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So I was browsing Amazon looking at what toys they have for offer and I came across this. Remember that? Man, it was like the thing to have for about five minutes in our elementary school. I can't for the life of me remember how old I was (cue: young'uns singing:"You're old, bitch!") at the time. I just know I didn't have it for long.

stevienixed, Monday, 14 May 2007 19:57 (6 years ago) Permalink



Jon mentioned those skip-it toys from the late 80s. Well, I didn't have that - would be kinda silly for me to be playing that in high school - but I did have something similar and more prehistoric. I just remember it was orange, plastic and I was wearing fucking CLOGS when I tried it out. My parents suggested I wore shoes so it would be easier, but stubborn silly twit refused to wear anything but clogs. It took me, as a result of the clogs and my stupidity to master motoric things - a looooong time to do it successfully.

stevienixed, Monday, 14 May 2007 20:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

I don't remember those but I always wanted one of these:

Ms Misery, Monday, 14 May 2007 20:01 (6 years ago) Permalink

Hmmm, I don't think I had those either. I do remember friends having this.

They still fool kids with these:



It's a chocolate egg and, woopeedeefuckingdoo, there's a crap toy inside.

I also miss Pong. I don't think any video game will ever beat that game. That sound.

stevienixed, Monday, 14 May 2007 20:03 (6 years ago) Permalink


Jordan, Monday, 14 May 2007 20:06 (6 years ago) Permalink

kinder eggs rule

Mr. Que, Monday, 14 May 2007 20:07 (6 years ago) Permalink

Mr. Que, Monday, 14 May 2007 20:08 (6 years ago) Permalink

Froebel blocks:

Construx

remy bean, Monday, 14 May 2007 20:08 (6 years ago) Permalink

Construx!

Jordan, Monday, 14 May 2007 20:09 (6 years ago) Permalink

TOMY HANDHELD WATER GAMES

remy bean, Monday, 14 May 2007 20:10 (6 years ago) Permalink

loved those games. . .

Ms Misery, Monday, 14 May 2007 20:15 (6 years ago) Permalink

kenan, Monday, 14 May 2007 20:15 (6 years ago) Permalink



Mr. Que, Monday, 14 May 2007 20:17 (6 years ago) Permalink

I almost cried when I saw that 2XL thing! I was really young when that was hot.

Dark Tower!

oh man. Later on it was Crossbows and Catapults.

dan selzer, Monday, 14 May 2007 20:23 (6 years ago) Permalink

the best part about 2XL: it's a giant hunk of plastic wrapped around an 8 track player

Mr. Que, Monday, 14 May 2007 20:24 (6 years ago) Permalink

I had Crossbows and Catapults!!

Catsupppppppppppppp dude ‫茄蕃‪, Monday, 14 May 2007 20:25 (6 years ago) Permalink

I had this GREBT clock from Disney World. It was Micky on a train and shouting, or rather screaming, to wake up and shit. I think I used it once. My parents flatout refused me to use it again. I still have it. A guy came into our shop once saying some kid (me!) had bought the last one at the Disney store. My mom begged me to sell it (to put herself out of the misery of having to hear the damn thing go off). He offered about 150 dollars which was a big deal at the time. I was a moron. I said no.

stevienixed, Monday, 14 May 2007 20:25 (6 years ago) Permalink

Crossbows and Catapults inevitably ended up with you just picking up the pieces and throwing them at your opponent yourself.

dan selzer, Monday, 14 May 2007 20:30 (6 years ago) Permalink

don't know dark tower, but i used to love fireball island:

negotiable, Monday, 14 May 2007 20:30 (6 years ago) Permalink

I had one of these guys:



After sitting in my closet for a few years I got interested in "how things work" and took it apart with a screw driver untill it was in a million pieces Then I felt really guilty because it had been an expensive toy, so I brought it out to the trash, it's innards spread out amongst many garbage bags brought out over time.

dan selzer, Monday, 14 May 2007 20:32 (6 years ago) Permalink

dan selzer, Monday, 14 May 2007 20:33 (6 years ago) Permalink

ha i was just going to post merlin

Mr. Que, Monday, 14 May 2007 20:33 (6 years ago) Permalink





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remy bean, Monday, 14 May 2007 20:38 (6 years ago) Permalink

remy bean, Monday, 14 May 2007 20:38 (6 years ago) Permalink

Madchen, Monday, 14 May 2007 20:42 (6 years ago) Permalink

kenan, Monday, 14 May 2007 20:43 (6 years ago) Permalink

Skip It! The hula-hoop of the 80's.

Caledonia, Monday, 14 May 2007 20:43 (6 years ago) Permalink

I loved Crossbows & Catapults.

Other toys to get your kid to make sure he grows up into an engineering dork:







And check this shit out, you can now use it to build your own mechs and lil' Patlabors:

kingfish, Monday, 14 May 2007 20:56 (6 years ago) Permalink

Sara R-C, Monday, 14 May 2007 21:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

gabbneb, Monday, 14 May 2007 21:03 (6 years ago) Permalink

Fashion plates!


Miss Piggy puppet:


I Took A Lickin' From a Chicken:

luna, Monday, 14 May 2007 21:14 (6 years ago) Permalink

Kingfish, how old are you?

I'm 32.

I had Robotix and Erector sets but that first thing, the one that floats, OMG that was my FAVORITE THING EVER! WHAT WAS IT CALLED!

And those fashion plates? I had the same thing but for monsters.

dan selzer, Monday, 14 May 2007 21:20 (6 years ago) Permalink

remy bean, Monday, 14 May 2007 21:20 (6 years ago) Permalink

I had Fashion Plates for hot rods!

kenan, Monday, 14 May 2007 21:21 (6 years ago) Permalink

OMG Fashion plates!!!!! Loved those.

Sara R-C, Monday, 14 May 2007 21:21 (6 years ago) Permalink

OK, I acutally had genuinely forgotten about Fashion Plates until now.

ailsa, Monday, 14 May 2007 21:23 (6 years ago) Permalink

(look, I'm so overcome with nostalgia, I forgot how to type)

ailsa, Monday, 14 May 2007 21:24 (6 years ago) Permalink

I think I had the fashion plates for monsters. Or maybe my cousin did, since he also had 'em for hotrods (and vans!)

I'll be 31 in August.

that floaty thing is Capsela, which you can still buy. My fave capsela bit was the winch & hook thing, since grappling hooks are my fave toy accesory ever.

kingfish, Monday, 14 May 2007 21:25 (6 years ago) Permalink

searching for fashion plates results in this:

kingfish, Monday, 14 May 2007 21:26 (6 years ago) Permalink

There was also the Snoopy Playhouse, but I can't find a picture of it.

Plus I COVETED this thing: IMG][Removed Illegal Link]

Not nearly as cool once I got it.

luna, Monday, 14 May 2007 21:28 (6 years ago) Permalink

My nextdoor neighbor had the Snoopy Shaved Ice thing

kingfish, Monday, 14 May 2007 21:28 (6 years ago) Permalink

luna, Monday, 14 May 2007 21:28 (6 years ago) Permalink

No, it wasn't the Snoopy Snocone maker (which I also coveted and never got), it was this little soft sided house thingy.

luna, Monday, 14 May 2007 21:29 (6 years ago) Permalink

yeah, I don't know about monsters, I was guessing, I DEFINITELY had fashion plates for hot rods and vans!

dan selzer, Monday, 14 May 2007 21:31 (6 years ago) Permalink

remy bean, Monday, 14 May 2007 21:32 (6 years ago) Permalink

remy bean, Monday, 14 May 2007 21:36 (6 years ago) Permalink

OK. I actually had this:

ailsa, Monday, 14 May 2007 21:42 (6 years ago) Permalink

Caledonia, Monday, 14 May 2007 21:47 (6 years ago) Permalink

Caledonia, Monday, 14 May 2007 21:49 (6 years ago) Permalink

thing where they use letraset/presstype rub-downs so you can place characters on a back-ground. Know what I mean?

Not colorforms, this was permanent. Sort of.

dan selzer, Monday, 14 May 2007 21:59 (6 years ago) Permalink

Simon was the best.

dan selzer, Friday, 18 May 2007 03:17 (6 years ago) Permalink

i am so sorry this is the first time i have looked at this thread

i freakin loved fashion plates!
and i think i still have western barbie in a box somewhere! (not here)

i also had barbie's dream kitchen, which smelled like cookies if those cookies were made entirely of melted plastic and vanilla

rrrobyn, Friday, 18 May 2007 03:22 (6 years ago) Permalink

omg haha - they even say 'it smells like cookies'!!
http://www.retrojunk.com/details_commercial/1359/

rrrobyn, Friday, 18 May 2007 03:24 (6 years ago) Permalink

(that was the year we lived with our grandparents aka the year of actually getting ridiculous toys we wanted incl cabbage patch kids)

rrrobyn, Friday, 18 May 2007 03:25 (6 years ago) Permalink

we also had this at my dad's - hours of fun knocking people into the pit. kind of terrifying tbh. but fun! we even painted the 3d game pieces. jabba was particularly ugly in plastic green form what with uneven red blobs of paint for eyes. i remember being pretty adamant abt getting the green mixed right so it wld be the perfect green-yellow-brown colour.



i recall it being more substantial than this. but uh, no, it is made of light cardboard...

rrrobyn, Friday, 18 May 2007 03:42 (6 years ago) Permalink

haha wait all the pieces were already pre-painted - but look at jabba, all pale and not gross enough. why did we get to paint jabba?? i think we were also going through a model-making phase.

rrrobyn, Friday, 18 May 2007 03:47 (6 years ago) Permalink

I was in two toy shops yesterday sadly enough. I stood in front of the Revell kits thinking sad thoughts about when and where I could find the time to make them. Still though, it was nice to see all the packaging etc was the same! I was shocked when the first one had Academy brand, imports howya? Madness!

kv_nol, Friday, 18 May 2007 08:38 (6 years ago) Permalink

My friend Dominic had a Starship Enterprise that flicked counters. I was so jealous!

Madchen, Friday, 18 May 2007 11:23 (6 years ago) Permalink

PappaWheelie V, Friday, 18 May 2007 20:30 (6 years ago) Permalink

!

latebloomer, Friday, 18 May 2007 20:32 (6 years ago) Permalink

PappaWheelie V, Friday, 18 May 2007 20:33 (6 years ago) Permalink

This thread reminds me that my in-laws have an old Fisher Price Little People house that features an open-fire cooking situation in the kitchen and a color television in the living room. The kids like to play with it; the adults like to laugh at it.

Sara R-C, Friday, 18 May 2007 20:33 (6 years ago) Permalink

PappaWheelie V, Friday, 18 May 2007 20:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

stretch was already posted Joe!

But that BigTrak thing is ringing some bells. Did you program it on the back?

dan selzer, Friday, 18 May 2007 20:47 (6 years ago) Permalink

This thread is making me tear up a little.

Here are a few I didn't see.


Fluffy Bear Hearts Rainbows, Friday, 18 May 2007 21:04 (6 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, BigTrak was programmable. It also had a dump truck like trailer too.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Trak

PappaWheelie V, Friday, 18 May 2007 21:06 (6 years ago) Permalink

My kids have a Sit and Spin! But the new models come with a button that you can hit which plays obnoxious music (it seems like all modern toys are obnoxiously noisy).

Sara R-C, Friday, 18 May 2007 21:07 (6 years ago) Permalink

My cousins had one of these. I wonder if it's still in my Aunt's basement, somewhere.

Fluffy Bear Hearts Rainbows, Friday, 18 May 2007 21:10 (6 years ago) Permalink

I was way into my Big Trak.

Also, ZOIDS.

Spencer Chow, Friday, 18 May 2007 21:11 (6 years ago) Permalink

I think pretty much everyone my age had one of these.

Madchen, Friday, 18 May 2007 21:14 (6 years ago) Permalink

OMG, I forgot about that.

Fluffy Bear Hearts Rainbows, Friday, 18 May 2007 21:18 (6 years ago) Permalink

Damn, you beat me to it with the phone -- but found htis instead:

PappaWheelie V, Friday, 18 May 2007 21:18 (6 years ago) Permalink

BANDAI! I still have a couple of these. I have this one:

Fluffy Bear Hearts Rainbows, Friday, 18 May 2007 21:18 (6 years ago) Permalink

PappaWheelie V, Friday, 18 May 2007 21:20 (6 years ago) Permalink

I have this one, too!

Fluffy Bear Hearts Rainbows, Friday, 18 May 2007 21:21 (6 years ago) Permalink

PappaWheelie V, Friday, 18 May 2007 21:30 (6 years ago) Permalink

Madchen, Friday, 18 May 2007 21:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

OH! I had that plane!!!

Spencer Chow, Friday, 18 May 2007 21:38 (6 years ago) Permalink

Looking back, Fisher Price pretty much had a monopoly on toddler toys in the late seventies.

Madchen, Friday, 18 May 2007 21:39 (6 years ago) Permalink

We should have a separate thread: "at what age did your pyromaniac tendencies take over and you destroyed those forgotten toys w/ fireworks or BB gun"

kingfish, Friday, 18 May 2007 21:39 (6 years ago) Permalink

I owned more FP little people sets than I remembered. The plane, garage, the city, etc.

Nearly everyone I knew owned the farm.

PappaWheelie V, Friday, 18 May 2007 21:41 (6 years ago) Permalink

the first x-mas i can consciously remember i got a little people zoo playset with animals and zookeepers and stuff

latebloomer, Friday, 18 May 2007 21:44 (6 years ago) Permalink

I still have this childhood toy (the submarine):

Fluffy Bear Hearts Rainbows, Friday, 18 May 2007 21:47 (6 years ago) Permalink

at what age did your pyromaniac tendencies take over and you destroyed those forgotten toys w/ fireworks or BB gun

Funny I was just mentioning this yesterday

Michael White, Friday, 18 May 2007 21:50 (6 years ago) Permalink

there's also a picture of 2-year-old latebloomer with birthday cake all over his face and carrying his brand new little people toy helicopter

latebloomer, Friday, 18 May 2007 21:53 (6 years ago) Permalink

Anyone remember Sweet Secrets?

Yes! My sister and the neighbor girl were into these, sort of a charm bracelet version of Transformers. Neighbor had the house which was pretty cool. No one else remembers them though. It's funny how you kind of assume the toys you played with must have been the really popular ones of the era, even though it just ends up being what caught your dad's eye at Service Merchandise or whatever. But for a simple twist of fate you would reminisce about entirely different toys that occupied endless weeks of childhood.

For me, it was as much yard-sale Playmobil as could possibly be attained, populating a world of wooden blocks and miscellaneous plastic monsters et cetera. I was talking the other day with some people about this and discovered that to many, this kind of toy integration was considered some sort of sacrilege - to me it was just so natural!

Doctor Casino, Friday, 18 May 2007 23:02 (6 years ago) Permalink

I had a matchbox car version of that parking ramp thing, folded up into a little suitcase.

dan selzer, Friday, 18 May 2007 23:03 (6 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

do kids still play with toy cars ? i assume they do, so have the toy cars come along in any advanced way like do they have any steering mechanism yet? i always hoped for some kind of pressure sensitive side doors that would control the front wheels.

Great Scott! It's Molecular Man. (Ste), Tuesday, 20 October 2009 15:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

I am too old for the toys in this thread, but the most badass toy I ever owned was probably Horrible Hamilton:

Aimless, Tuesday, 20 October 2009 17:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

one of these has passed through like 30 years worth of children in my family.

FC Tom Tomsk Club (Merdeyeux), Tuesday, 20 October 2009 18:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

erotic war comedy pollster (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 18:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

ahahaha

Janet Snakehole (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 18:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Still available actually.

everything, Wednesday, 22 February 2012 19:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's called the "Daddle" now.

everything, Wednesday, 22 February 2012 19:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

I began to say that I rode my Dad bareback and thought better of it. :/

Janet Snakehole (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 19:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

hahaha

dream words & nightmare paragraphs from a red factory in a dead town (Abbbottt), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

Dyin' over here...

Ham House showdown (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

VG irl lol

Let A Man Come In And Do The Cop Porn (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

So the first thing I thought of when I saw this thread was Creepy Crawlers (and the Creeple People, Fun Flowers etc. variants.) Evidently there's a version of these plastic-molding things still being made.

Ham House showdown (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:54 (2 years ago) Permalink


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