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Your favorite toys as a child

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Diapered Rabbit

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: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?
 
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Trains!

By far my favourite toy as a kid, I would get a train set every Christmas from my grandparents. I'm not even sure what's so good about them; probably the fun of making the tracks and setting it all up...
Aww it's making me want to play with some now. :D

I don't really have many memories of playing when I was really young... Unless my guinea pig counts! I remember me and my dad (and later on me and my sister with a hamster) setting up video cases into a little maze for it. :D

I also played with teddies alot! And with aliens (those things that live in goo in those egg things?).
 

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Etch-a-sketch
Magic 8 ball
Silly putty
Mouse Trap (best board game behind Risk)
Operation
Legos
K'nex
 
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I used to play with Legos for HOURS, I also collected Nerf dart/water guns. But the baddest, most hardcore, intense and epic toy of them all was "Bop it!" (sorry people, couldn't resist), I used to play it with my friends, beating their records and I sometimes tried to break my personal score, tons of laughs and fun. I still play it with a few friends when we are bored or with my little cousins, I never get tired of it.
 

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Hot wheels!

thought it led to a habit, and I now collect hot wheels!
 

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Favorite toys from pre-school age were:

Tonka road building set including dump truck, grader, and gravel loader.
Garton police-style tricycle
Hamilton "Greyhound" wagon
Wind up train. Not sure of the make, but it ran on the same guage track as Lionel. I played with it until the spring finally gave out.

Favorite school age toys:
HO Electric train set which replaced the broken wind up set.
Building sets - American Plastic Bricks, Erector set, Kenner Girder & Panel and Hydro Dynamic building sets.
I was given a Roadmaster bicycle at 10 years old, but I was never that much into bike riding as a kid and it mostly sat unused. Wish I still had it today because it's a classic among vintage bike collectors.

~Pramrider
 

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Does my NES pass for a toy? If not, LEGOs. Definitely LEGOs. Runner-ups would be: The Incredible Crash Dummies, TMNTs and anything Star Wars (preferably the Micro Machines). Below are pictures of my favorite toys from the aforementioned series:

LEGOs:


The Incredible Crash Dummies:


TMNTs:


Star Wars (Micro Machines):
 

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I loved the crash dummies but i only had like one car at the time because a few months after i got a crash dummy car we moved overseas.

Loved micro machines especially the Star Trek and Star Wars ones. I always had a ton of sets for those and miss them a lot (I always pitted the Borg against everyone else...least to say is i have been assimilated :p)

Still like Hot Wheels and have a few around right now probably because I'm kinda a car guy. I used to be heavy into the track sets, but didn't have a ton of track to work with which brings me to my all time favorite...

LEGO. Always loved them and still do today. When i was young i started with the big duplo blocks at first, then upgraded to the regular size LEGOS, then graduated to the super cool TECHNIC versions. When i was younger i would always build a Christmas train every year that would have a custom design every year with a train stop and everything. I always wanted to make my very own LEGO city but i never had the time or money to get that project going. Every time i go back home to NJ (which is very few these days) i get some idea to build something on my own that's super complex. Still have my LEGO Star Destroyer sitting in my old bedroom, although it's pretty hard to maintain it these days. Also like to stop in the LEGO store when i get the chance, always neat to see the new models out there.
 
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My PS1 and N64


Seriously, I was playing stuff like Tomb Raider and Golden Eye when I was like 7 or 8
 

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Growing up I didn't have a lot of the toys that you would have thought kids my age had; No action figures, no Nintendo or Sega, no legos/k'nex/erector, no Super-Soakers/Nerf guns/Laser Tag, none of these.I didn't have much beyond Hot Wheels, Matchbox, and Tonka. I liked riding around the house in the bed of my Tonka dump truck. However, my mother gave me her Atari 2600 when I was 5 (back then at flea markets the games were cheap, usually no more than a dollar each) I also enjoyed playing with my grandfather's original Big Bang Cannons which were toy replicas of cannons that ACTUALLY FIRED! (Quite an unconventional toy by the 90s)

But a favorite "toy" would have to be "the crawler." My grandfather fixed an old mini-bulldozer and removed the bucket. He taught me how to make it go, and allowed me to ride it around his yard as long as someone was watching me at the time. I learned how to ride that and how to operate a riding lawnmower before I even learned how to ride a bike.

Even though I didn't have a lot of toys, or my favorite toys were quite unconventional for the time, I believe I had a great (first) childhood.
 
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I used to love to play with Legos. My room is still full of Star Wars sets that I haven't played with in years. I remember opening an AT-AT tank for Christmas, that then, I had no idea how to build. Good times... :)
 

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My favorite toys were mostly those little petshop scenes, which they don't sell anymore :( and barbies, as well as baby dolls
 

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Thanks Pramrider, for reminding me, I had Kenner Girder & Panel construction sets too. You could build entire sky scrapers with those.

Do you remember all the "Spy" toys - 007 James Bond Toys by Mattel. I had a radio that turned into a machine gun (this was 2 decades before Transformers had even been thought of).

Then there was Six Finger. Do you remember the TV Ad and jingle: Six Finger six finger! Man alive! how'd you get along with five! It was a gadget that attached to your hand below your pinky with various accouterments: gun, knife, radio, etc. to use on your "spy missions".

I had a red metal pedal car fire truck with a hose (that could be attached to the garden hose) and wood ladders. Later, I had a Varoom Motor by Mattel for my bicycle. Wasn't lucky enough to own a Schwinn Sting Ray with a banana seat and sissy bar though
 
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Great thread; hat's off to you for starting it!

Were I to pick a very few toys out of my childhood, I'd say that my favorites would be the following:
  • Legos. Always. Forever. Legos.
  • A "101 experiments" electronics kit. It was a springoard with components (photo-sensor, 8-segment LED, various LEDs, switches, a relay, and a speaker) that could be wired in to the circuit.
  • Did I mention Legos?
  • Hotwheels.
  • Speak and Spell.
  • Oh, and Legos.
I would vanish for hours building things out of Legos. The notion that you could assemble something larger and with emergent properties out of something so small and simple as a Lego brick held great sway over me, and this notion still drives some of the work I do today.
 

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Posted by h3g31:

Were I to pick a very few toys out of my childhood, I'd say that my favorites would be the following:
Legos. Always. Forever. Legos.
A "101 experiments" electronics kit. It was a springboard with components (photo-sensor, 8-segment LED, various LEDs, switches, a relay, and a speaker) that could be wired in to the circuit.
Did I mention Legos?
Hotwheels.
Speak and Spell.
Oh, and Legos.
I would vanish for hours building things out of Legos. The notion that you could assemble something larger and with emergent properties out of something so small and simple as a Lego brick held great sway over me, and this notion still drives some of the work I do today.


:bunny: Lego's seem to be a theme here for many of you. These are and will remain one of the most eminent and enduring toys for decades. I remember playing with them for hours at the house of a friend of my parents in the early 60's. Their daughter had a Factory Lego Wooden Box with hundreds of divided compartments each for sorting the seeming 100's of specific pieces. I always hated leaving their house. I was so envious.

By the time I had children, Legos were heavily marketed in the United States. I bought a large assortment of Duplo sets for my first son. This provided me... er, I meant us, hours and hours of entertainment and learning. By the time my second child was born, he was set to inherit a huge fortune in Duplos. Then I encouraged family and friends interested in getting Birthday/christmas gifts for my sons to purchase Lego Sets. By then, I started finding loads of them in yard sales. By their early grade school years, we had fruit boxes full of Legos and continued to get hours and hours of play and learning from them. We built structures that rivaled some I've seen in photos from LEGOLAND. Then came Lego Technics we had numerous sets of these as well.

My son went on (in 6th grade to represent his school in a State of Washington, Odyssey of the Mind competition. His team was composed of 4th, 5th and 6th grade students from his public elementary school. They competed in the 6th - 8th grade category at the regional level (South Western Washington) with a 1st place in ALL categories. At State, (again competing in the 6th - 8th grade division) They placed 1st in the engineering section "Atlas - Build a Bridge" competition, and second in State over all. The winning team came from a prestigious private academy where each student had a computer (1980's remember) and parents paid out $1000's of dollars for tuition and extracurricular activities. I attribute some of his skills to those hours of Lego play. As you younger ADISC members start to raise families, I have a great deal of sage advice on child development, both cognitive and social/emotional. Now with grandchildren, I have another bunch of loved ones to lavish my time and interests with. I know I'll never grow out of my love for toys, especially those that foster learning and creativity. :bunny:
 
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i remember having little stuffed animals that i liked to play house with... i didn't really have many toys growing up, lol :S
 
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