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Title: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: The 6th Rogue on Dec 23, 07, 09:41:03 am CST
OK, during your whole childhood...no wait...some of us are in their 50's and still in their childhood...erm...

OK, got it...from your earliest memory until you got your 17th birthday...yeah, that'll work...what was your favorite toy.  The toy you always went back to and played with or (in later years) still had and picked up to make you smile from time to time.

(Pathos, pay attention here.)  Although most poeple that know me would think it was something Star Wars it was actually a G.I. Joe figure:  the original Snake Eyes figure from 1982.  I think I still have it in storage somewhere.  That was the first G.I. Joe toy of that line that I got and I had it even after I sold off most of the rest of my collection to help me buy my first car.

What's yours?
Title: Re: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: Pathos on Dec 23, 07, 10:06:55 am CST
See? It's not so hard to set the example is it?   ;)

For me...without question it was the...

Micronauts Battle Cruiser!!!
(http://www.virtualtoychest.com/micronauts/microcruiserboxcrop.jpg)

I wanted that thing more than Ralphie wanted the Red Ryder BB gun. But it was big and it was expensive...at least for us at the time. This was right about the time I became (sadly) aware that Santa didn't bring presents...your parents bought them...so simply being good wasn't enough.

When I opened that present Christmas morning I practically gang-tackled both my parents at the same time with a flurry of hugs and kisses.

I held onto that thing for several years. It wasn't until I'd grown up and moved out into the world that my mom donated it to the Salvation Army along with a bunch of other old toys. I was ok with it. I'd already been collecting comics for years but never thought about actually keeping my old toys.

Besides...I'd put a lot of miles on the thing. It was pretty beat up. Hopefully some underprivileged kid had some fun with it for awhile.

Title: Re: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: The 6th Rogue on Dec 23, 07, 10:09:33 am CST
Nice little red X there dude.  I think I had one of those myself.  The MBC...not the littel red X.
Title: Re: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: Pathos on Dec 23, 07, 10:10:30 am CST
I see the pic.

Sure it's not you?


edit: Here's the link in case anyone else can't see it.

http://www.virtualtoychest.com/micronauts/microcruiserboxcrop.jpg
Title: Re: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: The 6th Rogue on Dec 23, 07, 10:11:40 am CST
I right clicked it and copied the URL out of properties and pasted the URL into the address bar of my browser and hit a FORBIDDEN page warning.
Title: Re: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: Pathos on Dec 23, 07, 10:14:06 am CST
Maybe someone doesn't want you to see pages about old toys.

Afraid you'll go on an e-bay rampage or something.

 8)
Title: Re: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: The 6th Rogue on Dec 23, 07, 10:15:15 am CST
I might jsut yet.  I can't tell you how many times I've been close to bidding on one of the original G.I Joe Vamp jeeps complete with figure.  What stops me is that I have an apartment that's loaded with crap already. 
Title: Re: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: Macko on Dec 23, 07, 11:14:52 am CST
OK, during your whole childhood...no wait...some of us are in their 50's and still in their childhood...erm...

Gee, I wonder who that could be??? Heheheh.

Mine would be Mr. Machine. (http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r164/macko451/MrMachine.jpg)
I loved that toy. I have always been very mechanically inclined and this toy was perfect for me. No machine was safe around me when I was little. I used to take them apart to try and figure out how they worked and then try and put them back together again. So this was the perfect toy for me, because it was designed to be taken apart and put back together.

My father hated the bell on it. He used to take it off when I wasn't looking and hide it on me.
Title: Re: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: Sheumais MacGwilym on Dec 23, 07, 02:33:40 pm CST
For me, it was either Legos (and any of their clones) or Transformers.  I always sneered my nose at the Go-Bots.
Title: Re: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: Maggie on Dec 23, 07, 03:43:25 pm CST
Being of the female persuasion, this one is easy.

Barbie!!

There would be other favorite toys every now and again, but we would always come back to Barbie.  My friend's mom would make clothes for our Barbies and when a bunch of us got together, we had (collectively) a Barbie house, 2 corvettes, a plane a pool and a motor home.

Many good hours spent on our front porch playing with that blonde bomb shell.

Title: Re: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: The 6th Rogue on Dec 23, 07, 04:21:29 pm CST
LOL...Maggie you need a bumper sticker I saw over the summer: "When I grow up I wanna be Barbie.  That bitch has EVERYTHING!"
Title: Re: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: Macko on Dec 24, 07, 04:03:22 pm CST
Oh, I forgot, Erector sets. I loved that stuff too. heheheh. I was in Heaven when they started to add motors and such to them as well.
Title: Re: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: Phoenix McHeit on Dec 25, 07, 09:32:14 am CST
Mine was the Cabbage Patch doll.  I know, I know, they're ugly little nothings, way too expensive for what they are... but we were rather po' at the time, and I never had 'what all the other kids have'.  My late Grandma got it for me, made sure to get one that matched my hair & eyes so she'd look like me.

Granted, it was the year After the craze, but I still had one.

I actually still have her, with the other fave stuffed animals from my childhood.

...I miss my gram.
Title: Re: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: Tipsy InHerCups on Dec 28, 07, 11:31:54 am CST
ok, let's see how many ppl remember this one:   WEEBLES!  Weebles wobble but they don't fall down!  I miss my weebles, dunno where they got to, but i STILL have one weble that's the dog that came with the weeble family house.

and i recently found a small Hungry Hippos keychain game.  My sister & I would go bananas playing that thing until we lost all the marbles & 2 of the hippos lost their heads....(and yes, i know there's tons of jokes in there, folks)
Title: Re: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: Phoenix McHeit on Dec 28, 07, 02:25:04 pm CST
Weebles!!!  Oh man - I forgot about them!  I used to have the treehouse & everything!  My fave part of that was the hidden door... and the elevator!

I had a whole Weeble family... but no pets. *sigh*
Title: Re: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: The 6th Rogue on Dec 28, 07, 02:26:54 pm CST
I had a few Weebles myself.  The submarine was great fun at bath time.
Title: Re: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: Tipsy InHerCups on Dec 28, 07, 02:39:44 pm CST
I had the tree too!  Plus the playground set and the haunted house, complete with glow-in-the-dark ghost!  sigh....i wish i still had my ghostie, he was my fave  :{
Title: Re: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: Pathos on Dec 28, 07, 03:14:38 pm CST
There was actually a family named Weeble in the town I grew up in. They weren't too thrilled when the toys came out.

Especially since one of them was a drunk who used to fall on his face quite regularly.

 8)
Title: Re: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: bonniestrangeways on Dec 28, 07, 05:31:05 pm CST
Hmmm, Transformers (I had mostly Decepticons, but I just beat the shit out of all the neighborhood barbies for kicks) bunch of Matchbox cars...that was about it. I spent most of my time either hiking, playing "war", or working for my Dad.

**We usued to tease my old man before he passed away that he had a boy and a girl, but that they were backwards, I was the "boy" and my little brother was the bitch of the family. He's 23 and still lives at home on his ass, the fuckin' toad. No love lost there...**
Title: Re: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: Sheumais MacGwilym on Dec 30, 07, 05:16:56 pm CST
He's 23 and still lives at home on his ass, the fuckin' toad. No love lost there...**

Huh.  Y'know... I feel about the same way about that worthless flesh they call my sister.
Title: Re: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: JohnBroadfoot on Jan 02, 08, 02:13:47 am CST
http://retrocrush.buzznet.com/archive2007/boxofglory/

My favourite is in the third video down on this sight. However, I remember them as Whirleybirds, not "Vertibirds". Mine had a huge styrofoam ship as it's base and I spent many hours with it.
Title: Re: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: The 6th Rogue on Jan 02, 08, 08:41:24 am CST
I had the same ship.  By the time we had to get rid of it the sides of the Styrofoam ship were totally chewed up from the chopper blades.  Hell, I had half the toys on that site.  Good times that 70's childhood.
Title: Re: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: Macko on Jan 02, 08, 08:49:00 pm CST
Bein' that I come from a large family, we had a bunch of those toys at my mother's house. We used to get that helicopter goin' as fast as we could.

Now, that disc gun. I remember when they came out. They were originally marketed as phasers. Tyin' them in with Star Trek obviously. They used to come with hard plastic discs, not the foam ones that are out now. I was workin' for my 2nd band at that time (the year was 1975 I think) and everyone on our crew had one. We used to have massive gun battles with them. We would even harass the band during their set on some of the slower nights. Cymbals and bass strings make great targets. heheheh.

We started a trend with the guns as well. Some of our friends on other crews got into them. We got into a lot of trouble with a couple of the club owners. They banned the guns because they were clogging up their vacume cleaners.  :D
Title: Re: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: MorganDesdichado on Nov 07, 09, 10:07:27 pm CST
HotWheels & MatchBox cars from the 60's
Title: Re: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: Lars Wodensson on Nov 12, 09, 10:59:55 pm CST
GI Joe tops my list. I had a shit load of vehicles, and i don't know how many action figures. Snake Eyes was definitly a favorite, along with Flash, with the laser rifle(so cool), and Clutch, with the VAMP jeep, and the APC troop transport. Best vehical ever though had to be the battle tank with moving treads. Too awesome. The motorcycles with gatling gun side cars, and the F-14 plane. And then of course I'd drool from looking at Scarlett... ah the good old days. Too bad they all got sold in one of my parents garage sales. dammit! As a consolation however, I still have one of the original full size GI Joe action figures, though he' s a little worse for wear, so not exactly in "mint" condition.
Title: Re: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: Roberto Phoenix on Nov 15, 09, 09:42:08 am CST
My first real favorite was Captain Action.  He was like the original full size GI Joe's but you could change his outfit and put on a mask and he became Superman, Batman, Green Hornet, Spiderman, whatever.  After that it had to be Mego Superheros untill Star wars hit.  I still have a ton of stuff in my basement.  Everything from 1960's GI Joe and Aurora models up to the current Satr Wars Line.  I even have Doctor Who toys.  Right now I'm drolling over the new Mobies models who have the license now for the old Auroras.
Title: Re: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: Zardoz on Nov 19, 09, 01:19:19 pm CST
My all time favorite was the 'Matt Mason' spaceman stuff,
http://www.wildtoys.com/MMMPage/index.asp

it came out in like '68-'69 and was discontinued in 1971, not sure why, I guess because the American people got bored with the idea of FUCKING SPACE TRAVEL !  I had all the stuff though, wish I still did!  :(
Title: Re: XMas question - Best toy ever
Post by: The 6th Rogue on Nov 19, 09, 01:27:31 pm CST
Thanks Zardoz, you just helped me recall (in a round about fashion) one of the toys I had back in the 70's:
http://www.inthe80s.com/toys/image.php?image=http://www.inthe80s.com/toys/images/user-image-1247788675.jpg