:bunny: I have wanted to start this thread for some time, as this is a particularly nostalgic topic for me. It is close to my birth day and my wife and I were talking about our favorite toys and had a great time going down memory lane. I have searched the threads and found nothing specifically related to favorite childhood toys.
Toys and memory of your toys are a valuable link to your childhood. We span several generations here at ADISC so we should have quite an array of memories to contribute.
Christmas and my birthday were very close together, so winter time has always been associated with toys and toy memories. This was further influenced by my two sons birth dates falling within one week of mine (in January).
Two weeks after my first son was born I bought a Mighty Tonka Dump Truck for him(?). I continued to buy almost every model of Mighty Tonka for him into his pre-school years.
Every Christmas I would get a Printed Metal Gas Station with garage area, operating car lift, ramp that led to a parking area for cars. (I played hard with these toys and so they were usually worn out after a year. The station worked well with (USA)Tootsie Toys cars and trucks and (UK) Dinky (Meccanno) cars and trucks, as well as, various flexible molded vinyl cars and trucks, REMEMBER THOSE?(USA), and printed tin friction cars and trucks from Japan. I also had a large collection of Tonka Toys. I always had new models to bring to school for "Show and Tell" after Christmas and then after my birthday. I'd carry them on the bus with great pride.
Before I started grade school, (No Kindergarten when I was a kid), My mother bought me die-cast (1/43 scale) Dinky Toys. These were my favorite toys, but were quite expensive because they were imported from England (started in 1934 by Meccanno - same manufacturer as Erector Sets).
Near one of my Birthday's, my mother wrote to the manufacturer and signed me up for a membership in the Dinky Toy Club of England. I received a large manilla envelope in the mail addressed to ME! Inside was a Certificate of Membership, A cloisonné pin with Dinky Toy Club, a quarterly news letter and a catalog of the entire Dinky Toy line.
Many of my toys were construction trucks and equipment, but a large assortment of my toys were military. My father was a Commanding Officer (A Full Colonel) in the Washington National Guard.
When I was in second grade, my mother started buying me Matchbox Cars (Lensey), (UK) at the toy store in Olympia, Washington. (These actually came individually boxed and numbered). I collected and played with these at least until I was 13 years old. (I probably had 150- 200).
Construction toys included Lincoln Logs, Erector Sets(Meccanno), and colored wood block sets. I also had colored block sets that attached with metal snaps (REMEMBER THOSE?). I had American Bricks but never had Lego's. The only kids I knew that had Lego's, got them when their father was in the military and they were stationed over-seas in Germany or other US Military bases in Europe.
When I turned eleven I got my first slot car set - an Aurora Model Motoring HO Stirling Moss (figure eight) set. I built up my track and car set to six lanes and 200+ feet over 8 years. I played with and raced these into high school. I sold 50 of my original cars four years ago :bunny:
So how 'bout you? What were your favorite toys?