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    Childhood Memories / Toy's And Or Stories...

    Just some toys I remember from my childhood. Anybody have any from their childhood, care to post them up. And include any memories from your childhood.



    1] Remember the red plastic boomerang that was 1' X 1' made by Whammo. How many kids were killed playing with those. We would throw it out 100' and it would come right back to you. Freaking chop your head off if it hit you right.


    2] Oh and Botchy Balls / balls made out of heavy hard rubber the size of a cantelope. Throw it to the other side of the lawn kids.

    3] And the Klacker balls I mentioned earlier. Two balls hard resin clear balls slightly bigger than a golf ball. Connected by a string. A metal circle in the middle to slip on your middle finger. Alright kidsmove your arm and wrist up and down and the glass like balls will smash together at the top and at the bottom in a rapid motion. They were outlawed because they shattered with shrapnel flying everywhere.

    4] Oh and how about the giant rubber ball that had a rubber handle at the top. Kids would sit on it and bounce around. They were outlawed because they would blow up. Years later they came out with a smaller safer version.


    5] Oh and how about the ZIP CARS. A toy car made out of steel about a foot long. It had a metal wheel in the center with a hard rubber tire. And a gear around the wheel. You would take a hard plastic strip that had matching gear teeth along it. Slip it all the way in and pull it out as fast as you could.Then set the car on the ground. They were clocked at something like 70 m.p.h. Ha,ha a foot long metal car shaped like a dragster going 70 m.p.h. Sounds like a great toy kids go play, supper at 5:00 They were also outlawed. And years later a scaled down plastic version the size of a Hot Wheel hit the market.


    6] Oh and what about the water rockets. These things were real safe also. A plastic rocket abour 9" long that is jet propelled via watwr. You fill the rocket up with water. Then hook up a pump to the bottom pump up as much air as you can muster strength wise. Then hold your arm out as far away from your face as you could. Press a button at the bottom which released the huge amount of pressure. And zip the rocket launched 100' up shooting water down as it went. How many kids got hit in the face with those. They stopped making them then years later came out with a version that wouldn't hold the pressure. It leaked on purpose so it wasn't so deadly.


    7] Oh and before my time in the fifties and early sixties they had a metal rifle that you put ping pong balls in. Then pump it up with air like a pellet gun. That sucker shot a ping pong ball hard enough togive you a welt 30' away. I know because my older cousin had one.



    8] Oh and what about the Hot Wheels gas station. You send a Hot wheel down an incline and right when it was losing momentum it would enter the gas station garage door. Inside was 2 spongy wheels that were electricity spinning. The Hot wheel would hit the wheels that gripped the car from the sides. It would shoot the Hot Wheel out the other side at Mach I speed. Ha,ha sounds safe to me. A metal Hot Wheel going Mach One.

    9] Lawn Dart's probably the most dangerous of all. A steel dart with a pointed end about a foot long with plastic feathers like a real dart. It weighed about a 1/4 LB. You would hold them by the end and swing your arm in an under throw movement and let go at the end of the swing, like a softball pitch. Trying to reach a certain point on the other side of the lawn. Are you kidding me how many kid's are coordinated enough to let go at the optimum point. They could fly in any direction, they were actually an adult game but back then the adults weren't carful enough to lock them up. Even most adults weren't good at throwing them, especially half hammered. Store them in the garage and forget about them. The kid's would find them and have a field day. They were outlawed for good. And if I remember right kid's died because of them.
    Here is a link of one parents nightmare. His daughter died from a Lawn Dart.
    How One Dad Got Lawn Darts Banned | Mental Floss


    Tons more insane toys from back then.. If you think of any add them in.

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    DJ, I remember some older dude with one he made that he said was a full-sized Aussie-Abo copy. The thing literally sailed in at least a 360 degree circle before it came back and landed about 30' in front of him. That's what really inspired me. We ended up making a dozen or more. Sanded, varnished, stained, painted.........we had all kinds of those things.
    Does this look familiar, a vintage 1975' Whamo Boomerange.
    The water rocket toy I was talking about.
    The SST Zip car that went insanly fast and made out of metal.
    1950's Ping Pong Ball Air Rifle ...Awesome.
    1970's Super Balls / 1970's Super Balls commercial. They were way harder rubber in the 70's [like rock hard] and bounced wayyy higher.
    Lawn Darts fun for the whole family. https://www.google.com/search?q=1970...&bih=726&dpr=1

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    I had most of those toys mentioned in 1-9 or some version there of.. Instead of a zip car I had a zip motorcycle. Man that thing was fast.. The water rocket was great fun.. One of my favorites was rockem robots, would really make my older brother mad when he lost.


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    We had some real unsafe toys, we had a make your own toy soldier set. You melted lead in a small electric pot and poured it into molds!
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    I am also of the age when action figures became big so I had many of those. I had Lone ranger and Tonto and their horses, wish I still did they're worth some bucks now. I also had the hulk and several others. GI Joe had some neat accessories.

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    Some things that come to mind: Lots of GI Joe stuff (including one of these), Hot Wheels, toy guns, real (dangerous) chemistry sets, slot cars, crystal radio kit.

    When I was in college I went over to mow my parents' (big) back yard and unearthed a toy pistol I apparently left out and forgot 10 years before. Was about the size of a .38 special and would definitely pass for a real one in low light.

    There was some improvisation, though. I remember creating my own "rock-climbing gear" out of old rope & hardware from the garage, and used it to climb the 40' pine tree and big avocado trees on our property.

    And rotten avocado fights >>>>>>>>>>>> water balloon fights.

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    Did you see this link I posted in my initial post. One parents nightmare how his daughter died from a Lawn Dart.
    How One Dad Got Lawn Darts Banned | Mental Floss
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    Re: Remembering Toys From Your Childhood..

    Tonka trucks, matchbox cars and little green army men were all staples of my early days.

    Mostly, though, we rode bikes, fished & played in the woods.
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    -big wheel
    -walkie talkie set from Two Guys dept store in jersey
    -not really a toy but a game...flippin' baseball cards (could be just an east coast thing) I still have cards from the bronx zoo era! longlive #15!
    -stick ball/wiffle ball & bat
    -playing curb ball with those original pink super bounce balls

    *all of which were no good without bazooka gum and italian ices or Carvel ice cream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffw-13 View Post
    Mostly, though, we rode bikes, fished & played in the woods.
    Same here, my early mountain biking consisted of me taking my 1970' full size Schwinn cruiser and customizing it for riding the trails. It already had large wheels and big tires. I put ape hanger bars and a banana seat. Then I removed the front fender and took a hacksaw and chopped the rear fender in line with the back of the seat and sissy bar. It was identical to a Schwinn Stinray but with a larger frame and wheels. It was awesome in the dirt. All the other kids had the smaller framed smaller wheeled stingray bikes. But mine kicked butt on those ones due to it's size. Ha,ha I was 9 years old and riding the trails. We also set up jumps on the sidewalk with plywood and cinder
    blocks. I left quite a bit of skin on those sidewalks.

    This was my dream bike of the day A 69' Schwinn
    Orange Krate. A five speed and designed after the
    muscle cars of the day. Notice the shifter knob and
    the rear tire was a slick. Larger rear wheel smaller front wheel like a muscle car. The whole design
    screamed muscle car. It was an expensive bike back then. My neighbor had one and he never rode it. In fact he was a rich kid who never left the
    house. Anyway these bikes are worth some coin
    today restored.
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    Re: Childhood Memories / Toy's And Or Stories...

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    This was my dream bike of the day A 69' Schwinn
    Orange Krate. A five speed and designed after the
    muscle cars of the day. Notice the shifter knob and
    the rear tire was a slick. Larger rear wheel smaller front wheel like a muscle car. The whole design
    screamed muscle car. It was an expensive bike back then. My neighbor had one and he never rode it. In fact he was a rich kid who never left the
    house. Anyway these bikes are worth some coin
    today restored.
    My neighbor had one of those. He was the rich kid in town. He's mayor now.
    No moss...

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    DJ I still have my hotwheels set from when I was a kid, guess what, I have not one but two of those garages. They don't run so well any more but the boy does still play with the rest of the kit.

    My personal fav was GI Joe.

    The other one I remember before cracker night got banned was firing Roman candles at each other, from a safe distance of course.

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    Spud guns where another great one but I was never allowed one The type you plunged the end into a potato and it shot the little pellet out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emu26 View Post
    I still have my hotwheels set from when I was a kid...
    Me too...and a pristine set of Jarts lawn darts hidden somewhere at my parents'.

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    Spud guns where another great one but I was never allowed one The type you plunged the end into a potato and it shot the little pellet out.
    Not sure what a spud gun was, but you do know you can build yer own pertater gun with 2-inch PVC pipe, a barbecue pit spark ignitor, and just about any combustible aerosol, right? I had one sitting in my closet years ago when my landlord came over to put in a new water heater. Got a call later that evening telling me the water heater was done and what a nice huge bong that was there in the closet.

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    Nothing was a s b!tchen as my Big Wheel!!! I used to catch massive air on that thing flying off the ramps we built to launch us. I wore out many a wheel set drifting on it, too!!!

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    S3119,
    We had a Two Guys sporting store as well close by. In Rochester N.Y. man I used to love to go in there as a kid. They had a huge hill entering the parking lot. We used to ride our skate boards down at mach I avoiding cars coming up, KRAZY!

    Jeff W.-13,
    So your rich neighbor kid had a Schwinn Orange Krate as well huh. That's funny just like my neighbor although I don't think mine became a Mayor.

    Emu26,
    Post up a photo of your Hot Wheel garage. I looked all over the net for a photo but couldn't find one. All I could find was the big service station that came out later on. Pretty cool toy, I always set mine up prior to two loops. The Hot Wheel would lose momentum and enter the garage then it would come shooting out at mach I and shoot around the two loops.

    Emu & Hang 21,
    The Spuds gun my 13 year old nephew has one that is made from PVC. Quite a dangerous weapon / I mean toy.

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    Oh yeah the all mighty Big Wheel. The original ones were awesome. Like you said jumping and power sliding everywhere and wearing out rear plastic wheels. The bad part is going down hill your feet couldn't keep up with the pedals. It was like a the pedals became a battering turning torture chamber until you reached the bottom of the hill. )
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    How about those skateboards that if you went too fast the wheels would blow up! I had one of them and it happened to me... I still have a scar on my knee.

    I have a memory of being at Kindergarten and exposing myself to a girl there... I got into trouble...
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    The neighborhood kids and I would run around the neighborhood playing cops and robbers with those little ring cap guns that looked like a .38 revolver. No orange tip at the end of the barrel. We would certainly be shot dead if we were kids with these today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    How about those skateboards that if you went too fast the wheels would blow up! I had one of them and it happened to me... I still have a scar on my knee.

    I have a memory of being at Kindergarten and exposing myself to a girl there... I got into trouble...
    Yep the original skateboards had baked clay wheels.. I had one and the length was a bigger problem they were so short they were near impossible to stay on..
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    Sword fights with my brother using Hotwheels tracks.

    getting whipped by my mother with said Hotwheels track.

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    The skateboard I had was from the early seventies. It had polyurethane wheels with super fast bearings If you held the skateboard and spun a wheel it would spin for a couple minutes. The boards now if you spin a wheel it stops afer a couple rotation's. The wheels were insanely fast and they purposely made them slower later on. Also my board was made out of plastic and wide at the front but super narrow at the back with a kick up only on the back.

    Cap Guns;
    After the paper strip cap guns they made these >>>

    I remember we had silver guns that looked like a. 38 The cylinder was like an actual. 38 revolver and flipped open. The caps were encased in a red plastic ring that fit in the cylinder like real bullets. So loading it was a quick flip the cylinder open and snap a 6 round cap load in. And man
    those caps were loud, almost like a real gun sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishbucket View Post
    getting whipped by my mother with said Hotwheels track.
    LOL! A buddy of mine used to get the Hotwheels track treatment from his old man. He said it was painful. He and his brothers were terrified of that one.

    Mine was that damned paddle with the rubber band and ball attached. The rubber band would eventually break and then the paddle got stored under the sink so my mom could light my ass up with it. Boy did those things sting.



    There's something sick and twisted about parents that take a toy that's meant to be used as a source of fun for kids and turn it into an implement of pain and fear.

    As far as cool toys I remember -

    How about air hockey? If you left your fingers go over the edge of the paddle while playing those plastic pucks would sting your finger tips into submission.


    I loved me some Girder and Panel building sets.


    I was a LEGO nut and had lots of sets. Probably the best x-mas gift I ever got was set 956.

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    Between my brother and I we had neat toys. I had an original Barbie... the one that would have been worth $$$ had I not combed her hair so much that she became bald. The Barbies after that had bendable legs and they could sit but mine couldn't. That was disappointing. I had more fun playing with my brother's little green army men and his Matchbox cars

    I had an Etch a Sketch but it was boring because all I could draw was boxy lines. I much preferred doing my own sketches and painting. I remember Silly Putty, an Easy Bake Oven, Slinky, collecting TigerBeat, and Mad magazines. I was into comics for a while too.

    I liked making forts with blankets and clothes pins, in the winter we made huge snow forts, tobogganing (the best was the aluminum flying saucer... wow that thing was fast!), dressing in my mom's old clothes and in summer I loved riding my bike, going swimming and hanging out

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    Yep Air Hockey, we had a high dollar air hockey game. It was half the size of of a pool table or a full size air hockey game. And yes if your finger slipped out of the groove you could easily slam it against the side. Ouch!
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    I'll get a pic tonight DJ

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    Legos...

    I've still got most of mine, Well actually my boy has them.... all mixed in with legos he's gotten.
    You can tell which ones are mine though. they've gotten pretty rounded off.

    I've got most of his "complete" sets stashed under his bed...

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    Does anyone remember getting empty packets from things like twisties and baking them in the oven until the shrank down in size then using them as key ring holders?

    'licious, I remember dressing up in my mums clothes and heels too, ah such fun

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    and slinkies.
    I had a mate at school we called slinky. Kind of cute until you realise it was because every time you saw him you wanted to kick him down the stairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emu26 View Post
    I'll get a pic tonight DJ
    Thanks emu!


    Cycleicious, Your story is so reminiscent of my childhood house. Having grown up with two older sisters and one younger one, along with an older brother. All of what you said sounded identical to what my sisters were in to. Even combing thier Barbies hair so much that it's hair fell out. Too funny!

    Etch A Scetch another toy my sisters had. Man I would get bored so quick with it. But Silly Puddy I could play with for awhile. We used to press it down on to a comic strip in the newspaper and it would transfer over, pretty cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    I had an original Barbie... Etch a Sketch ... Silly Putty, an Easy Bake Oven, Slinky, collecting TigerBeat, and Mad magazines.
    Ditto my sister. She had all of those same things. She is about 1 year younger than you. She had a Lite-brite that we both played with a lot.

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    Oh yeah...



    My grandpa got it for me for Xmas one year. Chargers vs. Raiders.

    Plastic players on a vibrating metal field. When you turned it on, the players rambled around in erratic, random directions. Kind of like the Chargers and Raiders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RossJamis View Post
    I had most of those toys mentioned in 1-9 or some version there of.. Instead of a zip car I had a zip motorcycle. Man that thing was fast.. The water rocket was great fun.. One of my favorites was rockem robots, would really make my older brother mad when he lost.


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    We had some real unsafe toys, we had a make your own toy soldier set. You melted lead in a small electric pot and poured it into molds!
    Rock em Sock em Robots were so cool. They were before my time but my older brothers friend had
    them. And I was good friends with his younger
    brother so I played it a few times. And those
    soldiers that you actually poured hot lead to make
    them yourself. How insanely dangerous was that. I
    think that was from the fifties, dangerous because
    of hot metal but also lead poisoning. Kids these
    days have no idea the danger we used to face
    every day. Wear your helmets kids we sure didn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Rock em Sock em Robots were so cool. They were before my time but my older brothers friend had
    them. And I was good friends with his younger
    brother so I played it a few times. And those
    soldiers that you actually poured hot lead to make
    them yourself. How insanely dangerous was that. I
    think that was from the fifties, dangerous because
    of hot metal but also lead poisoning. Kids these
    days have no idea the danger we used to face
    every day. Wear your helmets kids we sure didn't.
    Rockem Sockem robots started in 64 and are still made today.. The lead soldiers I believe we actually got in the 70's but it could have been my older brothers and that would have made it late 50's-60's One of my favorite toys was a medieval toy soldier set that came in a large metal box. You unfolded the box and it became the courtyard of the castle. There were Black nights and white, catapults and horses. We had epic battles! I cant believe I found one on ebay! Name:  castle.JPG
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    Loved Legos, still play with them once in a great while with my daughter. Loved Lincoln Logs, too. Loved blowing up little green army men with firecrackers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by random walk View Post
    Oh yeah...



    My grandpa got it for me for Xmas one year. Chargers vs. Raiders.

    Plastic players on a vibrating metal field. When you turned it on, the players rambled around in erratic, random directions. Kind of like the Chargers and Raiders.
    Yeah I remember that game, my friend had it. I hated it because the players would just go anywhere it didn't make sense to me.

    Does anyone remember the hockey game that you controled the players with knobs that slid back and forth. That game worked pretty good. Long metal rods that you controlled the players with.
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    like the Chargers and Raiders.

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    I'm surprised no one has said AFX yet, unless I have missed it.

    I had, well more to the point my "family" had the Penske 4 lane set on this page Seventies Popular boys and girls toys from 1973 including Barbie and Friends and Hoppity Hops I was never allowed to help set it up for fear of breaking the track, I could only use the controllers. I still have it now although most of the track is busted and I don't have enough clips to join it all up.

    That site is a pretty good one for finding old toys.

    The other one I had that I loved was a stunt bike set. I would have said it was an Evil Knievel one but I have googled and can't it anywhere. It had a base in the center, the motorized bike was attached to the base by a cord and went in circles around it. There was jumps, flame hoops, barrel sets all of which it jumped over or through. Simple toy did the same thing over and over but I loved. Remember when you had to use your imagination to play with toys?

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    Emu, and Slinkies, those were great for about a minute. It never failed someone would stretch it too far rendering it useless.


    Hawg blowing up army men with firecrackers. Ha,ha we did that as well. We used to go next door to an empty lot and play in the dirt mounds. Usually a construction site with lose dirt. Firecrackers definitely played a role.

    Oh how about playing "king of the hill". Find a big dirt mound on a construction site. Get a bunch of kids and fight to be the one on top. Just keep pushing everyone else off. Do kids these days play these games.
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    Does anyone remember the hockey game that you controled the players with knobs that slid back and forth. That game worked pretty good. Long metal rods that you controlled the players with.
    We talkin 'bout Bobby Orr Hockey? There were two versions. My cousin was a serious hockey player and had to have this game one x-mas. I remember all of us lining up to wait our turn to play him after he opened it up.




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    Here you go Dirtjunkie, complete with my "used condition" 1969 Hotwheels Red Barron

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    Quote Originally Posted by emu26 View Post
    I was never allowed to help set it up for fear of breaking the track ... I still have it now although most of the track is busted ...
    By your own admission it sounds like their fears were well founded. j/k LOL!

    I think I had an AFX (or something by Tyco ) but it was just a 2 slot. I had the cross-over track so you could crash the cars if you timed it just right.

    Speaking of Knievel ... I had an Evel Knievel motorcycle but it was a wind-up crank that sent his motorcycle off in a wheelie.

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    OK hoarders, whom among us still has a box like this stashed away under the house, in the attic or over at a relo's house?

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    Did someone say something about blowing stuff up with fire crackers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by steiny View Post
    By your own admission it sounds like their fears were well founded. j/k LOL!
    Gawd, just like I was a kid all over again, my older brother did it and I get the blame.

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    Gawd, just like I was a kid all over again, my older brother did it and I get the blame.
    I feel like such an instigator. My job is done here.

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    I had one of the first Schwinn Apple Krates when they first came out. Got it for Christmas and I'll never forget it. Parents put a tiny, cigarette pack sized wrapped present under the tree. It was the last thing left unopened under the tree after the whole family (5 kids) opened gifts. There was a note inside and it was attached to a piece of kite string that meandered back under the tree. The note basically said follow the string. It took me into my backyard. Every so often another note with a riddle would be attached building up the suspense. Ultimately, this string went through 4 or 5 neighbor's yards and as my family and I would pass through, sometimes into the neighbor's garage or backyard and back out, all those neighbors were out watching and laughing. Everyone knew but me. It took me up a path to our very close family friends house and up to their closed garage where they were waiting. They made me open the door and there it was....the FIRST shiny new Apple Krate on my 12 house private street! Nirvana!

    Within the year, my best friend up the street got a Pea Picker, his sister an Lemon Peeler, and his older brother an Apple Krate like mine but it was the next year's model. Only difference was it had a straight gear shifter where mine has a bend at the knob. Those were the GOOD DAYS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by steiny View Post
    Ditto my sister. She had all of those same things. She is about 1 year younger than you. She had a Lite-brite that we both played with a lot.

    The absolutely, positively, undeniably, unquestionably, very last of the Cracked Lens ... LOL!
    I had a Lite-Brite too! I had several board game too (Monopoly was a favorite... I liked the Scottie dog token best) and a game that was fun setting up called Mouse Trap. Later on I discovered Scrabble and Risk

    My family moved around alot so I was always changing schools and trying to fit in (not easy for a shy kid) My brother and i shared our toys. If we had internet or computers back then i would have been doing that. But instead I learned to skate on frozen ponds or go snowmobiling etc in winter. I biked a lot in summer

    I also enjoyed collecting Dr Seuss books (My mom saved those books) and the whole series of Nancy Drew mysteries, I had a few Hardy Boys ones as well. i spent a lot of time in libraries
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    Quote Originally Posted by steiny View Post
    We talkin 'bout Bobby Orr Hockey? There were two versions. My cousin was a serious hockey player and had to have this game one x-mas. I remember all of us lining up to wait our turn to play him after he opened it up.
    Yep that's the one. That hockey game was awesome my best friend had one. And yes we all lined up to play it.

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    Here you go Dirtjunkie, complete with my "used condition" 1969 Hotwheels Red Barron
    Thanks emu that's the garage I was talking about. I couldn't find a photo on the net. And what's funny is I had the Red Barron Hot Wheel as well. Now all I need you to do is get a radar gun and clock how fast the Hot Wheel comes shooting out of the other side.
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    Vertibird Helicopter = One of my favorites.

    Vertibird Commercial - 1973 - USA Air Police play set version - YouTube

    I didn't have the Police version, I had the rescue version with a little dude you could pluck out of a life raft.

    Howzabout a "Strange Change Machine?" It was like a little oven that you put these plastic wafers into and the wafer would grow into a big ol' monster of some sort then you could heat it back up and cram it into this compactor and squish it right back into it's wafer form.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh My Sack! View Post
    I had one of the first Schwinn Apple Krates when they first came out. Got it for Christmas and I'll never forget it. Parents put a tiny, cigarette pack sized wrapped present under the tree. It was the last thing left unopened under the tree after the whole family (5 kids) opened gifts. There was a note inside and it was attached to a piece of kite string that meandered back under the tree. The note basically said follow the string. It took me into my backyard. Every so often another note with a riddle would be attached building up the suspense. Ultimately, this string went through 4 or 5 neighbor's yards and as my family and I would pass through, sometimes into the neighbor's garage or backyard and back out, all those neighbors were out watching and laughing. Everyone knew but me. It took me up a path to our very close family friends house and up to their closed garage where they were waiting. They made me open the door and there it was....the FIRST shiny new Apple Krate on my 12 house private street! Nirvana!

    Within the year, my best friend up the street got a Pea Picker, his sister an Lemon Peeler, and his older brother an Apple Krate like mine but it was the next year's model. Only difference was it had a straight gear shifter where mine has a bend at the knob. Those were the GOOD DAYS!
    Great story and you sure were a lucky kid to get that bike. I had just got a new Schwinn and then they came out with that line up. I missed out on that deal. For some reason I always liked the Orange Krate but the other three were the same just different colors, Orange Krate [orange], Apple Krate [red], Pea Picker [green] and Lemon Krate [yellow]. For those unfamiliar these bikes were one of the first full suspension bikes, the front was a springer front end like a Harley chopper. And the rear sissy bar has shock absorbers built in at the bottom. Plus a front drum brake pretty ahead of it's time.

    This line up was in the late sixties to early seventies. Years later in the ninties they came out with the line again. But it was a single speed take note of the Red Krate without the gear shift[bottom center photo] that is a later model.
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    hey, dj- did you ever have one of those inflatable punching bags that was weighted at the bottom so it would teeter back and forth to upright? i for got what they were called. bop bag or something was the name. I'm sure it was another Two Guys purchase. i remember ours was a clown...bozo maybe... with 3 brothers it's life was cut short due to extreme violent beat down outbreaks with wiffle ball bats..

    Did your Two Guys store have a minature bowling game? Pinball machines?

    one of my favorite memories as a grom was going down to port authority when my dad worked in the south tower of the WTC. there was newspaper stand i always got to buy a spiderman or thor comic book from once a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 53119 View Post
    hey, dj- did you ever have one of those inflatable punching bags that was weighted at the bottom so it would teeter back and forth to upright? i for got what they were called. bop bag or something was the name. I'm sure it was another Two Guys purchase. i remember ours was a clown...bozo maybe... with 3 brothers it's life was cut short due to extreme violent beat down outbreaks with wiffle ball bats..

    Did your Two Guys store have a minature bowling game? Pinball machines?

    one of my favorite memories as a grom was going down to port authority when my dad worked in the south tower of the WTC. there was newspaper stand i always got to buy a spiderman or thor comic book from once a week.
    No I didn't have any of those but I remember our Two Guys having them. As a kid you couldn't resist punching that punching bag in the store.
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    Anybody remember Monster Gum trading stickers. These stickers came in a pack of gum in the 70's.

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    Krazy Wheel from the 70's: What a blast my little sister had one and her best friend had one. My buddy and I would steal them and rip around the neighborhood. They were pretty fast and you could spin cookies on a dime.

    Big Wheel: Or Hawg as we talked about earlier a vintage 1970' Big Wheel
    Cap Bomb: Another crazy toy we played with in the seventies. You load a gun powder cap in the end. Then throw it and the weighted end
    lands first and dedonated the cap. BOOM! Just like
    a real bomb. Ha,ha..

    Cap Gun: A cap gun that looks like a real
    snubnose .38 gun. The cylinder would flip open like
    a real gun and you load plastic gun powder caps
    in. BOOM! pretty loud.

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    yeah we had cap bombs as kids, I had forgotten all about those, I think we got them after cracker night was banned and we couldn't buy throw downs to peg at each other any more.

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    Labyrintspel was a Swedish game from Brio that has been around since we were small. The original all-wood game was so addictive me and my older brother used to play it constantly. We got so good at it that we could start and finish the game blindfolded... no shit... just by feel alone. I would love to try it now!


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    hey, dj- did you ever have one of those inflatable punching bags that was weighted at the bottom so it would teeter back and forth to upright?
    I had an R2D2 one. One day I was giving it a beat down and I punched it so hard it went horizontal to the floor and never came back up. I laughed so hard I nearly pissed myself. As I remember, the weight was a sand-filled plastic pouch that was fixed inside to the bottom. When I inspected R2, the sand-filled pouch had detached and was free to move around inside. Every hit after that would send the pouch to R2's head and he would start to do a head stand at like 20 degrees.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    Labyrintspel was a Swedish game from Brio that has been around since we were small. The original all-wood game was so addictive me and my older brother used to play it constantly. We got so good at it that we could start and finish the game blindfolded... no shit... just by feel alone. I would love to try it now!


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    My sister had that. I played that a ton. I would often "cheat" by running the ball down a long corridor and then flick the floor at just the right time to get the ball to jump over the wall and skip entire sections of the maze. We would also sometimes use a small wooden cork as a "mulligan" so you could selectively plug one hole during your play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Anybody remember Monster Gum trading stickers. These stickers came in a pack of gum in the 70's.

    Big Wheel: Or Hawg as we talked about earlier a vitage 1970' Big Wheel.
    Yes, I remember those stickers now. Forgot about them until you mentioned them.

    I had a big wheel. My sister and I also had this contraption called the Wild Rider by Marx. Through a serious of unfortunate events my sister used the Wild Rider to give me my first trip to the ER for stitches at age 5 or 6.


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    Quote Originally Posted by steiny View Post
    My sister had that. I played that a ton. I would often "cheat" by running the ball down a long corridor and then flick the floor at just the right time to get the ball to jump over the wall and skip entire sections of the maze. We would also sometimes use a small wooden cork as a "mulligan" so you could selectively plug one hole during your play.
    yeah, we could do the flick trick to jump sections... never tried the cork tho...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    I had a Lite-Brite too! I had several board game too (Monopoly was a favorite... I liked the Scottie dog token best) and a game that was fun setting up called Mouse Trap. Later on I discovered Scrabble and Risk

    My family moved around alot so I was always changing schools and trying to fit in (not easy for a shy kid) My brother and i shared our toys. If we had internet or computers back then i would have been doing that. But instead I learned to skate on frozen ponds or go snowmobiling etc in winter. I biked a lot in summer

    I also enjoyed collecting Dr Seuss books (My mom saved those books) and the whole series of Nancy Drew mysteries, I had a few Hardy Boys ones as well. i spent a lot of time in libraries
    Mouse Trap ... that was a game I lusted over for so many years but I never got to play with one. It looked like so much fun. Lucky you!

    My sister and I had a lot of board games. I remember Life, Clue, Monopoly, Scrabble, Risk, Pay Day, Gambler, Sorry, Parcheesi, Bermuda Triangle (loved that one!), Trouble, Battleship, Connect Four, Booby Trap, Pit, Uno, Old Maid, Uncle Wiggley, Operation, and Emergency (based on the TV show). We played a lot of games together when we were in elementary school (along with a sitter during the summer months).

    We lived in a suburb that had a lot of farm land around us so we had several ponds and lakes that would freeze over and we did a lot of ice skating and some hockey during the winters ... as long as the snow didn't lay on top and ruin the ice surface. We did a lot of sledding and tobogganing as well.

    Growing up, my family doctor had a ton of Dr. Seuss books in the waiting room so I read those for years as a way to pass the time and keep my anxiety at bay while waiting to be called back by the nurse. My sister was a book worm. She had a ton of Nancy Drew and a few Hardy Boys books as well. My dad built her a large bookshelf and she pretty much filled it up before she was in high school.

    I rode a lot of bike during the summer on my BMX bike. At the time, the sidewalk along main street through town was all loose brick lattice and the streets were lined with silver maple trees. As the trees matured, their roots would raise up the bricks in almost whoops/ramp like configurations and you could get some good air if you road close to the tree line. I used to spend Friday nights just sessioning Main Street back and forth dialing in every root jump, curb cutout, or every raised concrete sidewalk slab (pushed up into ramps by the tree roots) and just show boat my way across town. LOL! Great memories.

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    axis and allies was my favourite board game. me and my cousins would play it while visiting my grandmother in florida. It would take us at least 3 days to finish a game.
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    Anyone remember the gas powered airplane on cables.. You spun around with it and could make it climb or descend. Wing Overs rocked

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    Yes my brother had one of those. I remember him flying it in the school parking lot. I think I was four at the time.
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    My older brother had a gas powered 2 stroke motored dune buggy. That thing was loud and would go any where.

    He also had an H/O slot car set, so cool. The cars were slightly bigger than a Hot Wheel and would fly around the track via electricity powered. A pistal grip controller. Then my friend had a Tyco slot car set where the cars were bigger. I bought my own cars and raced them on his track. Man some of those cars really flew.
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    I grew up in Asia, we like the figure toys like the power rangers funny decades later the American kids catch on. I remember the Atari and Commodore game. Nintendo Game watch was a big thing then.
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    When I was living in England in '63 I had one of these:

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    The Airfix plastic FN SLR. My Dad was in the army at the time, and these were standard issue then. I thought it was the dogz bollox! The bullets actually fired, not very far but just coming out the barrel was enough for me at that age, and the bayonet would probably not kill anyone, but I tried It did keep breaking, and I think I actually had 3 in quick succession. When the last one broke, I got fed up with guns, and that was it for me... Bowie knives came along soon after...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mimi1885 View Post
    I grew up in Asia, we like the figure toys like the power rangers funny decades later the American kids catch on. I remember the Atari and Commodore game. Nintendo Game watch was a big thing then.
    My sisters went to Japan when they were younger and brought a bunch of those home. They were the only video games I had.
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    My sisters went to Japan when they were younger and brought a bunch of those home. They were the only video games I had.
    I know, I used to go to this electronic swap meet to get the latest game. I was hooked. Come to think of it, it's all the same. I still play similar machine years later, the PS Vita.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh My Sack! View Post
    I had one of the first Schwinn Apple Krates when they first came out. Got it for Christmas and I'll never forget it. Parents put a tiny, cigarette pack sized wrapped present under the tree. It was the last thing left unopened under the tree after the whole family (5 kids) opened gifts. There was a note inside and it was attached to a piece of kite string that meandered back under the tree. The note basically said follow the string. It took me into my backyard. Every so often another note with a riddle would be attached building up the suspense. Ultimately, this string went through 4 or 5 neighbor's yards and as my family and I would pass through, sometimes into the neighbor's garage or backyard and back out, all those neighbors were out watching and laughing. Everyone knew but me. It took me up a path to our very close family friends house and up to their closed garage where they were waiting. They made me open the door and there it was....the FIRST shiny new Apple Krate on my 12 house private street! Nirvana!

    Within the year, my best friend up the street got a Pea Picker, his sister an Lemon Peeler, and his older brother an Apple Krate like mine but it was the next year's model. Only difference was it had a straight gear shifter where mine has a bend at the knob. Those were the GOOD DAYS!
    Funny how things happen.. I was checking out bikes on Craiglist tonight and there are two of these for sale. An Applecrate and a Pea Picker. Both are beautiful and so is the price $800 each.
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    Funny how things happen.. I was checking out bikes on Craiglist tonight and there are two of these for sale. An Applecrate and a Pea Picker. Both are beautiful and so is the price $800 each.
    Yes, I wish I still had mine. They command a pretty penny nowadays. Highly collectible. After a few years and growing up a bit, I sold mine for $50 to some man through the PennySaver in SoCal. I used that money and as well as some hard-earned cash to buy a Schwinn Varsity. I was in 4th grade and needed to ride beyond my neighborhood and across town. I bought a brand new brown metallic Varsity and was proud as could be. About 2 weeks after buying it, I rode it over to my best friends house across town in a real upscale neighborhood. I parked it against his closed garage door between the door and his parent's 2 cars. We came out maybe 15 minutes later and it was gone. That's another bike related event I will NEVER forget experiencing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RossJamis View Post
    Funny how things happen.. I was checking out bikes on Craiglist tonight and there are two of these for sale. An Applecrate and a Pea Picker. Both are beautiful and so is the price $800 each.


    Quote Originally Posted by Oh My Sack! View Post
    Yes, I wish I still had mine. They command a pretty penny nowadays. Highly collectible. After a few years and growing up a bit, I sold mine for $50 to some man through the PennySaver in SoCal. I used that money and as well as some hard-earned cash to buy a Schwinn Varsity. I was in 4th grade and needed to ride beyond my neighborhood and across town. I bought a brand new brown metallic Varsity and was proud as could be. About 2 weeks after buying it, I rode it over to my best friends house across town in a real upscale neighborhood. I parked it against his closed garage door between the door and his parent's 2 cars. We came out maybe 15 minutes later and it was gone. That's another bike related event I will NEVER forget experiencing.
    First off RossJamis the ones you saw saw for sale were they the old original ones from the 69' - 71'
    time frame or the newer 1990's versions. The
    original ones have the gear shift on the frame and
    they are a 5 speed. The newer ones are missing
    that. The reason I ask is because that price of $800
    is more in line with the newer ones. The older
    original ones go for upwards of $1500 now a days.

    Oh My Sack,
    Your story really hit home with my childhood. My oldest brother had a metalic brown Varsity. It was handed down to my oldest sister before I was old enough for such a bike. A year later I was ready to upgrade from my Schwinn cruiser that I customized into a sting ray. So my parents took me down to the Schwinn dealer. I'm all hopped up wanting a Varsity or a Continental 10 speed road
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    So I'm looking at the line up when the salesman comes over. He askes my dad what we were looking for and for who. My dad says a 10 speed for my 12 year old boy there". The salesman blurts out "oh we have a new bike out this year, it would be perfect for him". Then he goes on to show and explain the Collegiate which is identical to a Varsity but it's a 5 speed. And that he meaning me would never need to use the other 5 gears. Plus it's only $105 compared to whatever the Varsity cost. Oh that's all he had to say when he mentioned how much cheaper it was my dad was all over that. So I walked out with a sparkling green 5 speed Collegiate.

    And my parents later on bought my two other
    sisters the same bike, one in yellow and one in
    red.

    I got to keep my full sized custom cruiser / stingray. Which I used more often then my cool 5 speed road bike, Collegiate. And I had a similar experience as you. One beautiful sunny day I had to be at little league baseball on the other side of town. There was nobody around to give me a ride.
    We lived in the suburbs of Rochester N.Y. and my


    baseball game was near the down town area. A good 7 mile ride and not a very good area to be in. But I made it there on my Collegiate road
    bike. Well I get there with not much time to spare and there was a sea of bikes in the racks. I'm talking rows upon rows of bikes. So I quickly find a spot in the center to try to camouflage it. I didn't have a lock and as I walked away I looked back at it and thought "that shiny green Schwinn sticks out like a sore thumb".

    So I went about playing my baseball game. Got done and walked out and it was gone. I frantically ran up and down the racks and screamed my bike is gone. A baseball coach came over and I decribed what happened. He ran to a pay phone and,about that time a cop. Car came cruising in. I ran and stopped him and screamed what happened. He told me to describe the bike, so,I did. Off he went and to my amazement returned 15 minutes later. He got out and opened his trunk and there was my bike. He explained that he found it abandoned on the side of the road not too far away.

    He said that the thief probably just took it as I came out. And he heard me scream and abandoned it. Anyway I got it back with no damage. And I didn't tell my parents because I wasn't supposed to ride that far away from home. Sure as an adult twenty years later I told them around a dinner table.

    My Collegate had the drop bars, they gave you a choice with that model. So [top photo] mine is the brown one on the right only mine was green. Notice the front rings it only had one ring up front which made it a 5 speed.

    Here is a Varsity in the bottom photo / 10 speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    First off RossJamis the ones you saw saw for sale were they the old original ones from the 69' - 71'
    time frame or the newer 1990's versions. The
    original ones have the gear shift on the frame and
    they are a 5 speed. The newer ones are missing
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    is more in line with the newer ones. The older
    original ones go for upwards of $1500 now a days.
    First off DirtJunkie, one was a 69 and the other a 71, both had gear shifters.. I would love to buy one but it would cost me a lot more then $800. Divorce can be very expensive!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RossJamis View Post
    First off DirtJunkie, one was a 69 and the other a 71, both had gear shifters.. I would love to buy one but it would cost me a lot more then $800. Divorce can be very expensive!
    Ha,ha I hear ya it's kinda hard explaining that purchase. Pretty cool that they are the original ones, and at $800 if restored is a killer deal.

    Something for those that don't know Schwinn back in the day was a top of the line brand. You had to go to a Schwinn dealer to buy one. A building that sold only Schwinn. Not like today's Schwinn's sold at Wally World and beyond.
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    Ok, so I have been trawling the archives of the www looking for that stunt bike I spoke about earlier, all to no avail.

    I have just found this "8 Most Wildly Irresponsible Toys" page, coming in at #5 is something I had completely forgotten about but probably my most used "toy", Powermite working power tools. I had the saw and the drill, my brother had the jigsaw. I made so much stuff out of Balsa it wasn't funny. None of it good but I spent hours in my old mans garage with these things. Never any accidents, the batteries didn't ever really last long enough.


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    Quote Originally Posted by emu26 View Post
    Ok, so I have been trawling the archives of the www looking for that stunt bike I spoke about earlier, all to no avail.

    I have just found this "8 Most Wildly Irresponsible Toys" page, coming in at #5 is something I had completely forgotten about but probably my most used "toy", Powermite working power tools. I had the saw and the drill, my brother had the jigsaw. I made so much stuff out of Balsa it wasn't funny. None of it good but I spent hours in my old mans garage with these things. Never any accidents, the batteries didn't ever really last long enough.

    I forgot about these I had the drill and a reciprocating saw!
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    Quote Originally Posted by emu26 View Post
    Ok, so I have been trawling the archives of the www looking for that stunt bike I spoke about earlier, all to no avail.

    I have just found this "8 Most Wildly Irresponsible Toys" page, coming in at #5 is something I had completely forgotten about but probably my most used "toy", Powermite working power tools. I had the saw and the drill, my brother had the jigsaw. I made so much stuff out of Balsa it wasn't funny. None of it good but I spent hours in my old mans garage with these things. Never any accidents, the batteries didn't ever really last long enough.





    My grandmother had #3, the Gilbert home chemistry set. You always knew a family get-together was truly in full swing when someone would tell the story of the time she blew up the bathroom with it and then ran out onto the front porch and sat in a rocking chair; pretending not to see the firemen tromping in and out through the door next to her and pretending not to know anything about the reason why they were there. I remember asking her what she had done wrong and her telling me "Nothing, I was just making an explosive mixture according to the directions". Apparently she was very good at chemistry.

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    We had one and it could either be a whole lot of fun or an amazing way to get nailed in the face with an extremely high-speed projectile, depending on who you were playing with. Ahhh...good times.
    I'm enjoying my childhood way too much to ever give it up.

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    I remember the play ground tether ball! Alot of kids took it in the chops!

    In the early 70's my public school still had a dress code that girls could not wear slacks except for gym days. So (being a little rebel) I used to play on the monkey bars at recess, hang upside down, whirl on the merry-go round... if you fly off you'd land in sand... wear my standard dresses. Needless to say the school soon changed it's policy and allowed girls to wear shorts (but not too short lol) and pants (but not jeans)

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    Awesome thread DJ

    Im actually an adult vintage toy collector lol, its one of my side hobbies.

    Most of the time as a child i was fishing, or just digging holes in the backyard, money was tight so we didnt have that many toys, but there where a few exceptions.

    LITTLE GREEN ARMY MEN, where a staple, my brother and i used to go to the supermarket, you could get bags of the tiny ones for cheap, we use to set them up and set them on fire, shoot them with the slug gun etc.

    VINTAGE KENNER STAR WARS FIGURES, i cant believe nobody here has mentioned them, i only had about 15 figures as a kid, man they sparked my imagination, so much so that now as an adult i own every one ever produced and display them in a big glass cabinet, hundreds of variations, i even own some very rare first shots, prototypes etc, i also collect bootlegs of these vintage kenner figures, from places like Brazil, Poland, Mexico, Russia etc.

    Vintage toys are a killer investment if you are into the right ones, a few of those star wars figures that where $1 back in the day now command well in excess of 5-10k each and rising every year.
    Im still totally captivated by these little figures
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    I remember the play ground tether ball! Alot of kids took it in the chops!

    In the early 70's my public school still had a dress code that girls could not wear slacks except for gym days. So (being a little rebel) I used to play on the monkey bars at recess, hang upside down, whirl on the merry-go round... if you fly off you'd land in sand... wear my standard dresses. Needless to say the school soon changed it's policy and allowed girls to wear shorts (but not too short lol) and pants (but not jeans)

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    Yeah, we had that same dress code except we were only allowed to play on the playground equipment if we wore shorts under our dresses. So I wore shorts to school every day!
    I'm enjoying my childhood way too much to ever give it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    I remember the play ground tether ball! Alot of kids took it in the chops!

    In the early 70's my public school still had a dress code that girls could not wear slacks except for gym days. So (being a little rebel) I used to play on the monkey bars at recess, hang upside down, whirl on the merry-go round... if you fly off you'd land in sand... wear my standard dresses. Needless to say the school soon changed it's policy and allowed girls to wear shorts (but not too short lol) and pants (but not jeans)

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    I remeber the merry go round, or city took them out because we kept on breaking our arms and legs trying to make it go fast them jump off, needless to say we weren't that bright at 10 yrs old.
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    I feared the tetherball! It was pretty much a "girl's game" in my day while the boys were off playing kickball, football, or rough-housing. When we HAD to play tetherball for a PE exercise, I feared that damn ball because the girls were so good at it! There were always one or two girls that you absolutely didn't want to go up against in that game. Once they had command of the ball, you were toast!

    I do remember those Power Mite tools. I never got them, though. I'd just go out in the garage and use my Dad's power tools....then I'd take them apart to see what made them tick and put them back together again before he got home from work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh My Sack! View Post
    I feared the tetherball! It was pretty much a "girl's game" in my day while the boys were off playing kickball, football, or rough-housing. When we HAD to play tetherball for a PE exercise, I feared that damn ball because the girls were so good at it! There were always one or two girls that you absolutely didn't want to go up against in that game. Once they had command of the ball, you were toast!

    I do remember those Power Mite tools. I never got them, though. I'd just go out in the garage and use my Dad's power tools....then I'd take them apart to see what made them tick and put them back together again before he got home from work!



    Ha,ha that's my exact memories of Tether Ball. Some of those tomboy girls were really good at it. And that sucker could smack you hard if you weren't on top of your game.

    I remember the power tool toys but never had any. I did have a mini tool box with all tools identical to the real ones only scaled down.
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    i used to see the real life version in hotrod shows when i was a kid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Cool! I remember seeing it in Hor Rod magazines. I also had a model of it and a Hot Wheel.
    used to love building those whacky model hotrod kits back then.

    remeber the rommel rod?

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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    used to love building those whacky model hotrod kits back then.

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    Tone's I am not at all surprised to hear that you are into collecting figurines. I am surprised at the subject choice though, I would have thought you were more into collecting Real Dolls

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    KAWASASKI Z1 900.... Wish I still had mine. Would be vintage now.
    Oh yeah very fast bike. There is a group of riders in San Diego that all ride them. They have them all tricked out with extended swing arms and custom paint. I personally would rather have the stock version.
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    Just remembered another one of my favorites. The Flexy-Racer! There were 2 of these on my street and everybody got to use them anytime. These things were the indirect cause of many awesome and memorable mishaps and injuries. Our street had a hill section and my house was downhill near the end of the street. In '68 my Dad had a large concrete circular driveway installed in our front yard. We'd water that biotch down good and wet and slippery then start way up the street, either solo or we get it haulin' ass and the driver would dive on, then one or 2 other kids would jump on like a big ol' human sammich with the top guy holding the side rail clamping the sammich together. We'd make the shallow diving turn into the wet driveway at high speed and the pilot would crank the steering and we'd start spinning, spewing bodies in random directions and occasionally destroying one of my Dad's prized Azaleas Sometimes the human sammich would never make it down the street and we'd all be picking gravel out of our asphalt induced wounds. It was painfully fun and we'd bleed but get right up and do it again. Our parents would just laugh at us. This is what you did when you lived where there was no snow!



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    Sounds like a blast Oh My Sack, hey I posted up our old Schwinns a couple pages back.

    I don't remember that Flexy sled but we had snow sleds just like those without the wheels. They were very fast but also very dangerous. Especially if you layed on your stomach head first. Many a kid died or got seriously injured going head on with a tree at mach I speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RossJamis View Post
    Rockem Sockem robots started in 64 and are still made today.. The lead soldiers I believe we actually got in the 70's but it could have been my older brothers and that would have made it late 50's-60's One of my favorite toys was a medieval toy soldier set that came in a large metal box. You unfolded the box and it became the courtyard of the castle. There were Black nights and white, catapults and horses. We had epic battles! I cant believe I found one on ebay! Name:  castle.JPG
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    Oh My Sack,
    Your above post got me thinking of some of the snow sleds we used to use. Anbody remember any these?
    My favorite two were the wooden one with the metal runners and the long plastic ones. The metal one you could steer with the front cross arm. But the long plasic ones and the disks were very scary there was no steering them. You were at the mercy of hill you were going down. Those type you had to be careful not to go down any hills with trees. YIKERS!
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    I've been on one like the aluminum dish but I'm far from a sled expert. I hadn't ever played in the snow till I was probably 17 y/o! LOL! I'm the only Cal Native out of a 7 member family all from Michigan.

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    Yes Cycleicious mentioned Silly Putty and I mentioned how we used to use it to tranfer newspaper comic strips on to it. Then stretching the characters and making them all distorted. Good times!
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    Ooooh, the silver saucer. My dad used to spray the bottom with Pam and then ride it down a slope that dumped onto a frozen lake. It seemed the only part he regretted was the long walk back. Of course none of the kids were allowed to do this!
    I'm enjoying my childhood way too much to ever give it up.

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    ok since we are on the subject of dangerous toys and childhood memories here's one. Anybody know what a match canon is? We would get a box full of folding matches and cut all the heads off. Then you take a pipe, cap one end and drill a hole for a fuse. Then you tried to mount it to some type of board for a base. Stuff the barrel with matches top off with whatever projectiles you could find and use a whole match for a fuse.
    Now these things were deadly I don't know how we didn't kill ourselves. One time mine blew up backwards and I ended up with burning matches in the back of my legs as I was making my retreat. Now my neighbor was the real sadist. One time we filled his with rocks and nails etc. He aims it right at his fathers metal shed! There was a hole you could put your hand through and you could also see where nails had went through the metal sideways!

    PS no one try this at home or anywhere else!
    When you've seen someone rupture their scrotum on a bike you won't take the standards for top tube clearance lightly!

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