Life’s Little Mysteries has a list titled, Top 11 Toys of All Time. Really that’s a misnomer and the author admits as much when she reveals that this list is based upon unit sales. Anyway, the list includes such ho-hum stuff as the Pet Rock, Star Wars Action Figures, Mr. Potato Head, and the Slinky. Jeez, I’m glad I didn’t grow-up in a house with gifts like that.
Conspicuously missing from the list are toys I received, or bought with money I earned from mowing neighbors’ lawns and my paper route, (and some were handed-down to me by my Grandfather) including:
1. Lincoln Logs. Hours of fun.
2. Erector Set. For those too young to remember them, it was steel girders and other steal shapes and nuts and bolts. You could put together some cool stuff including cars with it.
Okay, it was much better than that photo makes it look. There were a lot of different sets, bigger, more complete in components. I loved mine. I think it was a hand-me-down from my older brother.
3. LEGO. Come on! How could any list be complete without Lego Sets?
4. Any sort of ball and bat or mitt or basketball. Maybe those are considered athletic equipment and don’t fall under the “toy” category.
Now, these other toys are a bit more obscure and only older readers will remember the era when kids were trusted with stuff that today’s kids are not. Welcome to the nanny-state.
5. Vacuform. From Mattel. You warm-up a sheet of plastic and then, using a vacuum device, mold it into creations such as boats, etc.
6. Creepy Crawlers. Also by Mattel. You poured Plasti-Goop into molds that were then heated up to cook the goop and, Voila! Snakes and spiders and all manner of bugs. What more could a young boy ask for?
7. Okay, this next one would probably be considered more educational than a “toy” but, I was given this huge chemistry set made by Perfect Scientific and gosh I did have a lot of fun with it. Also, I had a Bunsen Burner! The toy store in town sold Perfect Scientific add-ons including bottles of chemicals, etc. Chemicals that Homeland Security would bust you for! You could literally buy the ingredients for gun powder, etc. Imagine seeing such stuff for sale at a Toys-R-Us store in this nanny-state age!
Lastly, some other staples of youth that didn’t make their list:
8. I did not have a BB gun when I was growing up but I’ll bet a lot of you did.
9. How could a Frisbee not make their list? Everyone had a Frisbee!
10. Yo-Yos. ‘Nuff said?
11. Slot Cars! (My town had a slot car race center, about ten different tracks for all size slot cars including HO.) Remember the ritual of changing brushes? My HO Green Hornet slot car used to kick-butt!
12. Lionel Train Sets. A wonderful gift from my Grandfather Morris.
I’m sure you could think of others.
Merry Christmas to all of you. May your day be filled with happiness. I wish you all wellness and joy and, as always, thanks so much for stopping by!
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