the neighbourhood when my aunt & uncle gave me this for Christmas one year.

by Anonymousreply 15910/23/2012

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 Anonymousreply 16010/23/2012

Little Kiddles/Little Lockets


by Anonymousreply 16110/23/2012

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 Anonymousreply 16210/23/2012

I dialed Santa with a pencil and asked for this

by Anonymousreply 16310/23/2012

Mystery Date

by Anonymousreply 16410/23/2012

I loved my glamorous Cher doll:

by Anonymousreply 16510/23/2012

I had these, "Show Biz Babies". They were dolls made to look like celebrities.

by Anonymousreply 16610/24/2012

I liked that toy with magnetized shavings inside of it. You had a magnet to make hairstyles or beards or whatever...

by Anonymousreply 16710/24/2012

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 Anonymousreply 16810/24/2012

Oh my God--did that radioactive lab kit thing actually provide nuclear materials to kids?!

by Anonymousreply 16910/24/2012

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 Anonymousreply 17010/26/2012

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 Anonymousreply 17110/27/2012

[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 Anonymousreply 17210/27/2012

[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 Anonymousreply 17310/27/2012

The Joe 90 doll. You could take his glasses on & off. I kid you not!

by Anonymousreply 17410/27/2012

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

by Anonymousreply 17510/27/2012

Remember Read-Along Books and Records?

by Anonymousreply 17610/27/2012

big black rubber dildo

by Anonymousreply 17710/27/2012

Chatty Cathy!

by Anonymousreply 17810/27/2012

Does anybody remember The Magic Hat from the 70s?

by Anonymousreply 17910/27/2012

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 Anonymousreply 18010/27/2012

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 Anonymousreply 18110/27/2012

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 Anonymousreply 18210/27/2012

re: Mystery Date

While the girls in the ad all squealed in horror over the scruffy "dud", I was like "Hell yeah!"

by Anonymousreply 18310/27/2012

GI JOE doll

by Anonymousreply 18410/27/2012

Anyone else remember when toys in cereal and cracker jacks used to be pretty cool?

by Anonymousreply 18510/28/2012

[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 Anonymousreply 18610/28/2012

Is Joe 90 a character from one of those creepy marionette movies from the 70s?

by Anonymousreply 18710/28/2012

[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 Anonymousreply 18810/28/2012

The Man From Uncle 'TV Action Figure'.

He had a wig you could take on and off.

by Anonymousreply 18910/28/2012

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 Anonymousreply 19010/28/2012

This is a meme we can treasure.

by Anonymousreply 19110/28/2012

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 Anonymousreply 19210/28/2012

This was my version of a video game as a young child. Damn things always leaked though.

by Anonymousreply 19310/28/2012

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 Anonymousreply 19410/28/2012

More old toys

by Anonymousreply 19510/28/2012

& look how things worked out, Barbra @ R190

by Anonymousreply 19610/28/2012

I still have my Lincoln Logs and my Roc-em-Sock-em Robots. The Robots set wasn't a lot of fun, though.

by Anonymousreply 19710/28/2012

Daring Darry. Female evil kneivil

by Anonymousreply 19810/28/2012

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 Anonymousreply 19910/28/2012

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 Anonymousreply 20010/28/2012

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 Anonymousreply 20110/28/2012

Is there a site that lists toys by type or catagory and the year they came out?

by Anonymousreply 20210/29/2012

Spirograph @ link

by Anonymousreply 20304/18/2013
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