Name a Toy You Loved From Your Childhood

JoeThePop

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Stolen from my Facebook feed. Thought it would be fun and an easy way to date ourselves :)

For me, when I was about 10 or 11 years-old, nothing could beat electric football (slot cars a close second). Nothing quite as magical as flipping the switch and hearing the hum of the metal field as the players vibrated along their way.

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JohnVF

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Loved Hot Wheels and my GI Joe. That's a badass looking hovercraft.

I should date my GI Joe by mentioning he carried an M1 Garand rifle.
I had one of the 12" tall original GI Joes that came in the miniature foot locker. Supposedly it was my dads, but the math doesn't work on that as he was 26 when it came out (as I look around my room and see my giant Lego Saturn V and Lego Star Wars toys that I built only a few years ago....and know that he still plays with scale model trains in his 80s).
 

JoeThePop

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I had one of the 12" tall original GI Joes that came in the miniature foot locker. Supposedly it was my dads, but the math doesn't work on that as he was 26 when it came out (as I look around my room and see my giant Lego Saturn V and Lego Star Wars toys that I built only a few years ago....and know that he still plays with scale model trains in his 80s).

I was just checking out the prices being asked for vintage GI Joes. Don't specifically remember what happened to mine, but most likely another casualty of the destructive force of an M-80 during my middle teenage years.
 

JohnVF

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I was just checking out the prices being asked for vintage GI Joes. Don't specifically remember what happened to mine, but most likely another casualty of the destructive force of an M-80 during my middle teenage years.
My smaller GI Joe collection met a similar fate. The "Main Battle Tank", which was motorized, was sent on several missions across my friend's back yard when I was older, the number of missions to be determined by how many times it could get through the hail of bb gun fire. That thing was pretty resilient. We had to switch to pellets to stop it.
 

JoeThePop

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HO slot cars... had a bunch of cars and track. Used to modify them to do wheelies and change gears and other parts to make them faster.
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My very close second choice for favorite toy from my childhood. My orange Cheetah was my favorite car. I also had a Volkswagen Beetle that I modified with one of Aurora’s “Hop Up” kits. Some big slicks for the rear and different gears.
 
This is what a Schwinn Stingray ;looked like new. It was a beauty and the pride of every kid that owned one. But with every year came new mods until it morphed into a lean and mean dirt bike. I wish I had a picture of what we finally ended up with, but, lets just call it the prototype of the bmx bike. A ten speed seat and shorter and sturdier handle bars and forks. Dump the chain guard and chrome mud guards, add some thick knobby tires and a bunch of cool stickers... And you had something you could jump 20 or 30 feet with off the right hill.

I clocked a lot of hours on that bike.



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