- Adult Baby
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
I vaguely remember the "Spy" toys. I do recall there was a "007" craze in almost all lines of retail items, even men's cologne. Now, "Six Finger" I have no recollection of at all. Maybe dogboy remembers that toy. As much as I stayed glued to the TV back then it's a wonder I don't remember the jingle. For toy guns we did all have cap pistols in our neighborhood. Only one problem though, roll caps were illegal in Baltimore City until I was about 10 years old. Soon as the ban was lifted all us kids were excited to finally be packing real "heat"! When you pulled the trigger you now had a loud pop with some smoke from the exploding cap. Realism at last!
The Mattel Varoom Motor brings back memories even though I never owned one. Did you happen to hang onto your pedal fire truck? As you probably know, they're collector's items now. You can even get repro and NOS replacement parts for most of the '50s/'60s pedal vehicles to fix your old beloved riding toy up like new. I started to collect them myself, but they are a bit too pricey for our budget. You go back any earlier than the 1960s and the price climbs to near $1000 per pedal car depending on it's rarity and condition. I stick to vintage trikes, bikes, and pedal tractors from the '30s to the '50s whenever I can find ones at a decent price.
Oh, there's another pre-school building set I had completely neglected to mention - the ever-popular Tinker Toy set. If our kids were still little today I'd get them (us) one of the larger K-Nex Sets. I've seen K-Nex displays set up in Toys-R-Us and I would love to have a set myself, but I've got enough *toys* as it is.