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Wiley50 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:23 PM
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OK Let's Hear About Your Strange Kid's Toys You Had In The 60's-70's
I remember the "VACUFORM"

It was a heating element that you put various metal forms upon
and then a sheet of plastic that you put in a lever type of thing

So you closed it up, left it a bit, then turned off the heat until it cooled

Then you had a plastic mold of the thing that you could paint


and the "PHASAR" ray gun

This hunk of plastic Buck Rodgers device

it had a "sight" you looked through and when you aimed it at something and pulled the trigger

a illuminated fake laser beam would head to the target and then a fake explosion

Let's hear about the weirdest of the weird.

(God, the crap we bugged our parents to buy"
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:25 PM
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1. There was something a neighbor had
Edited on Sun Oct-26-08 09:27 PM by lwfern
that I loved. We put colored goop into insect molds, baked it in a baker thingie that came with the kit, and then ate the rubbery bugs.
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jazzjunkysue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:26 PM
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3. I had that, too ,and it was the smell, more than anything. Probably causes cancer.
But we never tired of it.
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:39 PM
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24. I found it - Incredible Edibles
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Wiley50 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:51 PM
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49. The Damned Thing Could BURN the Fuck Out of You! Lots of Them Did!
Edited on Sun Oct-26-08 09:52 PM by Wiley50
2nd Degree! 3rd Degree!

But our parents just wiped goo (nasty ointment) on the burns

and tell us to be more careful

Things changed in the late 70'
when kids started getting high on tolulene in model airplane glue

all of a sudden it was:

"THEY'RE GETTING HIGH! BAN THAT SHIT! SUE ANYONE SELLING SHIT TO OUR KIDS! "

Maiming us _ just fine Getting us high _ CRUCIFY THE BASTARDS!
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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 01:24 AM
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239. I think "Lots of them did but none of them died" would have made a great jingle or two.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:28 PM
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8. Creepy Crawlers and Creeple People
were kinda like that but I don't believe the results were edible.

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Inkyfuzzbottom Donating Member (293 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:43 PM
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31. We had those in the 60's.
It was the perfect kids toy. It combined toxic mystery goo, hot metal molds, water to cool the molds, and an electric heating thingy. The perfect storm...toxic chemicals, water and electricity! Kids nowdays don't know what they are missing. Hell, you can't even ride a bike now without a helmet and kneepads.
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:12 PM
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83. ........
you put that so well!


:rofl:


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Ms. Toad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:52 PM
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51. Plastigoop Thingmaker
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Dem2theMax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 11:52 PM
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159. Oh my gosh. We had one of those things. LOL.
Funny how you forget your childhood. Now I remember making bugs. I absolutely HATE bugs as an adult.
I wonder if I got that hatred from making those plastic bugs? LOL.
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Ms. Toad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 07:40 AM
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188. It was one of my favorite toys
I was a master at using different colored goop to color the various bug parts so they looked more realistic.
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yardwork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 11:01 PM
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139. Those were the ones that smelled really terrible.
I loved them.
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frogcycle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:29 PM
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9. I skipped all that
just ate bugs
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:34 PM
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16. I suspect that was far healthier
and involved less cleaning of dishes.
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soothsayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:53 PM
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52. incredible edibles! Back when cyclamates were in vogue. Then they got smeared by the
Edited on Sun Oct-26-08 10:07 PM by soothsayer
'causes cancer' lie and boom they were gone along with delicious Fresca. I loved the tutti-frutti (purple) and the root beer flavored incredible edibles. Toot Sweet (you made whistles out of tootsie rolls) was another good food toy.
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Lefty48197 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:48 PM
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123. I loved the Toot Sweet.
I remember that it came with an assortment of flavored tootsie rolls and that was the first time I had seen them. I also remembering that you had to squish up the tootsie roll and make it soft before you could mold it. We also had another gadget kind of a toosie roll factory or something that used to squirt out toosie rolls into different shapes. Maybe that's where the flavored ones were?
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MiniMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:01 PM
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70. Creepy Crawlers
I loved that thing. I can't tell you how many times I burned myself with it. They could never sell it these days. And yes, it stunk.
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Beregond2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:26 PM
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103. Um...you weren't supposed to eat them; lol!
There was a version called Creeple People too.
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schmuls Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 03:52 PM
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257. Magic 8 Ball
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:25 PM
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2. I had Jarts. They were the coolest and kids came from around the neighborhood for jart games.
Nothing draws a crowd like a toy that has been banned
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Lars39 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:29 PM
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10. They just wanted to see blood. :^)
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:30 PM
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12. Jarts were cool but did not mix with alcohol
A few= close calls and you can kinda understand why they were pulled from the market.
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Inkyfuzzbottom Donating Member (293 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:45 PM
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37. Ahhhh Jarts!
You haven't lived until you hurl deadly metal lawn darts at each other. And I lived to tell about it! Those were fun.
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RexDart Donating Member (106 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:51 PM
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50. Still have a set. of Jarts
The people in the thrift store didn't know what they had and I snagged it for $6.

Took a little while to explain to the wife. However once she played a round, she was hooked. They are a lot of fun and it was sad that stupid people ruined it.
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:37 PM
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111. They were called "Lawn Darts" in Canada
I was actually pretty good at the game. Although I don't see how anyone could get seriously hurt by those things. The points were so blunt.
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Lefty48197 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:51 PM
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130. It's kind of funny that Jarts have been banned.
I watched a couple of kids playing with them years ago. They had set up the two rings and were each standing behind a ring throwing towards the other ring and the kid standing behind it. I convinced them to stand next to each other while tossing the missiles.
Why didn't they just sell the thing with only ONE target ring? That way the kids could stand together and toss at the ring.
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emmadoggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 11:36 PM
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154. JARTS!!
We used to play Jarts at my Grandma & Grandpa's house at family get-togethers all the time. We loved it.
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Frank Cannon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 06:20 AM
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181. Some of my happiest memories involve playing Jarts with my family
I was working at a sporting goods store at the time they got recalled. I actually had to move all our boxes from the floor back into the storeroom. I remember thinking at the time, "What dumbass would actually impale someone, or be impaled, on a Jart?" They weren't exactly hard to see coming.

I thought, at the time, about squirreling a couple of sets away for future generations. But I got busy with other things. Now I understand that they're even illegal to sell on e-Bay, although it's okay to sell knives. That's just fucking ridiculous.
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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 07:55 AM
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193. I kept our set
They may have been banned, but they weren't confiscated!
:rofl:

You know what their replacement is? This--YAWN--where's the DANGER? the thrill of being stabbed in the foot? I mean REALLY!
http://cmsimg.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/b...

(Sorry can't paste it here--it's from our local paper though.)
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Dennis Donovan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:27 PM
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4. Evel Knievel Motor Cycle & Sky Cycles
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RoyGBiv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 01:13 AM
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169. I had that ...

It was AWESOME.

I set him up so he'd run over Steve Austin. Who's the bionic man, now! :)

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RagAss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:27 PM
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5. King Zor. Circa 1962...the best ever....he would charge at you until you hit...
him in the chest with a dart, then he would spin around and go the other way.


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jazzjunkysue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:28 PM
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6. We girls spend summers jumping chinese jump ropes.
All complicated patterns. Incredible aerobic exercise. It never ended.

Since they became a choking hazard, they're long gone.

They were basically a 6 foot long hair stretchy.
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:37 PM
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21. yes. and early 70s that plastic ring that was put on the ankle, the other end swung loosely &
you jumped it with the other foot as you swung your other leg.
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MiniMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:03 PM
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74. I always whacked the heck out of my ankles with those things
There was something called clackers too. Whacked my ankles with that too
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Kind of Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:34 PM
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107. Oh, my God! I was just about to write about those damn things.
My mom worked for a Mattel factory in NJ and we had tons of toys that she'd bring home. But those confounded angle things were the worst but I loved them, once I got a roll going. I don't think my ankles ever healed properly.
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Generic Other Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 09:55 PM
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263. Were these called Jingle Jumps?
Pulling that way out of my long term memory loss hole.
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conscious evolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 06:09 AM
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180. I had clackers
I remember they got banned too.People were afraid they glass would break and put your eye out.
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 11:36 PM
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153. Yes ! I had one of those and loved it
I would set new records with it everyday . :rofl:
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malta blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 06:44 AM
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185. Skip-It
Little MB has one. She loves it!
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Kat45 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 10:34 PM
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236. Oh Yeah, the Jingle Jump.
I had one of those. I can still remember the commercial for it: it showed a little kid using it, then another kid doing it, then a teenage girl doing it--and she was "bouncing" if you know what I mean.
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grilled onions Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 03:24 PM
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256. They Actually Had Store Bought Chinese Jump Ropes?
We had the "fancy" and the plain. The fancy was buying narrow elastic at the dime store and tied a couple together. The plain version was made of newspaper rubberbands which we linked together. Not as comfy on the legs but no girl didn't have at least one to take places! It was better playing with others but in desperate days I would play with the loop going around two chairs. Only two players we would seek out a mailbox and use that for the second pair of legs! Ah the good ol' days!
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:28 PM
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7. The lead cast army guys
Edited on Sun Oct-26-08 09:35 PM by gratuitous
Probably directly led to having to settle for my safety school.

Oh, and . . .

Marvel the Mustang, he's almost for real
Just saddle him up, with spurs on your heel
No winding, no batteries (what horse do)
Marvel the Mustang, do we love you.

By Marx.
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:33 PM
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15. Oh, God, Marvel the Mustang
I'd forgotten about that, but the memories came flooding back.... even that theme song.

I'll always remember the "Trouble" game commercial, though.

"You've got Trouble
Wait, don't run
This kind of Trouble
Is lots of fun...."

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skooooo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:37 PM
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20. Yep I had Marvel, and Billy Blastoff..
Here's Billy Blastoff:

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NRaleighLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:30 PM
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11. REAL wooden Tinker Toys! Kenner girder and panel building kits.
Science kits with all sorts of cool, very poisinous chemicals! Jarts with real, sharp metal tips! Ah, when toys were toys, and sometime dangerous...and we survived just fine!
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amdezurik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:43 PM
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30. none of mine were flame-retardant
had rounded edges or were safety checked in any way. hell, I remember the smell of real Lincoln Logs, no doubt toxic on some level, and oh the joys of a sheet metal slide in the afternoon of a hot Texas day...but I could never resist one LOL!
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Ms. Toad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 07:44 AM
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191. Sliding down the hot metal slide
on your wax sandwich bag from your lunch to go faster...
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Habibi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 09:49 PM
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262. Ha! I remember my mom giving us swatches of wax paper
to slick up the backyard slide with. Cripes, does anyone even use wax paper any more?
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:45 PM
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38. The girder and panel kits were great
http://www.girderpanel.com /

Not too many places to get poisonous chemicals anymore...here's one where you can get not only poisonous chemicals, but uranium and just about any other element

http://unitednuclear.com /

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Neshanic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:51 PM
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48. OMG! I have been looking for those. I could not be pulled away from that set I had.
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NRaleighLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:23 PM
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97. I actually had the chemical plant version - Hydrodynamic set.
There were all sorts of plastic vessels, you built the girders onto a gray base, there was a water reservoir, you could pump water all around the thing....I spent hours and hours with it!
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Neshanic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:34 PM
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108. I LOVED my set. This info is great!
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erinlough Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 08:37 PM
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218. people on ebay are selling them.
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:40 PM
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115. I had the Girder and Panel, Bridge and Turnpike set
And three boxes of Lincoln Logs.

And the BIG Lego box.

And a whole buncha Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars.



Imagination is good for kids. :)



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Neshanic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:48 PM
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124. Lincoln Logs, another great toy set.
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 11:50 PM
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158. all their radioactive ore is "temporarily sold out"
except for the low radiation ore.

THAT is....weird. Mysterious. Scary.

Look:

http://www.unitednuclear.com/uranium.htm
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RexDart Donating Member (106 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 09:40 PM
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224. I remember the Girder kits.
Used to have a ripping blast with them. Cool that they're still being made. I'm not sure if I'd plunk down for it though, that garage is already full to bursting...
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yardwork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 11:05 PM
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143. I really, really miss my old chemical set. Can't be bought nowadays.
That sucker had just about every element from the Periodic Table in it including the deadly poisonous ones, the ones that blow up when mixed with water....I think my dad threw it out when I was in college. It's probably poisoning an aquifer someplace right now.
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 01:15 AM
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171. I had a chem set. LOL.
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lazyriver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 08:53 AM
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197. I had a set that was pretty impressive (and dangerous) for a
child's toy. I remember (with glowing pride) the day my best friend and I learned the recipe for black powder and discovered two of the three ingredients were in my chemistry set and the third would simply involve grinding up some charcoal briquettes. It is a wonder we both made it to adulthood with both eyes and all fingers intact.

And yeah, come to think of it, that set had a small piece of sodium immersed in glycerin in one of the reagent bottles. It took all of a day to learn it would explode in white hot flames when dunked in water. There was also ether, a bottle of 95% pure ethanol and a bottle of propane for the Bunsen burner.

I think my parents bought that set at Kay-Bee Toy and Hobby. I would be willing to bet you need an FBI background check and a waiting period if you could even find such a product today.
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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 01:25 AM
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174. My neighbor has a set of the wooden ones
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 10:54 AM
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250. TINKERTOYS! I saw them at a schoolmate's house but they were nowhere to be found to buy!
That got me pissed off.
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frogcycle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:32 PM
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13. actually this was not the intended use of this toy...
but I discovered that if I set fire to these plastic animals the melting plastic would drip and I could coat stuff with it.

I quit doing it when I dripped it on my hand and it solidified into a plastic non-removable scab atop a third degree burn.

I don't think they sell those little animals any more. The one that did me in was a walrus. I never really have cared for Wally since then.
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Wiley50 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:57 PM
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62. se post #49 n/t
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:33 PM
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14. Space Trainer and Jarts. Not togther though.
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:35 PM
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17. Betty crocker oven. Came with tiny packs of cake mix. Light bulbed cooked the little cakes.
Weird to think of the safety issues..
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:35 PM
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18. Little iron that plugged in, got warm to the touch. 60's homemaker toys for girls.
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yardwork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 11:07 PM
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147. Kenner Easy Bake Oven. Mine was aqua. Cakes tasted awful.
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SharonAnn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:36 PM
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19. Bop-A-Bear. Toy rifle with cork bullets, hit a battery driven plastic bear.
When you fired the rifle and would hit the bear, the bear gave a kind of shriek and turned and headed off in a different direction.

I know, I know. It was cruel and encouraged violence, but for some reason I loved it.

I've never forgotten it.

Guess I'm just twisted.
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a la izquierda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:37 PM
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22. Weebles...
I flushed a couple of them down the toilet once. Needless to say, my parents were unimpressed and had to call out "Brian the Plumber". He was the Irish plumber who lived around the corner and was friends with my grandma. He got the weebles out. I got spanked. Not fun.
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spacelady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:38 PM
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23. Clicker -Clackers--two glass balls suspended from sturdy string
connected by a metel washer that you gripped with thumb & forefinger & rhythmically whipped up & down so the GLASS balls clacked together on the up & down swing.
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:43 PM
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32. They still make them but the kids don't swing them fast... see video
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:44 PM
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33. I remember that Clackers were declared a health menace
If you were a Clacker fanatic, you had bruises on your arm. Some said that the bruises would turn into cancer and several kids had died :eyes:

Also, it was said that the Clacker balls would shatter and go right into your eyes, blinding you for life....

I think this was adult propaganda because they didn't like the noise. Those suckers were LOUD.
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:47 PM
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41. I remember my hands and arms being sore from the abuse. Never hit myself in the eye though.
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Inkyfuzzbottom Donating Member (293 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:50 PM
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45. I STILL have my clackers...
I got them in 1969 when I was in the fifth grade. Occasionally I get them out and play with them. I'm still waiting for them to suddenly break apart and fly thru the window or put out an eye. My brother had some too but his broke almost immediately.
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:53 PM
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54. wow. 40 year old clackers. Use them to celebrate Obama's victory.
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Inkyfuzzbottom Donating Member (293 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:55 PM
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56. Good idea!
Incidentally, my clackers are BLUE!!!!!
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frogcycle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:59 PM
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63. I am laughing my ass off
I didn't get my "clackers" until high school - still have them, but they don't work so good any more
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Inkyfuzzbottom Donating Member (293 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:50 PM
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46. dupe
Edited on Sun Oct-26-08 09:50 PM by Inkyfuzzbottom
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carlyhippy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:00 PM
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66. That was the coolest toy ever! I was the queen of the clackers
but at recess one afternoon I was double clacking at full speed, when the knot came loose and one of the clear/glitter balls flew off and was a high speed missle across the playground....it hit no one by a miracle.
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:55 PM
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132. My mom still has my blue sparkly clicker-clackers
The rumor I heard was that if you put them in sunlight, they could explode. I always wrapped mine up and put them in my drawer. :rofl:
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Beausoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 08:37 PM
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219. YES!!!
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melody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:39 PM
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25. I loved my Creepy Crawler maker and my cardboard fold-up Barbie Dream House
Edited on Sun Oct-26-08 09:41 PM by melody
And my EZ Bake Oven and Lite Brites and probably a few more I can't recall. Oh, and my Etcha Sketch.

Oh, and my troll dolls. (oops, I said the T word)

I used to make Creepy Crawlers to attack my Barbie Dream House. I was a strange child.
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Patiod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 09:53 PM
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225. OMG - I had the cardboard dream house
Got it for Christmas in like 1966 or so. Even the furniture was cardboard fold-up - I remember the kitchen had barstools!
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GreenPoet64 Donating Member (897 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:41 PM
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26. Do you remember Click Clacks?
Two large marbles on the ends of a string. I had such bruises from those!
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:42 PM
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28. Ooooh... you beat me to it... We called them clackers.
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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 07:58 AM
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194. I was going to post this!
My brother had some. My mother threatened me within an inch of my life if I even dared to THINK about playing with them.

I was just telling my son about them, because they were featured on an episode of Drake & Josh (tween sitcom on Nickelodeon in case some DUers haven't been indoctrinated to that entertainment format). The kid in me was excited to see them again; the mommy in me thought it was massively irresponsible to expose them to a new generation of kids. (Although at least when the dad on the show played with them, he ended up with a bloody nose.)
:rofl:
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:42 PM
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27. Remember 'clackers' from about 1972! picture! They were dangerous... would hit you in the face!
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JenniferJuniper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:44 PM
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35. Clackers - You'll put your eye out kid!
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:45 PM
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36. Eventually they were banned from school. Before then all over campus you'd hear "clack clack"
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Ms. Toad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:49 PM
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44. The danger was that the balls shattered
and sharp shards would fly off and hit you or others nearby.
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spacelady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:55 PM
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57. I still have mine! I'll bet they are nice and brittle by now.
They are very similar to the picture you posted, lots of potential for damage (teeth, eyes. bruises) and noisy to boot.
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unkachuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:43 PM
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29. I loved my....
....Fanner 50 Six Shooters with real shooting plastic bullets and greenie-stickem' caps....
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MadrasT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:44 PM
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34. Three things...
1) Mr. Peanut Peanut Butter Maker. You put peanuts in his hat, cranked his arm, and peanut butter came out.

2) Light-n-go-Puppy. Plastic dog on wheels with a sensor on its collar. When you shined the bone-shaped flashlight on the sensor, the dog moved forward.

3) Lite-Brite!!!
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:49 PM
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43. Lite Brite! Still around, right?
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Lefty-Taylor Donating Member (310 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:25 PM
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101. Yep. My kids have one.
Although, they are not as enthralled by it as we were. Lol.
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MadrasT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:54 PM
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131. Ooooooooooo....
bright, sparkly lights....

I loved 'em.

Guess they pale in comparison to the magic of modern technology.
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carlyhippy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 11:00 PM
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138. my kids had one in the late 90's... I ended up playing with it more than they did :)
Carly
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emmadoggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 11:43 PM
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157. Yeah, but now they kinda suck.
I wish they would bring back the original style because it was MUCH better than what they have now. I loved mine as a kid. My 6-year-old son has one and he really likes it, but it is a major disappointment compared to the one I had.
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MiniMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:09 PM
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81. I loved my lite brite
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AbbeyRoad Donating Member (848 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 08:33 PM
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217. me too n/t
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Lint Head Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:46 PM
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39. In the early 1960's I had a toy called Rocket to the Moon.
It consisted of a 45 rpm record and a cardboard replica of a rocket ship control panel. The record had a narrator that counted you down to blast off with sound effects. It would end with returning you to earth. You would push imaginary buttons on the cardboard.
I played it over and over again. :dem:
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fedupinBushcountry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:46 PM
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40. Slinky


Hula Hoop



and can't forget Jacks

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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:48 PM
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42. Yes, the basics. Had all three.
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spacelady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:13 PM
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85. Jacks are SO fun to step on in the dark! n/t
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carlyhippy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:50 PM
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128. those were fun toys
I ended up twirling the jacks like tops and see how many I could get going at once...I never did like playing the game itself

slinkeys were fine until they got tangled up, even if we got mine untangled they were wobbly and wouldn't work right after that.

Hula hoops were fun

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rebel with a cause Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 12:07 AM
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162. I had jacks in the fifties. LOL
My daughter had a Bubble Yum doll in the late seventies when she was around three. It blew up little balloons. It was broken by her adult uncle. ;)

She also had a Josie West doll along with Josie's horse and all the accessories. We were having hard times and Josie, horse and accessories made up her whole Christmas when she was one. Not a wise choice perhaps because of the small pieces and all, but she loved it and never swallowed or chocked on any of the little pieces. She was not the average one year old.
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TheCentepedeShoes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 06:48 PM
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214. Had a hula hoop and jacks
Played jacks with a golf ball instead of the wimpy rubber ball.
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:50 PM
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47. You knocked my block off!


It really wasn't that great of a toy but it was better than watching my QB slowly rotate in place on the vibrating football game:



Mostly I played with my hot wheels and blew up my plastic green army men with firecrackers.



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AccessGranted Donating Member (687 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:53 PM
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53. I Had All That Same Stuff....Oh, The Things I Did To Army Men!
My brother and I have done some really heinous things to army men in the past. I feel so guilty now!
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:56 PM
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60. The enemy was tough and ruthless
or was that rough and toothless? Anyway, they showed no mercy. "They" burned Gi Joe at the stake, but I'll give ol' Joe credit. He never said one word. :)

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frogcycle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:00 PM
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67. did you melt them like my walrus?
Edited on Sun Oct-26-08 10:01 PM by frogcycle
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AccessGranted Donating Member (687 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:02 PM
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71. Burned, Melted, Dropped Out of Windows and Trees, Under Car Tires
Edited on Sun Oct-26-08 10:02 PM by AccessGranted
I think I am about to cry. How those little plastic men suffered.
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 10:31 AM
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246. WHY DO YOU HATE OUR TROOPS?
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:53 PM
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55. my favorite was the tin can! The entire neighborhood would get together everynight and play kick
the can!
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fedupinBushcountry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:55 PM
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58. Yup
We use to play kick the can or kick ball or hide and seek underneath the street lights.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:59 PM
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64. Those were the days! Carefree as hell! Full of piss and vinegar most days.
Ride horses for days, dirt bikes awwwww what sweet memories.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:00 PM
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65. Amazing thing is that one crosses international borders
we used to play it in the hood down in Mexico City

My niece could never ever dream of just playing outside kick the can... not safe
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:14 PM
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90. Where are you nadinbrzenzinski? New York?
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 11:29 PM
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151. San Diego
the kid lives in Mexico City
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MiniMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:11 PM
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82. And we could go out and do those things, without parents supervising
The world has changed, but I wouldn't trade those days for anything.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:15 PM
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91. I feel so badly for my child sometimes, because he will never know these things.
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 01:13 AM
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170. We played outside until after dark. Felt perfectly safe.
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:56 PM
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59. Big Bruiser - the Tow Truck
A BIG battery-operated working tow truck.



I was ECSTATIC to get one of these on Xmas morning, 1965
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Auggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 09:58 PM
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227. Holy cow -- I had one of those too. Forgot all about it until your post
Thanks for the memories
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RexDart Donating Member (106 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 09:57 PM
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61. "It's a Swing Wing, a wing ding, a Transigram fun thing..."
www.archive.org/details/swing_wing

I have a friend who had one as a wee lad. He tells me that it gave him nosebleeds and massive headaches...
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spacelady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:05 PM
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78. Now THAT is funny, A brain-rattling good time! n/t
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Skip Intro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:25 PM
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100. OMFG! ROFL!!!
What the hell was that all about?

:rofl:
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alphafemale Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 05:57 AM
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179. OMG! That video is hysterical!
Loved the comments too.

:rofl:
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Frank Cannon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 06:42 AM
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184. Ha ha ha! That is hilarious!
Thanks for that! :rofl:
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mrcheerful Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:01 PM
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68. Remember those bow's that shot arrows with a flat tip that stuck to walls?
I got one and popped the rubber suction cup off, put a point on it and shot my little brother in the lip with it. Had the greatest time laughing at him, while he was dancing and screaming, the arrow in his lip bobbing up and down. Then mom came in to see what bro was screaming about and killed all my fun. Not to mention by the time dad got done with me I couldn't sit for at least a week.

Would I have done it again, nah, 2 years later I got a pellet gun and shot my bro in the ass with it and had another laugh while watching mom cut the pellet out. God how did we survive childhood?
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soothsayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:01 PM
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69. Astrobase . Major Matt Mason (cool astronaut dude). I had an X-15 (sort of 3 wheeled trike that
had a stick steering mechanism instead of a steering wheel. Great board games like Smess. Dogfight. Camp Granada. Hey Pa, There's a Goat on the Roof. Fang Bang. (you blew up those long skinny balloons and you then fastened cardboard snake heads on them, and swung them at each other's snakes (like a sword fight) hoping your snake's fangs popped your siblings' balloons. Battling tops. The Strange Change Machine (you would put these little cubes (like starburst fruit chews) in a chamber and plugged it in and these neat dinosaurs and strange creatures would slowly unfold. Best one was Membrane Man. Then you could heat them up again and put them in this little metal box and turn the handle and crush them back into a square that you could later get to unfold. Bizzy Buzz Buzz (bee with a pen in his nose; drew circles for you). Not to be confused with Spirograph, or Spin Art. I have wayyyyy too many favorite toys to name.
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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:02 PM
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72. I love my Mr. Machine. I also liked those quiz boards that if you selected the right answer, it lit
Edited on Sun Oct-26-08 10:04 PM by OmmmSweetOmmm
up. I also became a troll doll addict, loved yoyos and tops depending upon which year they became popular again.

Also, space age looking water guns.

(I did have some regular dolls too!)

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Kazak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:03 PM
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73. I remember Stretch Armstrong...
and the $10,000,000.00 man figurine, you'd look through the back of his head to see his enhanced vision.
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 10:05 PM
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229. I looooooved Stretch! Do you remember Pulsar Man?
Edited on Mon Oct-27-08 10:06 PM by Jamastiene
You could push his back and look through his transparent six pack abs where his heart would pump blood through his body. I spent hours trying to figure out how to turn his blood lime green.
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AccessGranted Donating Member (687 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:04 PM
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75. Super Elastic Bubble Plastic...That Was Some Weird Mess And . . .
If you inhaled, you'd get dizzy and disoriented. LOL
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carlyhippy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:15 PM
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92. man that stuff made me about halfway high,.....
don't know if it was from the fumes or hyperventilation because it took some mighty lung force to get that crap on the end of that little straw to get blown into a bubble haha.
Carly
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AccessGranted Donating Member (687 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:19 PM
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95. You're Right!
Made me high. I think it was a combo of fumes and hyperventilation.
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Wiley50 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:50 PM
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127. see post # 49 n/t
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AccessGranted Donating Member (687 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 11:06 PM
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144. I remember when glue-sniffing was big thing
People in my school used to sniff airplane glue and those big black permanent magic markers.
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noonwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 08:39 AM
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243. Or fresh copies from the old-style copiers
We always inhaled those-not so much to get high, but because it was a good smell, for some reason.
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:56 PM
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134. LOVED the Super Elastic Bubble Plastic.
Loved the fumes, loved the swirly colors ...

:hippie:
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 01:22 AM
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173. If I ever get diagnosed with some weird kind of cancer,
I'm totally blaming that stuff. :scared:
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 03:37 PM
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206. Awesome stuff.
Heh.
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vard28 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 04:49 PM
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209. We loved that stuff!
Great fumes and fun! :rofl: And look at us now, we turned out just fine.
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JanMichael Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 05:08 PM
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212. photo....omg, I can still smell that stuff...
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Ruffhowse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:04 PM
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76. Here' some I remember
Super Balls-damn could these things bounce, literally over the house of you threw them at the cement sidewalk hard enough.

Aurora Monster models-Wolf Man, Frankenstein, Dracula, the Mummy, Creature From the Black Lagoon, I had all of 'em.

Plastic Army Men-we would set up elaborate battlefields in the dirt and blow them up with firecrackers left over from the 4th.

Putting playing cards on the spokes of your bike with clothespins to make a big engine noise when you rode your bike.

Duncan Yo Yo's- must have had about a million of these.

Board Games-all the classics, Monopoly, Risk, Easy Money, Careers, Clue, Life, etc.

All sorts of play guns that took either Greenie Stickum Caps or regular roll caps. We used to take just the roll caps and pile them up three or more high on the sidewalk and smash them with a sledgehammer for a terrific explosion. Man, we were fearless as kids.
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carlyhippy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:18 PM
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94. I had a love/hate thing going on with cap guns.......
I loved the smell the caps made when they went off, but ALWAYS ended up getting the skin between my thumb and 1st finger pinched in the gun, never failed.
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vanderBeth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:48 PM
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122. I remeber that smell from the caps
Ahhh...
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Ms. Toad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 07:48 AM
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192. Got my one and only bloody nose from a Super Ball ...
People kept asking me what usually works to stop the bleeding - I kept telling them I had never had a bloody nose before, so I had no clue. Haven't had one since, either.

I still get kind of freaked out when small plastic balls are bouncing around me.
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 10:11 PM
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232. A friend of mine came home from school with me one afternoon.
She had just gotten a recordable cassette machine. She loved to pretend to do that news on that thing. The day she came home from school with me, we decided to make a "news report" on a 50 car pileup.

She did the "anchoring" while I lined rolls upon rolls of my caps up and grabbed the hammer. About the time she said, "50 Car Pileup," I unleashed with the hammer and had a fucking field day. Long after she was finished, I was still smashing caps and sniffing the smoke, then smashing some more. She freaked the fuck out and never came home with me again. :rofl:

That's ok though. Not long after that I discovered punk rock and all was ok after that.

I used to love to put the caps in my "revolver" cap gun. I'd shoot it and then suck the smoke out the end. They were constantly telling me to stop that or I'd get brain damage. They said I was supposed to blow the end to look tough. I didn't care. I liked the smoke. I was a happy, albeit crazy, kid. :D
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soothsayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:04 PM
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77. There was another cool game called Psyche-Paths. Little hexagonal tiles
that you used to try to connect a path in your color (very groovy colors) from one side to the other or something.



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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:05 PM
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79. Strange Change Machine


High temperature heating element that produced molten plastic...fun for the whole family.



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soothsayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:07 PM
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80. Membrane Man. He was the coolest of them.
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Wiley50 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:13 PM
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87. see post #49 n/t
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azurnoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:12 PM
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84. Fuzzie wuzzies
soap that grew hair when wet.
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vard28 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 04:53 PM
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210. Those were cool!
I had completely forgotten about them.

http://www.feelingretro.com/toys/Misc-Toys/fuzzy-wuzzy-...
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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 01:28 AM
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241. Are you kidding me?? Soap that grew hair?
That one never played in my neighborhood
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angrycarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:13 PM
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86. Spirograph
The only toy that ever came with straight pins.
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carlyhippy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:23 PM
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96. I really liked that toy
I bought my kids one when they were small, but they stopped including pins, the pattern makers had a plastic point on the edges to poke them in the paper. I ended up playing with it more than they did haha.
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OnyxCollie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:38 PM
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113. I remember the disappointment of doing a really cool design
only to have the pins pop out at the last second.
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 01:11 AM
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168. Loved the spirograph. My sister had one.
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Z_I_Peevey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 09:52 AM
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244. Spirograph was/is the world's best toy for little introverts.
The only flaw? Those cheap-ass colored pens. With better quality pens, the toy would have been perfect.
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charlie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:13 PM
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88. Chemistry sets
Stuffed with bottles with achingly wonderful DANGER! labels.

Nowadays they're weak-kneed, cooking is a more hazardous venture.
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carlyhippy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:14 PM
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89. Water Wiggle...orange plastic bell-shaped face attached to a water cannon basically
hook to a hose and the intense water pressure would make the toy wiggle and squirm like a runaway firehose......if ya wanted to hurt someone, turn the toy upside down and spray the skin off of the other person....ahhh 70's memories....

other toys I had and loved:
Barbie plane/penthouse/car/pool/bicycle/gym set/cool carrying case complete with closet to hang clothes...that chick had everything....but my poor Ken doll, Ken was replaced by GI Joe, my Barbies liked their men rough around the edges, Ken ended up being Barbie's pool boy.

Jane/Johnny West and their horses...loved those dolls.

Chrissy doll, teenage hippy chick doll with long hair and a dial in her back when turned her hair got shorter.

See and Say...Farm edition....pull the string and grab the pointer in the middle and turn back/forth and make evil noises....first attempt at scratch rap....

Snoopy snow cone maker



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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:17 PM
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93. OMG, I remember dat thing! And the slip and slide! and the swimming pool w/o
Edited on Sun Oct-26-08 10:19 PM by lonestarnot
plaster that my grandpa dug. Was a giant mudhole! I couldn't swim and cried because I couldn't get in it! Everyone just got muddier than hell and had a ball. I know sounds redneck and it was. :rofl: Then there were the rubber tree clims in ILL in the forest. My cousin and sister would climb up first the tree would bend down, they'd jump off and the tree would fly back up and I'd have to get down and find them. Bastards!
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carlyhippy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:25 PM
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102. we used to make mudhole pools too LOL
we ended up having to hose off in the yard, but it was fun anyway....now people pay big bucks at spas to get that kind of exfoliation!!!!
Carly
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:32 PM
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106. Water didn't last long, but this one was particularly deep. I think they used a backhoe.
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emmadoggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 11:58 PM
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160. OMG.
I had the Barbie airplane. Very cool. But I had the Ken with the little stick on beards and mustaches and the longer shaggy hair. Real manly guy. My sister had Quick-Curl Barbie and I had Quick-Curl Kelly - man, we loved those Barbies. Also, Malibu Barbie.

We also had the Chrissy and Velvet dolls. And Chatty Cathy and Swingy.

But our cousins had basically the whole freaking set of the Johnny West dolls and gear (I think that's what they were) and I absolutely LOVED going there to play with them!!! Those things were great - with the little vinyl vests and hats and the cool horses. LOVED them.

Oh, and hubby and I have this chuckle about the See & Say. He told me that when he was a kid, he got a kick out of putting the pointer on the line between two animals because that would always mess it up (I know he's right because I had one too) and he always got a kick out of making it say, "That the Coyooster!" OMG, we laugh about that whenever the subject of chickens, roosters or coyotes comes up. (Which, of course, is not very often, LOL, but still.... :silly: )
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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 08:06 AM
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195. I still have Chrissy and Velvet! They're in my mom's attic.
Life-size dolls--whee! Weren't they the ones that you could pull their hair to make it grow? Well, I think you were supposed to rotate their arm to make the hair grow, but it was more fun to grab the ponytail and give it a yank.
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fudge stripe cookays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 07:04 PM
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258. I was the Barbie QUEEN.
Edited on Tue Oct-28-08 07:05 PM by fudge stripe cookays
Everyone in my family knew that if I had my eye on a new Barbie item, and it did not show up for my birthday or Christmas, and I got something lame like socks, that there would be HELL to pay.

I had 2 cars (the purple and the yellow remote controlled one)
the townhouse, the GMC camper, the plane, and the last doll I got was a Superstar Barbie. But I had the same Ken doll see about 3 or 4 generations of Barbies, from Malibu to Sweet Sixteen, to Superstar. Suffice it to say, he was VERY popular! :D

I also loved my Baby Tender Love and my Quick Curl Barbie.

Does anyone else remember April Showers? My aunt and uncle sent me one for Christmas one year. She had a little yellow plastic bathtub with a little pump that you squeezed, and water came out of the shower spout. When you turned her on (get your mind out of the gutter, Hedges), her arms splashed, and she turned her head from side to side.

Oh, and my beloved spouse reprehensor would surely mention "Digger the Dog" here. He STILL bops around the house singing that song! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=287kYEWYols )
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OnyxCollie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:24 PM
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98. Ghost Gun.
Edited on Sun Oct-26-08 10:35 PM by blackops


It was shaped like a machine gun. The back half of the gun could be moved up and down, left and right. The barrel was stationary. It would project little film strip targets (ghosts, spiders, targets) onto a wall. You would aim by moving the back half of the gun. When you pulled the trigger, a hole would be punched through the target. That was a lot of fun.



SSP cars. When you pulled the plastic rip cord, the large wheel underneath the car would send the car flying over ramps. Some of the cars had doors and hoods that would come off when they crashed. I had a dragster that the neighbor kid tossed into the air and broke. Dick.



Micronauts. I had about every damn Micronaut toy available. I played with these things all the time. They were great.



Mattel Electronic games. They were so popular when they came out. They were incredibly primitive, but OMIGOD I CAN MOVE THE LITTLE RED LIGHT AROUND!!! Hours of fun.



Edit to add: Shrinky Dinks. How could I have forgotten these?

Vertibird



Flying around in a circle, picking up little barricades. Ah, memories.
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frylock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 11:03 PM
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142. ssp smash*up derby!!
I loved that. Of course, I eventually lost most of the dinged up panels.
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Chrisbee Donating Member (5 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:25 PM
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99. Little Plastic Smoking Monkeys.
We bought them at the dime store and would race home to get the matches. Lots of fun!
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Beregond2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:27 PM
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104. Slip N Slide. My ribs still hurt.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:29 PM
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105. Biology set
It came with a microscope that wasn't too bad, a microtome and a bunch of decently sharp Exacto knives and a few pickled varmints to dissect.

I loved it!
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ThoughtCriminal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:36 PM
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109. Mattel Thing Maker - Creeple People

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shanti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 11:07 PM
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145. right when troll dolls wildly popular!
n/t
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:37 PM
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110. Odd Ogg.
Edited on Sun Oct-26-08 10:37 PM by ocelot
http://www.spookshows.com/toys/ogg/oddogg.htm

It was this creature you rolled balls at, and if a ball rolled right at its middle it would move forward. And there was this advertising jingle on TV that I still remember: "Odd Ogg, Odd Ogg, half turtle and half frog..."
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Awsi Dooger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:40 PM
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116. You SOB, you beat me by one minute!
:rofl:

I checked and no one else had mentioned Odd Ogg.

I spent too much time reading the description after finding that link. :)
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:43 PM
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118. I'm glad someone else remembers Odd Ogg.
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Awsi Dooger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:48 PM
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121. My dad still talks about it
Seemingly every Christmas. He can never remember the name so I provide it. Then we chuckle at the memories.

Our first Odd Ogg was defective but it took us a long time to figure that out, because we couldn't figure out what it was supposed to do.

The replacement was a gem. I drove my mom nuts by playing in front of the TV while she was trying to watch soap operas. :)
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:49 PM
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126. LOL!
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 01:10 AM
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167. That's one freaky looking toy. Never heard of it.
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NRaleighLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:37 PM
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112. Anyone remember Skittle Bowl? Kind of like table top bowling/tether ball combo!
Going down memory lane reading this thread is just what was needed to break the tension.
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Wiley50 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 11:02 PM
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141. That's why I started the thread
10 days from now we will either be ecstatic

or we will be ready to commit mass homicide

We needed a break
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Awsi Dooger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:38 PM
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114. Odd Ogg
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Kind of Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:41 PM
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117. Sad story from a dumb girl. I loved the Chrissy doll so much.
Remember her? She had the red hair that you could make long by pulling more hair through a hole in the top of her head. My mom got me one for Xmas and she was so pleased to do so. Shortly afterward I was pissed at my Mom and told her that I would turn the oven on and throw the doll in. She said, go ahead, it's your doll. I did it and quickly retrieved it when I realized she really didn't care. Spent the rest of the year with a doll needing a comb over.
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carlyhippy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:47 PM
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120. oh no LOL
My Chrissy doll's hair was pretty ratty on the ends, so I decided to give her a trim.....cut a few inches off.....turned the dial, the hair went inside her head! I had to deal with my Chrissy doll who ended up looking like a boy...sad...wish I still had the doll..
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Kind of Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:58 PM
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136. OMG! That's too funny. I can see it happening.
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: My dial stuck after a while and I'd pull right out of her head! Yeah, Chrissy was great.
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emmadoggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 11:33 PM
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152. OMG, I had Chrissy. My sister had Velvet.
I still have mine in a box in the basement. She's naked. And a bit rough looking. But my sister and I loved those dolls.
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Kind of Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 03:56 AM
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176. Lucky and smart you. I wish I had kept mine, no matter how
rough she may look now. She sure could take a lickin'! :)
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RexDart Donating Member (106 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 10:08 PM
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231. That came out so wrong.
Edited on Mon Oct-27-08 10:08 PM by RexDart
No fault of yours. I've just has a really long day, and then I see this...

"I still have mine in a box in the basement. She's naked. And a bit rough looking."

and I'm like "damn, that is so silence of the lambs..." Time for some cocoa and bed.
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TheCentepedeShoes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 06:55 PM
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215. I had a Madam Alexander
Cissy doll. Blond with a pink and white stripped dress and black beret. No pulling the hair.
My mom looooved to make clothes for her.
What the fuck - I'm wearing hand me downs and my DOLL is getting new clothes!!
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carlyhippy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:44 PM
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119. What about horrible toys that we were exposed to at school too....
tether ball....nothing better than getting face slapped by a speeding yellow soccer ball..

kick balls.....those dark orange HARD RUBBER balls that we were supposed to kick with sandals or flimsy tennis shoes during a game of kick ball, then someone grabs the ball and smacks ya square in the back with the ball...

red rubber dodge balls....those felt real nice when the biggest, strongest boy in the class is trying to throw the ball with all his might and hit ya with it...

Monkee bars.... ours never had a sand pit underneath, just the hard ground, guaranteed broken arms.....
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OnyxCollie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:49 PM
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125. Monkey bars.
I had the bright idea of trying to grab onto the monkey bars by riding my bike underneath them. My grip slipped (Surprise!) and I fell back onto the sissy bar.

I had a huge bruise on my back that looked like salami.
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TheCentepedeShoes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 07:03 PM
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216. You can do that as an adult
Slipped on some black ice on the deck at the tail end of last winter. Landed on my butt with a nice couple of bruises acoss my back caused by the steps.
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woo me with science Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 03:34 PM
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204. Ours was on blacktop. nt
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Patiod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 10:07 PM
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230. What were our parents thinking? Asphalt under the monkey bars
I think the pendulum may have swung a little far, now, but at least they don't put concrete or asphalt under monkey bars anymore.

And boiling hot metal slides

(I actually loved tether ball though)
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:50 PM
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129. Dunno if you'd call these 'strange,' but...
I sure wrought some imaginary havoc with 'em. :)









I also had the Mattel Agent Zero-M Radio Rifle, which went from this...





...to this, with the press of a button.





Also in the "Zero-M" line, Mattel had the Camera Gun, which went from a 35 mm camera to a pistol. I can't remember if I had that one.



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carlyhippy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:56 PM
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133. Play Doh....aaah, that stuff smells like heaven.... and Silly Putty
I had that toy that squeezed the play doh into different shapes and spaghetti shapes.

I liked to put the silly putty on the comics, but after a while it got kinda turned an icky color.
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 10:13 PM
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233. Yup, I used to make "newspapers" that way.
I would put the Play Doh on the newspaper and get the letters off then piece them back together like a puzzle and read them. Remember when the Raisinettes came out? Everyone used to try to copy them for that "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" song of theirs. Mine looked like aliens and I didn't have a camera to record them moving, but it was still fun.
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Lefty48197 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:56 PM
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135. A friend of mine had these plastic pump up water rockets
There were these rockets made of hard plastic that you filled with water, then put them on the end of this pump and locked the rocket in place. Then you pumped up that sucker until you thought it would explode (it probably wasn't far from exploding) and when you released the catch those rockets shot up in the air about forty feet or so. It seemed like a mile when I was a kid. There were different sized rockets too. We never shot them at each other but I suppose somebody did and got the things banned or something.
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Lefty48197 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 11:02 PM
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140. C'mon fess up! Who had a tennis ball cannon?
Edited on Sun Oct-26-08 11:04 PM by Lefty48197
For safety reasons, I won't elaborate on how to build the cannon, but you really don't need too much of an imagination to figure it out!
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OnyxCollie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 11:07 PM
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146. My cousin did.
It fell over when he lit it and he shot himself in the ankle.
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Adsos Letter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 11:24 PM
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150. I remember those! They were a sort of transluscent red and blue plastic, iirc...
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 10:15 PM
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234. I shot one of my favorites up one day and never found it again.
I always swore I had broken the sound barrier and sent it to Mars. I eagerly awaited a message back but never got one. I wonder where it went?
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 10:34 AM
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247. So it was YOU who shot that fucking thing??? It hit me in the head in Brazil!
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 01:21 PM
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253. LOL
:spray:

:rofl:

Sorry. :hug:
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shanti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 11:00 PM
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137. i had a vacuform too
Edited on Sun Oct-26-08 11:01 PM by shanti
and that machine that made plastic bugs, creepy crawlers...oh and and an ez bake oven! :hi:
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Contrary1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 11:09 PM
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148. One of our favorite games as kids was a gadget named Marble Race
Four levels of plastic ramps. You put your bestest most fastest marble on it, in the hope of shattering your opponents' self worth and reason for living.

We played it for hours.
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Adsos Letter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 11:19 PM
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149. ok...my dad wasn't into "book learnin"...but he loved mechanical stuff...
so for my twelfth birthday he gave me a steam powered "engine" sort of like the one below...




It ran on sterno for fuel, and when the water in the boiler heated up it drove all of the moving components (plus, made a whistleing noise) it even had a control knurl that you could use to regulate the steam power.

I am useless with mechanics, but I really liked that thing...
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RoyGBiv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 01:18 AM
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172. My uncle Doc had one of those ...

(Yes, that was his name. I have no idea.)

I was fascinated by the thing.

He lived in a house that was little more than a shack, walked bent over almost in half, had a weird smile all the time, grew peanuts, played the fiddle, and had one of those. It was the most technologically advanced thing in his house.



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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 11:38 PM
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155. Major Matt Mason


























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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 01:35 AM
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175. You know...
Scorpio remind me of this guy from Bleach:

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Stellabella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 11:42 PM
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156. Roller skates that attached to your shoes with metal tabs
and a key you'd wear around your neck on a string.

And Liddle Kiddles, those small rubber dolls, that are now collector's items.
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dweller Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 12:03 AM
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161. silly putty .... oh, i see we got moved to the Lounge...
Edited on Mon Oct-27-08 12:23 AM by dweller
super balls, the rubber band guns my dad made, with the 'bullets' made from tire tubes, badminton was a family feud (6 in my family, so teams of 3: we were fierce against each other) playing a version of baseball w/ my cousins using a broomstick for a bat and bottle caps for a ball, i learned to spin a cap w/ a finger snap to pitch it, good luck hitting it... but my favorite toy for the longest time, and i don't know why it was a 'toy', was a realistically rubber molded glow in the dark gorilla. I had that critter into my teen years, kept him by my bed to watch the glow fade at nite.

Balsa wood planes w/ windup propellers that actually took off. Kites of course, and the plastic parachuting guys you tossed w/ a rock wound up in it to get an altitude. We used to put grasshoppers inside the plastic orbs we got in gumball prizes and tape them to the kites and send them up as astrobugs. Some fell to Earth, oy we were cruel to bugs i guess.

Board games, too numerous to list all, but monopoly, Life, Trouble were favorites.
For a couple of years we had a ping-pong table set up in the bedroom i shared w/ 2 brothers, managed to play the whole family for hours, and yes, we were fierce...think indoor badminton. My brothers and i would play into the wee hours until my parents would demand we stop, and then wake in the morning and start up again before breakfast. I think we eventually broke the table :(

i remember when skateboards were a 2x4 w/ skate wheels screwed to the bottom :D

edit: Bicarb Frogmen!
dp
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deucemagnet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 12:22 AM
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163. Does anybody remember the Shaker Maker?


All the excitement of mixing a cocktail with the added bonus of delayed gratification while you waited for days for the damn thing to dry. Woohoo! :woohoo:
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Mad_Dem_X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 10:25 AM
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201. I had one of them!
You painted them after they dried. LOL
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trackfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 12:29 AM
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164. The Wheelo
was one of my favorite toys.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 04:18 PM
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207. From the moment I saw it I had to have one.
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DBoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 12:41 AM
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165. An atomic energy lab
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 01:08 AM
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166. Etch-O-Sketch!
nuff said
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SheWhoMustBeObeyed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 04:14 AM
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177. We played with molten lead and we charred wood for fun
snd itf hazzZnnt aphected mee AT ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL.

Yeah, we had a lead soldier-casting mold thingy set-up. And one of those woodburning pens that let you burn designs into wood plaques (and tables and chairs). And chemistry sets. We had Erector sets - the girders made good swords for swordfights - and Lincoln Logs that really hurt when you aimed them at someone's head. We also had Jarts - LOVED those.

I think my folks were trying to kill us.
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HopeFor2006 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 04:20 AM
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178. A Chrissy doll
The advertisement promoted her as the doll whose hair could grow. Actually you pushed a button on her back and then pulled her hair out into a longer pony tail. The thrill lasted about 2 minutes.
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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 08:07 AM
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196. I just posted upthread
I still have Chrissy and Velvet--they're in my mom's attic. Yeah, I thought it was rotate the arm to make the hair grow, but that was Skipper, now that I think about it. With Chrissy and Velvet it was the button in the back. But as I posted elsewhere, it was more fun to grab the hair and give it a yank.
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Phoebe Loosinhouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 06:24 AM
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182. The Little Red Spinning Wheel
It was a plastic spinning wheel - the body was brown and the wheel was red. It was about 3 feet high. It took my father and mother about 48 hours to read the directions and thread the damn thing with yarn. It had some little round gizmo (the spindle?)with tiny poles that you were supposed to use a hook to pull the bottom threads over the top threads and you made the little gizmo turn by moving the red plastic wheel about 1/32 of an inch. Boy, that was some fun! :eyes:

After hours of backbreaking hooking and turning, you would be rewarded by a little braided tube that started coming out of the spindle - it looked like you were knitting feces! In just a few short months, you would have enough knitted tubing to make a hideous stocking cap to give as a gift to your most disliked relative.
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RushIsRot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 05:49 PM
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213. My dad made something similar for me using a round Tinker Toy
and driving 4 tiny, headless nails in the top around the hole. It used string and I made a rope with it about 2-3 feet long.

The point of this is that I was visiting a co-worker and her family one Christmas and they had given their daughter one of those spinning wheels you mentioned. Since I already understood the principle, I got their daughter spinning right away and they didn't need to read lengthy instructions.
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 06:27 AM
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183. A Jack In The Box that gave me a bloody lip
:yoiks:
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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 07:19 AM
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186. Shrinky Dinks
Decorate the plastic then put it into the oven!


Just googled to find they are still around

http://www.shrinkydinks.com /

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AbbeyRoad Donating Member (848 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 08:52 PM
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221. Ah, yes... the magical shrinking plastic
I remember watching them shrink through the oven door.
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 01:19 AM
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237. similar stuff still around
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datasuspect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 07:39 AM
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187. dupealicious
Edited on Mon Oct-27-08 07:40 AM by datasuspect
biiiayatch
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datasuspect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 07:40 AM
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189. bricks, glass bottles, matches
ronsonol
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demnan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 07:43 AM
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190. A six foot long
giant stuffed toy snake one of my older brothers bought for me.
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ogneopasno Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 10:01 AM
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198. Wheelo, Perfection and Jaws.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r38TQYoTZ2Y

I loved my Wheelo. The noise of it takes me right back.

Also, a Jaws game -- you had to carefully pick garbage out of the shark's mouth before it snapped shut. Awesome and creepy.

Also, Perfection -- the one where you put little plastic shape pieces in the correct holes before the board popped up and the pieces went flying.

The sad thing is, the vast majority of these were made in the USA back in the day. Perfection still is, I think.
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ogneopasno Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 10:02 AM
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199. Wheelo, Perfection and Jaws.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r38TQYoTZ2Y

I loved my Wheelo. The noise of it takes me right back.

Also, a Jaws game -- you had to carefully pick garbage out of the shark's mouth before it snapped shut. Awesome and creepy.

Also, Perfection -- the one where you put little plastic shape pieces in the correct holes before the board popped up and the pieces went flying.

The sad thing is, the vast majority of these were made in the USA back in the day. Perfection still is, I think.
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 10:14 AM
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200. The 50's and early 60's were the era for sheet metal pedal toys.
Most were cars, but we had a rocket ship. I remember it because we had it in our back yard and couldn't move it with the pedals to save our lives! WE had to stand up and walk it around. You had to be careful, because if you pushed it too fast, you'd hit the back of your ankles with the sheet metal.



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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 10:58 AM
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251. I experimented with one of those, at a friend's house.
And yes, pedalling those things was damn near impossible.

It was one of the very few toys I said "no thanks" when my folks asked if I wanted one.
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LisaM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 01:51 PM
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202. We had a thing called a tether ball - a yellow ball tied to a metal pole
We just whacked it at each other as hard as we could, or we would try and send it going so fast that it would wrap around the pole. I'm still not sure what the point of it was.

Also, we had Jingle Jumps. You strapped it on one foot, and there was some kind of string thing you jumped over. I suspect it jingled!
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1gobluedem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 02:11 PM
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203. Jingle Jumps!
I stunk at that. And at Clackers.

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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 01:20 AM
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238. yep. loved tether ball. don't know why. Seems kind of pointless now
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appal_jack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 03:36 PM
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205. 2XL!
Crazy 'robot' that ran on 8-track tapes. Pretty educational from what I remember.



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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 04:23 PM
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208. Drinking bird & radiometer


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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 04:55 PM
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211. There was a children's breakfast serial...
Had weird little cartoony space aliens on the box. Always came with the same figures on its toys.

Damn kids always left the toys on the floor. I still have the calluses.
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Beausoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 08:40 PM
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220. A golf ball on the end of a nylon rope. Of course, when you hit the ball hard enough
Edited on Mon Oct-27-08 08:41 PM by Beausoir
it would reach the end of the rope, loop back up and smash you in the head. Hard.

The rope was tethered into the ground.

Somebody actually invented and marketed it and my friend had one. We played with it one night. Until, she had to go to the ER and get stitches.

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Texasgal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 09:01 PM
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222. Lawn Jarts
Had to have my foot surgically repaired after a game with my brother.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawn_darts
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AbbeyRoad Donating Member (848 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 09:21 PM
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223. Bubble Yum Baby
See a picture here:

http://www.megomuseum.com/catalog/1978_supplement/dolls...

You put balloons in her mouth and she blew them up like bubbles. I think it may have worked by pumping its arm. I was only about three at the time so the details are kinda fuzzy. My uncle, who was a teen at the time, broke it and then we lost it in a move. She was an awesome doll before my uncle broke her.
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AwakeAtLast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 09:56 PM
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226. Which Witch? board game!


My sister and I played that game until we couldn't put it together anymore - and we got it at a yard sale!

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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 06:08 AM
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242. OMG, I had that one!
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fudge stripe cookays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 07:06 PM
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259. I loved that game!
I have a pic of my older brother and I playing it when I got it for Xmas about 1974. Somewhere....

:D
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 10:03 PM
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228. WOOT!!!! TOYS!!!
Like a magnet, you have attracted the likes of me. No one loved their toys more than I did. :bounce:

Where, oh where, shall I begin?

I love love loved my Stretch Armstrong. He was a maple syrup filled heavy ass muscle man doll. You could stretch his arms way out as far as you could and they would every so slowly go back to their original shape. He was fun.

My little red Tonka Truck and my yellow bulldozer. OMG, I built entire cities with those two vehicles. I had my GI Joe action figure and his men stationed at the perimeter of every single yard in the "neighborhood" too. I always made sure to build a nice "ocean" too complete with my Noah's Ark collection.

Onto, my Star Wars collection I wish I still had. I had a lot of Star Wars stuff back then and later found out it all melted in the attic. Damn that hot ass attic. I had the land rover, Millennium Falcon, Tie Fighters, X Wings, Y Wings, Ewoks, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Yoda, Obi Wan Kenobi, and my most favorite of them all Bubba Fett and a shitload of stormtroopers. I kept them stationed at the "City Hall" and at the "Airstrip." NO ONE was going to penetrate my city.

I built the "Defense Command Station" out of Silly Putty, Hi Bouncing Balls, and rocks. Anyone who tried to attack that would smash through the Silly Putty, smack themselves into the rocks, then the Silly Putty would hold them to build momentum and then they'd bounce HI into the air and get shot down by an X Wing Fighter. Millennium Falcon was always in the "Garage." Go figure.

If that wasn't enough, I stretched my Slinky around the perimeter of the entire city. It was my "Fast Retracting Barbed Wire." At a moment's notice, I could un-attach the Slinky and it would move quickly out of the way for GI Joe and the Star Wars characters to take their medieval weaponry, move out and meet the enemy for battle while Noah collected all the animals to keep them safe in the Ark.

I was serious when I played as a kid. No kid in the neighborhood dared challenge the defense of my "city." Most of them questioned my sanity early on though.

God, I miss my childhood. I should have been an engineer for the military. No one would ever dare fuck with us if I had.
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 10:18 PM
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235. OMG, how could I forget Matchbox Cars?
I had a box with a handle and everything. My favorite was the Pontiac Firebird TransAm model.

I also had a remote control car that was a TransAm model too. I used to turn the lights out in my room, play the song "Rock On" by David Essex, turn the headlights on and drive that thing until I killed the batteries. I must have kept the battery companies in business for years practically. It was one of my favorite toys.
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 10:50 AM
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249. I'll have to take some pics of my Matchbox collection. Yeah, I still have all of them.
(No Pontiac Firebird though.) A few of them are pretty banged up, but most are in very good condition.

I hand-numbered them for my F1 championships.
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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 01:26 AM
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240. Seeing the toys we all played with sure explains a lot about all of us
And that unique way we have of looking at the world.
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Marrah_G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 10:22 AM
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245. Lincoln Logs !
I spent many hours designing my own log cabin mansions.
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puerco-bellies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 07:10 PM
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260. Lincoln Logs, Ft Apache.
Damn that brings back memories.
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 10:48 AM
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248. I really have to take some pics of my Matchbox cars.
I spent weeks running "Formula One championships" with them.

Ah, what else?

Spirograph.
A Lego clone that I swear snapped in better than any real Lego. Had electric engines, wheels, tank tracks, pulleys, levers, gearboxes, the works.
Lots of board games.
Friction cars. With and without the "zip cord."
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LanternWaste Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 01:09 PM
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252. Electric football game.
Electric football game. Just thinking about it smacks of some serious nostalgia on my part... <sigh>

Image
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Systematic Chaos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 01:21 PM
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254. I used to love my Lite Brite!
Also went apeshit over the Spirograph but my manual dexterity was pretty crappy so I kept stripping the teeth on the little gears. :(

I had a game, which looked a bit like a pinball machine, called Frenzy, which involved guiding balls to the bottom of a series of tilting platforms by turning a knob. I used to kick adults' asses at that one.

I had, and always will have, an addiction to those wooden labyrinth games with the marbles and holes. :)

When I lived in Virginia from 1978 to 1980, all the kids on my block were nuts over croquet. We played for hours on end, and would change the rules and courses around to suit some of the neighborhood's more sloping yards.

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mochajava666 Donating Member (771 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 03:09 PM
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255. Super Stuff, Hot Wheels Cars, Whizzer Tops
Super Stuff. You add a pink powder to water and put it in the fridge, and the next day you get a pink-red goop that is a runny version of Slime, but smelled a lot better.

Hot Wheels were faster than matchbox, but were less rugged. If you didn't want to play with the broken cars, you could always have a fight with a sections of track which would hurt a lot when whipped by one of those.

Whizzer tops were great until you end up scraping your knuckles along a 3 foot arc. Scraping an already scraped section of knuckle was pretty brutal.




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Drum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 08:35 PM
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261. Star Trek tracer guns.
Edited on Tue Oct-28-08 08:48 PM by Drum
They shot little discs, but I used mine for imaginary Bond movies :)

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OrwellwasRight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 11:13 PM
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264. Upsy Downsy Land (uber psychedelic) and Kerplunk!





In fact, I would pay big dollars to have more upsy downsy toys right now. They are such a sign that our society was once very different and even acid heads can design toys for children. :evilgrin: :silly: :evilgrin:
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OrwellwasRight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 11:20 PM
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265. Also, did someone say Rock'em Sock'em Robots?
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Manifestor_of_Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 11:26 PM
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266. Rat Finks!!
Little one inch high plastic rat finks. Came out of a gumball machine for a quarter. Came in different colors. They had a hole in the back where you could put them on a ring. Girls would wear them around their necks on a string.


Rat Fink had RF on his tummy. There was also a line of plastic figures with the bloodshot eyes by Big Daddy Roth. I remember "Leaky Boat Louie". My sister got the Aurora monster kits. Dracula, Frankenstein.


Erector sets. I still have one.

Madame Alexander dolls. I had one in a box called Marybel. She had crutches, bandages, etc. She was supposed to help sick children understand being sick, I think. I also had a Cissette in a pink ruffly dress.

Junket. This was a powdered mix you put in a plastic thing with a crank on it. I think it was some sort of pudding.

American Bricks. Red bricks with white trim and white windows. Better than Lincoln Logs.

Barbie and Midge.

Mouse Trap Game.

WOW Pillow Fight Game (Safe Simple Action Fun for Girls).

Parcheesi.

Chinese Checkers.

Yahtzee.

Scrabble.



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