What Were Your Favorite Toys That Were Popular When You Were Younger?

Submitted by: littlemissqt 7 months ago in Lifestyle

I didn't leave the house without my Game Boy -- Tetris 24/7 and I still have it -- that's my Game Boy in the first photo above along with some of my games. Good times. I used to play so much, I'd have dreams about the game play. 
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Male 2,217
Colt Python with Pachmayr grip.
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Male 44,429
I have two toys from childhood.  My bear-teddy and a boxer dog string puppet my grandfather gave me.
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Female 9,762
I always loved my stuffed toys growing up, 99 percent of them being dogs (I had a horse stuffed doll to make it a bit different). I had such an obsession with dogs when I was a whole lot younger, and I still loved dogs today. Anyway, I donated and threw out all my toys in middle school thinking no one had toys anymore, and I've been kind of regretting doing so now that I am older. I wish I could of at least kept one toy to give to my future children.
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Male 44,429
My brothers and I had to share this toy

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Male 3,054
I still have an Atari 2600, and Sega Master System at my cottage.

Playing Rambo III is far more enjoyable than hunting cartoon ducks.

Anybody remember Thundercats, M.A.S.K, Captain Bravestarr, and Silverhawks?
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Male 7,276
Legos and the 12 inch GI Joes
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Male 4,086
thezigrat i know youre from another planet or galaxy or what ever, but its just lego. lego is both plural and singular. i like you, and youre a foreigner, so this is the nicest i have ever been in correcting someone with this. usually i call them names and yell at them. i have an issue about this for some reason. maybe it has something to do with being a small child using the internet for the first time and being told on the legos.com website that i was basically an idiot and that its just lego. i mean the website didnt say that, but thats how i felt. man this feels good to tell some one. you ever thought about going into psychiatry?
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Male 44,429
Ooooo. . . I had an Atari like that.
I was the master of KABOOM!

But I was 23 theoretically "born again" so.... not really childhood toy



Obviously I got over it .


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Male 4,319
I definitely had the Peanuts snow cone maker. In fact, between my sister and me, we had most of these toys.
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Male 5,380
FYI, I HIGHLY recommend the Netflix series "The Toys That Made Us".  Currently it's only 1 season with 4 episodes: Star Wars, Barbie, He-Man and GI Joe.  It is an excellent documentary of how each of the lines came to be and has some great interviews with the people who created them.  And it's down right funny with some guaranteed feels.

https://www.netflix.com/title/80161497
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Male 5,380
Born in the mid-70's, grew up in the 80's...so I lived during a special time for toys and witnessed the birth of home videogame consoles.  There were so many toy lines and games it would take me pages to remember them all.  I feel privileged to have experienced it, because by the 90's, everything just turned to crap.

My favorite line of toys has to be The Transformers.  To this day they fascinate me, even to the point that I have started a collection again.  It's the ingenuity of the transformation, the puzzle of shifting from some type of vehicle into a humanoid robot and back again.  My favorite of course was\is Optimus Prime, oddly enough I never had one as a kid, but he was the first one I bought in a modern version.  Favorite I had as a kid, Soundwave.



However, my favorite toy of all time...The FUCKING Millennium Falcon!  I actually still own all of my original Star Wars toys, the only toy line I kept.  My son played with them all when he was a kid too and hopefully I'll make it to Grandpa days to continue the trend.



Favorite Game Console has to go to the Atari 2600 with Adventure as my top game.  I actually inherited my Grandparents console that they kept all this time with a good chunk of my original games.  Surprisingly Adventure was missing, so I Ebayed that shit real quick.





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Male 2,210
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Male 5,380
lockner01 Intellivision, such a weird console with some great games.  Never had one but one of my best friends did.  Discs of Tron, Advanced Dungeons and Dragons and the talking "B-17 Bomber-erer".

Here's the thing in hindsight.  Those controllers would have been the tits...if you could hold them sideways like a Nintendo controller, it would have been so much more ergonomically correct.  Instead, that disk was at the bottom and to push those numbers was a huge pain the ass.  The inlay inserts for the number pad per game was also a great idea for it's time.  
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Male 12,263
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Male 2,210
monkwarrior That was the second PC I had. Brings back memories.
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Male 12,263
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Male 44,429
monkwarrior    Do you still have the game? You could use the discs as coasters
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Male 12,263
Gerry1of1 i threw out all my floppy disks years ago, but i now own it on steam.
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Male 17,664
My Avro Chipmunk. Actually it wasn't mine, it was the RAF's but they let young teens like me learn acrobatics on it.
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Male 44,429
ARCO gasoline!  In the 70s, with a fill up you got free animals each week to
populate your kids ARC ...... I had an Arc and I made  DAMN SURE
my daddy filled up with ARCO gasoline .......



Noah, wife and sons sold separately 
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Male 2,126
Hot Wheels California 8 racetrack.

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Male 884
Those Green Army Men. 
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Male 5,380
fuad119 along with fire crackers :)
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Male 884
kalron27 fire crackers are illegal in my country :(
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Female 6,165



(LOLGrendel)




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Male 5,380
melcervini I love me some Mattel Football too!
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Male 490
kalron27 I was just in game stop yesterday. They're making them again. That exact model. $19.99
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Male 6,723
We had constructed such an elaborate rule system for GI JOE, I wish i still had a copy of our rule system
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Male 5,380
daegog GI Joe was definitely a close second for me.  I had every one you pictured there with the exception of the pilot, I didn't have that vehicle (space shuttle?).

But the hovercraft guy, oh man, that vehicle playset had it all!
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Female 6,165
daegog My boys had this thing worked out where this Joe was worth this many points and they brought dice into the warfares going on... I came home one day to find the battle for Omaha beach going on in the living room where all the Joes were storming the bunkered sofa. (old broken Joe parts were always kept for 'body parts on the battlefield' )
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Male 5,380
megrendel I knew someone who lite theirs on fire with lighter fluid and sent it down the street one night...fucking hilarious!
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Male 44,429
megrendel   I wanted Evel Knievel doll..... never got it. 
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Male 5,380
Gerry1of1 Gerry, we need to pull some funds and buy you one :)
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Male 44,429
kalron27    "pool" 
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Male 5,380
Gerry1of1 HA!  This comes up as a suggested buy too!

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Male 44,429
kalron27 LOL @ the name "Jolly Good Giant"
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Male 2,126
melcervini I had the Johnny West doll along with the palomino horse.  I think everything cost about $3 in 1965.
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Male 21,741
megrendel I HAD THIS! I haven't thought about it since I first got it. 
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Male 44,429
I had an Action Man doll! And we had a Pong machine ...... that was the first
year Cable TV was available I think.  Imagine!  A whole movie with no commercials
every night!!!!   Yeah, cable was great back then.



Gotta love the 70s

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Female 6,165
Gerry1of1 and you could catch glimpses from the scrambled skin-a-max porn.
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Male 44,429
melcervini .... Um .... NO. You are thinking 80s. In the 70s there were no Playboy or Skinimax channels.... Hell, there were no channels. There was just the one movie, commercial free each night. I remember they showed Funny Lady.  Imagine my joy as a little gay boy to have Barbra Streisand
piped into my home !
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Female 6,165
oh yeah!  I was thinking when HBO showed "Valentino" and my parents ran me out of the room when the bewbs popped on the screen lol
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Male 44,429
melcervini LOL .. we were sitting in a theatre watching A Chorus Line and when the song "Tits and Ass" started my dad put his hands over my ears.
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Male 4,086
Gerry1of1 there had to be other channels, what was the point of parents using their children as remote controls to switch the turn dial? and what channel were the cartoons on? you telling me you never watched those crazy hippy kids and their dog foil a masked villain and their nefarious plot? or what about the moose and flying squirrel? they were even before the crazy hippies and dog. and what about the news channels with all the white men and facial hair?
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Male 2,126
robthelurker Gerry was talking about cable channels.  You could get uhf and vhf channels but they had commercials.
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Male 44,429
robthelurker No channels. Just a movie with no commercials. That was a new thing in it's day. Later Home Box Office {HBO to you} and Showtime started....and then the Playboy Channel to every 13 year old boys delight. But at first, people just paid for 1 channel but it had no commercials..... now people pay for 300 channels of nothing but commercial.
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Male 2,126
Gerry1of1 I remember HBO hit the Chicago area in about 1973/74.  Of course we had antenna tv until I graduated HS and left.  My classmates were getting bewbs piped directly into their homes.  
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Female 6,165
Gerry1of1 I was paying 280 a month for cable/nets/home phone/security system.  Never used the phone and because of the internet, i hardly watched cable anymore either.  I had to tighten the strings a little and dropped all but net and security and am now paying 120 a month. (+netflix/hulu divided x 5)
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Male 565
Wilson. Spaulding. PF Flyers. Zarex. General Cinema. Fluff. Woolworth's. Flexible Flyer. Turkish Taffy. Rambler. Rex Trailer. You mean like those?
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