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What were your favorite toys of the 1960s and 70s?

Toss up between Major Matt Mason and Hot Wheels for me.

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by Anonymousreply 104November 18, 2023 3:14 PM

Lite bright

by Anonymousreply 1November 12, 2023 8:28 AM

Easy Bake Oven. I made killer cakes.

by Anonymousreply 2November 12, 2023 8:53 AM

Lite Brite, dear, and yeah that was a good toy.

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by Anonymousreply 3November 12, 2023 9:41 AM

I had a lot of fun with this until the chemical smell from melting plastic started to make me feel lightheaded. Then I'd have to put it away for a while.

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by Anonymousreply 4November 12, 2023 9:50 AM


by Anonymousreply 5November 12, 2023 1:33 PM

my sisters 'easy bake oven'. My horrible father quickly put an end to that- gave me a football instead. Bastard!

by Anonymousreply 6November 12, 2023 2:23 PM


anal beads

by Anonymousreply 7November 12, 2023 2:36 PM

Hot Wheels.

Of course, I'm a lesbian.

by Anonymousreply 8November 12, 2023 2:38 PM

Mego Batcave - and most things Mego.

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by Anonymousreply 9November 12, 2023 2:51 PM

Barbie Perfume Factory

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by Anonymousreply 10November 12, 2023 3:09 PM

Monopoly, Battleship, Operation, Masterpiece, Clue

Slinky, frisbee, hula hoop, super-ball

by Anonymousreply 11November 12, 2023 3:26 PM

With some of the neighborhood boys, we'd always say "wanna play 'cars' or 'guys'?"

Cars: bring all your cars (matchbox or other brands) to someone's house, bring all your cool car accessories like playsets, racetracks, some new thing you got. Then you'd set up the tracks & playsets, one of my friends had a huge roll-out playset mat that was a bunch of streets and some rural area, then you'd decide what the scene or whatever was, like a road heist. This was the 70s so we made up like drug transport routes and one of us would start out driving the sheriff's vehicles and would confront the transporters. Then they'd cut the deputies in in exchange for cover 😆

Guys: essentially the same idea as Cars. Usually it was GI Joes and other battle-adjacent dolls, like there might be a team-up of several GI Joe's, a couple Star Wars characters, some other characters. One of our friends had every GI Joe playset, and we always wanted to go over to his house. He also had a cool backyard with a small pond & one day his parents let us set up the playsets outside in the fish pond area because there was some new boat toy thing that came out, and we had this big scene where we infiltrated some castle on an island, it was a lot of fun.

by Anonymousreply 12November 12, 2023 6:45 PM

My Barbie Dream House, the cardboard one.

by Anonymousreply 13November 12, 2023 7:06 PM

My Mom worked for Mattel Toys in the 70s, at their Hawthorne headquarters…when many/most toys were made at the adjacent factory.

My brothers and sisters, and I, were toy testers. My Mom had access to the employee store.

If Mattel made it, we had it! It was a glorious time at Christmas ;)

by Anonymousreply 14November 12, 2023 7:40 PM

Shrunken Head Apple Sculpture. Unfortunately, my brother had attached the plastic "kiln" to the lamp and it caught fire and almost burned our house down.

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by Anonymousreply 15November 12, 2023 7:47 PM

Nintendo 64

by Anonymousreply 16November 12, 2023 8:01 PM

Incredible Edibles was bizarre. We had one.

by Anonymousreply 17November 12, 2023 9:01 PM

Creeple Peeple

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by Anonymousreply 19November 12, 2023 9:21 PM

Rude Ralph — although it was the 80s.

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by Anonymousreply 20November 12, 2023 10:24 PM

R14, that’s so cool! And I thought I had it good because my mom worked at K Mart.

by Anonymousreply 21November 12, 2023 10:25 PM

R21 where I grew up, most everyone’s parents worked for an aerospace company or a military contractor. Having a Mattel parent was considered *cool*—I had Sizzlers months before any of my friends…and my sisters had a Malibu Dream House before any girl saw the first tv ad.

by Anonymousreply 22November 12, 2023 10:32 PM

The Strange Change Machine

Shaker Maker mold kits

King Arthur’s castle with and knights and a working drawbridge (Marx toys, I think)

All cars, trucks, motorcycles and racetracks

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by Anonymousreply 24November 12, 2023 10:44 PM

The Green Machine!

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by Anonymousreply 25November 12, 2023 10:49 PM

From the Popular Mechanics list, I had Legos, the Tonka Dump Truck, G.I. Joe ('Secret of the Mummy's Tomb' set), Spirograph, ViewMaster, and Lincoln Logs.

One of my favorite toys was the Marx Krazy Kar.

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by Anonymousreply 27November 12, 2023 11:22 PM

Shrinky Dinks

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by Anonymousreply 28November 12, 2023 11:25 PM

R24 = Wednesday Addams

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by Anonymousreply 30November 12, 2023 11:36 PM

Little Miss No Name wasn't macabre, r29, she was beyond pathos.

by Anonymousreply 31November 12, 2023 11:38 PM

The Big Jim/Big Josh family of gay stereotypical male action figures.

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by Anonymousreply 32November 13, 2023 12:27 AM

The “Outer Space Men” by Colorforms. The were bendy like Mattel’s Major Matt Mason, and came out around the same time in the late 60s.

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by Anonymousreply 33November 13, 2023 6:12 AM

I don’t remember the name of it, but we had this kit that essentially an electric hot plate that you could put lead molds in & then squirt plastic goopy stuff in the molds & make bugs & things.

It would never be allowed to be sold to children now - we were always burning our fingers on it - but we loved that fucker.

Also - monster models (complete with nasty glue & little bottles of paint.)

by Anonymousreply 34November 13, 2023 6:21 AM

That was the Thingmaker by Mattel, R34

by Anonymousreply 35November 13, 2023 6:24 AM

Stretch Armstrong, but I had the 70s version that was filled with a liquid gel, so when he tore (or got stabbed as mine did), he bled out and died. ☹️

Lord knows what toxic substance was inside him back then but I think the later ones had a solid gel that stretched but wouldn’t ooze out if he got punctured.

I was somewhere under 10 years old but I was already thinking I wanted to have sex with that Stretch Armstrong even if I didn’t know what sex was yet or if two men could even have sex. I just knew I wanted a life size Stretch Armstrong and that I wanted to do bad things with him.

by Anonymousreply 36November 13, 2023 6:32 AM

Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots



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by Anonymousreply 37November 13, 2023 6:39 AM

I loved the Thing Machine/Creepy Crawlers, Spirograph and Lite Brite.

by Anonymousreply 38November 13, 2023 6:45 AM

R30 i’ll bet all parents hated those things! They made such a racket!

by Anonymousreply 39November 13, 2023 6:46 AM

Someone was throwing away one of those Pitchback nets used to play catch by yourself. I took it home and fixed the netting and used it for years. I could amuse myself for hours with that thing!

by Anonymousreply 40November 13, 2023 6:51 AM

R34 R35 there was also Creepy Crawlers. I seem to remember there was even glow in the dark goop.

by Anonymousreply 41November 13, 2023 7:06 AM

I like all the spooky, monster-themed toys and games of that era, especially the 3D board games like Voice of the Mummy, Green Ghost, and Which Witch.

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by Anonymousreply 42November 13, 2023 7:15 AM

Flesglight for men

by Anonymousreply 43November 13, 2023 9:50 AM

I loved that thing, as did all my siblings, that was rubber and you put one end, a loop around one leg, and then you would spin the rest which was attached to a plastic lemon, that was kind of a maraca, and you'd jump the lemon. I wish I knew what it was called. I'm probably fucking up the description but how to you describe something like that? LOL. We all loved Spirograph and Etch -a- Sketch too.

by Anonymousreply 44November 13, 2023 11:01 AM

OMG I found it. A lemon twist. All five of us kids were fucking OBSESSED with these. Kids were just easier to please back than.

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by Anonymousreply 45November 13, 2023 11:03 AM

R44 Lemon Twist?

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by Anonymousreply 46November 13, 2023 11:06 AM

You beat me to it, R45. Jinx!

by Anonymousreply 47November 13, 2023 11:06 AM

Yeah LOL

by Anonymousreply 48November 13, 2023 11:07 AM

Mister Machine

Kenner Give-a-Show Projector.

Mouse Trap

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by Anonymousreply 50November 13, 2023 11:27 AM

A doll made from a hot water bottle.

by Anonymousreply 51November 13, 2023 12:10 PM

My Easy Fuck Dildo

by Anonymousreply 52November 13, 2023 12:11 PM

Liddle Kiddles.

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by Anonymousreply 54November 13, 2023 3:32 PM

I LOVED my Matchbox and Corgi cars- I guess I was gender appropriate in that regard

The fact that I like to strip my GI Joe doll completely naked and popped a boner over him was NOT gender appropriate.

by Anonymousreply 55November 13, 2023 3:35 PM

Matchbox was lame, compared to Hot Wheels.

by Anonymousreply 56November 13, 2023 3:38 PM

[quote]The fact that I like to strip my GI Joe doll completely naked and popped a boner over him was NOT gender appropriate.

GI Joe with the Kung Fu grip… ah the memories.

by Anonymousreply 57November 13, 2023 4:39 PM

As a very young boy circa 1970, I loved the Fisher Pricel Little People and their accessories (farm, bus, etc). Then, moved on to all things Mego action figures, from the original Action Jackson, to the DC and Marvel superheroes, and then the Planet of the Apes. Guess I loved the equivalent of boys’ dolls.

by Anonymousreply 58November 13, 2023 4:58 PM

Lie Detector game

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by Anonymousreply 59November 13, 2023 6:48 PM

The blond boy in that ad played Walter Cunningham in TKAM.

by Anonymousreply 60November 13, 2023 7:34 PM

The King and Me?

by Anonymousreply 61November 13, 2023 8:18 PM

Yes, rocket scientist 61

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by Anonymousreply 62November 13, 2023 8:24 PM

You're always the smartest one in the room, aren't you, r62?

by Anonymousreply 63November 13, 2023 8:32 PM

When I’m with you—yes, of course.

by Anonymousreply 64November 13, 2023 9:20 PM

We were really into board games. Which is why I'm thrilled that someone else remembers Masterpiece. We were big on Clue and Yahtzee too.

by Anonymousreply 65November 13, 2023 10:36 PM

Jesus Fuck. I went to Amazon to see if they still made Masterpiece. You can buy it for $199.00. And it sells. I should check out eBay.

by Anonymousreply 66November 13, 2023 10:38 PM

The version of Masterpiece that we played with featured paintings that were all in the collection of Chicago’s Art Institute.

Did that change depending on where you lived? Or did every version featured those paintings?

by Anonymousreply 67November 14, 2023 3:10 AM

These are my FAVORITE toys for little girls and boys- from the 1960's

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by Anonymousreply 68November 14, 2023 3:20 AM

Yes in Biloxi you could get the version with Cionfederate Art.

In Mendocino you could only get the version in macrame.

by Anonymousreply 69November 14, 2023 3:22 AM

I liked Cootie.

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by Anonymousreply 70November 14, 2023 3:26 AM

In 1967 my parents took me with them to go visit my aunt ,uncle and cousins that lived on a farm in rural Florida. It was right after Christmas and my cousins had just gotten lawn darts as a gift. At the time I was 8 years old and my cousins were 6 and 7. We were left ALONE to play in the yard which had chickens running about. To this day I cannot eat shish kabob or anything skewered after that visit....

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by Anonymousreply 71November 14, 2023 3:37 AM

[quote]I liked Cootie.

People tend to like what they're familiar with.

by Anonymousreply 72November 14, 2023 3:39 AM

R66 Masterpiece is no longer manufactured. Prices are for old games, used or not. So prices vary widely.

by Anonymousreply 73November 14, 2023 1:43 PM

I got a lot of my Girl cousin's hand-me-down toys. My favorite was the TXL learning robot that played eight tracks. And the Inchworm.

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by Anonymousreply 74November 14, 2023 3:30 PM

Mille Bornes

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by Anonymousreply 75November 14, 2023 6:23 PM

Pirate and Traveler

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by Anonymousreply 77November 14, 2023 9:03 PM

Farm set! My brother had this fancy one.

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by Anonymousreply 78November 14, 2023 9:51 PM

R77 After P&T, my other favorite board game.

by Anonymousreply 79November 14, 2023 10:09 PM

Mystery Date

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by Anonymousreply 80November 16, 2023 5:29 AM

I am dating myself. One of my favorite toys were: Weeble Wobbles (but they don’t fall down). I used to love their song, too.

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by Anonymousreply 81November 16, 2023 5:41 AM

Shrinky Dinks

by Anonymousreply 82November 16, 2023 5:43 AM

I posted this before but my Farrah Fawcett Barbie doll.

by Anonymousreply 83November 16, 2023 5:44 AM

The Play Dough Fun Factory. In my mind it was way more complex than it is in the pictures I found when Googling it. I think of it as a very tall, multistory factory that produces a wide variety of Play Dough shapes. My mother got it for me at a department store called The Bargain Center, because it's not like we were going to pay full price for anything.

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by Anonymousreply 85November 16, 2023 5:52 AM

the playdough barber shop was the best.

by Anonymousreply 86November 16, 2023 5:53 AM

The Play Dough Mop Top Hair Shop

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by Anonymousreply 87November 16, 2023 6:19 AM

G.I. Joe and MEGO Marvel and DC action figures.

Not that you asked about the 1980s but the Kenner Super Powers action figure line was and is the best.

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by Anonymousreply 89November 16, 2023 8:57 AM

King of the Hill

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by Anonymousreply 90November 16, 2023 11:42 PM

I see Weebles walking all over the place now.

by Anonymousreply 91November 17, 2023 12:35 AM

I not only undressed my G.I. Joes, I made cocks and balls for them out of Silly Putty and penciled in large patches of pubic hair with my colored pencils, hair color correct, of course.

by Anonymousreply 92November 17, 2023 12:37 AM

Bartender, you need to cut r91 off.

by Anonymousreply 93November 17, 2023 12:38 AM

Plastic horses about 10" high. We had a bunch of them and I would make corrals for them and invent stories. Sometimes I'd sneak my sister's Barbies to ride them.

by Anonymousreply 94November 17, 2023 12:52 AM

Wow R90 - that awakened a very dim memory - I think we visited someone who’s kid had that game when I was very young.

And that box art! - the photomontage creates a space with absolutely no depth - somewhere between Cubism and Giotto.

by Anonymousreply 95November 17, 2023 2:27 AM

Exactly, r95. I remember seeing it at someone's house and never played it. I thought the box made it look like it was fun.

by Anonymousreply 96November 17, 2023 2:38 AM

Clay…from the river!

by Anonymousreply 97November 17, 2023 2:43 AM

[quote]I see Weebles walking all over the place now.

Walking without legs? How does that work?

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by Anonymousreply 100November 17, 2023 6:06 PM

R97 if it's any compensation, I grew up in a wealthy leafy 60's built suburb that had a huge clay deposit left undeveloped. It provided years of free activities and fun, even though we had every pricy kid commodity in our homes.

by Anonymousreply 101November 18, 2023 10:48 AM

Fisher Price castle set with the knight, horse, pink dragon, and princess. I played with that for hours!

Weebles! I had the submarine which ended up getting the figures wet and the paper that was inside the egg part would start to come off.|

Inch Worms

Electronic Battleship game.

Stop! Thief! electronic game.

ANY Star Wars toys.

I always wanted the Six Million Dollar Man action figure with the skin that pulled back revealing the bionics in his forearm but my parents wouldn't get it for me. I'm a girl so they probably thought it was for boys. Not sure why they let me get into Star Wars. I still have all my vintage Star Wars toys.

by Anonymousreply 102November 18, 2023 11:20 AM

Pick Up Stix

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