Maybe I’m just getting old but it seems to me that childhood has lost a lot of it’s innocence. How’s that for a cryptic opening line? What I mean by that is things have changed drastically from when I was a kid. Everyone says “If I’d known then what I know now, I’d have kept all my toys!” so that’s what people are doing. Nowadays it’s all about collecting but when I was a kid it was all about playing with them. Granted that’s why they cost so much know but it just seems to me like kids are jaded today. My nephew who’s only 13 is already collecting toys for later on. When I was his age the only toy concerns I had was which G.I. Joe to buy or what Transformer to save up for. Also there’s no anticipation anymore, when we were kids we had to hunt for our toys but now all they have to do is pull up Amazon or some other website on click and it’s theirs.
Like I said maybe it’s just the old man in me but I miss the days when toys were played with, not bought and put on a shelf to (maybe) increase in value. I’d rather have the days of playing He-Man in the backyard or G.I. Joe by the creek than order the limited edition,gold plated signed and numbered Snorkack from Amazon. I miss the thrill of going shopping with Mom and Dad and heading straight for the toy department to look for the newest version of Snake Eyes or Storm Shadow, dreaming of the day when I can finally own the Millennium Falcon and imagining how jealous my friends will be when I come with the newest Transformer. Or maybe I’m just getting old.