So I’ve been on a bit of a Blog tear lately, if it’s linked on someone else’s blog then odd’s are I’ve paid you a visit recently. Granted I may have snuck in, looked around and then left quietly like a thief but I was there and I gotta admit you guys are really talented writers! I envy the people who are able to update so often, it makes me feel like I’m slacking off. But in reading these blogs it made me think of my childhood and all of the things that I miss. Granted I could go to E-Bay and bid on most of them but it’s cheaper to just wax nostalgic here and see what things from your childhood you wish you had back. So without further ado here are some of my favorite toys that are long lost to me.
Aside from the robots above they also had Godzilla and Rodan as the obligatory giant monsters for you to fight. I never actually had one of these as a kid but I always wanted Raydeen, he’s the cool one on the right launching his fist in the air to get that pesky fly that always seems to bothers you when your busy.
Oh how I miss Stompers, these things were like Hot Wheels on steroids! You pop in a double A battery, flick the switch underneath and these things would go damn near anywhere! I had quite the collection at one time and even the tracks that went with them. Later on in the line they came out with aquatic ones which was awesome because who didn’t want a pool/bathtub toy that you could play with in and out of the water? One word of caution about Stompers though, keep them away from long hair! These babies would get tangled in hair so fast it wasn’t even funny, well it wasn’t funny at the time anyway.
At the height of the Smurfs popularity, McDonald’s included these nifty little critters as a Happy Meal giveaway. I used to love my Sniks but the closest McDonald’s was half an hour away so I missed out on getting them brand new, instead I traded Smurfs or other toys for them. I honestly couldn’t tell you what happened to them now though, if they suffered the same fate as my Smurfs well, may they rest in pieces.
I miss my Atari 2600, granted most of the games I used to enjoy have been re-released as part of a Classic’s collection for some system or another but I have yet to see Combat on any of them. I can’t tell you the hours my sister and I used to spend playing Combat together. Tank vs. Tank invisible with ricocheting ammo was the best. You had no idea where you were or where they were but odds were good you’d get nailed by your own shell just as easily as the other players. Good times.
How awesome was MASK? It was like getting three toys in one! You got the main vehicle, it’s alternate (and in some cases the alternate was a separate vehicle) PLUS the driver of the vehicle! The only downside to Mask was it was so easy to lose the figures and/or their masks! I loved them as a kid though and actually had all the ones listed above at one time or another. I know that makes me sound like I was spoiled but believe me I had to work to get them, either thru doing extra chores or trading with other kids.
I’m gonna call that good for right now, I know this entry is really heavy on the pictures but I figured it was easier to show you the toys rather than try to describe them to you because well I suck at it. I’ll get around to part two soon but like I said before if your reading this entry I’d love to hear about the childhood toys you’ve loved and lost.
Till next time true believers…Excelsior! (bonus points if you can tell me who originally said that phrase!)