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Maccagirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 07:32 AM
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What was your favorite toy growing up?
Edited on Tue Nov-15-11 07:36 AM by Maccagirl
There was a story on the radio this morning about the "Toy Hall of Fame" and newest inductees. The DJ's must have talked about it for 15 minutes afterward. My favorites were my Barbie doll (of course), my doll house and my blue and yellow Tonka truck (we had a gravel driveway at the time so I was in heaven).
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MerryBlooms Donating Member (940 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 07:36 AM
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1. I think our slot car set was my favorite.
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 08:34 PM
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33. I often find myself thinking of buying one of those
and reliving the many Saturday afternoon of my youth that I spent with those. :thumbsup:
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MerryBlooms Donating Member (940 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 08:33 AM
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39. Funny you mention that, we too have been considering buying
a set after the holidays. Not sure how that would work with the kitties... probably not well.
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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 07:41 AM
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2. Lego.
Wait, that's STILL my favorite toy.

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tk2kewl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 12:31 PM
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51. i used to make these great lego cities in an alcove in my room
and while i was at school my litter brother would trash them :(
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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 07:46 AM
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3. A doll I got for Xmas the year I was 8. Have you ever seen the movie "Magic?"

This doll was "Fats" to my "Corky."


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suninvited Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 07:47 AM
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4. tinker toys, in my early years
although I probably played with them until I was ten or so. I got a hippity hop for Christmas one year and I must have hopped on that thing a million times before it finally got a little hole in it.
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DebJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 09:25 AM
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5. My red wagon and my sled, both made of metal not plastic.
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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 09:26 AM
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6. Lego and my G1 Optimus Prime
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Rambis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 09:47 AM
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7. First taste of freedom
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geardaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 09:51 AM
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8. I begged my parents for one of those.
I never got one. :cry:

I had the hand-me-down trike from the 50s.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 12:13 PM
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14. yeah but wouldn't you rather have that cool red metal trike now
than a POS plastic thing?
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geardaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 12:27 PM
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17. Absolutely
Edited on Tue Nov-15-11 12:34 PM by geardaddy
but I wanted the Big Wheel then! Wahhhh! I want(ed) it! Now! (Then!)


Mr. T pitied this foo.

No big wheel. Wahhhh!
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 12:17 PM
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16. Oh, yeah, I loved mine to bits. Literally!
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geardaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 12:32 PM
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18. How about one of these?
I wanted one of these, too.

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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 08:34 PM
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34. awesome
:thumbsup:
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 09:59 AM
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9. Legos nt
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Auggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 10:11 AM
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10. A collection of die-cast cars
and simple wooden blocks. I built great civilizations with those blocks. Everyone had a car, of course.

Still have the cars. Dinky and Corgi.
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InvisibleTouch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 10:25 AM
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11. I had lots of toys that I loved, but...
...probably my favorites were those little plastic animals. They all said "Made in Hong Kong" on the bottom in those days. They weren't articulated action figures or anything exceptional, but I had hours of adventure with them out in my sandbox, and also indoors, having built lego homes for them and worked out all sorts of stories and character interactions among them.

Oh, and the plastic dinosaurs! Same as the above, they were all characters to me who interacted and formed friendships and enmities and experienced grand adventures. Mine were like these, only in nicer colors:

http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_...

http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_...

Yeah, I had some of the cavemen too, but they didn't see much action except for a brief period when I had a historical interest in cavemen. I was mostly an animal girl. :)
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Gidney N Cloyd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 10:44 AM
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12. Various space/astronaut toys.
Plastic NASA rocket ships, Fireball Xl5, Major Matt Mason, anything in that vein.
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mikeytherat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 11:47 AM
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13. Matchbox and HotWheels cars and track
We'd buy all the track we could at yard sales, and set up the most intense race courses! My parents had a huge tri-level home, and we had some incredibly complex tracks running from top to bottom! Plus all the physics we were learning, like how to bank turns to keep the cars from flying off, where to place hills to gain speed, etc.

mikey_the_rat
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 12:16 PM
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15. I used my fashion plates a lot. Back then they were actually plates, and you rubbed
Edited on Tue Nov-15-11 12:17 PM by GreenPartyVoter
a crayon over them to make an outfit to color in. Nowadays apparently it's a computer game.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Vintage-1978-TOMY-FASHI...

Editing to say I just now noticed the price on that thing. Wow! LOL Not that I still have all the pieces to mine or the box. Kinda not worth so much.
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 03:32 AM
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74. egad
I have a set of those in storage. Time to look through those toys from that era.
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hifiguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 01:18 PM
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19. My slot car track
which I built up with two or three different kinds of track into a huge thing that was probably 40-50 feet around. Big fun!! I also had a large Gilbert Erector set I also adored as a lad.
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LiberalEsto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 01:22 PM
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21. My Golden Book encyclopedia for kids nt
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 03:03 PM
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24. Still have my set. Unfortunately, they got wet in storage and aren't in good condition anymore.
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 03:04 PM
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25. Deleted. Wrong spot.
Edited on Tue Nov-15-11 03:11 PM by sinkingfeeling
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 05:53 AM
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48. I eagerly awaited each weekly volume, but it doesn't exactly qualify as a "toy"!
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Art_from_Ark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 02:13 AM
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70. I had one of those, too
I don't remember how many volumes it had, but I read every page. My favorite articles were the ones on ghosts, Greek myths, and silver. I also liked the timeline showing the lives of composers, and the chart showing the average lifespans of various animals.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 01:29 PM
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22. a golliwog
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 04:36 PM
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42. I'm gunna TELL!
Oooooooooo.
;-)
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 02:28 AM
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73. I mean I just LOVED that doll
Edited on Tue Nov-29-11 02:30 AM by Skittles
I know it's all pre-PC stuff, England in the 60's and terribly wrong now but I just ADORED that doll and took him everywhere with me

my favorite author was Enid Blyton

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geardaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 10:09 AM
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78. oops.
Did you ever see the Extras episode with the Golli... uh Golli-toy?
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GoCubsGo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 01:31 PM
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23. Creepy Crawlers and Spirograph
I loved the Creepy Crawlers, even though I burned myself on the hot plates every other time I used it. And, I thought that the designs made with the Spirograph were just plain cool. I still do.
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TuxedoKat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 09:34 PM
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36. Haha
I loved Creepy Crawlers too. I also had the Creeple People, which were great too. :) Spirograph was great fun too.
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 03:11 PM
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26. My rocking horse and teddy bears.
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KurtNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 03:21 PM
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27. Sandbox and Tonkas n/t
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surrealAmerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 04:50 PM
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28. Spirograph.
I had a big set of those, with the little pins to hold the rings down. I also collected a large number of similar "promotional" versions that stores gave away at the time.

Also something called "bing, bang, boing" that had ball bearings that you would bounce over drum heads and send through spirals: big fun!
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Art_from_Ark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 02:23 AM
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72. I spent the entire day of December 31, 1969, making Spirograph pictures
I made a special one to mark the passing from December 31, 1969 to the new decade of the '70s. I have no idea what happened to it or the set.
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 08:11 PM
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29. I had a stuffed bulldog from the Mack Truck Company named Mack. He slept in my arms
for about 5 years.
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Frank Cannon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 08:15 PM
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30. Major Matt Mason
I had EVERYTHING.

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Gidney N Cloyd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 08:37 PM
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35. Didga have the carry case?
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Frank Cannon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 07:01 AM
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38. Well, ALMOST everything. I did not have the case.
I didn't really see the need for the case, since they were perfectly fine strewn all over the floor of my room.
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AllenVanAllen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 06:15 AM
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50. I had a few of those figures.
Edited on Thu Nov-17-11 06:16 AM by AllenVanAllen




I hated when the little armature wire in them that made them pose-able, would break. All of my 'bendy' figures would suffer the same fate.






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Frank Cannon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 04:41 PM
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54. The wire skeleton was the fatal flaw of Major Matt Mason and all his compadres
I remember the day when Major Matt Mason's right leg became floppy, and I couldn't set him in an action space hero pose anymore. I ran to my mother in tears. She wrapped his leg up in athletic tape and told me that it was a cast she was putting on, because Major Matt's leg had been crushed by a giant boulder in a moonslide. I was okay with that explanation.

Pretty soon Major Matt, Doug, Jeff, and Sergeant Storm were all sporting casts/splints on all four of their extremities due to various mishaps. This was how I learned that moon exploration is a very hazardous business.
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AllenVanAllen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 10:14 PM
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56. That's funny!


I'd always end up accidentally severing the effected limb due to the sharp broken wire.


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geardaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 10:06 AM
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77. I always wanted that!
:jealous:

Instead I had this...

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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 08:23 PM
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31. An electric blue and white 'kinkajou' soft stuffed animal with huge plastic eyes and a long tail.
Edited on Tue Nov-15-11 08:24 PM by freshwest
I've never seen anything like it again. It's the only one I ever saw. Who knows what happened to it, but I had it for years.
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MiddleFingerMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 08:28 PM
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32. Wooden blocks, erector set, a James Bond 007 attache case -- but mostly...
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... the 55-gal cardboard storage drum that I used for my "toybox". More often
than not I'd dump all my toys out on the ground and actually use it as a drum
IN-FUCKING-CESSANTLY-STFU (according to the rest of the MiddleFingerClan).
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RedCloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 10:04 PM
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37. A rock or a stick. Was tough to choose.
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HughBeaumont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 12:08 PM
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40. In order:
Edited on Wed Nov-16-11 12:09 PM by HughBeaumont
1. Legos
2. (tie) Lincoln Logs/Tinkertoys
3. Girder & Panel Sets
4. Atari 2600
5. Micronauts
6. Mouse Trap
7. Twixt (Grandpa had this, I treated it like Legos and not a game)
8. 150-in-1 Electronic Project Kit from Radio Shack
9. Mattel Electronic Football
10. Evel Knievel + Cycle
11. Ricochet Racers
12. Slime
13. Stretch Armstrong
14. Rubik's Cube
15. Ice Bird
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RobinA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 03:29 PM
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41. My Pogo Stick
was number one by a mile. Then a refrigerator box, Fun Flowers, my encyclopedia, portable record player and my brother's Matchbox Cars. Oh, and Building Boulders.
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Art_from_Ark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 02:17 AM
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71. Building Boulders
Was that the toy that consisted of Styofoam blocks and was based on The Flintstones?
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ryan1123 Donating Member (2 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 04:42 PM
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43. It was....
Mr. Bucket
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Phentex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 04:45 PM
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44. Buffy and Mrs. Beasley dolls...then Barbies...
I loved everything Barbie. Had hand me downs from the older girls and my sister made clothes for the dolls. I still have some of them. :)
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 10:44 PM
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45. LEGOS!!!
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 02:19 AM
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68. Seconded
I used to have an old... I guess it used to be a vanity suitcase for a woman's makeup/toiletry items. A bit bigger than a hat box, it was a hard-sided, cubical suitcase from the 60's in that particular blue-with-a-hint-of-gray color of plastic that seems to come from that era.


Anyway, it was half-filled with Legos, which was a pretty fair collection of them, considering how expensive they are.

I've been looking for it to give to my son; he's starting a pretty good collection of his own!
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TorchTheWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 02:30 AM
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46. A book
Still is my favorite toy. Nothing is more fascinating than a whole new world.


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MichaelMcGuire Donating Member (240 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 03:01 AM
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47. Hard to remember
My ZX Spectrum, Sega Mastersysytem, Sega Megadrive (Games I still play)
Old style Starwars stuff
Thundercats
He-man
Skateboard, BMX
Just off the top of my head
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AllenVanAllen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 06:08 AM
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49. My 'Shogun Warriors' Godzilla.









I played with him to death. I actually picked one up on ebay several years ago!

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Seedersandleechers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 12:44 PM
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52. My brother's chemistry set.
I loved playing with that thing back in the 50's and it even had a microscope. Of course I didn't get one because it was considered a "boys" toy. All I got was a nurse bag which wasn't nearly as much fun.
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dropkickpa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 02:29 PM
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53. My BMX bike(s)
Me and my brothers and friend would ride the shit out of them all day every day in summer and after school. Gully jumping, ramps, trail riding, we explored probably everything within 10 miles of home.
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Old Troop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 04:53 PM
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55. A rock. Oh sure; it was a big rock, but I had to share it with my siblings.
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ChoralScholar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 10:30 PM
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57. My parents had a stroke of genius
When in 1984, I asked for a computer to play games on, they bought me this computer, and a two-inch-thick BASIC programming book, and said "Learn to write your own games"

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Broken_Hero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 10:43 PM
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58. Superman action figure
from the super friends tv show, all my heman's except Ram Man(waste of space), and my bike.
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trackfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 11:01 PM
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59. I had the most fun with a stick. n/t
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ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-11 01:46 AM
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60. Legos
...and my toy metal rifle (just before they orange tipped them). :shrug:
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muffin1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-11 04:54 AM
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61. A few
1.) Stilts



2.) Doll House



3.) Colorforms



4.) Lightbrite

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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-11 06:37 AM
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62. EASY BAKE OVEN.
My Aunt bought it for me.

Happiest Christmas EVER.

I wanted it so badly and didn't
get it on Christmas morning.

Got it at my Grannie's!

I used to "cook" salted bread
and sell it to the intelligence-impaired
kids around the corner.
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mucifer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-11 07:58 AM
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63. easy bake oven, embarrassing but true
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-11 08:56 AM
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64. books and bicycles.
Both took me far away, in mind and body, from a stressful home life.
I never had "toys"..no dolls, none of that stuff.
We had outdoors, other kids, imagination, after school and all day on weekends to be out of the house, riding bikes, and, if it rained, reading, watching tv when allowed, and playing board games like Monopoly or Parcheesi or checkers.
And chores. Lots of chores.


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asjr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-11 09:53 AM
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65. An authentic Shirley Temple doll. Yes,
I am that old.
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PuffedMica Donating Member (584 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 05:36 PM
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66. Fireworks
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canetoad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:04 AM
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67. As a kid in the 60s
It was a HUGH day when anyone's parents bought a new fridge or washing machine - the boxes were coveted to make Dalek outfits. Other than that, Spirograph and Etch-a-Sketch.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 04:52 AM
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69. golliwog
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blueamy66 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 05:14 AM
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75. Easy Bake Oven
Anybody have the Barbie "head" that you could put makeup on and do "her" hair?

Unfortunately, my loving brother cut all of my Barbie's hair off. I won't tell you what he did to the regular dolls. It involved a wood burning kit....

Loved Lincoln Logs and Legos and of course, my doctor's kit! :-)
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Maccagirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 09:55 AM
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76. My brothers broke open my Chatty Cathy's chest and removed
her voicebox. I do remember the Barbie make-up head-pretty cool.
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blueamy66 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 09:14 PM
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79. I see that your brothers were as bad as mine was.
:-)
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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 09:19 PM
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80. I loved action figures like Transformers and He-Man
Even younger, I had a teddy bear I liked.
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Ptah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-25-12 07:31 PM
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81. Test
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dtexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-19-12 03:40 PM
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82. My Davey Crocket Alamo play set.
Well, early on, anyway.

Wait a minute -- are you suggesting that I have to grow up? I'm only 65 and I'm not ready! ;-)
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-25-13 10:03 AM
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83. I was so poor
that, if I didn't get an erection, I had nothing to play with all Day.
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